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Red Fireball And Explosion Witnessed Over Alaska

Alaska, USA
Kodiak Island

UFO mystifies local officials

Several Kodiakans saw something fall from the sky Tuesday morning that may have landed in mountainous terrain on Kodiak Island. The incident prompted 911 calls and a helicopter search was launched from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, but no crash site was found.

Mysteries Remain over Peru Meteorite

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Peru, S.A.

Conspiracy theorists will be disappointed. The object that exploded and formed a crater that emitted mysterious gases in Peru on 15 September was a meteorite that hit soil where the subsurface water table was high, according to the first official report from geologists who have returned from the scene.

Speculation raged about what caused the crater, found in the Peruvian town of Carancas, near the Bolivian border, with a hydrothermal explosion of gas and even a downed spy satellite offered up as culprits.

It was a rock that fell out of the sky and made a hole in the ground. End of Story," says Lionel Jackson of the Geological Survey of Canada in Vancouver. But some questions still remain.

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Waiting for Frost: Bluetongue Appears in Montana Livestock and Wildlife

Artist Rendition of Bluetongue Virus
Over the weekend the mysterious bluetongue virus simultaneously appeared in parts of England and Southeastern Montana. On Sunday, the BBC reported the first case of bluetongue, also called catarrhal fever, which most likely traveled from Europe in a swarm of infected midges. The small gnat-like insects can travel up to 124 miles a day, and just one midge bite is enough to infect an animal. Meanwhile, bluetongue has been confirmed in eight flocks in six Montana counties this month. A quarantine is now in effect for sixteen eastern Montana counties, which will prevent ranchers from transporting animals at a time when lambs are usually shipped to feedlots. While news of recent e-coli contamination in lettuce (similar to last year’s spinach scare) dominates food news, the seasonal appearance of bluetongue in the United States and the new emergence of the disease in the United Kingdom, mark the increasing pressures and concerns that farmers and ranchers face around the world. Unlike e-coli, bluetongue will not infect humans who come in contact with the disease or consume it. Bluetongue occurs most often in sheep, but also affects cattle, goats, buffalo, deer and antelope. The disease causes ulcers in the mouth and nose, and breaks down capillary walls, causing an animal to internally bleed to death. Just this month bluetongue infected animals in Britain for the first time. For 25 years, the presence of bluetongue in the United States has blocked export of cattle, sheep and goats to markets in Australia, New Zealand, and the European Union. On September 13th, Montana’s Fish Wildlife & Parks Department released an alert that the virus had been seen in big game populations in southeastern Montana.

ARCTIC HEATWAVE STUNS RESEARCHERS: Climate Change Forecasts Being Revised


Unprecedented warm temperatures in the High Arctic this past summer were so extreme that researchers with a Queen’s University-led climate change project have begun revising their forecasts.

Rising sea levels would submerge third of Bangladesh

A one-metre rise in sea levels would submerge a third of Bangladesh and displace millions, the head of the country's military-backed government has warned.

Fakhruddin Ahmed, speaking on Monday at a climate change summit at the United Nations in New York, called on richer nations to help poorer countries tackle global warming.

"Today we are confronted with the difficult reality that the phenomenon of climate change is not a myth and that its impacts are no more a conjecture," the state-run BSS news agency quoted Fakhruddin saying.

"I speak for Bangladesh and many others who are on the threshold of a climate Armageddon, foretold by increasingly violent and unpredictable weather patterns."

"A one-metre sea level rise will submerge about one-third of the total area of Bangladesh thereby uprooting 25 to 30 million of our people," Fakhruddin said.

Government warns of global food shock


FORMER deputy prime minister and Nationals leader John Anderson has warned of a potential global food shock due to falling production and soaring prices.

Mr Anderson said anyone outraged by the Federal Government's support package for drought-hit farmers had never gone hungry.

He said the aid package reflected the fact that farming was essential, unlike any other business, and farmers could not do it on their own.

"This comes at a time of unprecedented concerns globally of very low grain stocks. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that we will see a food shock in the next few years," Mr Anderson said on ABC radio.

"We talk about oil shocks. We have gone on assuming that the supermarket shelves will always be loaded."

Video: Amazing Footage of Slovenia Floods

Slovenia Flood Devastation


Lava flows advance

Looking up the feeder channel to the vent, spots of incandescence on the right side of the feeder channel are seeping out of the channel base.

Far from the public eye, lava from Kilauea Volcano continues its creep toward civilization. The eruption that began July 21 is supplying lava to a channel now almost a mile long on the northeast flank of the volcano. Scientists are watching for the flows to turn to smoother and faster-moving pahoehoe, which could signal a more imminent hazard to communities in the Puna district. The flows, now in the Wao Kele o Puna rain forest, are heading downhill in the general direction of Kaohe Homesteads, Leilani Estates and Highway 130 but are at least seven miles away. The observatory's summary for hazards warns that although there are no immediate threats, "vent areas and lava channels are hazardous and conditions can change rapidly.


On March 29, 2006, a NASA-led science expedition traveled to Tripoli and then the Sahara desert to witness and study -- first hand -- a total solar eclipse. This international expedition was an unprecedented collaboration with Libyan scientists and researchers from across the globe.



From the Editor's Desk:
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(Image courtesy of National Snow and Ice Data Center) Spatial coverage map of the Greenland Ice Sheet using SEASAT and GEOSAT altimetry.

I don't wish to intentionally alarm those who are paying attention to our environment, but this public warning from the NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Center) should be considered as serious and acted upon with the utmost urgency. The Report Follows:

Two new studies by scientists who keep an eye on sea ice melt have provided further evidence that the Arctic is currently suffering the brunt of global warming's effects, with the ice becoming thinner and winter ice also beginning to decline.

Arctic Seed Vault Being Prepared Amid World Catastrophies

Image: The entrance to the Arctic Seed Vault is seen in an undated handout image from the Global Crop Diversity Trust. In a cavern under a remote Arctic mountain, Norway will soon begin squirreling away the world's crop seeds in case of disaster. Dynamited out of a mountainside on Spitsbergen island around 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole, the store has been called a doomsday vault or a Noah's Ark of the plant kingdom. (Global Crop Diversity Trust/Mari Tefre/Reuters)

Sept 20 (Reuters) - A vault in a mountainside cavern on Spitsbergen island around 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole is being prepared to store the world's crop seeds in case of disaster.

Ice withdrawal 'shatters record'

Arctic sea ice shrank to the smallest area on record this year, US scientists have confirmed. More Details Here

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said the minimum extent of 4.13 million sq km (1.59 million sq miles) was reached on 16 September.

The figure shatters all previous satellite surveys, including the previous record low of 5.32 million sq km measured in 2005.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Northwest Passage was open.

The fabled Arctic shipping route from the Atlantic to the Pacific is normally ice-bound at some location throughout the year; but this year, ships have been able to complete an unimpeded navigation.

Age shall not wither them: the oldest trees on Earth

SCHULMAN GROVE, California (AFP) - They have neither the soaring majesty nor the celebrity of the giant redwood, but in one respect the bristlecone pine is the undisputed king of trees: longevity.

Photo: At first glance bristlecone pines often appear to be dead. As the tree ages outer layers of bark die, leaving only a strip of connective tissue stretching from the roots to the few branches that remain alive. The deadwood of "Pinus Longevae" is so solid that it does not rot.

Tornadoes cause chaos in Britain



Carbon price is poor weapon against climate change

LONDON (Reuters)
Climate change is spurring a "worldwide economic and industrial restructuring" as more and more of the world's largest companies seek to confront global warming. Even so, some big firms were still doing far too little to identify risks and opportunities from climate change.

Drought leads to big rise in 'roo roadkill

Image: A kangaroo crosses the road at Puckapunyal army base.
Photo: Craig Sillitoe


Kangaroos are being hit by cars in increasing numbers on Victorian roads as the drought draws them to roadside areas and urban sprawl encroaches on their territory. Claims from motorists hitting kangaroos this year through July increased by 26 percent over the previous 12 months. "What you often get after rain is the road acts as a watershed, causing grass to germinate on the roadside when you may not have any anywhere else. We are also encroaching onto kangaroo habitat and kangaroos inevitably get stuck in paved street areas. Kangaroos do not have much road sense. They are quite unpredictable and will hop along next to you and then suddenly jump in front of the car."

How climate change will affect the world


The effects of climate change will be felt sooner
than scientists realised and the world must learn to live with the effects, experts said. Destructive changes in temperature, rainfall and agriculture are now forecast to occur several decades earlier than thought. Vulnerable people such as the old and poor would be the worst affected, and world leaders have not yet accepted their countries would have to adapt to the likely consequences. Politicians wasted a decade by focusing only on ways to cut emissions, and had only recently woken up to the need to adapt. "We now have a choice between a future with a damaged world or a severely damaged world." The international response to the problem has failed to grasp that serious consequences such as reduced crop yields and water shortages are now inevitable. "Wheat production in India is already in decline, for no other reason than climate change. Everyone thought we didn't have to worry about Indian agriculture for several decades. Now we know it's being affected now." There are signs a similar shift is under way in China. It is "very unlikely" that average temperature rise could be limited to 2C, as sought by European governments. That would place 2 billion more people at risk of water shortages, and hundreds of millions more will face hunger.

Drought killing Coorong ecosystem

The delicate Coorong ecosystem, seen here near Salt Creek in SA, is at risk from drought conditions.

A scientist has warned that the Coorong ecosystem near the mouth of the River Murray in South Australia is in danger of collapse. A lack of water flow has led to increased salinity, the death of plant life and fish and water birds leaving the area. Increasing the water levels in the Coorong at times would help, but that is unlikely to happen soon. "I think one should just be getting used to the idea ... of failing to deal with the over-allocation of water resources in the river in the times when we could do something about it. [It] is going to reap the consequences that the Coorong is going to be one of those tragedies that goes with it."

Drought Followed By Heavy Rain Could Cause More Sinkholes

Florida, USA
Constant rain after weeks of unseasonable drought
in Central Florida created the perfect mix to open up sinkholes. Inspectors examined two houses in Lake County with major cracks to determine whether or not sinkholes are to blame.Just three weeks ago a sinkhole swallowed an entire kitchen in Apopka. Ten people were renting the home when the sinkhole forced them out.


Mysterious Creatures Found on Surface of Texas Lake

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Texas, USA


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Mysterious Blobs Invade Grapevine Lake
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- What's greasy, greenish-gray, glistening and gloppy? That's what Grapevine Lake visitors want to know, ever since mysterious blobs that look like dirty jellyfish have been spotted floating in the water, hanging from semi-submerged trees and lying around the lake's shores, about 27 miles northwest of downtown Dallas.

They look like dirty jellyfish, but you can't pop them because they're not filled with air, according to experts. They're not even fish. They're actually millions of tiny organisms called "zooids" that have clumped together forming a slimy mass known as bryozoa, or "moss animals." Each zooid has a tiny tentacle to feed on microscopic particles in the water.

Experts: 'Meteor' Gases Likely Caused by Geyser

Based on reports of fumes emanating from the crater, some scientists actually suspect that the event could have been some kind of geyser-like explosion rather than a meteorite impact.

Update: Scores becoming sick in Peru 'meteor crash'

Breaking Earth News
Peru. S.A.

Hundreds (600+) of people in P eru have needed treatment after an object from space - said to be a meteorite - plummeted to Earth in a remote area, officials say.

They say the object left a deep crater after crashing down over the weekend near the town of Carancas in the Andes.

Nature 'confused' by weather

Great Britain

Britain seems to be going through both Spring and Autumn seasons.

If you have noticed some things going awry in your garden, you are not alone.

Flora and fauna have been so thrown by this year's unusual weather that Britain may be experiencing both spring and autumn simultaneously, according to reports.

Anna Guthrie of the Wildlife Trust said that British weather is normally characterised by distinctly split seasons, but explained that this year the weather has been both warm and also very wet.

The unprecedented weather has led to autumn arriving early in many parts of the country, with trees shedding their leaves ahead of schedule.

Summer tornado in Manitoba., was strongest in Canadian history

Destruction in Elie, Man., this past June 23, a day after a tornado levelled at least four homes and damaged several others. The record-setting tornado hit wind speeds of up to 510 km/h.
(John Woods/Canadian Press)

A tornado that hit Elie, Man., in the summer has been rated the strongest documented twister in Canadian history.

Environment Canada analysts recently examined fresh video evidence of the June 22 storm that helped confirm it as the only officially confirmed tornado in Canada to be rated F-5 on the Fujita scale.

The twister was on the ground for more than 30 minutes, Environment Canada officials said. It travelled five kilometres and created a 300-metre swath of damage through the town of 550 people.

VIDEO: Dramatic Time Lapse Footage of the Catastrophic Greenland

Greenland's vast ice sheet is becoming the poster child for global warming.

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Tropical birds face extinction as sea rises

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There are bleak predictions about the impact of climate change on the future of Australia's tropical birds. Scientists are warning that sea levels in northern Australia are already rising by around eight millimetres a year, so fast that salt water could flood thousands of kilometres of pristine wetland. That would destroy vast areas of tropical bird habitat, putting 66 species at risk of extinction. At greatest risk are birds with the smallest range that have nowhere left to go, as well as water birds from magpie geese, to ducks, herons, ibis and egrets. "Within sort of three generations of the bird you could see a 50, 70 per cent decline. We really don't know how fast it's going to happen, but it's so flat, and you could imagine that a few big tides could kill off large areas of suitable habitat and the birds simply wouldn't find food." Within 30 years, up to 66 species could be threatened in wetlands, rainforests and grassland savannas. Already in the Top End, saltwater incursion is destroying wetland areas near Kakadu National Park. Rising salinity will only destroy more trees and mangroves, leaving a wasteland of salt and mud. Sea levels in Northern Australia could rise by 70 centimetres in the next century, wreaking devastation further and further inland. "As the sea level rise occurs, the tidal wedge - that's the amount of water that actually moves upstream driven by the tide - will get further and further inland, and the proportion of salt that it's mixing into the freshwater from the river will become greater and greater, so the salt levels will rise." Australia's National Tidal Facility has measured water movements for decades. Its research shows sea levels across northern Australia are rising four times faster than the global average. Scientists do not know why northern Australia is seeing a faster sea level rise.

Canada records worst year for West Nile

A wet spring and hot summer in the Prairies provided the perfect breeding ground for the type of mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus to humans.

New numbers show Canada is experiencing its worst year for West Nile virus, and as strange as it sounds, one reason could be the lack of a certain type of mosquito.

So far this summer, 1,790 people are known to have become infected with West Nile, compared with the previous record of 1,481 cases in 2003.

This year, the vast majority of the reported cases are in the Prairies, where the deaths of seven people have been linked to the virus. Saskatchewan Health officials said Friday that a total of 1,054 confirmed or suspected cases have been reported, and in Manitoba, more than 500 cases have been reported.

Our weather really is going bananas

Great Britain
Rita Brown shows off the bananas growing in her garden

A woman in Southcote has defied expectations, and seemingly science, and grown a banana tree in her back garden. Three years after being planted, the tree started shooting earlier this month. Now bananas are starting to form. Bananas usually only thrive in areas near the equator such as the Canary Islands and the Caribbean where the weather is warm all year round. “This kind of thing used to be absolutely unthinkable but thanks to the climate people are producing exotic fruits like olives, although bananas are indeed EXTREMELY UNUSUAL."

Fukuoka lit up by orange clouds in unusual weather phenomenon


The sky is lit up orange in central Fukuoka at 6:39 p.m. on Sunday.

FUKUOKA -- Central Fukuoka basked in an orange glow on Sunday as rain clouds were lit up by a stream of late sun breaking through a gap in the clouds.

The weather caused buildings in the area to turn a sepia color, giving the city an unusual glow.

Fukuoka metrological officials said that it had been raining intermittently in Fukuoka on Sunday, but there was a break at dusk, and the sun streamed in, lighting up the clouds.

Hiroki Samejima, a Mainichi photographer who also holds a weather forecaster's license said that the sun had apparently hit rain clouds that were lying low as a result of Typhoon No. 11 that had passed through the area, causing the clouds to turn orange.

"When typhoons occur, the rain clouds don't spread out to cover the whole area; it's easy for them to break up as they spread out," he said. "It seems that as this happened, a gap formed in the west, making it easier for the light to come in. Several conditions came together at once to create this unusual phenomenon," he said. (Mainichi)

VIDEO: Mystery illness strikes after meteorite hits Peruvian village

LIMA (AFP) - Villagers in southern Peru were struck by a mysterious illness after a meteorite made a fiery crash to Earth in their area, regional authorities said Monday.

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