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Amundsen Sea at 3am on a December day Credit Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Winter warming in West Antarctica caused by central tropical Pacific warming

The Pacific sector of Antarctica, including both the Antarctic Peninsula and continental West Antarctica, has experienced substantial warming in the past 30 years. An increase in the circumpolar westerlies, owing in part to the decline in stratospheric ozone...

July 31, 2011

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Strong heat burst felt across Wichita Metro

The National Weather Service said a heat burst was observed at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. The temperature jumped 17 degrees in 20 minutes, from 85 degrees at 12:22 a.m. to 102 degrees at 12:42 a.m. The heat burst was also accompanied by winds of 40 to 50...

June 09, 2011

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Tropical depression formed near Philippines

Torrential rain triggered flooding in parts of the Philippines as a tropical depression spun up nearby. According to the Straits Times of Singapore, at least three people have been killed by floods following days of heavy rain as of Thursday. Nearly 200 000 people...

June 08, 2011

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Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits west of Macquarie Island, Australia

A M6.3 magnitude earthquake has been recorded near Macquarie Island just north of Antarctica at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Macquarie Island is an exposed portion of the Macquarie Ridge, and is located where the Australian plate meets the Pacific plate. It is the...

June 05, 2011

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Bean sprouts may be behind E. coli outbreak

German-grown bean sprouts have been identified as the most likely potential source of the deadly E. coli outbreak in the north of Germany, authorities said on Sunday. There was no definite proof as yet but "a connection has been found involving all the main...

June 05, 2011

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A sharp gust of solar wind hit Earth's magnetic field

A sharp gust of solar wind hit Earth's magnetic field at approximately 20:30 UTC on June 4, 2011. High-latitude sky watchers in both hemispheres should be alert for auroras. Solar windspeed: 495.9 km/secdensity: 2.6 protons/cm3 Planetary K-indexNow: Kp= 5...

June 04, 2011

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Waters spread across floodway above Morgan City

Two weeks after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the flood control structure known as the Morganza Spillway, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image of the...

June 04, 2011

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Mt.Yasur volcano upgraded to Alert Level 3

Ash belching from a Vanuatu volcano is an increasing health threat to islanders and their water supplies. The cloud from erupting Mount Yasur has billowed some 1,800 metres high and affected flights in neighbouring New Caledonia. Tourists have been banned from

June 01, 2011

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Mystery disease kills 300 sheep within an hour in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi farmer who went into his barn to take his 300 sheep on their daily pasturing was shocked when he found them all dead, a newspaper in the Gulf Kingdom said on Saturday.The farm said he checked the sheep an hour earlier and they were all alive in their barn

June 01, 2011

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Volcano expert fears we’ll see a super eruption in this century

Examining geological, historical and archeological records, the expert took the audience on a journey back to three volcanic eruptions that have shaken the world – the 1815 Tambora volcano in Indonesia that killed 100,000 people, the 1783 eruption of Kaki in Iceland

June 01, 2011

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Severe drought hits China - 1,300 lakes "dead, shortages affect 4.4 million people and 3.2 million farm animals

Severe drought has forced China to release 5bn cubic metres from Three Gorges reservoir for irrigation and drinking water.The Yangtze – Asia's biggest river – is experiencing its worst drought in 50 years, forcing an unprecedented release of water from the Three

June 01, 2011

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France on drought alert after hottest spring since 1900

France is now on heatwave alert after the hottest spring since 1900 has left water tables down and farmers struggling to feed their livestock. The Health Ministry has put into effect level one of an anti-drought plan that was drawn up after 15,000 people died in the

June 01, 2011

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Hundreds of endangered Saiga antelopes die in Kazakhstan

More than 440 endangered Saiga antelopes were found dead in western Kazakhstan last week, suspected victims of the same epidemic that killed 12,000 animals last year, officials said on Monday.The horned animals, distinguished for the flexible snout-like noses,

June 01, 2011

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Another lead poisoning in China

Authorities in eastern China have detained 74 people and suspended work at hundreds of factories after a new lead poisoning scare once again highlighted the dark side of the country's economic boom.The announcement by the Zhejiang government on Monday follows a

May 31, 2011

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E. coli claims first victim outside Germany

The outbreak of a highly virulent strain of the E. coli bacteria found on imported cucumbers in Germany has now killed at least 16 people. Authorities are warning against eating raw vegetables.A deadly strain of the Enterohemorrhagic E.coli bacteria has claimed its

May 31, 2011

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Kilauea crater lava lake grows

Lava is only present within Pu`u `O`o crater and the vent inset within the east wall and floor of the summit's Halema`uma`u Crater. The summit lava lake level falls and rises every 15 minutes. In the east rift zone, vents within Pu`u `O`o crater fed a lava lake...

May 31, 2011

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Indonesia’s Dieng volcano spews poisonous gas

Authorities have raised the alert level for Mount Dieng in Central Java and have ordered the evacuation of residents living near the area after the volcano began spewing poisonous gas. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency

May 31, 2011

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752 metric tons of fish found floating in Taal Lake

A sudden change in water temperature of a lake surrounding a restive volcano in the Philippines has killed more than 700 metric tons of fish, a government agency said. The bureau said 752 metric tons of milkfish and tilapia have been found floating in Taal Lake,

May 30, 2011

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African land grab could lead to future water conflicts

China, India and Saudi Arabia have lately leased vast tracts of land in sub-Saharan Africa at knockdown prices. Their primary aim is to grow food abroad using the water that African countries don't have the infrastructure to exploit. Doing so is cheaper and easier than

May 30, 2011

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Prozac killing E. coli in the Great Lakes

Scientists in Erie, Pennsylvania, have found that minute concentrations of fluoxetine, the active ingredient in Prozac, are killing off microbial populations in the Great Lakes.Traces of antidepressants such as Prozac have been found in both drinking and recreational

May 29, 2011

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Kyoto deal loses four big nations

Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, European diplomats have said.The future of the Kyoto Protocol

May 29, 2011

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Dead Sea disappearing day by day

The Dead Sea has been drying up at a dramatic rate in recent decades as a result mostly of human demands for water. But instead of letting the historic body of water continue to disappear, some scientists are getting increasingly serious about trying to save it.In the m

May 28, 2011

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Water content of lunar magma is 100 times higher than previous studies suggested

A team of NASA-funded researchers has measured for the first time water from the moon in the form of tiny globules of molten rock, which have turned to glass-like material trapped within crystals. Data from these newly-discovered lunar melt inclusions indicate the

May 28, 2011

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Stationary depression causes floods and mudslides in Haiti

Mudslides, flooded camps for victims and an expected increase in cholera cases is the preliminary balance of the heavy rains in Haiti. The fatalities are children who died in the northern city of Cap Haitien as a result of landslides, according to a report of the...

May 28, 2011

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Landslide burried homes in Brittish Columbia

A landslide has sent tonnes of mud rocks and trees into homes in the Sunshine Valley, about 15 kilometres east of Hope, B.C. RCMP say three homes were affected and residents were in only one of the houses when the slide occurred at aout 4 p.m. PT Thursday. There were

May 28, 2011

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Moderate geomagnetic storm is in progress

A solar wind stream is buffeting Earth's magnetic field, sparking Southern Lights around the Antarctic Circle. Ian Stewart sends this picture to SpaceWeather.com from a jetty near Hobart, Tasmania:"Not long after sunset a friend rang to ask whether a faint arc of

May 28, 2011

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Receding floods around Ondjiva, Angola

Seasonal floods affected thousands of people in Angola and Namibia during a rainy season that stretched through April 2011. Flood waters finally receded in May, but not before an estimated 260,000 residents had been affected, according to the United Nations Office for

May 28, 2011

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Sun's active region turns toward Earth - geomagnetic storm in progress

The quiet sun is waking up. New sunspot 1226 emerging over the sun's southeastern limb is crackling with strong C-class solar flares. So far none of the blasts has been geoeffective, but this could change in the days ahead as the active region turns toward

May 28, 2011

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Dozens of sinkholes appeared in Quebec

Engineers and geologists are examining dozens of deep holes that appeared in the ground in Quebec City's north end this week, as residents are being urged to leave their homes for safer locations.City officials served evacuation papers Wednesday to about 15 homes and

May 28, 2011

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BGI devoted to resolve Epidemic Intestinal Hemorrhage E. Coli bacterium (EHEC)

An outbreak of Enterohemorrhagic E. Coli, also known as resistant E.Coli bacteria, is spreading in Germany and Europe. The Medical College of Hamburg University, that threats many of the infected patients, has taken the lead in the developing of a new antibiotic

May 27, 2011

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More problems with glyphosate for US rice growers

Adding to the natural rice industry’s woes after Bayer CropScience contaminated a third of the US rice supply with transgenic rice in 2006, the widespread application of Bayer’s glufosinate and Monsanto’s glyphosate is reducing crop yields, and burning and

May 26, 2011

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Deadly E. coli outbreak alarms Germany

A deadly outbreak of the E. coli bacterium has claimed several victims in Germany, authorities confirmed Tuesday. A life-threatening form of the bacteria E. coli has spread across much of Germany, with scores of patients seriously ill in hospital. The bug claimed its

May 26, 2011

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Locust plague ravages NW China

Large swarms of locusts have laid waste to vast tracts of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with authorities expecting the plague to worsen as the weather heats up. The locust plague began in the pastureland of the Ili River Valley and Taer Basin in

May 26, 2011

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Lightning strikes kill 40 in Bangladesh

Lightning strikes during a heavy rainstorm in Bangladesh killed at least 40 people and injured more than 150, most of them harvesting rice in fields or fishing, police and officials said on Tuesday.The deaths, the largest number of casualties from lightning in a

May 26, 2011

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Erupion of Grímsvötn from the glaciers perspective

 The Glacier Change blog posted interesting article about recent eruption of Iceland volcano from a glaciers perspective;Skeiðarárjökull Glacier,Vatnajökull retreat Grímsvötn eruption and Jökulhlaup May 2011Skeiðarárjökull Glacier is a large outlet

May 24, 2011

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Chileans set against giant dams project

Increasing numbers of Chileans are turning against a government plan to build giant dams in the south, in stark contrasted to muted protests in Brazil over a similar mammoth hydroelectric project there. Unlike Brazil, where government departments deployed influence to

May 23, 2011

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Swarm of earthquakes shakes Turkey

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake partially collapsed buildings in western Turkey on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 70, according to authorities.Close to a hundred aftershocks have followed a M5.9 earthquake. Turkey is the fulcrum point of...

May 22, 2011

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Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano erupted, it may trigger flooding

Iceland's most active volcano, Grimsvotn, started erupting. The volcano, which lies under the Vatnajokull glacier in south-east Iceland, last erupted in 2004. In 2010, plumes of ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano caused weeks of air travel

May 21, 2011

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Bahamas sink while one island mysteriously rises

All the islands in the Bahamas were thought to be slowly sinking, but now scientists find one quirky isle going against the crowd. This anomaly suggests the area may be less seismically stable than previously thought. Scientists focused on the small island of...

May 19, 2011

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Morganza spillway open on the Mississippi river

An estimated 108,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Mississippi River is rushing through Louisiana's Morganza Floodway today as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened another bay bringing the total to 16 open gates out of the 125 possible. On May 15,

May 18, 2011