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FILE - This July 9, 2018, file photo, shows an submerged housing area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan Monday, July 9, 2018. More than 300 people died in July from weather-related disasters in one of Japan’s deadliest months in recent years. The record heat reignited a simmering debate about how athletes and spectators will fare at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
July 30, 2018 - 11:42 pm
TOKYO (AP) — More than 300 people died in July from weather-related disasters in one of Japan's deadliest months in recent years. First came record rainfall. Disaster authorities say at least 220 people were killed early in the month by severe flooding and landslides in western Japan, with nine...
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FILE - In this July 20, 2018, file photo, a duck boat sits idle in the parking lot of Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator in Branson, Mo. A lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages was filed Sunday, July 29, against the owners and operators of a duck boat that sank July 19. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
July 30, 2018 - 6:05 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The owners and operators of a tourist boat that sank this month in Missouri, killing 17 people, put profits over people's safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and warnings of severe weather, a lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2018 file photo, a structure burns as the Carr fire races along Highway 299 near Redding, Calif. In the last year, fires have devastated neighborhoods in the Northern California wine country city of Santa Rosa, the Southern California beach city of Ventura and, now, the inland city of Redding. Hotter weather from changing climates is drying out vegetation, creating more intense fires that spread quickly from rural areas to city subdivisions, climate and fire experts say. But they also blame cities for expanding into previously undeveloped areas susceptible to fire. AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
July 28, 2018 - 12:07 pm
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A fire that destroyed neighborhoods in the Northern California city of Redding underscores a new reality in the state: Urban areas are increasingly vulnerable to wildfires. In the last year, fires have devastated neighborhoods in the Northern California wine country city of...
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In this Monday, July 23, 2018 photo, heat ripples blur the downtown skyline as a jet lands in Phoenix, Ariz., as temperatures exceed 100 degrees in the morning hours. Already devilishly hot for being in the Sonoran desert, Arizona’s largest city is also an “urban heat island,” a phenomenon that pushes up temperatures in areas covered in heat-retaining asphalt and concrete. Phoenix officials say they are tackling urban warming, monitoring downtown temperatures, planting thousands of trees and capturing rainwater to cool off public spaces. (AP Photo/Matt York)
July 26, 2018 - 9:17 am
PHOENIX (AP) — When temperatures soar as they have this week in downtown Phoenix, homeless people ride the air-conditioned light rail to avoid a heat so brutal it killed 155 people in the city and surrounding areas last year. An occasional siren wails as paramedics rush to help people sick from the...
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Kongvilay Inthavong and his wife Thongla clean up their house as the floodwaters start to recede i in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, Laos on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Authorities and the builder are investigating why a dam in southeastern Laos collapsed earlier this week, killing at least two dozen people and leaving over a hundred missing. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
July 26, 2018 - 5:46 am
SANAMXAY, Laos (AP) — Authorities in Laos ordered closer monitoring of hydroelectric facilities as they investigate why a dam in the country's southeast collapsed earlier this week, killing at least 27 people and leaving 131 missing. Floodwaters that rose to rooftops were slowly receding Thursday...
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This June 26, 2018 image shows Trujillo Meadows Reservoir and a thin tracing of the headwaters of Rio de Los Pinos in the Rio Grande National Forest west of Antonito, Colorado. Fire and climatology experts on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, provided an update on the drought and wildfire situation in Colorado and the neighboring states of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, saying fire danger has been reduced but the region is still dealing with the long-term effects of drought. (AP Photo/Paul Davenport)
July 25, 2018 - 6:59 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The threat of wildfire in the American Southwest has been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but national fire and climatology experts said Wednesday the region is still grappling with the long-term effects of drought. The experts focused on the situation across...
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In this Oct. 19, 2017 photo provided by Colin Donihue, an anoles lizard hangs onto a pole during a simulated wind experiment in the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to a study in the Wednesday, July 25, 2018 edition of the journal Nature, lizards who survived 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria had 6 to 9 percent bigger toe pads, significantly longer front limbs and smaller back limbs, compared with the population before the storms. (Colin Donihue via AP)
July 25, 2018 - 2:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tropical lizards have a stick-to-itiveness in high wind that puts TV weather reporters to shame. Now we know why, thanks in part to a high-powered leaf blower. Hurricanes Irma and Maria put a group of little tree-hugging lizards to the test, and scientists were perfectly...
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Villagers take refuge at a shelter in Paksong town, Champasak province, Laos on Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018. Rescuers were searching Wednesday for villagers left missing when part of a newly built dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 19 people. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
July 25, 2018 - 6:25 am
PAKSE, Laos (AP) — Rescuers were searching Wednesday for villagers left missing when part of a newly built dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 19 people. More than 6,000 people lost their homes when the dam gave way on Monday, flooding...
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A villager takes refuge on a rooftop above flood waters from a collapsed dam in the Attapeu district of southeastern Laos, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The official Lao news agency KPL reported Tuesday that the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam in Attapeu province collapsed Monday evening, releasing large amounts of water that swept away houses and made more than 6,600 people homeless. (Attapeu Today via AP)
July 25, 2018 - 3:12 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the collapse of a dam that flooded villages in southeastern Laos (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The state news agency in Laos says officials in the southeastern province where a dam collapsed have confirmed 19 dead so far from flooding. The KPL news agency said Wednesday...
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Villagers take refuge on a rooftop above flood waters from a collapsed dam in the Attapeu district of southeastern Laos, Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The official Lao news agency KPL reported Tuesday that the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam in Attapeu province collapsed Monday evening, releasing large amounts of water that swept away houses and made more than 6,600 people homeless. (Attapeu Today via AP)
July 24, 2018 - 11:32 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Massive flooding from a South Korean-constructed hydroelectric dam in Laos left several people dead and hundreds missing, state media said Tuesday. Rescue efforts were underway as top government officials rushed to the site and public appeals were launched for aid. The official Lao...
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