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Emergency declared in Dawson Creek after unprecedented rain creates flood damage

A local state of emergency has been declared in Dawson Creek, in northeastern B.C., as receding flood waters reveal the extent of damage from two days of record−setting rain. Mayor...

Heavy rains cause floods in northeastern B.C., damaging rail lines, bridges

Flooding has forced some residents out of their homes while leaving thousands of others in the dark as heavy rain washed out major roads and bridges, and damaged powerlines in northeastern British...

Charities leverage tech to tap millennial dollars in season of giving

Millennials use Snapchat app to record heartfelt donation requests, and then fanned them out to their social networks.

Flooding prompts B.C. First Nation community to declare state of emergency

Flooding minor so far, but declaring a state of emergency allows the Tseshaht Council to pre-emptively commit resources toward flood prevention measures.

Climate change altering jet stream, causing storms to "get stuck"

There’s something really interesting happening with the jet stream right now.

Extreme rain rips apart historic Cinque Terre: "Monterosso no longer exists"

Italy’s world famous ‘Cinque Terre’ hill towns drew the short straw last week as our turbo-charged weather system unleashed its latest epic rainfall disaster.

NASA: it rained so hard the oceans fell

Worldwide rainfall and snowfall were so extreme, in so many places last year, that sea levels fell dramatically. What role did global warming play and where are we headed from here?

Waste Land, Vision and a Festival of new films from Europe

Can art change people? Waste Land asks the question but does it deliver? (read more)

Vancouver street crews need help to prevent flooding

Rain isn’t the only thing falling in Vancouver. The combination of the heavy rain warning issued today and falling leaves has caused city street crews to worry about flooding. With Environment...