The "super-typhoon" developed on November 3, and proceeded to devastate the Philippines with wind speeds up to 195 mph before making its way to Vietnam, Taiwan, and parts of China.
The global nuclear industry faces tough times - and activists feel optimistic - in light of historic news that Japan has decided to abandon nuclear power.
Outbreaks of the sometimes-fatal West Nile virus across the United States have intensified, making this one of the worst years for the mosquito-borne disease.
On July 25, 1984, Salyut 7 cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to perform a space walk.
Canada's government made excessive cuts in its environmental departments, resulting in the firing of many top scientists.
After massive layoffs at Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, leading ocean scientists - and the environment itself - will suffer the consequences.
A study by researchers at Northern Arizona University shows that a somewhat rosy predictions about purported beneficial effects of global warming on plant life are likely not true.
Methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, has been found by scientists in deadly, bubbling plumes on the surface of the Arctic Ocean.
As global warming threatens the wellbeing of Alaskan walruses, the government has exacerbated the issue.