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.
Japanese weather agencies have reported that an approaching storm was already disrupting air traffic. A US-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Tokyo after hitting severe turbulence.
In an unseasonal cold blast, all 50 US states have been hit by freezing temperatures. Snowstorms, which have left four dead in the state of New York, have been described as "the worst in memory."
Residents of the northeastern US state of New York are bracing for a fresh dumping of heavy snow. At least seven deaths have been attributed to the last snowstorm.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has accepted a petition from environmentalists to protect the Arctic against climate change. At the same time, latest figures show ice in the Arctic sea continues to melt.
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