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Eastern couguar declared as extinct specie

The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern cougar officially extinct Wednesday, even though the big cat is believe to have first disappeared in the 1930s. The eastern cougar is often called the "ghost cat" because it has been so rarely glimpsed in

March 04, 2011

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Sixth mass extinction 'that will eradicate 75% of life on Earth is drawing closer'

Earth may be on the brink of a sixth mass extinction on the scale of the apocalyptic event that wiped out the dinosaurs. The researchers say that unless action is taken now to reverse the harmful effects of human activity on eco-systems, a full-blown mass

March 03, 2011

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The killer fungus turning rainforest ants into colonies of zombies

Parasites are destroying colonies of ants in the Amazonian rainforest. The fungus latches on to carpenter ants as they cross the forest floor before returning to their nests high in the canopy. The fungus then grows inside the ants, taking over their bodies and

March 03, 2011

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Earthquakes and deadly mudslide triggers mass evacuation order in Colombia

Authorities in the northern Colombian department of Santander ordered the evacuation of 15,000 residents Thursday after mudslides killed at least three. The decision was made amid fears that a double mudslide that hit the village of California in the afternoon could

March 03, 2011

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Geologists warn of major earthquake in Spain

The president of the Colegio Oficial de Geólogos (ICOG), Luis Suárez, has warned that Spain may be due a major earthquake soon, if statistics of history and monitoring are anything to go by. Statistically, Spain has suffered a major, destructive earthquake every 70

March 02, 2011

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Australia: 5000 lightning strikes during storms

 Five thousand lightning strikes danced across southeast Queensland skies overnight but the thunderstorms were not as severe or damaging as the weather bureau expected. The thunderstorms produced 5000 lightning strikes since 11pm (AEST) on Tuesday, with more

March 02, 2011

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Cyclone "Bingiza" destroyed Madagascar

Victims of Cyclone Bingiza in Madagascar were 34 people, injured more than 200 thousand, informs ITAR-TASS. Tropical Cyclone Bingiza "raged for over a week in Madagascar. During this time, 77 thousand people lost their homes and more than 200 thousand were injured.

March 02, 2011

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More sea islands disappear in China

A five-year government survey finds that China faces a worsening problem over the disappearance of sea islands caused by disorderly and crude exploitation. Reclamation, sand dredging, and bombing islands are some of the destructive human activities that have

March 02, 2011

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Comet Elenin: Harbinger of What?

Note prior to reading: This is a two weeks old blog post that I just today came across and realized it had few things worth remembering and discussing here. I invite you all to read this blog post by Laura Knight Jadczyk and leave us your comments and thoughts,

March 01, 2011

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New insights on changes in the ozone layer

German Aerospace Center researchers have been instrumental in the preparation of a report on the changes in the Ozone Layer for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report was published online by the Geneva-based WMO in January. Recent estimates suggest

March 01, 2011

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Records smashed as Perth continues to heat

Authorities are bracing for worse to come as the record-breaking run of hot weather enveloping Perth is set to continue well after the official end of summer. The city has already experienced its longest-ever run of nights where the minimum temperature did not fall

March 01, 2011

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Christchurch earthquake toll likely to be about 240

The death toll from the Christchurch earthquake is likely to be about 240, police say. If the death toll did reach 240, the Christchurch earthquake would be New Zealand's third worst death toll from a disaster. The 1979 Mt Erebus air crashed left 257 dead on November

March 01, 2011

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2010 - A year of extremes in Changing Climate

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Annual Climate Summary for 2010, released yesterday, confirms the year was one of extremes for many parts of the country.Key points include: *The year, which began with El Nino conditions in the Pacific before rapidly

March 01, 2011

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Before and after the Christchurch earthquake

Satellite imagery has captured some of the devastation caused by the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that flattened buildings and killed scores of people in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on February 22, 2011.Google and GeoEye took the aerial images two days after the

March 01, 2011

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Water demand will 'outstrip supply by 40% within 20 years'

Water demand in many countries will exceed supply by 40 per cent within 20 years due to the combined threat of climate change and population growth, scientists have warned. A new way of thinking about water is needed as looming shortages threaten communities,

February 28, 2011

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Hillside collapses in Bolivian capital after heavy rains, destroying 400 houses

Heavy rains caused a hilltop to collapse in a poor neighbourhood of the Bolivian capital Sunday, cracking roads, destroying at least 400 homes and burying people's belongings under mud and debris. There were no fatalities but significant damage from the landslide in

February 28, 2011

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Another mass animal die-off in Tasmania

Experts have no answers on what has caused the death of thousands of squid in the River Derwent this week. Dead and dying arrowhead squid have been washed ashore or spotted floating on the water at Austins Ferry and Berriedale in Tasmania. Locals say they have never

February 28, 2011