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House OKs bill calling for weather, not climate, forecasts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced a bill that would require U.S. government weather agencies to focus more on predicting storms and less on climate studies. The chamber passed the measure, HR 2413, on a voice vote. Prospects in the Democrat-controlled Senate are uncertain, although the House version had 13 Republican and 7 Democrat co-sponsors. The bill to "prioritize weather-related activities" at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other

House OKs bill calling for weather, not climate, forecasts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced a bill that would require U.S. government weather agencies to focus more on predicting storms and less on climate studies. The chamber passed the measure, HR 2413, on a voice vote. Prospects in the Democrat-controlled Senate are uncertain, although the House version had 13 Republican and 7 Democrat co-sponsors. The bill to "prioritize weather-related activities" at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other

Space tech provides Africa's first Islamic insurance for herders

The son of a camel herder, Hassan Bashir knows how tough traditional life in Kenya's arid north is, where pastoralists rely on livestock herds surviving boom and bust cycles of drought. But Bashir is also an astute entrepreneur, developing Africa's first livestock insurance scheme to make payouts compliant with Islamic law, by bringing together Muslim scholars and number-crunching agricultural experts using NASA weather satellites.

Climate change: regional impact

This is how climate change may affect the world's regions this century, as forecast in a major report published by UN scientists Monday. The report is part of the fifth overview on global warming by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1988. The document identifies each region's key challenges; options for addressing them; and level of risk from warming of either 2 C (3.6 F) or 4 C (7.2 F) by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels. This risk is calculated on the basis of present policies for adapting to climate change. AFRICA

P.E.I. home burns as firefighters spend three hours driving through blizzard

NEW GLASGOW, P.E.I. - A crew of firefighters spent three hours trying to reach a burning home in central P.E.I. on Wednesday, only to be thwarted by huge drifts created by the intense blizzard that left much of Atlantic Canada paralyzed. New Glasgow fire Chief Jason Peters said the lone occupant of the home managed to escape to her car, where she called for help from her cellphone.

Rare tornado damages homes in North California city

By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A rare tornado has damaged about a dozen homes in Northern California, sending roof tiles and solar panels flying and leaving residents of the city of Roseville in shock over the unusual event, officials said on Thursday. The twister descended late on Wednesday in a residential area of Roseville, about 18 miles north of the state capital, Sacramento, and ripped through a distance measuring some 100 yards, a Roseville Fire Department spokesman said.

Late blast of wintry weather hits parts of New England

By Dave Sherwood BOWDOINHAM, Maine (Reuters) - Parts of New England were hit with a late blast of wintry weather on Wednesday, the so-called "bombogenesis" storm that brought high winds to much of the region and snow to parts of Maine and Massachusetts' Cape Cod resort area.

Blizzard warning issued for Canada's Atlantic coast

Canada's Atlantic seaboard braced Wednesday for a spring blizzard, closing schools, government offices and businesses, and cancelling flights in anticipation of a record snowfall, powerful winds and flooding. Authorities said winds could reach up to 180 kilometers per hour (112 miles per hour) and as much as 40 centimeters (15 inches) of snow was expected to fall in parts of the region. Visibility was nil in the morning across much of the Maritimes due to blowing snow.

Environment Canada warns of potentially damaging spring storm in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX - Scores of weather warnings have been issued for Atlantic Canada as a powerful spring blizzard is poised to bear down on the region today. Heavy snow is in the forecast for all four provinces, but Nova Scotia and P.E.I. are expected to see the biggest accumulation with up to 40 to 50 centimetres of snow forecast for the two provinces. While New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are expected to get less snow, the entire region has been warned about potentially damaging winds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour that could cause widespread whiteout conditions.

East Coast braces for 'very unusual' spring storm bringing snow, 100 km/h gusts

HALIFAX - Atlantic Canada is bracing for a spring blizzard that could dump more than a foot of snow, bring wind gusts of more than 100 kilometres per hour and storm surges that could damage docks and coastal properties. Environment Canada forecaster Tracey Talbot said the storm will begin early Wednesday morning in southern Nova Scotia and bring whiteout conditions across the region through the day.
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