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Toxic spill averted as tropical storm nears China

Twenty-meter-high waves, spawned by tropical storm Muifa off the coast of north Liaoning Province, broke a dike in the Jinshan Industrial Zone in the city of Dalian Monday morning, threatening to hit the Fujia chemical plant just 50 meters behind the dike, said a

August 09, 2011

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Japan tsunami broke huge icebergs off Antarctica

The massive March 11 Japan earthquake and its ensuing tsunami were so powerful that they broke off huge icebergs thousands of miles away in Antarctica, according to a new study.The calving of icebergs (where a huge chunk of ice breaks off from a glacier or ice shelf)

August 08, 2011

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Landslide buried several houses in a village near Cameron Highlands resorts in Malaysia

Death toll from a landslide near Malaysia's Cameron Highlands tourist spot rose to seven. This after the bodies of the last four missing victims were found, official media said. The landslide late Sunday afternoon buried several houses in a village in the region,

August 08, 2011

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Pollutants found at US base in S.Korea - possible Agent Orange

Traces of toxic chemicals have been found at a US military camp but there is no evidence yet to support claims that Agent Orange was buried there in 1978, South Korean and American investigators said.Dangerous levels of trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene were

August 08, 2011

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Grasshopper population spiking across Texas

Texans just can't catch a break this summer. In the midst of this historic drought now there's a grasshopper problem. A large seasonal population of grasshoppers is taking ranchers' land. The pests are eating the grass intended for cows and other animals.The drought

August 08, 2011

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Fallen leaves add similar amounts of mercury to the environment as precipitation

Fallen autumn leaves transfer as much, if not more, hazardous mercury from the atmosphere to the environment as does precipitation each year, according to recent U.S. Geological Survey research.Mercury is an environmental contaminant that accumulates in fish and food

August 08, 2011

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The First True View of Global Erosion

Geologist Paul Bierman from University of Vermont and his graduate student, Eric Portenga, have taken twenty years worth of this disparate data, compiled 1599 measurements from eighty-seven sites around the world, and recalculated it with a single, up-to-date method.

August 08, 2011

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Wildfires burning on Greek island Corfu, Skopelos and Halkidiki peninsula

A fire on the picturesque Ionian island of Corfu has devastated some 130 hectares (320 acres) of pine forest and olive groves, the island's mayor said on Thursday, blaming arsonists. Pockets of fire that started in 19 different locations on Tuesday left no doubt that

August 08, 2011

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Volcanoes on Kamchatka peninsula still erupting

Five volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula are either erupting or showing signs of impending eruption. In this image a thick plume of ash streams from a lava dome on Shiveluch Volcano. VONA/KVERT-SheveluchAviation Color Code: OrangeVolcano Location: 56°39'N,...

August 07, 2011

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Floods and landslides in Myanmar

Seven people were killed and thousands evacuated as a result of flooding last week, after heavy rain swelled many major rivers to dangerous levels, Myanmar Red Cross Society and state media said last week.State-run Myanmar Ahlin newspaper reported on July 28 that six

August 07, 2011

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Mystery of the orange substance in Alaska

A massive patch of bright orange material washed up on the Alaskan coast, and has scientists baffled. The substance, which experts don't believe is man-made, could possibly be algae, but a kind no one has seen before.A strange orange substance raining down from the

August 07, 2011

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Increasing ocean acidification and the effects on microalgae

Scientists have for the first time examined on a global scale how calcified algae in their natural habitat react to increasing acidification due to higher marine uptake of carbon dioxide.In the current issue of the magazine Nature they explain that Coccolithophores,

August 07, 2011

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18 Indonesian volcanoes on alert status

Eighteen Indonesian volcanoes are on “alert” status, two of which are at Alert Level 3, which is called “Siaga”, the Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center says. Center head Surono said Sunday in Jakarta the erupting Mount Lokon in North Sulawesi

August 07, 2011

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Rare undersea earthquake rattles Israel

A relatively rare, moderate earthquake struck near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip on Sunday.According to  United States Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake measured 4.1 magnitude struck  71 km (44 miles) NW of Tel Aviv-Yafo, 80 km (49 miles) WSW of Haifa,

August 07, 2011

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Gunung Marapi volcano in Sumatra, Indonesia was raised to Level 2 alert

Marapi volcano in Sumatra, Indonesia was raised to level 2 alert on 3rd August after continuous volcanic tremor was recorded. Earthquake activity was accompanied by 8 explosions and thick grey emissions rising 1 km above the summit. A 3 km exclusion zone has been

August 06, 2011

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A new paroxysm from the "New SE crater" of Etna is occurring

A new paroxysm (nr 9 in 2011) from the "New SE crater" of Etna is occurring at the time of writing. Following a brief period of intermittent weak explosions starting mid-day today, strombolian activity started to increase sharply the evening of 5 August; activity has

August 06, 2011

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Asian summer monsoon transforms Burmanese rivers

Arising from glaciers in the remote mountains of northern Burma (Myanmar), the Irrawaddy River (also known as the Ayeyarwady or Ayeyarwaddy) typically experiences its lowest water level in February, and its highest water level in August. Summertime snow and glacier

August 06, 2011