An unusually large and strong late-season storm system ripped through several states across the Midwest on Sunday, spawning tornadoes and tearing through homes and overturning cars along its path. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state:
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least five people dead and unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.N. climate talks head into a tense final week Monday after the diplomatic effort to reduce global warming gases was hit by a series of setbacks, including Japan's decision to ditch its voluntary emissions target.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Scientists and government officials began a two-day meeting in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday to discuss ways of protecting and, hopefully, restoring severely degraded coral reefs in U.S. waters in the Caribbean and Pacific.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry — the bulk of the U.S. "blood ivory" stockpile — and urged other nations to follow suit to fight a $10 billion global trade that slaughters tens of thousands of elephants each year.
An international study released at the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw said global warming could result in ocean waters becoming 170 percent more acidic than Industrial Revolution levels, threatening marine life and ecosystems, Reuters reports.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday will announce new rules covering oil train safety, sources told The Wall Street Journal, which says the plan has railroads concerned about possible speed restrictions and oil companies worried about limits on tank car volumes.
ABB, the Swiss engineering group, has posted a 17 percent drop in second quarter net profit, a bigger loss than expected, dragged down by delays to solar power and offshore wind projects which have hurt the company’s power systems unit, Reuters reports.
Major electricity providers -- including Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have been presenting testimony to the Florida Public Service Commission this week in support of their request to cut back on energy efficiency programs, a move opposed by conservationists, The News Service of Florida reports.
Environmentalists concerned about fish kills at the Indian Point nuclear plant on New York’s Hudson River are raising just a few of the questions being discussed as the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation opened hearings on renewing water quality permits for the facility, The New York Times reports.
Changes the Department of Energy is proposing to the way LNG export permits are handled will cause more delays and “regulatory uncertainty,” according to comments the American Petroleum Institute filed with DOE, FuelFix reports.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for construction of LNG export facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is being challenged by groups including the Sierra Club, which are asking the FERC for more environmental analysis, Platts reports.
The city of Wichita Falls is mixing treated wastewater with lake water to guarantee a continued flow into the taps of residents, but they are turning up their noses at the idea of drinking it, Reuters reports.
By the end of 2014 General Electric hopes to produce systems that generate electricity using a solid oxide fuel cell, now that it has opened a testing and research facility for the process in upstate New York, Bloomberg reports.
A full range of Defense Department operations -– from planning to training and infrastructure -– are affected by climate change, which officials are trying to counter with a pro-active approach to the situation, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Chiu told lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday.