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Munich Re - Weather disasters in USA dominate natural disaster losses in 2021

In 2021, natural disasters caused overall losses of US$ 280bn, of which roughly US$ 120bn were insuredAlongside 2005 and 2011, the year 2021 proved to be the second-costliest ever for the insurance se...

Philippine governor warns of looting without typhoon aid

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The governor of a central Philippine province devastated by Typhoon Rai last week pleaded on radio Tuesday for the government to quickly send food and other aid, warning tha...

Over 200 dead as Philippines reels from Typhoon Rai

At least 208 people have died after a powerful typhoon slammed into the Philippines last week, the national police said on Monday. The tally showed at least 239 people are still missing with dozens ...

Typhoon Rai weakens after pummelling central Philippines

Typhoon Rai has weakened after slamming into southern and central parts of the Philippines, with authorities on Friday reporting one death so far from one of the most powerful tropical storms to hit t...

Strong typhoon approaches Philippines as tens of thousands evacuate

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal areas of the central and southern Philippines ahead of a strong typhoon that is expected to make landfall on Thursday afternoon. Typhoon...

Charleston, Savannah see abnormally high tides during storm

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A strong storm off the Southeast coast combined with periodic higher tides Sunday, causing coastal flooding that approached levels rarely seen outside of hurricanes along the S...

Bangkok braces for possible flooding as rains continue

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities sandbagged low-lying areas in the Thai capital and checked pumping stations Thursday along the Chao Phraya River in preparation for possible flooding as dams upstream, swoll...

Weekend to see Taiwan’s first autumn weather

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — For the first time this autumn, a northeasterly wind will dominate during the weekend, sending temperatures slightly down in north and east Taiwan, reports said Thursday (...

After Northeast flooding, insurance woes swamp residents

NEW YORK (AP) — After being pummeled by two tropical storms that submerged basements, cracked home foundations and destroyed belongings, Northeastern U.S. residents still in the throes of recovery are...

Taiwan’s autumn will be wet and warm with up to two typhoons

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Autumn could be slightly warmer and wetter than normal, with one or two tropical storms or typhoons hitting the country, the Central Weather Bureau said Friday (Aug. 27). ...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 12 The Philadelphia Inquirer on continuing challenges to the 2020 presidential election: ...

Officials across Florida rethink condo inspection policies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Across Florida, people living in the thousands of condominiums rising above the state’s 1,350 miles of coastline wonder if the building collapse in Surfside could happen to th...

Vatican hosts faith leaders ahead of Glasgow climate meeting

ROME (AP) — The Vatican will host a gathering of faith leaders this fall to build momentum behind a moral appeal for strong, courageous commitments to be taken at a November climate change conference ...

Tesla CEO Musk puts $100 mln jolt into quest for carbon removal

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday (April 22) offered inventors $100 million in prize money to develop ways to fight global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or ocean....

Global warming's extreme rains threaten Hawaii's coral reefs

HONOLULU (AP) — As muddy rainwater surged from Hawaii's steep seaside mountains and inundated residential communities last month, the damage caused by flooding was obvious — houses were destroyed and ...