Tag: environment

Residents on alert as Hawaii lava flow approaches town

A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano that has been moving toward a residential area on Hawaii’s Big Island for months is now just 100 yards away, authorities said Monday. Residents have been placed on alert for possible evacuation as the flow approaches at an average of 10 to 15 yards an hour. Photo: The…

Officials begin to recover bodies from peak of Japan volcano

Military and other rescue workers began airlifting more than two dozen bodies from the peak of Mount Ontake in central Japan on Monday, where a sudden volcanic eruption is believed to have killed at least 31 people. Photo: Firefighters and members of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation at an ash-covered cabin, center left,…

Fast-moving fire burns at 3,800 acres in California’s Napa County

A brushfire in California’s Napa County has spread more than 3,800 acres Wednesday after sparking Tuesday afternoon, officials said. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which is 30 percent contained. Fire officials said it isn’t currently threatening any major vineyards, but nearly 200 homes have been evacuated. Photo: A Cal Fire helicopter makes…

Significant damage reported in South Dakota following tornado

Severe damage has been reported in Wessington Springs, S.D., after a tornado reportedly touched down in the area. Witnesses reported houses ripped off their foundation and people trapped under the rubble. Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office said there is significant damage in the town of approximately 1,000 people. Photo: Debris was spread across Wessington Springs, S.D.,…

Megamouth Shark Captured Off The Coast Of Japan [VIDEO]

There was something large and extremely rare lurking in the waters off the coast of Japan — until the deep sea creature was pulled from a fishing trap last month. The megamouth shark was put on display at the Marine Science Museum in Shizuoka City, where crowds were able to see it undergo a public…

White House Report: Climate Change Is Harming The Economy

White House Report: Climate Change Is Harming The Economy Climate change “has moved firmly into the present,” as extreme weather has a negative impact on Americans’ everyday lives and the U.S. economy, a new White House report says. The congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment, produced by more than 300 experts overseen by a panel of…

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere set new mark

There’s striking new evidence that Earth’s atmosphere is increasingly saturated with carbon dioxide, the major gas from fossil fuel emissions that trigger climate change. Measurements of the climate-changing gas by instruments high on a mountain in Hawaii and around the world show that global emissions from burning fossil fuels rose last month to levels higher…

Life-threatening floods hit Florida

Severe flooding has hit the Florida panhandle overnight with over 24 inches of rain falling on the Pensacola area in a 26-hour period. In Alabama, much of downtown Mobile is flooded with a reverse 911 sent to residents at Fish River, near Silverhill, after water levels hit their highest level in 60 years. Forecasters have…

US State Department delays review of Keystone pipeline

The U.S. State Department says it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. The review could push the decision about the controversial pipeline until after midterm elections in November. AP

Forest fire burns through neighborhoods in Valparaiso, Chile

A forest fire burned more than 100 homes in Valparaiso, Chile, on Saturday. The fire, which prompted a red alert for the area, forced thousands of residents to evacuate. People reported minor injuries and residents were treated for smoke inhalation as the fire burned through the port city. Photo: Houses go up in flames during…

Magnitude 5.1 quake hits Los Angeles area, generating small damage

Authorities reported moderate damage after an earthquake struck the Los Angeles region Friday night. The magnitude 5.1 quake, which hit near La Habra, Calif., shortly after 9 pm PT, was reportedly felt throughout Los Angeles County. Several smaller aftershocks followed. Residents near the epicenter reported moderate damage to furniture and power outages, but no structural…

18 People Still Missing in Deadly Mudslide, More Flooding Feared [VIDEO]

Eighteen people were still unaccounted for Sunday in the wake of a mudslide that killed three and injured seven others in Washington State, officials said Sunday — as fears were raised of more disastrous flooding. The number of missing people in the square mile mudslide that washed over Snohomish County would be “fluid,” said Snohomish…

U.S. Agrees to Allow BP Back Into Gulf Waters to Seek Oil

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, BP is being welcomed back to seek new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico. An agreement on Thursday with the Environmental Protection Agency lifts a 2012 ban that was imposed after the agency concluded that BP had not fully corrected problems that led to the well…

NASA study: 2013 was 7th warmest year since 1880

Global warming continues unabated, though parts of the U.S. are now freezing and we were recently sucked into the polar vortex. No matter, NASA, says, the average global temperature hasn’t ceased its upward creep. The space agency announced Tuesday the results of a study by its Goddard Institute for Space Studies showing 2013 in a…

West Virginia chemical spill triggers widespread tap water ban

President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration for the state of West Virginia on Friday, ordering federal aid in the aftermath of a chemical spill that has left up to 300,000 people without tap water, closed schools and businesses. The spill of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used in the coal industry, occurred Thursday on the…

Report: Health Of World’s Oceans Declining Fast

The health of the oceans is declining faster than previously thought, a report from the International Program on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) warns. According to the report, the oceans are facing a multitude of threats, including overfishing and pollution. The current conditions threaten a mass extinction event similar to those that have afflicted…

Storms Hammer Mexico With ‘Historic’ Floods; 41 Dead

Two powerful storms pummeled Mexico as they converged from the Pacific and the Gulf, killing an estimated 41 people and forcing the evacuation of thousands. Tropical Depression Ingrid soaked Mexico’s northern Gulf coast, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel lashed the Pacific coast, inundating the popular beach resort of Acapulco. The storms, though weakened,…

Volcano The Size Of New Mexico Discovered Off Japan

The largest volcano in the world, and possibly one of the largest in the Solar System, has been discovered off the coast of Japan by scientists. The volcano has been named Tamu Massif by the scientist who discovered it, after Texas A&M University where he taught for decades. Tamu Massif dwarfs its nearest rival, Hawaii’s…

BP Gulf Of Mexico Fund Running Out Of Cash

BP’s compensation fund that it set up to pay claims related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is running out of cash. The oil giant announced that the fund, which originally had $20bn, has just $300m left. The deadline for business to claim loss of earnings due to the spill is not until April…

NASA Aborts Spacewalk Over Dangerous Water Leak

NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet. Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from…

California Wildfire Threatens 1,000 Homes

California’s Powerhouse wildfire grew overnight to 19,500 acres and now threatens around 1,000 homes. The fire has already destroyed six homes and damaged nine other buildings. The fire is currently at 20% containment and officials hope to have it fully contained by Wednesday. 2,000 firefighters are fighting to stop the fire’s spread. NBCLA

Half The World’s Food Ends Up In The Trash, Report Warns

As much as half of all the food produced in the world – equivalent to two billion tonnes – ends up as waste every year, engineers warned in a report published on Thursday. The UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) blames the “staggering” new figures in its analysis on unnecessarily strict sell-by dates, buy-one-get-one free…

Greenhouse Gases In The Earth’s Atmosphere Hit A Record High In 2011

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record high in 2011, the World Meteorological Organization reports. In an annual report released Tuesday, the organization said carbon dioxide levels reached 391 parts per million in 2011. The organization estimates that 375 billion tons of carbon have been released into the atmosphere since 1750; half of…