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Europe's flood losses to soar by 2050, research shows

By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Extreme floods like those swamping parts of Britain in recent months could become more frequent in Europe by 2050, more than quadrupling financial losses, if climate change worsens and more people live in vulnerable areas, research showed on Sunday. The study said instances of very extreme floods, which now occur about once every 50 years, could shorten to about every 30 years, while cases of extreme damage now occurring once every 16 years could shorten to once every 10 years.

California governor signs $687 million drought relief legislation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history. "This legislation marks a crucial step - but Californians must continue to take every action possible to conserve water," Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement. The legislation is intended to help residents, farmers and local communities, in part by tapping voter-approved bond money.

Three injured in avalanche that engulfed Montana home

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An avalanche swept down a mountainside into a Missoula, Montana, neighborhood on Friday and crushed the two-story home of an elderly couple, burying them in snow along with a young boy nearby, but all three were later found alive, police said. Large, destructive avalanches are rare in populated areas of the United States, as is the survival of anyone trapped under the snow for as long as it took rescuers to find the three victims of Friday's slide.

Rain soaks California causing floods, but won't end drought

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A large winter storm brought much-needed relief to parched California on Friday, boosting depleted reservoirs and the Sierra Nevada's mountain snowpack, but officials said the precipitation would be too little to offset years of drought.

United shares down on bad weather woes

(Reuters) - Shares of United Continental Holdings <UAL.N> fell more than 3 percent on Friday morning, after the parent of United Airlines warned that its capacity and unit revenues in the first quarter would come in below expectations as winter storms disrupted operations.

Heat extremes increase despite global warming hiatus: scientists

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Hot weather extremes have increased around the world in the past 15 years despite a slowdown in the overall pace of global warming, a study showed on Wednesday. Heat extremes are among the damaging impacts of climate change as they can raise death rates, especially among the elderly, damage food crops and strain everything from water to energy supplies.

NASA scientists turn their technology and research to help manage California's drought

FRESNO, Calif. - NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday. The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms.

NASA scientists turn their technology and research to help manage California's drought

FRESNO, Calif. - NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state's record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday. The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms.

Japan sees possible emergence of the El Nino weather pattern this summer

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Tuesday that there was a possible emergence of the El Nino weather pattern, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, this summer. El Nino - a warming of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific - affects wind patterns and can trigger both floods and drought in different parts of the globe, hitting production of key foods such as rice, wheat and sugar.

One dead, one hurt in avalanche in southeastern British Columbia

NELSON, B.C. - A man was killed and a woman taken to hospital following a dramatic rescue Sunday from a massive avalanche in southeastern British Columbia, in what was a deadly weekend in the backcountry. Search manager Chris Armstrong said the pair was among a group of four skiers trekking through a high, remote section of Kootenay Pass between Salmo and Creston on Sunday afternoon when they were hit by a slide that swept them over a cliff.
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