Canada's wildfires are sending smoke billowing south, thanks to the jet stream and changes in the location of high pressure systems across the US. All that smoke has led to air quality alerts around the US — from the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest.
El Niño is back. That could mean trouble for crops from Africa to Australia, drought relief for Brazil and California — and new record global temperatures as the Pacific Ocean warms up and brings the heat along with it.
Higher than normal ocean tides are sweeping in this spring along the northwestern coast of France. The tides are surrounding the famous abbey on Mont Saint-Michel on all sides, making it more remote, isolated — and beautiful.
There may be a counterintuitive explanation for the deep freeze that hit New England this winter: The rapidly warming Arctic is causing big disruptions in the jet stream, which carries weather across North America. Is this the worst winter you've experienced?
If being in the French Alps isn't enough of a thrill, now you can "step into the void" with only a glass floor to hold you. Indian police use bananas to recover stolen goods. And we introduce you to the Paradogs of World War II, Chess boxing, Christian Rock Pakistani-style, and more in today's Global Scan.
Just as the US and Canada face record cold temperatures this week, Australia is hitting record highs — up to 121 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, China says its women should stop turning their breast milk into novelty soaps, Saudi Arabia gets its first female law firm, and an American designer may be the world's greatest diamond counterfeiter. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
The Midwest United States is buried under a mountain of cold air, dropping temperatures to levels not seen in decades. A weather reporter says it has to do with the jet stream, which may be weakening due to ... global warming?
It's cold. So cold, in fact, that all sorts of seemingly improbable things have become probable, and we share a few of them. Meanwhile, around the world, life goes on. In Turkey, police and politicians are locked in a power struggle. And in Syria, an al-Qaeda affiliate has shocked many with their quick rise to power. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Ukraine's protesters suspend clashes to negotiate with President Viktor Yanukovich, while China's leadership scrambles to block the web and keep their secret offshore bank accounts from being revealed to Chinese citizens. Curling gets fancy at the Sochi Olympics and South Korea welcomes Canadian hockey players in its bid to qualify for the next Winter Olympics. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Ukraine continues to try and find a way out of its political confrontation, but on Friday, police blundered into more trouble. They attacked a bus full of pro-government activists, mistaking them for the anti-government kind. Plus, an historic fireplace was discovered in Israel and, in the Pacific, a man comes ashore after spending, he says, 16 months at sea, in today's Global Scan.