Oct 11

Super Typhoon Vongfong
This image of Super Typhoon Vongfong using NASA’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), obtained October 8, 2014 (AFP Photo / NOAA / NASA / RAMMB /CIRA)

Strongest storm of 2014 as seen by NASA astronaut (PHOTO) (RT, Oct 9, 2014):

NASA astronaut has posted the photo of the biggest 2014 storm on Earth from the International Space Station. Typhoon Vongfong is heading to Japan coast and is as powerful as the Haiyan storm that killed thousands of people in 2013.

As of Thursday Vongfong winds were as strong as 105 knots (194.46 km/h) and gust up to 150 knots (277.8 km/h), with wave height reaching 15.25 m. It is expected to be to 260 km/h in the coming days. Typhoons graduate to ‘super’ status when winds reach 150 mph (241 km/h).

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is a member of the 41st expedition to the ISS, has posted a photo of the typhoon in his Twitter account.

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Feb 12

Fierce ice storm paralyzes the South; tens of thousands lose power (Los Angeles Times, Feb 12, 2014):

Much of the South on Wednesday again awoke again to the nastiness of a winter storm, needle-like freezing rain, growing piles of snow and biting temperatures that turned roads into a deadly, slippery mess and cut off power to tens of thousands of people.

The storm, which spread from Texas to the Carolinas, was described in near-apocalyptic terms by the National Weather Service, which in a morning memorandum labeled the weather “an event of historical proportions.” The service went on to use phrases such as “catastrophic … crippling … paralyzing” in describing the potential dangers.

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Feb 05

Second Storm Hitting Northeast Halts Planes, Schools (Bloomberg, Feb 5, 2014):

A second winter storm this week swept into the U.S. Northeast, grounding more than 2,000 planes, closing schools and threatening power lines. A third system is expected in about four days.

Freezing rain was falling in New York as of 5:51 a.m local time and the city may get as much as 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow and sleet, according to the National Weather Service. Light snow was falling in Boston, with as much as 9 inches forecast for the city today.

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Jan 04

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Britain’s coast battered by 30ft waves, high tides and giant hailstones as fiercest storms in 20 years leave trail of destruction… and there’s more on the way (Daily Mail, Jan 4, 2014):

  • Environment Agency has urged people to stay away from the sea and rivers because they risk being killed
  • Teenager Harry Martin has gone missing after taking photographs of storm from cliffs close to Plymouth in Devon
  • 21 severe flood warnings – the highest level – issued in South and West with 500 alerts in total across the UK
  • Storm surge began at around 6am this morning – with risk of floods for 4 hours after high tide peaks
  • Stronger winds and waves predicted for this evening’s high tide
  • Streets and homes in Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire are already badly flooded after morning’s deluge
  • Police forced to spend time moving on weather watchers after large crowds gathered along the British coastline
  • Motorist died when his car left a Cornish road as storm hit region with torrential rain and hail
  • Met Office expects 70mph-plus winds and torrential rain to batter UK into next week, peaking on Monday
  • A Dorset petrol station had to be evacuated and a house in Wales caught fire after both were struck by lightning
  • River Severn’s banks have broken in Minsterworth

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Jan 04

Killer storms lash Britain with 70mph winds and 30ft waves as more bad weather loom (Daily Express, Jan 3, 2014)

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Jan 23

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Storm brings snow to Sahara Desert (9News, Jan. 18, 2012):

BECHAR, Algeria – Snow fell Tuesday in the Sahara Desert in western Algeria.

A 24-hour cold spell brought snow and rain to the region.

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Jan 18

Jan 17 – A freak storm hits northern Japan’s Hokkaido island, bringing with it the heaviest snowfall on record for the region. Travis Brecher reports.

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Dec 20

Massive outage as storm batters France (Adelaide Now, AFP, Dec. 16, 2011):

A STORM has battered north-western France, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, disrupting rail traffic and grounding a ship that spilled oil off the coast of Brittany.

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Dec 17

Philippines storm victims look for missing relatives among houses swept away by rampaging flood waters in Cagayan de Oro, southern Mindanao. Photograph: Bobby Lagsa/EPA

Philippines tropical storm kills hundreds (Guardian, Dec. 17, 2011):

The death toll from the devastating flash floods that swept across the southern Philippines in the wake of a tropical storm has risen to more than 400.

The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) said 436 people are now confirmed dead based on a body count in funeral parlours.

The storm sent walls of water cascading through coastal cities in the country’s Mindanao group of islands, with 215 killed in Cagayan de Oro and 144 in nearby Iligan and the rest in other southern and central provinces, said the aid agency’s secretary general Gwen Pang.

She said the hardest-hit areas were in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, with many houses being swept into the sea. Most of the dead were swept away while they slept when floodwaters tore through their homes following 12 hours of torrential rain.

Earlier Colonel Leopoldo Galon, an army spokesman, said emergency workers had recovered 97 bodies, most of them children, in Cagayan de Oro.“I can’t explain how these things happened, entire villages were swept to the sea by flash floods,” Galon told Reuters. He said the death toll was expected to rise.

“I have not seen anything like this before. This could be worse than Ondoy,” he said, referring to a 2009 storm that killed hundreds of people in the capital, Manila.

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Aug 28

Floodwaters surge as Tropical Storm Irene lashes Northeast (CNN, August 28, 2011):

New York (CNN) — Trees toppled and streets flooded Sunday morning as Irene lashed some of the biggest cities in the Northeast with wind gusts and torrential rains.

Even as Irene weakened to a tropical storm, authorities in the region warned that its impact was not waning.

“We’re not out of the woods yet. Irene remains a large and potentially dangerous storm,” U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters.

Officials said the storm had knocked out power to more than 4 million people and was responsible for at least 15 deaths in six states.

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Nov 10

Severe weather alerts in the south and flood warnings in Wales and the Midlands as snow blankets parts of north and Scotland

A car negotiates the snow on the A93 near Glenshee, in the Grampians Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Stormy wintry conditions continue to affect much of Britain with severe weather warnings in place for five southern counties and 14 flood warnings for Wales, the Midlands and the north-east.

In Cumbria, six vehicles were rescued by police after five inches (13cm) of snow forced The Kirkstone Pass to close for five hours on Monday morning.

The Highways Agency said flooding had closed one lane of the eastbound A27 near Chichester in West Sussex. Drivers were being delayed in the area.

By 6am today, more than an inch of rain had fallen at Shoreham Airport and at Farnham, Surrey.

The Meteorological Office has issued severe weather warnings for East and West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and parts of Dorset.

In Hampshire, police offered to evacuate residents by boat after a road in Emsworth, near Portsmouth, was submerged under a metre of water. Residents of 50 properties are being offered shelter in a community centre.

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Jun 01

Giant sinkhole in Guatemala looks as if it goes to centre of the Earth (National Post):


Flooding and landslides from Tropical Storm Agatha have killed more than 150 people throughout Central America in the past few days, and apparently caused a giant Guatemala City sinkhole.
By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer / June 1, 2010

Cartagena, Colombia — Villagers have been buried alive in Guatemala. Residents, caked in mud, have searched in the wreckage of their homes for loved ones. Aerial photos show entire swaths of the nation’s coffee crop under water. Then, there’s the giant Guatemala City sinkhole.

The Atlantic hurricane seasons opens today, preceded by the Pacific one just weeks earlier, but already seasonal weather – coupled with volcano eruptions and other freak accidents – has battered Central American nations.

More than 150 people have been killed, mostly due to flooding and landslides, after Tropical Storm Agatha, the first Pacific storm of the season, struck Guatemala Saturday, impacting El Salvador and Honduras as well. Thousands across the region are homeless. Continue reading »

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Dec 25

US Blizzard
Blizzard hits Christmas travelers in Nebraska and Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

For only the 7th time in 106 years, people in Oklahoma City wake up to a White Christmas.  At least 13 inches of snow had fallen up to last night at Will Rodgers World Airport.  At one point, a heavy band dropped 4 inches in one hour.  The Governor declared a disaster area and ordered ever interstate and turnpike closed:

“I am urging all Oklahomans to take winter storm precautions and stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary,” Gov. Brad Henry said earlier in the day after declaring a state of emergency. “This is a very serious winter storm, and we want Oklahomans to stay safe.”

This is the second blizzard to hit the region this month.  See more pictures in the slide show below:

See more:  Dallas gets first White Christmas in 83 years. Video and pictures; and Christmas Winter Storm Travel: Ice, snow, and flooding rain

Also: Santa Tracking NORAD 3D Videos: Visiting the US and around he world

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See NASA Satellite images from space after the blizzard

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White Christmas: Snow totals, snow pack, and arctic sea ice building

Two snowstorms have hit the middle of the nation in December

Two snowstorms have hit the middle of the nation in December
This second storm hit shoppers and travelers for the holiday. View Slideshow » Click here to find out more!

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Dec 19

More signs of non-existent global warming:

Eurostar trains suspended as cold weather continues (BBC News)

Winter cold snap jolts Europe, worse to come (Sydney Morning Herald)

Snow causes second day of disruption (BBC News)

Record cold, snow envelop Japan Sea coast (Japan Times)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. East Coast was under a Winter Storm Warning early on Saturday for heavy snowfall centered around the nation’s capital, the National Weather Service said on its website.

Snow accumulation through Saturday night for Washington, D.C, was forecast at between 15 and 25 inches, with cold and windy conditions and blowing snow.

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NJ weather forecast: Major snow storm could break century-old records (NJ.com)

The storm was expected to pass through the mid-Atlantic region by Sunday morning and blanket areas to the north, including Philadelphia and New York City, later in the weekend.

Snow was expected to start falling in New York by mid-afternoon on Saturday, with accumulation of 6 to 12 inches by early Sunday morning.

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Dec 11

As a sign of non-existent global warming accelerating!

At least 17 people have died after a huge storm swept across the American Midwest and New England.

In Madison, Wisconsin, the worst affected area, more than 19 inches of snow fell Photo: AP

More than a foot of snow has fallen in 12 states as blizzard conditions buried cars under snowdrifts as much as 15 feet deep.

Most of the deaths were due to traffic accidents. In Kansas, visibility dropped to only 50 feet while in Iowa a major highway was closed, leaving lorry drivers stranded.

Hundreds of schools closed, thousands of homes lost power and flights have been cancelled across a wide area.

The Midwest is accustomed to bitterly cold winters but the strength of the storm, which also brought ice and 50mph winds, still took the region by surprise.

In Madison, Wisconsin, the worst affected area, more than 19 inches of snow fell and the local university was closed for the first time in nearly 45 years.

“It is a rare event because people are used to dealing with snowy conditions,” said a university spokesman.

Nebraska received more than 10 inches of snow, the most the state has seen in December for 50 years.

Des Moines, Iowa, recorded its second highest December snowfall – 12 to 15 inches – since records began in 1888.

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Dec 11


(CNN) — As if the heavy snow, ice and high winds from a major winter storm weren’t enough, temperatures plummeted in the upper Midwest and elsewhere Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

The storm brought blizzard conditions to some areas as gusty winds and blowing snow created whiteout conditions across much of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Winds of at least 35 mph and rain to the east caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled, leaving travelers stranded. Parts of the Southeast received more than 6 inches of rain, causing flash flooding.

A 28-year-old woman was killed in Omaha, Nebraska, Tuesday night when a truck plowing snow in a parking lot backed into her, police spokesman Jacob Bettin said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

In Nashville, Tennessee, early morning winds — possibly up to 50 mph — toppled the Christmas tree at the Tennessee State Capital, said CNN affiliate WKRN-TV. A facilities supervisor said the tree had been secured with hooks in concrete.

An Arctic high pressure system or air mass began moving southward from Canada on Wednesday, bringing with it frigid temperatures.

The temperature in Portland, Oregon, was 12 degrees, breaking the previous record of 15 degrees, set in 1972, said Jonathan Wolfe, meteorologist with the weather service’s Portland bureau.

By Wednesday afternoon the temperature in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was 9 degrees. It was minus 2 degrees in Denver, Colorado; and 11 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Forecasters warned that places such as North Dakota and Minnesota could get dangerous wind chill readings of 25 to 35 degrees below zero.

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Dec 09

… as another sign of accelerating man-made global warming!

Heavy snow arrives in New Hampshire (The Union Leader)

Parts of Michigan could get 12-16 inches of snow (Chicago Tribune)

Dangerous Midwest Storm

A storm is moving through Middle America, bringing everything from freezing rain to heavy snow and warnings of a possible blizzard. As Dean Reynolds reports, its time to batten down the hatches.

(CBS/AP) A fierce winter storm hammered more than a dozen states Tuesday with dangerous ice, heavy snow and vicious winds that threatened to create 15-foot drifts in parts of the Upper Midwest.

As much as two-thirds of the country will be affected by the storm by the time it moves off the Maine coast Thursday night, said Jim Lee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Des Moines.

“It’s a monster of a storm,” Lee said.

A pedestrian makes her way across a downtown skywalk as snow falls, Dec. 8, 2009, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After drenching California with rain and blanketing the mountain West, the storm was expected to bring significant snowfall and blizzard conditions from Utah to the Great Lakes. Wind advisories and warnings were in effect from New Mexico to the Mid-Atlantic states with flooding in the south. Winter storm warnings were likely to be issued in New England by Wednesday.

A foot or more of snow was expected in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, meteorologists said. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph could create snow drifts of 8 to 15 feet.

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Oct 21

There will be no pheasant or rabbit hunting in the northern part of Salzburg’s Flachgau region this year, in the wake of a severe hail storm that killed many wild animals last July.

There will be no pheasant or rabbit hunting in the northern part of Salzburg’s Flachgau region this year in the wake of a severe hail storm that killed many wild animals last July.

Provincial hunting chief Sepp Eder said today (Thurs) that 80 per cent of rabbits and 90 per cent of pheasants had been killed by tennis-ball sized hail in the Michaelbeuern, St. Georgen, Lamprechtshausen and Bürmoos municipalities.

He put the total number of pheasants killed by hail in the area at 2,500, adding that 200 deer had either been found dead or so badly injured they had to be put out of their misery.

Eder said wild animals had sought refuge in grain fields in vain, as high wind during the hail storm had blown the masses of ice in all directions, making it impossible to find a secure refuge.

He noted parts of Bavaria and Lower Austria had also been hard-hit by hail but not as badly as the Flachgau.

Eder predicted it would take three to five years for the wildlife population to return to normal size in that region.

Wild animals were not the only casualty during summer hail storms, which cost Austrian farmers 70 million Euros in damages.

Insurance companies received more than 16,000 damage reports, one-fifth more than in 2007. More than 100,000 hectares of cropland and every tenth farmer were affected.

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Oct 06

A freak snow storm has left hundreds of people stranded and unable to return to their homes in New Zealand’s central North Island.

A state of emergency was declared after heavy snow trapped around 700 people in their vehicles on two of the country’s major roads.

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Oct 02

This is another picture after typhoon Ketsana hit:

People wade in the chest deep floodwater Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 in suburban Cainta, east of Manila, Philippines

Source: Time

Philippines Flooding
Residents go on with their normal life amidst floodwaters in Taytay township, Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines Friday Oct. 2, 2009. Tropical storm Ketsana brought the worst flooding in metropolitan Manila and neighboring provinces in more than 40 years that left more than 250 people dead and dozens more missing. The Philippines is bracing for the super typhoon Parma which is expected to hit the northern part of the country Saturday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines — Tens of thousands of villagers fled the likely path of a powerful typhoon bearing down Friday on the Philippines, as the government braced for the possibility of a second disaster just days after a storm killed more than 400.

Heavy rain drenched mountainous coastal regions in the northeast as Typhoon Parma tracked ominously toward heavily populated areas still saturated from the worst flooding in 40 years.

Parma was forecast to hit the east coast Saturday, packing sustained winds of up to 120 mph (195 kph) and gusts up to 140 mph (230 kph). Officials fear it may develop into a “super-typhoon,” the government’s weather bureau said.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a nationwide “state of calamity” and ordered six provincial governments to evacuate residents from flood- and landslide-prone areas in the path of the storm.

The “state of calamity” extends the one applied to Manila and 25 provinces hit by the earlier storm. The declaration frees up funds to respond to emergencies.

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Sep 28

Philippines Flooding
A military truck loaded with evacuees braves the flooded street after the water subsides allowing big trucks to enter the area Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 in suburban Cainta, east of Manila, Philippines. Weary victims of a tropical storm that unleashed worst flooding in more than a decades begun cleaning up their damaged homes as rescue workers plucked more dead bodies from muddy floodwaters. (AP Photo/ Pat Roque)

MANILA, Philippines — Rescuers pulled more bodies from swollen rivers Monday as residents started to dig out their homes from under carpets of mud after flooding left 140 people dead in the Philippine capital and surrounding towns.

Overwhelmed officials called for international help, warning they may not have sufficient resources to withstand another storm that forecasters said was brewing east of the island nation and could hit as early as Friday.

Authorities expected the death toll from Tropical Storm Ketsana, which scythed across the northern Philippines on Saturday, to rise as rescuers penetrate villages blocked off by floating cars and other debris. The storm dumped more than a month’s worth of rain in just 12 hours, fueling the worst flooding to hit the country in more than 40 years. At least 140 people died, and 32 are missing.

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Aug 09

Waves as high as 9m have been reported on China’s south-east coast;

Taiwan hotel collapses after typhoon

Typhoon Morakot has struck China’s south-east coast, destroying hundreds of houses and flooding farmland.

Almost one million people were evacuated ahead of the storm, which crashed ashore in Fujian province with winds of up to 119km/h (74mph).

Flights were cancelled and fishing boats recalled to shore. A small boy died when a building collapsed.

Morakot has already hit Taiwan, killing at least three people and causing some of the worst flooding for 50 years.

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Jul 10


Snow piles seen in Yonkers.

It was Christmas in July for some Westchester County residents.

A wintry mix of hail and heavy thunderstorms downed trees and utility poles in Yonkers last night — causing mountains of slush and ice to build up in parking lots and on grassy areas.

Police said at least two homes were damaged by falling sleet, which hit the area at 11:30 p.m.

Snow plows were called in early this morning to help remove the snow, while extra fire trucks were on hand to help with the unseasonal cleanup.

A section of the Saw Mill Parkway’s exit ramp in Yonkers was especially icy, causing cars to get stuck in as much as two inches of sleet during the early morning rush-hour.

Several residents called 911 last night claiming they had spotted a tornado, although local authorities could not confirm that a twister had hit the area.

Related article: Tornado touches down in Yonkers causing extensive damage (New York Daily News)

No injuries were reported.

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Mar 29

A spring storm that blanketed much of the state with heavy snow pushed out of the state on Saturday, leaving residents of the hard-hit Panhandle to dig out from under as much as two feet of snow. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Stephen Holman)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Storms spread misery Saturday from the Great Plains to the Gulf Coast, dumping spring snow that cut power to thousands of Kansas utility customers and spawning tornado warnings and heavy rain across the South.

Two deaths were reported in Kansas as a spring blizzard buried parts of the state in ice, slush and up to two feet of snow. A 72-year-old man shoveling snow died of a heart attack Saturday while waiting for an ambulance slowed by impassable roads in Arlington, in central Kansas, authorities told The Hutchinson News. On Friday, a 58-year-old woman was killed in a car accident on icy roadways in Marion County.

The system also prompted a disaster declaration in Kansas and was blamed for two traffic deaths in Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service warned eastern Iowa about a narrow band of snow that will be particularly nasty, with forecast accumulation of 4 to 6 inches.

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Sep 06

Tropical storm Hanna is closing in on North and South Carolina with receding flood waters in Haiti revealing the corpses of nearly 500 victims of the deadly weather system.

Hurricane Hanna as it nears the US coast Photo: AP

Hanna, the eighth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, closed in on the US east coast on the verge of hurricane strength after leaving “catastrophic” conditions in Haiti, which it battered with strong winds and torrential rain for several days.

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Sep 05

· No food or drinking water as tempests batter nation
· Desolation in Cuba is like Hiroshima, says Castro

Friday September 5 2008

Haiti was reeling last night from a series of tropical storms which devastated crops and infrastructure and left bodies floating in flooded towns. Three storms in three weeks unleashed “catastrophe” and submerged much of the impoverished Caribbean nation, said President Rene Preval. A fourth storm, Ike, was gathering force in the Atlantic and could strike next week.

More than 120 people have died, thousands are homeless and agriculture and transport networks have been washed away, prompting calls for emergency international aid.

“There are a lot of people who have been on top of the roofs of their homes over 24 hours now,” the interior minister, Paul Antoine Bien-Aime, told Reuters. “They have no water, no food and we can’t even help them.”

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Mar 18

China has lost about one tenth of its forest resources to recent snow storms regarded as the most severe in half a century, state media reported Sunday.A total of 43 million acres of forest have been damaged across China as the result of three weeks of savage winter weather, the China Daily website said, citing the State Forestry Administration.

More than half the country’s provinces have been affected, and in the worst-hit regions, nearly 90 percent of forests have been destroyed, according to the paper. Continue reading »

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