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US bats fall victim to mystery illness

A mystery illness that has scientists baffled is wiping out tens of thousands of bats across the north-east of the US. White nose syndrome, as it is known, cannot even be categorised as a disease. The syndrome leaves small, white, fungal spots around the nose and mouth of the tiny nocturnal animals. "Did it spread? I don't know, because we don't know what it is." The bats have been woken prematurely from their winter hibernation and, with their fat reserves seriously depleted, their natural impulse is to forage for food. The reality of the harsh New England winter is that there are no insects to eat so they starve to death. One possible link under serious consideration is the equally mysterious catastrophe that has affected the honeybee population. "I have no doubt we will figure it out. But even once we figure it out, I suspect we'll never be able to do anything about it." Hopefully the bats themselves will begin to develop immunity, although nobody knows how far the syndrome will go. The syndrome is yet another environmental alarm bell.

Angry ‘girl child’ strikes Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Farmers in Dehiattakandiya: A harvest destroyed by the freak weather patterns

Story: March is usually a hot month but heavy rains have lashed Sri Lanka this year. Meteorologists believe the prevailing weather is due to the La Nina conditions in the Pacific. The Maha harvest looked promising this year, but hundreds of paddy farmers in many districts have watched their crops go underwater because of the unseasonal rains, their harvest destroyed by the freak weather patterns. March is traditionally a drier period for Sri Lanka between the north-eastern monsoon and the inter-monsoonal rains. The earth's movement exposes Sri Lanka directly to the sun during this month, bringing swinging heat waves across the country. This year, La Nina changed the pattern. The large-scale variations in atmospheric pressure between the Pacific and the Indian oceans affect the trade winds. When the wind moves across large oceans, it absorbs water that later comes down as rain or storms. Recently there has been a change of temperature in the eastern seas near Indonesia/Sumatra which is believed to be due to the La Nina phenomenon. During the last century El Niño and La Niña events occurred in equal numbers with an average return period of about four years. They usually last about a year and peak in the northern hemisphere winter. But there seems to be a change of the patterns. Scientists are still looking for a Global Warming "fingerprint" on El Nino/La Nina conditions. But many believe it is likely we will see more El Nino/La Nina because of global warming. The recent changes in weather patterns in Sri Lanka are consistent with climate change. The need of the hour is to build a climate change model for identifying the patterns.

NZ volcano erupting - under water

New Zealand
UNDERSEA SAGA: You wouldn't know it but a large volcano eruption is taking place in NZ. It's not visible because Monowai is underwater - north of the Kermadec Islands, and is about 1500 metres deep.

Story: You wouldn't know it but a large volcano eruption is taking place in New Zealand. It's not visible because Monowai is completely underwater - north of the Kermadec Islands, and is about 1500 metres deep. Its conical cone reaches to just 120 metres below the surface of the Pacific. They recorded a "big acoustic event on February 8". It was strong "but not a monster". Monowai is in an eruptive phase but it is difficult to say whether the event was a strong eruption. Monowai has erupted regularly over the years. In May 2002 the volcano itself collapsed creating an "explosive interaction and cooling of hot magma and volcaniclastic rubble with ambient seawater". Monowai is similar to Mount St Helen's in the United States which collapsed and then rebuilt itself over time. The latest activity has gone unnoticed on the surface as its location is off the main shipping routes. In previous years Royal New Zealand Air Force over flights have spotted large sulphur slicks. What was thought to be a shoal of fish was first reported in the area in 1944 but it was not until 1977 that it was recognised as a volcano.

Humans creating new 'geological age'

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Humans are causing such UNPRECEDENTED climatic change and mass extinctions, it is creating a new geological age, according to a leading environmental scientist. The planet is already amid a "human-induced mass extinction event" which is defining a new geological age known as the Anthropocene. "The current rate of species loss is higher than the background rate inferred in the fossil record. Another 10-30% of birds, mammals and amphibians are currently threatened with extinction. This rapid rate in the loss of species diversity is similar in intensity to the event around 65 million years ago which wiped out the dinosaurs and other species." Damming nearly all of the world's major rivers has left 75% of the world's fisheries exploited or depleted. "Human history is littered with examples of civilisations that have collapsed because of their inability to adjust to environmental change - such as the Mayans in Meso-America, the Norse colonies in southern Greenland and the Akkadian civilisation, which was located in what is now Syria." FYI: BIODIVERSITY DECLINE

Experts Say Climate Change Drives Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa

The effects of climate change are increasingly driving people in sub-Saharan Africa to migrate in search of better living conditions, according to experts. First, soil quality breaks down. Then people produce less food and poverty deepens. This leads to social tensions and forces people to move - some to urban areas, some to other countries. People in the region will likely have an increasingly tough time feeding themselves as climate change will continue to fuel famine in sub-Saharan Africa. Image: Mauritanian women fetch water in the village of Barkeol.

Nancy Palus reports for VOA.

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Drought prompts mass cattle exodus from N Queensland

There is a mass exodus of cattle underway
in the western Queensland region, with tens of thousands of beasts being moved. The lack of a wet season has prompted graziers to de-stock, and road trains are moving through from the Northern Territory and the Barkly Tableland region. Conditions are becoming desperate. I'd say close to 100,000 cattle will be moving out of the northern part of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Volcanoes of Kamchatka Awake

Seismologists detected over 60 separate shocks near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY. March 27. VOSTOK MEDIA:Volcanoes of Kamchatka Awake - Koryaksky and Avachinsky volcanoes, located 25 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, have become more active. Specialists of the Geophysical Service detected the highest activity on March 25. Over 60 separate seismic shocks were registered by the devices in the volcanic area. Visual observation is complicated in view of weather conditions. A veil of clouds hides tops of the volcanoes. The last eruption of a volcano from the group of the Kamchatka “home” volcanoes – Avachinsky – occurred in 1991. As all three volcanoes are seen within a distance of 100 km, the eruption could be seen by dwellers of Petropavlovsk and closely located towns.

Hawaii Prepares for Volcanic Danger

Big Island Officials Prepare for Kilauea Danger - Levels of toxic sulfur dioxide at the summit are six to ten times greater than before the eruption. "The ten-fold increasee of SO2 at the summit makes the total output for the volcano double basically, and the increased hazard from this emission source is, it's closer to where people live and breath and visit than Pu'u 'O'o is." Experts say no one can know exactly what will happen next so they're preparing for the worst.

A cloud of sulfur dioxide gas and ash rises from the Halemaumau crater of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii

Poison rivers may be grim legacy of flood disaster

Great Britain
Poison rivers may be grim legacy of flood disaster - Dangerous chemicals released during centuries of heavy industry could be polluting Yorkshire again after being dredged up in last summer's floods, new research reveals. Flooding will become an increasingly important issue in the years and decades to come – and only widescale change to the way we live will help mitigate the devastating impact. Floodplains need to be abandoned, new lakes created, hill farming scaled back, new homes built to the highest environmental standards and woodland regrown as Britons stop waging war with nature and allow the country to return to its natural state. And farmers need to be made "custodians of the countryside", being adequately compensated for allowing flood waters onto their land to ruin their crops in order to save towns and cities further downstream. Most pressing of all, however, could be dealing with the long-term effects of the recent floods. "The floods...scoured out the sediments to release the toxins downstream. The hope is that the sheer volume of water has diluted the impacts. However, this is not known for certain, but it is clear that very nasty chemicals have been re-released and have ended up somewhere downstream." "Society takes a risk when it over-grazes the uplands, paves over urban green space, develops in the floodplain or drains coastal wetlands. It mitigates that risk by building flood defences for the most valuable, built-upon land and tacitly accepts inevitable failure every 100 years or so." But the latest research suggests that floods which are now considered one in 200 year events, like last summer, might happen once a decade by 2080.

Environmental Alert: The Antarctic Ice Shelf is Coming Apart

A section of Antarctica's largest ice shelf is disintegrating, satellite images have shown and global warming is thought to be the cause.

An iceberg measuring 41km by 2.4km broke off the southwestern front of the Wilkins ice shelf on February 28, images obtained by the University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) showed.

That led to further disintegration of the shelf's interior, of which 414 square km has already disappeared.

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Although the disintegration will not have an impact on sea levels, scientists are concerned because it shows that the Antarctic ice sheet is melting at a faster rate than expected.

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 West Antarctic Ice Shelf Breakup

Giant Waves Break Up Caribbean Coral

Broken Coral Washes Up In Barbados With Giant Waves; Expert Fears Widespread Damage

Unusually large waves churned by an Atlantic storm system have littered the beaches of Barbados with broken coral in what could be a sign of damage to reefs across the region, a scientist said Sunday.

The amount of rubble on the island's west coast suggests the coral took a heavy pounding, said Leo Brewster, director of Barbados' Coastal Zone Management Unit, who was organizing dives later this week to survey the damage.

"We think it's going to be pretty extensive," Brewster said. "I think we're going to see it across the Caribbean."

The waves, reaching as high as an estimated 30 feet, lashed coastlines from Guyana to the Dominican Republic last week as a large

Australian animals threatened by climate change

Image: A poisonous Cane Toad, introduced to Australia from America in the 1930's. Native creatures are at increased risk of extinction due to climate change, according to a report released on Tuesday. (AFP/THE COURIER MAIL/File)

SYDNEY (AFP) - Native Australian animals are at increased risk of extinction due to climate change, according to a report released Tuesday which found invasive species could benefit from rising temperatures.

Species at risk from higher temperatures and lower rainfall include the kangaroo-like rock wallaby, the rabbit-eared bilby and the quoll, a native cat, the report by environmental group WWF Australia said.

These animals are already battling bushfires, loss of habitat and introduced predators such as the cane toad and the European fox -- threats which are likely to be exacerbated by climate change, it said.

Saving Venice From Rising Sea Levels

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A man crosses a flooded San Marco's place in the Italian historic city of Venice...

New horizon: what we can expect as nature changes


Artificial life forms, robots that mimic natural processes, and even people who spend all day in front of the computer and rarely experience the real outdoors, may all fundamentally affect the quality of nature in Britain over the next 45 years.

According to 35 environmental scientists, drawn from the government as well as colleges and charities, a host of new threats and opportunities for UK biodiversity is gathering pace as technologies develop, social habits alter and the possibility of large-scale responses to phenomena like climate change grows.

The scientists have drawn up a list of 25 factors, including the rising demand for food and biofuels, thought to be having an immediate effect. These, say the scientists, are already putting worse pressure on the habitats of birds and mammals.

Others factors, such as sea-level rise, extra fire risk and extreme weather events, are looming with climate change.

Water will be source of war unless world acts now

The world faces a future of "water wars", unless action is taken to prevent international water shortages and sanitation issues escalating into conflicts, according to Gareth Thomas, the International Development minister.

The minister's warning came as a coalition of 27 international charities marked World Water Day, by writing to Gordon Brown demanding action to give fresh water to 1.1 billion people with poor supplies. "If we do not act, the reality is that water supplies may become the subject of international conflict in the years ahead," said Mr Thomas. "We need to invest now to prevent us having to pay that price in the future."

Giant Waves Battering British Isles

Some of the Highest Waves in Recent History reached a staggering 72 knots at Redcar Friday, blasting over the sea wall and across the Esplanade. Many visitors to the town were drenched in the unseasonal waves and a number of youngsters had to be warned of the dangers of the sea. “The sea was coming over the wall and right across the road. Cars were having to stop as the waves were coming across. It’s ONE OF THE HIGHEST WE'VE EVER SEEN

The Harbor Wall and Lighthouse at Seaham Take a Battering

Starmageddon: As thousands of starfish wash up on our beaches

Carnage: Thousands of dead starfish at Sandwich Bay in Kent

Great Britain

Mass starfish strandings, or "wrecks", are not uncommon in Britain and typically happen once a year. But the scale of death visited upon the beaches of southern England in the past few weeks has stunned conservationists and prompted a major investigation into what could be killing so many marine animals. It had been assumed - hoped, even - that the deaths were the result of freak weather or unusual tides outside the control of people. Some of the deaths undoubtedly were. But experts now believe the slaughter which has blighted Kent and Sussex is also the result of human activity - more particularly, the intensive fishing for mussels. Starfishes' ideal feeding ground is a mussel bed, where millions of starfish will congregate at any one time. And it's here where they are most at risk. Violent storms can send terrifically strong currents through the mussel beds where they are feeding, pluck them off their prey, carry them to the shore and dump thousands at a time onto a beach. After last week's ferocious storms, hundreds of common starfish were found washed ashore at Black Rock in Brighton. "Once out of the water, they die. But in Kent, thousands of starfish were washed ashore long BEFORE the storms." The Environment Agency now believes that dredgers - the kind used to scrape the sea floor for mussels - were almost certainly to blame.

Warming planet heralds early spring

Trees are flowering in front of Lausanne’s Musée de l’Elysée — but a late winter storm is expected this weekend. (Julie Varnau, WRS)

It’s been warmer than average so far this year in Switzerland. That means trees, flowers, grasses are blooming earlier than normal. The average temperature in Geneva was nearly three degrees higher in January, one and half degrees higher in February, and nearly two degrees higher so far this month. "We had a winter where we had not many cold-air outbreaks from the north. Most of our weather came from the west or the southwest, which resulted in rather a mild winter. But the warm weather so far this year has bigger implications than just an early allergy season. The earlier-than-normal blossoms, like cherry trees which are blooming 20 days earlier than usual in Switzerland, are now subject to freezing. Just in time for the first weekend of spring, Meteo Swiss is forecasting snow down to 400 metres." This year-on-year unpredictability in the weather is hard for plants and animals to adapt to in the long-term.

Today is officially the first day of spring, and while parts of Switzerland have already been experiencing spring-like weather, the weekend forecast calls for snow. For World Radio Switzerland, Jackie Campo reports on the implications of this unpredictable weather.

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Unlocking the memories of islands' tides of change

Torres Strait island of Saibai
About 7000 indigenous people live in 17 of the Torres Strait islands. The region, which is made up of more than 100 islands, is considered particularly vulnerable to climate change, with some islands just a metre or two above sea level. Flooding that has affected several islands in recent years — caused by high tides and strong winds — is expected to become more frequent with rising sea levels, extreme weather and the increasing intensity of tropical cyclones. Other potential impacts include less predictable winds and currents that could affect fishing, and threats to human health such as an increase in disease transmitters like dengue-carrying mosquitoes. On the island of Saibai, tides never used to reach the village. It was not until 1947 that the water touched homes. Tropical cyclones used to be much closer to the Australian mainland. Now, they reach Torres Strait. Increasingly powerful storms are washing away long-established homes and graveyards. Locals have also noticed that the distribution of seaweed has changed, crayfish catches have become less predictable, and water spouts are not appearing as frequently as they once did.

Ancient Global Dimming Linked to Volcanic Eruption

From National Geographic News
Filipino farmers plow their rice fields as Indonesia's Mount Pinatubo spews ash following a major eruption in this photo taken July 8, 1991.

A year-long global cooling followed—but it was nothing compared to a massive cooling event in A.D. 536 that withered crops, sparked wars, and helped spread pestilence.

Now scientists have uncovered the first physical evidence that the ancient chill was due to a supervolcano eruption.

Photograph by Bullit Marquez/AP

A "dry fog" that muted the sun's rays in A.D. 536 and plunged half the world into a famine-inducing chill was triggered by the eruption of a supervolcano, a new study says. The cause of the sixth-century global dimming has long been a matter of debate, but a team of international researchers recently discovered acidic sulphate molecules, which are signs of an eruption, in Greenland ice. This is the first physical evidence for the A.D. 536 event, which according to ancient texts from Mesoamerica, Europe, and Asia brought on a cold darkness that withered crops, sparked wars, and helped spread pestilence. The team suspects the eruption occurred near the Equator, since its ash fell on both ends of the globe. The Greenland evidence is also consistent with tree-ring data from around the Northern Hemisphere that show reduced growth rates lasting more than a decade starting in A.D. 536. Curiously, the eruption's cooling effect did not extend to the southern hemisphere. Together, the tree-ring and acid evidence suggest the sixth-century eruption was even bigger than Indonesia's Mount Tambora eruption of 1815, which also dimmed the sun. According to written records, the dry fog lingered for just over a year — leaving an indelible mark on human history. Chinese historians recorded famine events and summer frosts for years after the event. If a similar volcanic eruption were to occur today, the effects could be just as devastating, experts say. The reduced sunlight and ashfall would affect agriculture worldwide, and the thick veil of dust and ash could cripple transportation and communication systems. "Most aircraft cannot fly in [volcanic] dust clouds. And these dust clouds have a large electrostatic potential that disrupts radio communication."

A thirsty planet looks for solutions to water shortage

By 2025, fully a third of the planet's growing population could find itself scavenging for safe drinking water, the United Nations has warned. More than two million people in developing countries -- the vast majority children -- die every year from diseases associated with unsanitary water. Mexico City, Jakarta and Bangkok, to name a few, have underground water sources depleting at alarming rates - and some of them are nonrenewable. In Beijing, home to 16 million, aquifers have fallen by more than a dozen metres (40 feet) in 30 years. Pathogen and chemical pollution have transformed many primary sources of water in the developing world into toxic repositories of disease. Desperation forces people to consume these contaminated waters. Current methods of decontamination remain "challenging, expensive and unreliable," and will take years to perfect. Rising sea levels are forcing salt water into aquifers beneath megadeltas that are home to tens of millions, and changing weather patterns are set to intensify droughts in large swathes of Africa, southern Europe and Asia. "In the coming decades, water scarcity may be a watchword that prompts action ranging from wholesale population migration to war, unless new ways to supply clean water are found." Image Above: Bangladeshi women queue at a handpump as they wait to collect water in a shanty town on the outskirts of Dhaka. A world without fresh water would be a world bereft of humans, and yet one in five people lacks regular access to this most basic of life-sustaining substances. (AFP/Lalage Snow)

Gujarat farmers lose sleep over unseasonal rains

Gujarat farmers lose sleep over unseasonal rains - With overcast conditions giving sleepless nights to farmers awaiting harvest of their crops, the state Agriculture department has ordered a statewide survey to assess the exact farm produce loss and the major crops that are faced with the possibility of damage. The unseasonal light rains over the last few days have wrecked havoc over the standing crops, especially cumin, wheat, mustard and chickpea across the state. Mangoes at the flowering or fruit formation stage will also face a major loss. Unseasonal fog noticed in the last few days may result in pest attack or multiplication of fruit fly, and other diseases may cause a drop of produce.

Massive Storm Hits Heartland USA

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Floodwaters flow through a mill building in Ozark, Mo. Wednesday, March 19, 2008. Storms dropped six to ten inches of rain across much of southwest Missouri on Monday and Tuesday, leaving widespread flooding in their wake. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Torrential rains chased hundreds of people from their flooded homes and deluged roads in the nation's midsection Tuesday, killing at least two people in Missouri and sweeping a teen down a drainage pipe near Dallas. The storm system also grounded hundreds of flights. One control tower at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was briefly evacuated when a funnel cloud was spotted. The National Weather Service posted flood and flash flood warnings from Texas to Ohio, with tornado watches in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Heavy rain began falling Monday and just kept coming. Forecasters said some parts of Missouri could get 10 inches of rain or more before the storms finally stop today. "It's ABSOLUTELY ABNORMAL to have this much rain and more on the way." "This is one of the most vicious thunderstorms Dallas-Fort Worth has seen in quite some time, especially its ongoing intensity. Add in two snow storms in the past two weeks and this has been ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL EARLY SPRING WEATHER PATTERNS IN YEARS."

Glowing sulfur stumps brains at volcano site


Hawaii, USA

In the 96-year-history of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, geologists have NEVER SEEN ANYTHING EXACTLY LIKE WHAT APPEARED IN THE VENT that broke open in Halemaumau Crater last week: sulfur that glows in the dark. Scientists plowed through old records of sulphur vents (solfataras) at Kilauea going back to the founding of the observatory in 1912. If previous observers ever saw them glow, they did not mention it. What does it mean? Not an eruption. The right signs are not there. But beyond that, the scientists just are not sure. Instruments are recording tremors, jiggling of the ground, but it is disorderly. An eruption would show harmonic tremors. That is the orderly "sound" of lava moving through a tube.

Expert probes 'earthquake lights'

Great Britain
Credit: Karl V. Steinbrugge Collection, Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley.

Images of unidentified lights in the sky are being studied to see if they were a warning of the earthquake which shook Britain. There were several reports of celestial sightings above Lincolnshire in the days before the earthquake, which had its epicentre near Market Rasen when it struck on February 27. It raises the question, whether people saw "earthquake lights" - thought to be caused by an electro-magnetic discharge from the movement of the earth's plates. There is no scientific evidence to support the phenomena, but there have been plenty of reports of the lights happening throughout history.


Obama's Secret Plan for Destroying Clinton and America

By Del Williams
The American Chronicle

Since I started getting involved in this campaign, some things have struck me. One is that this campaign wants the experience to speak for itself, but that message is not coming across correctly. So Obama, a virtually unknown man comes up with a message on hope and all the USA is mesmerized, even if they know he hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell of bringing about the changes that he wants, since he has no plan.

The thing I have noticed is that Clinton's hands have been tied. If she criticizes him , the blacks consider it wrong. Everything has an undercurrent about race, but those same blacks have no problem with lying and criticizing Clinton.

Having said that I am wondering how helpful some of Clintons helpers are. This is a unique race, and for some reason Blacks seem to think this is only about them. I am black, so I can say that. Considering blacks only comprise 13% of the nation's population, I don't think they have that right. I think that Obama has made this into a race thing, but in a much more subtle way. His meetings tend to be in predominately black communities or campuses. That cannot be by accident. So the man who says he will be the President of All America, seems to think that blacks come first. This may be why he has no qualms with his mentor, Rev. Wright calling for the Damning of America, calling the USA the KKKA, blaming the USA for the 9/11 attacks, etc. If I didn't know better it would seem like Obama is into "Black Power" and that is not good for America. It depends on the subjugation of the white world.

The odd thing is that with poor blacks Obama is not all that. He is a sellout. In poor black communities the educated black man is not wanted. Obama lives in a Million dollar home, so he is the top 6% of America making over $95,000 per year. He may have come from poverty, but at his age he cannot possibly understand JFK or MLK, since he, like I was not around. He throws out those names because they have meaning in the black community. And those who say "He is all that" are showing a hypocrisy that they do not give to other black leaders of either political party. So how does Obama get out of the "Sellout jail" and no one else does? It is the ultimate slap in the face to those who did not do drugs, had the two parent home, and have jobs that they like and their kids are not on the street corner gang banging.

If Obama is not a sellout (in my opinion, he is not) then those others are not either. Obama is a self-made man, but he does have some issues that need to be dealt with that have little to do with race and all to do with a realistic plan for this country. If he wants to sell me he needs to stop with the cliches and rhetoric and actually present some plans and how he intends to pay for them. He may be sounding like Santa Claus to some, but the reality is that bills on credit will have to be paid.

Obama won't have Hillary Clinton on a ticket because of the idea of a woman needing to be under a man, not next to or over. That is what his mentor taught him. So, if Obama gets the nomination, the first thing is to give the VP to someone he owes a favor to. The next is to elevate the inexperienced staff he has to important positions. Then, it will be time to pay off in posts all the people who have helped him behind the scenes. Don't be surprised if Collin Powells name comes up. He has been advising him on foreign policy. A typical Powell move.

In summary, whenever the need for a distraction comes up listen for a race issue or comment that, though educated, they purposely take the wrong way, like with the Ferraro statement. Second, look for more meetings in black communities running up to PA, look for him to oppose the revote in any state that he thinks Clinton can win, and finally look for him to consider himself a victim at the hands of Clinton in some stupid way. He won't tell America that he can't get the nomination with Hillary in the race and all she has to do is bide her time.

My prayer is that the REAL motive of Obama comes out and that the perfect veneer be shown for what it really is. America needs to see Obama, and we have not. We have seen the ultimate David Copperfield illusion.

Australian Heatwave a Once in 3,000 Year Occurence

Adelaide's 15-day heatwave was A ONCE IN 3,000 YEAR OCCURRENCE, an atmospheric scientist says. "The odds are about the same as tossing 12 coins and getting all heads or all tails." "This heat wave is close to being off the scale."

Australian Heatwave a Once in 3,000 Year Occurence

The 1,700 feet Tsunami that Struck Alaska

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Alaska, USA

On the night of July 7th, 1958 the WORLD'S LARGEST TSUNAMI struck Lituya bay, located about 250 miles west of Juneau. It was 1,700 feet or 520 meters, almost twice the height of the Eiffel Tower. The Tsunami happened immediately after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake caused an enormous landslide along the Fairweather Fault. The resulting crash of rock into water caused the largest wall of water in human history. The deadly wave hurtled at jet speeds and wiped out everything within a four mile radius. Fortunately Lituya Bay is virtually empty, otherwise it would have caused unprecedented destruction, far greater than the tsunami that struck Thailand in 2004.
FYI: The Lituya Bay Mega Tsunami

Climate change confuses migrating birds

Great Britain
Swallows fly huge distances to spend the winter soaking up the sun in Africa, returning to Britain in spring to nest and breed

Climate change confuses migrating birds - In what experts say is the first documented evidence of the species "overwintering" here, a solitary swallow has been monitored from November to the end of February in a village near Truro, Cornwall. A spokesman for the British Trust for Ornithology called the discovery "INCREDIBLE." The swallows' return to British shores each year symbolises the passing of winter and the approach of summer. Swallows fly huge distances to spend the winter soaking up the sun in Africa, returning to Britain in spring to nest and breed. But in a sign of the blurring of the seasons brought on by climate change, one of the birds has this year shunned migration to Africa and instead spent all winter in Britain. Members of two other species of migrating bird, the wheatear and the chiffchaff, were also found to have stayed in Britain all winter. "It's likely that the milder winters will see more and more birds doing this. Ten years ago, you would not have dreamt that a swallow could survive the winter in this country." As further evidence of climate change, volunteers have also recorded "early returns" by many migrants this year, as well as unseasonably early nesting by birds that ordinarily remain here. These include reports of a blackbird laying on January 5, a robin on January 19, and a collared dove the following day - several weeks before they are usually expected to do so. In each case, the chicks fledged successfully.

Undersea tsunami threat

SEAFLOOR SLIP: The steep 300-metre-deep walls of Nicholson Canyon show signs of a massive tsunami-causing rockslide.

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New Zealand
Evidence of a massive undersea landslide has been found less than 15 kilometres from Wellington airport, raising fears another slip could trigger a devastating tsunami. Niwa scientists found signs of a huge submarine rockslide in the Nicholson Canyon, which lies in Cook Strait, south of Wellington Heads. Using underwater scanning equipment, they found a giant scar on one of the canyon's 300-metre- high walls. The amount of rock that had collapsed into the canyon was huge - a billion cubic metres. That's four times the size of Wellington's Mt Victoria. There was no way of telling how old the landslide was, as the debris had now washed away. Evidence of smaller rockslides was also found in the nearby Cook Strait canyon. An underwater landslide could cause a tsunami, depending how fast the slip moves and the ocean depth. "Obviously Wellington airport is only a few metres above sea level, so it's vulnerable, but I couldn't say what the damage would be." A tsunami triggered by the 1855 Wairarapa earthquake might have been helped along by an underwater landslide. That tsunami sent waves between Lyall Bay and Evans Bay. Submarine landslides tend to cause more localised tsunamis than those sparked by earthquakes. A tsunami from the Nicholson Canyon would hit within Wellington "within minutes". "It's potentially one of the most devastating tsunami events you can have."

World's glaciers melting at record rate

With global glaciers-a vital water source for millions, or even billions, of people worldwide-melting at a record rate, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) urged countries to agree on a new emissions reduction pact.

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World's glaciers melting at record rate

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