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Agricultural fires polluted the air over eastern China

Haze filled the air over the coastal plain of eastern China in early October 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on October 7, 2011.A long band of haze, roughly 100 kilometers wide, extends

October 16, 2011

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When will the 7 billionth human be born?

On 31 October, a newborn baby somewhere in the world will become the 7 billionth member of the human race. Or so says the UN - alternatively, this date could be at least a year too early. Behind the UN's patina of certainty may lie outdated and unreliable census data.

October 16, 2011

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Thousands of dead fish washed ashore on Sarasota County, Florida

Thousands of dead fish have washed ashore on a small stretch of shore from Englewood Beach to Stump Pass due to a red tide bloom. Ocean currents are shifting again and most of the dead fish — along with the red tide bloom that killed them — will be heading away

October 16, 2011

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Is Icelandic volcano preparing to blow?

Katla, one of the largest volcanoes in Iceland, appears to be preparing for a long overdue eruption, scientists say. The volcano has a history of erupting about twice a century. With its last eruption having come in 1918, 93 years ago, it is well behind

October 14, 2011

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Magnitude 6.1 - Amurskaya Oblast', Russia

The Russian Academy of Sciences report a magnitude of 6.0 at a depth of 15 km. After recalculation USGS gives a magnitude of 6.1 at location 130 km (80 miles) SSW of Tynda, Russia, 211 km (131 miles) NNW of Tahe, Heilongjiang, China and 265 km (164 miles) E of Mogocha,

October 14, 2011

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Magnitude 6.7 - Eastern New Guinea, Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake at intermediate depth occurred very close to the PNG town of Finschhafen. Magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Eastern New Guinea region with location 103 km (64 miles) E of Lae, New Guinea, 184 km (114 miles) WSW of Kandrian, New Britain, 323 km

October 14, 2011

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Feeding the world: Solutions for a Cultivated Planet

One billion people on Earth don't have enough food right now. It's estimated that by 2050 there will be more than nine billion people living on the planet. Meanwhile, current agricultural practices are amongst the biggest threats to the global environment. This means

October 12, 2011

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El Hierro on alert - Eruption vent: 5 km from Restinga at 600 meter depth

At 9 PM UTC yesterday, authorities have finally confirmed that an eruption took place on the ocean floor 5 km from Restinga, the southernmost location on El Hierro. IGN (Spanish seismological agency) has set the eruption depth at 600 meters. The alert level remains at

October 11, 2011

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Burning straw creates heavy fog in China

The fog, which occurred about three days ago, covered large areas of the fertile and densely populated North China Plain. On Sunday in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, a heavy mist caused 52 flights to be cancelled and 42 to be delayed. A major highway running

October 11, 2011

El Hierro The Canary Islands visible from space in this MODIS satellite image on Friday Oct. 7 2011

Subsea volcanic eruption underway approximately 5 kilometres off the southern coast of El Hierro

A submarine volcanic eruption is taking place approximately 5 kilometres off the southern coast of El Hierro, the smallest of The Canary Islands.The Mayor of La Frontera (El Hierro), David Cabrera, confirmed in an interview on Radio iron Garoé that ‘underwater

October 10, 2011

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So far the floods in Cambodia claimed 207 Lives, 300,000 hectares of rice fields and left 1.2 million people affected

The first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management reported on Monday that the Mekong River and flash floods in Cambodia had already claimed at least 207 lives and affected 1.2 million in 19 cities and provinces.Vice president Nhim Vanda said

October 10, 2011

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Fires in Russia and China

Smoke clouds the skies across northeastern China and southeastern Russia. The dry, windy weather of autumn created hazardous fire conditions in northeast China.Since wildfires have occurred frequently recently, the national forest fire prevention authorities issued

October 10, 2011

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Fires along the Rio Xingu, Brazil

The rainforest of South America, also known as Amazonia, has been undergoing a continual and accelerated conversion process into farmlands (including pasture for livestock) since the early 1960s. This process has typically been achieved by clearing the forest using

October 10, 2011

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Indian Ocean tsunami alert system to be tested on Oct 12

Nearly two dozen countries next Wednesday will take part in a full-scale test of the Indian Ocean's tsunami alert system, using the 2004 Sumatra quake as the basis for the exercise. Exercise IOWAVE 11 will re-enact the seismic events of December 26, 2004, simulating a

October 09, 2011

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Aftershock rattles ChristChurch, New Zealand

One of the most powerful aftershocks since a couple of months occurred at 07:34 PM (19:34), October 9 2011o. Early reports are mentioning a strong shaking 10 km north-east of  Diamond Harbour.  GEONET, New Zealand reports a magnitude (Richter) of 5.5 at a depth of 12

October 09, 2011

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Thailand’s Flood Waters Threaten Bangkok

Thailand’s worst floods in more than half a century are threatening to swamp the capital, Bangkok, as early as next week after reaching a “crisis level,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said.At least 253 people have been killed as a result of the seasonal

October 09, 2011

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Yasuni (Ecuador) - The world's last great wilderness threaten to become new oil extraction location

When large reserves of oil were discovered under Yasuní national park, Ecuador offered the world a choice: give us money and we will not allow drilling. Now $60m must be found by December.Ecuador has earned $130bn from the oil found so far in its forests and it

October 09, 2011