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Virus threatens Mediterranean dolphins

Dozens of dead dolphins washing up along the Mediterranean coast have alerted environmentalists to a virus they fear will become an epidemic, El Mundo newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The region's striped dolphins, a protected species, are being infected with a virus which has not been identified and has so far killed several dozen animals along the coast and may spread, the report said, quoting environmental experts.

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California's Baking Temperatures Spur Heat Advisory, Power Use

California's central and southern regions are baking in a late summer season heat wave that's knocked out power in some areas and left others sweltering in temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit this week.

A hot-air mass is settling over California's Central Valley, while moisture surging north will increase humidity, the National Weather Service in Hanford, California, said in a heat advisory posted earlier today. The heat index, a measure of temperature and humidity that represents how hot it feels, will remain above 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) through tomorrow before cooler air moves into the region, the service said.

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Tropical Storm Felix forms in Caribbean

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Vincent, the Grenadines and Grenada. Felix also threatens Venezuela's northern coast.

At 4 a.m. CST, the center of Tropical Storm Felix was located about 30 miles northwest of Grenada.


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Sinkhole slowly eating Florida home from inside out

The earth opened Wednesday night and gobbled up Rodrigo Coronado's bathroom.

On Thursday, it took his refrigerator.

It swallowed his furniture, clothing and 2-year-old son's toys. From time to time, it threatened to take more -- evident by the creaking walls.

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Drought catastrophe stalks Australia's food bowl

But years of drought, which some blame on global warming, have savagely depleted the huge dams built 60 years ago to hold the snow melt from the Australian alps and push it hundreds of kilometers inland to the parched west for farm irrigation.

The Murray-Darling normally provides 90 percent of Australia's irrigated crops and A$22 billion ($18.1 billion) worth of agricultural exports to Asia and the Middle East.

Murray-Darling Basin.

But with some crops now just 10 days from failure, farmers are to receive no water at all for irrigation through the summer, while others will get a fraction of their regular entitlement to keep alive vital plantings like citrus trees and grapevines.

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NASA Study Says Global Warming Will Bring More Violent Storms To U.S.

U.S. space agency NASA has predicted more violent storms and tornadoes for the United States as the global warming continues to make the earth's climate warm.

The latest forecast was predicted by a new climate model developed at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies by researchers Tony Del Genio, Mao-Sung Yao and Jeff Jonas.

"The strongest thunderstorms, the strongest severe storms and tornadoes are likely to happen more often and be stronger," Associated Press quotes Del Genio as saying.

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Coastal reef being destroyed by algae off Costa Rica

A tropical algae thriving on fertilisers from hotel golf courses and badly treated sewage is killing one of Costa Rica's most important coastal reefs, scientists say.

The green, feather-like algae is spreading along the reefs of Culebra Bay in Costa Rica's north-western Gulf of Papagayo, a popular scuba diving spot and home to a rare species of coral. The algae blocks the sunlight and suffocates the reefs.

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Parts of Costa Rica experience record rains

Intense rain that destroyed roofs, walls and a dike in the Central Valley and Southern Zone Monday also broke national records, according to National Meteorological Institute (IMN) meteorologist Max Mena.

In the northern suburb of Tibás, about 80 millimeters of rain fell in one hour, at least 10 centimeters more than the national record, he said. The rest of the San José area as well as the Southern Zone also experienced rain so intense it turned some roads into muddy rivers, damaging homes and infrastructure.

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Earthquake shakes Adirondack region; no injuries, damage reported

A minor earthquake shook the Adirondack Mountains on Wednesday night.

The 3.2 magnitude temblor, one of several to hit the Northeast recently, happened just before midnight. Its epicenter was about eight miles northeast of Tupper Lake in the central Adirondacks, according to the U. S. Geological Survey Web site.


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Volcano Erupts On Ecuador's Galapagos Islands

Ecuador's Geophysics Institute reported a volcano has erupted on the deserted Fernandina Island, Ecuador's Galapagos Island Wednesday.

According to the National Galapagos Park authorities, the eruption started at 4:50 p.m. local time, Tuesday, followed by a 5.2 magnitude volcanic earthquake. The earthquake struck in the Beagle sector of Isabella island on the western flank of the volcano Darwin. No injuries has been recorded.