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Alberta’s August Storm Caused $100M in Insured Damage

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports that insured damage caused by heavy rain, strong winds and a hailstorm that hit southern Alberta on August 4 and 5 caused more than $100 million in insured damage, according to preliminary figures from …

China Firm’s Connections Used to Obtain Hazmat Permit Despite Safety Violations

The son of a former police chief is one of two silent owners of the warehouse for hazardous materials in Tianjin where explosions killed at least 114 people, and used his connections to help obtain licenses despite safety violations, Chinese …

Researchers Link Amazon Wildfire Risk to U.S. Hurricanes

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists’ findings appear in the journal …

Firefighters’ Families Seek Answers in China Port Blasts

The rapid chain of explosions that destroyed a warehouse district in the Chinese port of Tianjin could become one of the world’s deadliest disasters for fire crews, with at least 21 firefighters confirmed dead and scores of others still missing. …

Insured Losses From China Blast Estimates May Hit $1.5B

Two explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin last week that killed more than 100 people could generate total insurance losses of $1 billion to $1.5 billion, Credit Suisse analysts said, citing initial estimates based on Chinese media reports. Tianjin, …

Death Toll Climbs as China Blocks Blast Zone Over Contamination Fear

Authorities pulled more bodies from a massive blast site in the Chinese port of Tianjin, pushing the death toll to 112 on Sunday as teams scrambled to clear dangerous chemical contamination. More than 700 people were injured and 95 people, …

Discovery of Plane Part May Not Solve MH370 Mystery

There’s little chance that wreckage found in the Indian Ocean will reveal the final resting place of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. That’s a lesson learned by researchers who studied the 2011 tsunami in Japan, which sent flotsam to venues as …

Plane Debris Found in Indian Ocean Same Type as Missing Jetliner

Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a …

Strengthening El Nino Offers Benefits

In California, they’re counting on it to end an historic drought; in Peru, they’ve already declared a pre-emptive emergency to prepare for devastating flooding. It’s both an economic stimulus and a recession-maker. And it’s likely to increase the price of …

Germanwings Crash Families Say Airline is Ignoring Them

A group of parents whose children were killed in the Germanwings plane crash in March on Tuesday released a scathing letter to Lufthansa’s CEO, accusing him of ignoring their needs and feelings and insulting them with his company’s compensation offer. …

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