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Crop yields fall as temperatures rise

Global warming is taking its toll on our food, according to the first study to demonstrate a link between global crop yields and climate change. It concludes that the steep rise in temperatures since 1980 has cut into yields of staple crops, offsetting gains from

May 05, 2011

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Thicker arctic ice had increased over last year

Layers of frozen sea water, known as sea ice, cap the Arctic Ocean. The ice grows dramatically each winter, and melts just as dramatically each summer. In the past decade, the melting has grown more dramatic, while growth has become less so.The pair of images

May 05, 2011

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Ongoing Ecuador Tungurahua eruption

In mid-April 2011, after a decade of low activity, Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano began a substantial eruption, according to a NASA statement. On April 21st fine ash fell on nearby communities, followed by the appearance of small lava fountains at Tungurahua’s

May 05, 2011

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Flooding along the Wabash and Ohio Rivers

Rivers spilled over their banks at the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio in early May 2011. The flood waters inundated homes, businesses, and agricultural fields. The Thematic Mapper on NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite captured these natural-color images on May 3, 2011

May 05, 2011

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Doomsday panic in Taiwan: Could earthquake magnitude 14 and 170m high tsunami wave hit Taiwan?!

The man, identifying himself as Teacher Wang, said Taiwan would be struck by a magnitude-14 earthquake and 170m (560ft) high tsunami on 11 May. More than 100 cargo containers have been bought and set up in a mountainous area of central Taiwan.Police said they were

May 04, 2011

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Warmest April on record in UK

Provisional Met Office climate figures for April 2011 indicate that the month is the warmest on record with many parts of the UK seeing temperatures 3 to 5 °C warmer than normal. The month is also the 11th driest April in the UK. These records go back more than 100

May 04, 2011

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Rare Severe Weather Event Strikes Hawaii

A low aloft over the Hawaiian Islands was responsible for bringing rare severe weather Monday afternoon. The storms produced small hail, flash flooding, and even multiple water spouts. Along with the frequent lightning, flash flooding was an issue with some areas

May 04, 2011

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Army blast Bird Point-New Madrid Leeve, Historic flooding ongoing

As record flooding continues along the Mississippi River, the operation to breach a levee to save an Illinois town was carried out Monday night. The Army Corps of Engineers exploded the levee in the agricultural community of Birds Point, Montana, Monday night to

May 04, 2011

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Sri Lanka storms bring floods, mudslides and lightning deaths

Storms sparking flooding, mudslides and lightning strikes have taken at least seven lives in Sri Lanka, according to government authorities.The Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka said the floods and mudslides killed five people in the Ratnapura district. A further

May 03, 2011

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Updates on Yellowstone activity

During the month of April 2011, 91 earthquakes were located in the Yellowstone National Park region. The largest was a magnitude 2.2 event on April 13 at 7:11 AM MDT, located about 15 miles southeast of West Thumb, YNP. A small swarm of 24 earthquakes was recorded...

May 03, 2011

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Record wildlife die-offs reported in Northern Rockies

A record number of big-game animals perished this winter in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming from a harsh season of unusually heavy snows and sustained cold in the Northern Rockies, state wildlife managers say."Elk, deer and moose -- those animals are having a

May 03, 2011

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Cairo Leeve just broke - New Madrid floodway

Historic high waters at Wappapello Dam cut away a nearly 400 foot section of Highway T and much of its $18 million in infrastructure early Monday morning as the lake broke through a temporary dike and roared over the concrete spillway it was shielding. Chunks of

May 02, 2011

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Asteroid impacts in Antarctica

In a controversial study, gravity maps of the Antarctic continent have revealed what could be multiple asteroid impact sites. Gravity anomalies in Antarctica might mark spots where hundreds of thousands of years ago the frozen continent was struck by giant...

May 02, 2011

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U.S. land mass is shrinking

The Census Bureau says the U.S. land mass has been shrinking since 1940. According to the Census Bureau, the land area peaked that year at 3,554,608 square miles. By 1990, it had declined to 3,536,278 square miles. In 2000, a slight increase was recorded of about

May 01, 2011

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Residents are ordered to leave flood-threatened Illinois town

Authorities in a southern Illinois city menaced by two dangerously swollen rivers said Sunday that most of the city’s remaining residents have heeded a mandatory evacuation order, prompted by river water seeping up through the ground behind a levee “kind of like

May 01, 2011

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50 meter crater opens up on Baltic island of Usedom

A 50 meters long and four meters deep crater has opened on the Baltic island Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The cause of the landslide still puzzled geologists. In the middle of a field at Zirchow gapes the mysterious hole.What exactly happened here? Harry Strohm from the

May 01, 2011

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Deaths of penguins on the NZ East Cost caused by seismic testing in the Raukumara Basin?

The Department of Conservation is staying tight-lipped over the deaths of a group of penguins on the East Coast. At least 14 have been found washed up along Waihau Bay.Anti-oil protesters claim seismic testing in the Raukumara Basin is to blame.DOC is choosing to

May 01, 2011