Earth ChangesS


Polar Bear Population Seen Declining

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Mother polar bear and her cub sleep near the ice outside Churchill, Canada Nov. 4, 2006.

WASHINGTON - Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 _ including the entire population in Alaska _ because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday.

Bizarro Earth

Common Deer Virus Found in Southern Ohio Cattle Populations

Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) officials today confirmed the discovery of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) -- a common white-tailed deer virus -- in two Pike County cattle farms. This marks the state's first-ever case of the virus in cattle, but officials stress that it poses no threat to human health or to the safety of meat consumption.


Flashback White-tail deer dying in eleven Kentucky counties

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is investigating disease deaths of white-tailed deer in western Kentucky.

The worst outbreak of what is suspected to be hemorrhagic disease is in McLean County, but is also reported in 10 other counties. Wildlife Biologist Danny Watson says the disease is carried through the bite of gnats. He says more than 20 dead deer have been reported in McLean County and he says weak and emaciated deer are being found in or near water.

Bizarro Earth

Flashback Disease hits Tennessee deer populations

Stricken whitetails reported in Fayette and across Tenn.

A disease that causes whitetail deer to develop high fever, drink water incessantly and bleed gruesomely has been noted all over Tennessee, leading wildlife officials to fear that one of the state's worst outbreaks is imminent.


Rains cause multiple crashes in Phoenix area

At least 15 vehicle collisions shut down several miles of westbound U.S. 60 between Interstate 10 and Dobson Road through Tempe and Mesa Thursday evening. The most severe wreck was a 27-car pileup in the westbound lanes halfway between Rural Road and McClintock Drive.

Weather was believed to be a factor with heavy rain in the area.

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Multiple vehicle collisions are being reported on U.S. 60 westbound between Interstate 10 and Dobson Road Thursday evening.

Cloud Lightning

River Danube bursts its banks after 2 days of torrential rain in Austria

Authorities issued flood warnings in parts of northern and western Austria on Friday after the Danube River and other waterways burst their banks following two days of heavy rain.

Workers used sandbags in an attempt to control flooding in the Vienna suburb of Klosterneuburg after the swollen Danube crested, flooding a train station and a regional highway.

Cloud Lightning

Typhoon 'Fitow' hits Japan - at least two dead, many injured

Typhoon 'Fitow' battered Japan with heavy rains and strong winds Friday, killing at least two people and injuring another fifty.

The typhoon first struck Japan in the Kanagawa prefecture (state) to the southwest of Tokyo, before moving northwards and losing strength. By Friday afternoon, it was around 300 kilometers (180 miles) northeast of the capital, with winds of 108 kph (66 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

An elderly man was killed by a falling tree, and a construction worker perished when he was trapped in landslide at a dam construction site, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.

Several houses were completely destroyed, and hundreds damaged by floodwaters. Evacuation warnings were given in many areas, and flights were cancelled due to high winds at airports across the country, including eight international flights at Narita airport near Tokyo.


Flood death toll hits 7 in Romania

The number of dead from floods in eastern Romania rose to seven on Friday with one person still missing, authorities said after torrential rains ceased.

Heavy rains have washed away dozens of homes in Vrancea, Bacau and Vaslui counties since Wednesday, forcing hundreds out of their homes.


"The death toll has risen to seven people, one is still missing and 1,391 persons were evacuated," said deputy interior minister Victor Dobre.


Tremors rattle Taiwan's capital

Two strong tremors rattled Taiwan's capital early on Friday, officials and witnesses said, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the first quake at 6.5 at 01:51 am local time. Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said a second tremor followed four minutes later with a magnitude of 5.7.

Red Flag

Dead Sharks Wash Ashore on Ore. Beaches

NEWPORT, Ore. - A number of young sharks are washing up dead on Oregon's beaches this summer, but researchers are unsure why.

The dead sharks reports started in mid-August, said Bill Hanshumaker, public marine education specialist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.