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  • Countries Most Vulnerable To Food Shock Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 12:18 PM ET
    Recent events in the Middle east and northern Africa have show that the supply and price of food can lead to major social unrest and even the downfall of a government. Many in the developed world take food for granted, but in most developing nations it can be a daily struggle and a life-and-death issue. The global recession of 2008-09 took some the wind out of surging agricultural prices, but there's growing concern that globalization will ultimately tax food supplies. Population and income grow

    Many in the developed world take food for granted, but in most developing nations it can be a daily struggle and a life-and-death issue. Click to see which countries are most vulnerable to food shock.

  • After Storms, a Widespread Path of Death and Damage Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 5:53 AM ET
    Hurricane

    More than 90 tornadoes — described by one meteorologist as a “family” of them — hit the state of North Carolina on Saturday, causing widespread damage, reports the New York Times.

  • Crises in Japan Ripple Across Global Economy Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 5:27 AM ET
    80-year-old Sumi Abe is rescued from her destroyed house nine days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 20, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan.

    In the wake of Japan’s cascading disasters, signs of economic loss can be found in many corners of the globe, from Sendai, on the battered Japanese coast, to Paris to Marion, Ark., reports the New York Times.

  • Bracing for a Choppy Earnings Season Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:41 AM ET

    Terrible weather in January, a spike in gasoline prices in February and a devastating earthquake in Japan in March: any of those three factors can bring a hiccup in earnings and taken together it seems more likely than not that they will.

  • Japanese Disaster to Delay Nuclear Plans: Expert Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 10:30 AM ET

    Plans to develop new nuclear reactors may have to be put on hold until world leaders assess the causes of Japan's nuclear disaster and how to prevent a repeat of the accident, Luis Echavarri, director of the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency told CNBC.

  • Nikkei Losses to Double: Economist Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 4:10 AM ET

    As the market begins the process of second guessing the G7’s coordinated action to keep the yen lower, High Frequency Economics is warning investors the damage caused by the disaster in Japan is being both understated by the government and underappreciated outside of people in the immediate vicinity.

  • Knee-jerk reactions to catastrophes often fall wide of the mark, Stephen King, chief economist at HSBC told CNBC.

  • For Europe and China, Nuclear Crisis Renews Fears Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 4:50 AM ET
    Nuclear Power Plant

    As Japan’s nuclear crisis intensified Wednesday, governments across Europe remained at odds over whether to scale back nuclear power programs or continue plans to expand, reports the New York Times.

  • 11 Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:21 PM ET
    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. One of the sites most affected by the devastation was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which experienced a partial meltdown two days after the quake. The incident is being called the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, and it has shown few signs of slowing down. Click ahead to see 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. See 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

  • Reactor Design in Japan Has Long Been Questioned Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 9:23 PM ET
    Quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Futaba, Fukushima

    The type of containment vessel used in the stricken reactors in Japan has long been thought susceptible to failure in an emergency. The NYT reports.

  • Japan Nuclear Crisis Creates Opportunities? Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 8:06 PM ET

    To find them, Cramer goes "Off the Charts."

  • The Most Costly Earthquakes of All Time Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:07 PM ET
    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country. Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake is a rare event, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Globally we experience an average of only one earthquake above an 8.0 magnitude each year. This, of course, varies from year to year, with the most recent examples being four 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes in 2007 and zero in 2008.

    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country.

  • Quake Provides 'Excuse' for More Easing: Economist Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:22 AM ET

    Following the huge losses on the Nikkei, with more than $700 billion dollars wiped off the Japanese market in just two sessions, one economist is predicting the tragic events in Japan will be an "excuse" 'to move to quantitative easing in all major markets.

  • Yen Will Weaken Further in the Long Run: Roubini Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 2:40 AM ET

    The yen should be much weaker against the U.S. dollar in the long run based on fundamentals, Nouriel Roubini, Chairman & Co-Founder Roubini Global Economics told CNBC on Tuesday. 

  • Scenes From the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:41 PM ET
    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service. The quake created a 10-meter Tsunami that washed away houses, cars and boats. Here are scenes from the devastation.

    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service.

  • Japan Quake's Financial Impact: Five Things to Watch Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 1:12 PM ET
    A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.

    While commodity and currency markets took the biggest immediate hit from Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the damage will be felt throughout the world's economy and the US.

  • How Recent Disasters Affected Markets and Economies Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 9:02 AM ET

    The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan in 140 years sent stock markets across the globe sharply lower, while the yen and oil prices also fell.

  • Heat Damages Colombia Coffee, Raising Prices Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 8:02 AM ET
    Coffee

    Changes linked to global warming have contributed to a shortage of the beans used in specialty coffees, the New York Times reports.

  • Budget Cut Storm Hits National Weather Service Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 12:30 PM ET

    The National Weather Service is in the eye of a budget storm—one that has the potential to grow into a Category 5.

  • Why Severe Winter Could Boost Owens Corning Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 3:47 PM ET

    The upside of this winter’s snowstorm after snowstorm could be more roofing jobs for contractors and more revenue for Owens Corning, which makes shingles, the company’s chairman and CEO, Michael Thaman, told CNBC Wednesday.

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