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  • How 25% of global GDP could be washed away Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 6:04 AM ET
    Global Warming climate change world map

    Think it's just tiny island nations that climate change will wash away? A UN report indicates a quarter of global GDP is at risk.

  • Burning questions on Hawaii's lava menace Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 10:10 AM ET
    A Hawaii Volcano Observatory geologist maps the margin of the lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano October 26, 2014.

    Hawaii's slow moving lava could cut off supplies and power to residents who have no choice but to leave homes, reports NBC News.

  • Gonzalo wallops Bermuda, knocks out power Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:23 PM ET
    Hurricane Gonzalo is seen over the Atlantic Ocean in this NASA image taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station October 17, 2014.

    Hurricane Gonzalo struck Bermuda, knocking out most electricity as it lashed the tiny island chain with sustained winds topping 100 miles per hour.

  • Super Typhoon takes aim at US Pacific bases Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 5:23 AM ET
    Passers-by with umbrellas struggle against strong winds and heavy rain caused by Typhoon Phanfone, in Tokyo October 6, 2014.

    Super Typhoon Vongfong was moving toward one of the U.S. military's largest concentrations of manpower and firepower on Kadena and Okinawa islands.

  • Disasters could cost world $421B by 2030: Report Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 AM ET

    The increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events could cost the world $421 billion yearly by 2030, the Red Cross warned.

  • Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes   Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:15 AM ET
    Wildfires destroy hundreds of homes

    Firefighters in California continue to battle a blaze that has destroyed or damaged homes, businesses and two churches.

  • Expect the unexpected: More 9.0 megaquakes coming Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:15 PM ET
    A catamaran sightseeing boat, sits atop a two-story Japanese inn on April 3, 2011 in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

    Researchers say that most of the Pacific's earthquake zones are capable of generating shocks at least as strong as magnitude 9, NBC News reports.

  • Wildfires in Northern California burn 100 homes   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 AM ET
    Wildfires in Northern California burn 100 homes

    A wildfire threatening an entire town in Northern California is just one of a dozen major blazes burning across the state. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports from Weed, Calif.

  • These states are at the biggest risk of disaster Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes—depending on where you live in the U.S., natural disasters can be a way of life.

  • Denied! FEMA says no to Hawaii's disaster request Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 7:31 AM ET
    Winds from Tropical Storm Iselle blow palm trees near a sign warning of the closure of Kualoa Regional Park in Honolulu on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. All of the public parks on Oahu were closed.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle.

  • Napa earthquake impact on wine   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:49 PM ET
    Napa earthquake impact on wine

    Jessica Altieri, Wine Channel, discusses the impact Napa, California's earthquake will have on both consumers and winemakers.

  • Cleaning up after Napa quake   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:48 PM ET
    Cleaning up after Napa quake

    The impact of the 6.0 magnitude earthquake on Napa, California's small businesses, with CNBC's Josh Lipton.

  • Sunday's Napa quake fallout   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 2:24 PM ET
    Sunday's Napa quake fallout

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports on the damages and economic impact from Sunday's earthquake in California.

  • The ShakeAlert system   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 1:22 PM ET
    The ShakeAlert system

    John Vidale, University of Washington director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, provides insight to the wide range of applications for the ShakeAlert system, and the cost to build the system.

  • The cost of the Napa quake   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 1:20 PM ET
    The cost of the Napa quake

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports the USGS is tagging the Napa earthquake with a "red alert," which suggests losses ranging from a half a billion to one billion dollars.

  • Emergency services company helps post-quake   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    Emergency services company helps post-quake

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports on what it takes to get businesses back up and running after an earthquake.

  • Developing earthquake warning systems   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 11:11 AM ET
    Developing earthquake warning systems

    CNBC's Josh Lipton shows footage from surveillance cameras taken during the 6.0 magnitude earthquake that hit San Francisco's Napa region. Jon Fortt provides insight.

  • Earthquake impacts wineries   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 10:36 AM ET
    Earthquake impacts wineries

    CNBC's Josh Lipton looks at how the 6.0 magnitude earthquake is economically impacting wineries in Napa Valley.

  • Earthquake triggers Napa Valley state of emergency

    A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit San Francisco's Napa area early Sunday. CNBC's Josh Lipton takes a first look at the destruction.

  • California's wine country rocked by quake   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 7:03 AM ET
    California's wine country rocked by quake

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco's Napa area on Sunday triggering at least 50 aftershocks so far.