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A rare lightning storm crackles over Mitchell's Cove in early morning in Santa Cruz, Calif. The severe storm system rolled through the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas in August, packing a combination of dry lightning and high winds that triggered wildfires throughout the region.(AP)

Natural disasters cost insurance industry $76 billion in 2020: Officials

Zurich | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:53 PM IST
The 40% increase from $54 billion in 2019 dwarfed the $7 billion in man-made losses during 2020, the reinsurance company said in its sigma estimate for the year.
Biologists performed a necropsy on the North Atlantic right whale calf. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)
Biologists performed a necropsy on the North Atlantic right whale calf. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)

Scientists study cause of endangered whale calf’s death

Cape Lookout, N.C. | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 06:52 PM IST
The National Park Service says scientists are trying to discover the cause of death of a whale calf belonging to “one of the rarest marine mammals” on earth.
Shorter winters are casting doubts over dog sledding in this Greenland village.(Unsplash)
Shorter winters are casting doubts over dog sledding in this Greenland village.(Unsplash)

Shorter winters are casting doubts over dog sledding in this Greenland village

Kulusuk, Denmark | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 01:31 PM IST
Greenlanders prize the sled dogs for their endurance, using them to pull their sleds to hunt seals, whales and polar bears in the winter months when temperatures can drop to minus 35 degrees Celsius (minus 31 Fahrenheit).
After researching for over 8 years, scientists detected four distinct songs by right whales.(AP File Photo)
After researching for over 8 years, scientists detected four distinct songs by right whales.(AP File Photo)

Scientists record singing by rare right whale for first time

Anchorage | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 10:43 AM IST
“We live in a climate system that can jump abruptly from one state to another,” Broecker told the Associated Press in 1997.(AP)
“We live in a climate system that can jump abruptly from one state to another,” Broecker told the Associated Press in 1997.(AP)

Scientist who popularized term “global warming” dies

New York | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2019 07:14 PM IST
Wallace Smith Broecker was 87.The longtime Columbia University professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital, according to a spokesman for the university’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.Kevin Krajick said Broecker had been ailing in recent months.
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