A huge snowstorm is hammering the east coast of the US, knocking out power to more than half a million people, shutting down roads and forcing people to stay home. As much as a meter of snow could fall before it ends.
Tropical Storm Hermine has left a path of devastation in the coastal Southern states. It now threatens to hit the northern East Coast of the US as a hurricane.
At least six people were killed after waterways in the southeastern corner of the US State of Louisiana broke their banks. More than 20,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes, officials said.
Germany's National Meteorological Service has introduced a more precise weather prediction system. It issues storm and other warnings not only for counties, but also for municipalities and rural areas.
The United States and China have formally joined the global climate change agreement reached in Paris last year. The decisions mark a major step towards the pact's eventual implementation.
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