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EARTH NEWS: WEEK ENDING JUNE 30, 2006

Ocean Tracking
A new project to track
wildlife in the world’s
oceans by using electronic
tags was
announced at a gathering of scientists
at Canada’s Dalhousie University.
The Ocean Tracking Network will
tag a vast range of ocean wildlife with
small, low-cost devices. Individual
animals will then be followed
through an extensive international
array of acoustic receivers on the sea
floor. The effort is designed to eventually
provide scientists and resource
managers with a highly detailed picture
of marine conditions and the
migrations of fish and ocean animals
throughout the world.

U.S. Flood Disaster
Flash flooding from freak
torrential rains, falling
for days across a broad
swath of the eastern
United States, virtually shut down the
nation’s capital and killed at least 10
people across the region. States of
emergency were declared from Virginia
to upstate New York as surging
flood waters washed away roads and
bridges. Hundreds of people in northeastern
Pennsylvania were believed
trapped by rising water in the upper
floors or roofs of their homes.
Between 150,000 and 200,000 people
around Wilkes-Barre were
ordered to evacuate their homes due
to the rising Susquehanna River.

Tropical Cyclone
The second tropical
cyclone of the season in
the northwestern Pacific
brought heavy rainfall and
gusty winds to China’s Hainan and
southern Guangdong provinces.
Tropical Storm Jelawat forced the
cancellation of several flights and
disrupted shipping in the region.

Earthquakes
A moderate earthquake in
southern Iran injured more
than 70 people and damaged
buildings and roads
around Zarand. A stronger tremor on
a nearby Strait of Hormuz island five
days later injured nine people.
• Earth movements were also felt
in western Greece, the Greek capital
of Athens, western India, Tokyo,
Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island and
Maluku Islands, the Aleutian Islands
and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Winter’s Worst
The second Antarctic
blast to strike New
Zealand this winter swept
through the length of the
country, producing heavy snow, ice
and landslides that severed the main
roads between the capital of Wellington
and the commercial center of
Auckland. The storm also dumped
fresh snow on the South Island, hampering
efforts to restore power to
about 1,400 households still blacked
out from a storm in early June.

Volcanoes
Scientists at the Montserrat
Volcano Observatory
warned that a fresh swarm
of tremors beneath the
Soufriére Hills volcano were unlike
any that have been seen by the observatory
in years. The government on
the eastern Caribbean island raised
the volcano’s alert level, advising that
the seismic swarm increases the possibility
that serious eruptive activity
could affect inhabited areas.
• Ecuador’s National Geophysical
Agency warned that the country’s
Tungurahua Volcano registered 50
explosions within a 24-hour period.
Groups of villagers living near the
volcano voluntarily left their homes,
saying the loud explosions made it
hard for them to sleep at night.

Chameleon Snake
A new species of snake,
with the ability to
change color at will, has
been discovered in a
mountainous rain forest in Borneo.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
said the newly named Kapuas Mud
Snake was collected by a WWF consultant
and a German reptile expert in
the wetlands along the Kapuas River
in West Kalimantan more than a year
ago. It’s believed that since the snake
is poisonous, it uses the ability to
change color as a disguise to catch
prey, rather than to ward off predators.
By changing from a light to dark
shade, the snake may also control its
temperature by regulating how much
sunlight it absorbs.

The first wild brown bear
to be seen in Germany
since 1835 was shot by
hunters after attempts to
tranquilize and relocate the animal
failed. The young brown bear,
dubbed “Bruno” by the media, was
initially welcomed after it wandered
across the border from Austria. Bruno
was blamed for killing dozens of
sheep, and his wanderings near populated
areas finally convinced officials
to kill him. He was an offspring
of bears released under an Italian
attempt to reintroduce the species to
the Alps. The World Wildlife Fund
condoned the killing, saying the animal
was too dangerous. But other
environmental groups blasted the
killing. The German Nature Protection
Ring claimed other nations manage
to coexist in peace with bears.
Bruno will be stuffed and displayed
in a Munich museum next to the last
bear killed in Germany 170 years ago.

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Tropical Ice Cores Shows Two Abrupt Global Climate Shifts

Columbus OH (SPX) Jun 25, 2006
[Photo: The South American Andes.]
For the first time, glaciologists have combined and compared sets of ancient climate records trapped in ice cores from the South American Andes and the Asian Himalayas to paint a picture of how climate has changed - and is still changing - in the tropics.
Their conclusions mark a massive climate shift to a cooler regime that occurred just over 5,000 years ago, and a more recent reversal to a much warmer world within the last 50 years.

The evidence also suggests that most of the high-altitude glaciers in the planet's tropical regions will disappear in the near future. The paper is included in the current issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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Weird Clouds Over Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What did the Iowa weather people say about the clouds? KCRG-TV'9s meteorologist Joe Winters said, "We'll just call them wave clouds. That's not actually a type of cloud. It's just the way they looked. The atmosphere always has waves in it, like the ocean. We just don't see waves often enough, and today we had the opportunity to do that. And it probably won't happen again for a long time."

Weird Clouds
CEDAR RAPIDS - These pictures were taken outside Sacred Heart Convent. From Melissa L. Looney
by kcrgtv
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Human Bird Flu Transmission Is Proven in Indonesia


June 23 (Bloomberg) -- Bird flu was spread directly between members of an Indonesian family in the first laboratory-confirmed case of human-to-human transmission of the lethal virus, a World Health Organization official said.

Genetic sequencing of a virus sample taken from a 10-year- old boy who died from the H5N1 avian influenza strain showed a minute change that was also found in a virus sample taken from his father, who later died from the virus, said Dick Thompson, a spokesman for the United Nations health agency in Geneva.

``We have seen a genetic change that confirms in a laboratory that the virus has moved from one human to another,'' Thompson said in an interview. The change in the virus ``doesn't seem to have any significance in terms of the pathology of the disease or how easily it's transmitted,'' he said.

Human-to-human transmission had previously been suspected as the cause of infection in seven members of the Indonesian family from the island of Sumatra. The cases attracted international attention because they represent the largest reported instance in which avian flu is likely to have spread among people. They also provide the first evidence of a three-person chain of infection.

At least 130 of the 228 people known to be infected with bird flu since 2003 have died, according to the WHO.

Nations With Confirmed Cases H5N1 Avian Influenza (May 19)

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Flyway map demonstrates how migratory birds blanket North America

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Toxic Sky?


June 22, 2006
Is the government experimenting with the weather?

If you are unfamiliar with the subject of chemtrails, then you need to first read this general overview of the chemtrail spraying operation that began in earnest in 1998. After that, you can read the "new and recent' information posted below.

CHEMTRAILS

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Coral Death Results From Bacteria Fed By Algae

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jun 14, 2006
Bacteria and algae are combining to kill coral - and human activities are compounding the problem. Scientists have discovered an indirect microbial mechanism whereby bacteria kill coral with the help of algae. Human activities are contributing to the growth of algae on coral reefs, setting the stage for the long-term continued decline of coral.


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Tropical rainforest nutrients linked to global carbon dioxide levels


June 20, 2006
Extra amounts of key nutrients in tropical rain forest soils cause them to release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to research conducted by scientists at the University of Colorado (CU) - Boulder.
Results of the research, conducted by Cory Cleveland and CU scientist Alan Townsend, are published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"The large change in carbon dioxide emissions from tropical forest soils due to soil nutrients is a new dimension in understanding these important ecosystems," said Martyn Caldwell, program director in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research.
"Tropical rainforests have received considerable attention related to the global carbon balance, but that has largely revolved around rainforest vegetation and its ability to 'take up' carbon dioxide," said Caldwell. "This is a new look at tropical rainforests and their relationship to carbon dioxide levels on Earth."
The study showed that when phosphorus or nitrogen -- which occur naturally in rain forest soils -- were added to forest plots in Costa Rica, they caused an increase in carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere by about 20 percent annually, said Cleveland.

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THE DAY THE SKY BURNED


Creepy End of the World Scenario

June 20, 2006

Earth Frenzy Radio is pleased to announce that our companion blogsite, The Great Red Comet is observing it's first year anniversary on the world wide web. The Great Red Comet is a great source of daily media updates on news related to climate/earth changes and end times prophecy.

To honor the one year anniversary, Skywatch would like to present a video which depicts a large meteor impacting the Earth, with catastrophic results. The graphics are phenominal. Apparently this video is now hot to watch as CoasttoCoastAM and other big sites have discovered it. The talking points are in japanese, but you may still want to hear the background sounds. Enjoy.

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EARTH NEWS: WEEK ENDING JUNE 16, 2006

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Warming Evolution
Scientists said evidence is
mounting that climate
change has led to genetic
modifications in a range of
creatures, including birds, squirrels
and mosquitoes. Writing in the journal
Science, professor William Bradshaw
and researcher Christina
Holzapfel of the University of Oregon
said the evolution is due to global
warming producing longer growing
seasons while simultaneously alleviating
winter cold stress without
imposing summer heat stress. Animal
species have responded with heritable,
genetic changes as they have
extended their range toward the poles
while developing or reproducing earlier,
according to the report.

Anthrax Outbreak
Wildlife authorities in
South Africa’s Kruger
National Park say an outbreak
of anthrax has
killed 15 animals near the park’s border
with Zimbabwe. Park spokesman
Raymond Travers said staff have
found kudu, nyala, buffalo and
giraffe that died of the disease, which
occurs naturally. He attributed the
outbreak to recent heavy rainfall that
followed unusually dry conditions in
the park — conditions regarded as
typical for such anthrax outbreaks. In
the event of a spread, the area might
have to be burned or cattle might have
to be vaccinated against the disease,
he added.

Andean Winter Storm
A snowstorm in
Argentina’s Mendoza
province blocked traffic
through an Andean highway
tunnel, trapping more than 2,000
vehicles. Another 1,500 trucks were
forced to delay their assent over the
mountain before reaching the
affected area.

Chinese Flood Disaster
Fifty-five people were
left dead or missing after
flash floods ripped
through southwestern
China’s Guizhou province. The Xinhua
news agency reported that nearly
1,300 homes collapsed in Wangmo
and Luodian counties after 8.4 inches
of rain fell during a four-hour downpour.
The latest disaster came after at
least 93 people were reported to have
died over the previous two weeks in
torrential rains that have battered
parts of southern China.

Volcanoes
Five villagers living on the
slopes of Indonesia’s
Mount Merapi were
reported missing and two
others became trapped in a bunker as
the mountain sent clouds of superheated
gas cascading down its slopes.
Officials placed Merapi on the highest
level of alert, warning that a violent
eruption could occur at any time.
• One man in the eastern Philippines
died from an asthma attack triggered
by the ash eruptions of Mount
Bulusan in Sorsogon province. Residents
of four nearby villages were
told to wear facemasks to avoid inhaling
ash particles in the air.

Antarctic Blast
A violent and chilling
windstorm plunged much
of New Zealand’s largest
city into darkness when
power lines were brought down by
the tempest. Auckland’s businesses
shut their doors, hospitals canceled
all but emergency services and the
city center was gridlocked as 300 sets
of traffic lights went dark. Hurricaneforce
winds in Wellington ripped
roofs from houses and smashed windows.
The main international airport
at Christchurch was forced to halt
operations due to heavy snow.

Hurricane Season
Tropical Storm Alberto,
the season’s first named
storm in the Atlantic
basin, swamped western
Cuba and parts of the Florida peninsula
before losing force along the
U.S. East Coast. A hurricane warning
was briefly issued for Florida.

Earthquakes
A sharp temblor that
jolted western and southern
Japan injured seven
people and disrupted
transport. The shaking halted some
local rail lines, while bullet trains
were forced to run at reduced speed
as safety checks were conducted.
• Earth movements were also felt
in Sumatra, New Zealand’s North
Island, northern Pakistan, southern
Albania, the Aleutian Islands and the
San Francisco Bay Area.

Sail Power
A German company has
begun selling an airborne
sail that it says will dramatically
reduce the consumption
of fuel on ships that install
the system. SkySails of Hamburg
says its device uses a 1,700-squarefoot
kite, and is designed to pull ships
along their route where winds are
favorable. SkySails founder Stephan
Wrage estimates that the sail,
attached to the ship by a towing cable,
could be used by vessels on half of
their days at sea, saving about $1,200
in fuel costs each day that it is
deployed. Using less fuel would also
mean the ship would generate fewer
greenhouse gas emissions during the
voyage, Wrage says. The Beluga
Shipping company of Bremen says
that in 2007, it will launch the first
ship to use the sail.

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Rare "Rainbow" Spotted Over Idaho


June 19, 2006—It looks like a rainbow that's been set on fire, but this phenomenon is as cold as ice.

Known in the weather world as a circumhorizontal arc, this rare sight was caught on film on June 3 as it hung over northern Idaho near the Washington State border (map of Idaho).

The arc isn't a rainbow in the traditional sense—it is caused by light passing through wispy, high-altitude cirrus clouds. The sight occurs only when the sun is very high in the sky (more than 58° above the horizon). What's more, the hexagonal ice crystals that make up cirrus clouds must be shaped like thick plates with their faces parallel to the ground.

When light enters through a vertical side face of such an ice crystal and leaves from the bottom face, it refracts, or bends, in the same way that light passes through a prism. If a cirrus's crystals are aligned just right, the whole cloud lights up in a spectrum of colors.

This particular arc spanned several hundred square miles of sky and lasted for about an hour, according to the London Daily Mail.

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Coastal areas will flood


CLIMATE CHANGE: AUSTRALIA
17jun06
PARTS of the state's coastal strip may be uninhabitable over the next century, with some councils already taking action to avoid the predicted impact of climate change.Experts say flooding of low-lying coastal areas, damage to seaside shacks and increased erosion are among the likely impacts of rising sea levels in South Australia in the next 100 years.
In the worst case climate change predictions, parts of the state's coastal strip may even become uninhabitable.
The damage is expected to occur when king tides coincide with major storms.

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Canada finds bird flu case, plans further testing

IF POSITIVE WOULD BE THE FIRST CASE IN THE AMERICAS
June 16, 2006
OTTAWA/WINNIPEG (Reuters) - Canada has detected a case of H5 avian flu in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island and plans further testing over the weekend to determine whether it is the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, government officials announced on Friday.

A gosling in a small backyard poultry flock in the western end of the tiny province contracted the disease but there is a low risk of human illness from the outbreak, officials said.

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Arctic dips as global waters rise


EARTH NEWS
June 15, 2006
Arctic sea level has been falling by a little over 2mm a year - a movement that sets the region against the global trend of rising waters.
A Dutch-UK team made the discovery after analysing radar altimetry data gathered by Europe's ERS-2 satellite.
It is well known that the world's oceans do not share a uniform height; but even so, the scientists are somewhat puzzled by their results.
Global sea level is expected to keep on climbing as the Earth's climate warms.
To find the Arctic out of step, even temporarily, emphasises the great need for more research in the region, the team says.
"I think it's a true statement to say the Arctic Ocean is the least well understood body of water out there" Dr Seymour Laxon, UCL


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Living With Climate Variability And Change

New York NY (SPX) Jun 15, 2006
Conference organizers hope to make substantial progress in the establishment of an actionable agenda for climate-related risk management, to create an ongoing dialogue among stakeholders, and ultimately, to propose an enduring process for future work on this issue.

Recognizing the urgent need to integrate climate data and forecasting into humanitarian and development strategies, the Living with Climate Variability and Change conference from July 17 to 21, 2006, in Espoo, Finland, will bring together stakeholders from around the world to discuss opportunities and constraints in integrating climate risks and uncertainties into decision-making at international, national and local levels.
The conference is co-hosted by the UN World Meteorological Organization, the Finnish Meteorological Organization, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, part of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

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Alarm Bells Sound For European Water Supply As Hot Weather Looms

Photo Above: Guadalhorce reservoir shows, 08 June 2006 a very low water level in Ardales near Málaga, southern Spain. Experts are in agreement that Spain is in a drought cycle and that water reserves will be less than forecast for the year. Photo courtesy of Jose Luis Roca and AFP.

Paris (AFP) Jun 15, 2006
Summer has still to make its official start in Europe, yet many countries are sweating - and it has less to do with the immediate temperature than out of worry for their water supplies.
If the sun god Apollo decides to put on a show similar to the heatwave that held western Europe in a molten grip in 2003, half a dozen countries are on course for water shortages that will be socially disruptive and economically costly, experts and officials say.

Southern Spain, southeastern England and western and southern France are viewed as chronically vulnerable, while eyes are anxiously following water availability in parts of Portugal, Italy and Greece, incompletely recovered from the scorcher of three years ago.

Several years of above-average temperatures, below-average rainfall and extraction of water for farms, holiday homes and population densification are driving the big crunch.

"You're talking about the ideal conditions for a drought, of a lack of water and rising temperature," said Carlo Lavalle, an expert in risk analysis at the European Union's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.

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EARTH NEWS: WEEK ENDING JUNE 9, 2006

Forest Toppled

A violent windstorm in

Slovakia’s High Tatras

National Park flattened at

least 7,000 trees and

prompted officials to consider planting

varieties that can withstand such

tempests. A previous storm in 2004

toppled more than 45 square miles of

conifers in the same area. Park

spokesman Marian Sturcel told

reporters the latest storm damage, and

that of 2004, will lead to a project to

protect the country’s mountain

forests from high winds by planting

a wider variety of tree species.

Volcanoes

Flows of hot lava and

clouds of hot gas cascading

down the slopes of Java’s

Mount Merapi prompted

the evacuation of tens of thousands of

residents. The pyroclastic clouds of

superheated gas and ash destroyed

trees as well as crops planted by

nearby villagers.

• A volcano erupting in southern

Japan spewed ash 3,000 feet above

Kagoshima Bay, about 590 miles

southwest of Tokyo. Sakurajima is

one of Japan’s most active volcanoes.

• Residents on the Comoros’ main

island of Grand Comore remained on

alert as Mount Karthala continued to

emit smoke and bubbling lava.

Newborn Primates

A baby boom of mountain

gorillas in a Ugandan

conservation area

has produced a record 12

primate births during the past 36

months, according to wildlife officials.

There are an estimated 700

mountain gorillas living in a thick

bamboo-forest refuge, which straddles

the mountainous terrain along

the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and

the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Raining Alien Life?

The mysterious red rain

that fell on the Indian

state of Kerala during the

summer of 2001 may

have contained a strange life form of

extraterrestrial origin, according to a

scientist who has conducted an extensive

analysis of rain samples. Writing

in the journal Astrophysics and Space

Science, Dr. Godfrey Louis says the

samples contained bizarre, thickwalled,

red-tinted cell-like structures

that divide like living cells. The particles

appear to lack DNA, yet still

reproduce plentifully even in water

superheated to 600 degrees Fahrenheit,

Louis writes. He theorizes the

particles came from a meteor or

comet fragment that disintegrated

above Kerala with a loud explosion,

which was heard just prior to the red

rain. A British team is now studying

Louis’ samples to confirm whether

the “cells” truly lack DNA.

Australian Drought

A sixth consecutive year

of scant precipitation

across eastern Australia

during the southern

autumn has brought a return of

drought conditions to many areas.

Nearly two-thirds of New South

Wales and Queensland states are currently

suffering from the longest dry

spell in 60 years.

Monsoon Fury

A string of severe monsoon

storms ended

India’s heat wave, but

claimed at least 161 lives.

The IANS news agency reported that

30 of the victims were killed in lightning

strikes in the state of Orissa. The

overflowing river Brahmaputra inundated

70 villages in Assam state, displacing

30,000 people into makeshift

homes. Eight of India’s 28 states suffered

the early monsoon fury, with

Uttar Pradesh and western Maharashtra

state accounting for a majority

of the fatalities.

Earthquakes

Indonesian authorities

lowered the death toll

from the May 27 Java

earthquake from 6,200 to

about 5,800. Most survivors continue

to live in tents, and the U.N. warned

that the shaking also wrecked the

region’s agriculture industry.

• A magnitude 5.2 earthquake that

jolted southern Iran’s Hormozgan

province also killed a young girl and

injured two other people.

• Earth movements were also felt

in Indonesia’s Sumatra and Sulawesi

islands, northern New Zealand and

western Turkey.

Engineering Eradication

A leading Australian

biologist says that

genetic engineering

could be the answer to

ridding the country’s tropical north of

the invasive and toxic cane toads that

are destroying the region’s ecosystem.

Peter Koopman, of the University

of Queensland, told reporters that

eradicating the pests is as simple as

using gene therapy to create a variant

that would produce only male offspring.

His plan would require that

large numbers of the genetically engineered

cane toads be bred and introduced

all around the north of the

country. They would breed with the

natural species to eventually produce

entirely daughterless offspring. Cane

toads were introduced to Queensland

from Hawaii in 1935 in an effort to

battle the cane beetles that were

destroying the sugar cane crop. They

have since reproduced by the millions

and now cover a wide area.

 

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