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South Shetland Islands and Antarctica viewed from ISS

The inclined equatorial orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) limits astronauts to nadir views of Earth—looking straight down from the spacecraft—between approximately 52 degrees North latitude and 52 degrees South. However, when viewing conditions are

December 05, 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

A fresh leak of highly radioactive water into the open ocean has been discovered at Fukushima nuclear complex

Large quantities of highly radioactive water have leaked through a crack in the wall of a treatment facility at the Fukushima power plant, and some may have founds its way into the sea, the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said.Crews were dispatched to

December 05, 2011

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Wandan mud volcano erupted in Taiwan

Wandan mud dome  erupted early Friday after nearly a year of inactivity is spilling mud flows of up to two meters high. The Wandan mud volcano, Pingtung County, erupted around 3 a.m. near a cemetery area, ejecting mud and releasing natural gases, according to the

December 04, 2011

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WE WATCH: Is Japan going to sink?! pt.3 - Seabed shifted by 50 meters (165 feet) - the largest slip yet recorded

The massive waves were triggered by a devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan last March and crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, gave the sea floor a huge shove toward Honshu, Japan's largest island. But until now it has been unclear how

December 04, 2011

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Extreme weather events fatal for walnut trees

Drier summers and extreme weather events considered possible as the climate changes would be especially troublesome - possibly fatal - for walnut trees, according to research at Purdue University. Researchers now suspect and predict that climate change is going to

December 03, 2011

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Brutally cold air mass forming up north of Northern America

The cold air will continue to expand toward the south and east Sunday night and Monday bringing some of the lowest temperatures so far from New Mexico and West Texas to the Great Lakes. The storm that brought snow to the Front Range of the Rockies and a section of the

December 03, 2011

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5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Cook Strait, New Zealand

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand 30 km (18 miles) east of Picton and 40km (24.8 miles) southwest of the capital city of Wellington (41.552°S, 174.617°E) at 7:19 p.m. local time Saturday (at 06:19:07 UTC) with epicenter at depth of 59.1 km (36.7

December 03, 2011

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Massive sinkhole opens up in Sayre, Oklahoma

A massive sinkhole appears overnight at Beckham County near Sayre, Oklahoma. KFOR reports that the sinkhole is about 40 feet deep and 40 feet wide. Sinkholes are not so uncommon in western Oklahoma. Geologists at the Oklahoma Geological Survey say several things could

December 03, 2011

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Highest pressure in decades over the Northwest?

UW's Neal Johnson ran the numbers and found that the sea level pressure at Seattle-Tacoma Airport today was the highest since record keeping began there in 1948.  Last night at midnight Sea-Tac hit 1043.4 hPa, smashing the old record of 1043.0 hPa.According to

December 02, 2011

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Severe depletion of Texas groundwater

The record-breaking drought in Texas that has fueled wildfires, decimated crops, and forced the sale of cattle herds has also reduced levels of groundwater to the lowest levels observed in more than 63 years. Groundwater is moisture trapped in pores in the soil and in

December 02, 2011

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Herbicide atrazine spurs reproductive dysfunction in many animals

Atrazine is the second-most widely used herbicide in the U.S. More than 75 million pounds of it are applied to corn and other crops, and it is the most commonly detected pesticide contaminant of groundwater, surface water and rain in the U.S. The new review is compiled

December 02, 2011

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NASA Satellite shows state of SO2 pollution from U.S. coal power plants

A key emission from coal-fired power plants that emitt sulfur dioxide contributes to the formation of acid rain and to respiratory health problems. Scientists attribute the decline to the Clean Air Interstate Rule, issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in

December 02, 2011

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Permafrost loss worse climate peril than thought

A group of scientists discovered threat to climate change posed by thawing permafrost, which could release stocks of stored carbon, is greater than estimated. The study, published in the British journal Nature, coincides with a 12-day UN conference on climate change,

December 02, 2011

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New FAO deforestation survey: Planet lost 10 hectares of forest per minute over 15-year period

The world's deforestation rate has accelerated to 6.4 million hectares a year, a new UN survey showed on Wednesday, but Asia showed net gains in forest land-use largely due to extensive planting in China. A new, satellite-based survey released by the UN Food and

December 01, 2011

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Heavy rains caused floods and deadly landslides at Nias, Indonesia

The deadly landslide buried at least 37 houses in the village Moze in the district of Majo Kampung Barije on the island of Nias, off Sumatra, following three days of rain, according to multiple reports. The combination of heavy yearly rainfall and steep slopes make

December 01, 2011

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Tungurahua volcano begins to erupt

The Geophysical Institute of Ecuador (IGEPN) reported that  eruption of Tungurahua volcano created large clouds of gas and ash above the summit and it's directed towards the southeast and the west, near city of Banos. Ash cloud up to 4 kilometers in the sky and

December 01, 2011

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2011: Fourteen billion-dollar weather disasters, most in U.S. history

Through August, the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) estimated that ten weather disasters costing at least $1 billion had hit the U.S., at total cost of up to $45 billion. However, the October 29 snow storm brings us up to eleven billion-dollar disasters. Flood

December 01, 2011