Earth ChangesS


Dozens of dolphins die on Madagascar beach

Some 55 dolphins have died, after coming ashore on a beach in the northwest of Madagascar, conservationists said on Monday.

The melon-headed whales, a species of dolphin, were first spotted at sea last month, but then became stranded on a beach last week, Herilala Randriamahazo, from the Wildlife Conservation Society, a non-profit organization, told Reuters.


Iowa: State officials prepare as flood waters get higher

With rivers continuing to rise and more heavy rain on the way, state officials said Tuesday they are trying to help towns already battered by floodwaters while working to protect others.

The rising Cedar River was causing the most concern in Cedar Falls, where officials were preparing residents and downtown business owners to evacuate as the river threatened to spill over a levee that protects the area.


Global Cooling: Chilling facts on global warming

While it seems everyone knows that the planet is warming, few acknowledge what's really going on. How egocentric and narcissistic humans are, to assume that a few generations of human history tells the story of a planet. Decades and even centuries are not enough to determine anything about global climate change. Look at any records of global (planetary) history and you will see that we are in a natural temperature spike which has occurred before (without human help) and will occur again - approximately every 100-150 thousand years apart.

Evil Rays

Satellites Show 2008 Cooler Than Last Year

One of the great things about our current state of technology is the nearly instant reporting we can get from remote sensing platforms. Thanks to Dr. Roy Spencer & Dr. Danny Braswell, GHCC at the University of Alabama, Hunsville, we can watch global temperatures of the lower troposphere in near real-time at this page:

Better Earth

Flashback Data doesn't support global warming theory

As a scientist who has studied the global warming issue extensively, I can say with high certainty that man's influence on global climate is at best minimal. The temperature data of the recent past does not support the theory of anthropogenic global warming.

Comment: Please read here for more reading on the facts and fictions of Global Warming.

Cloud Lightning

Iowa's Cedar River flooding will be 'historic event'

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jeff Zogg, hydrologist at the National Weather Service office in Davenport, said one word, more than any other, describes what is happening now on the Cedar River - "historic."

At 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Zogg said the National Weather Service just bumped up its crest prediction for the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids from 21.2 feet to 22 feet.

The record crest in Cedar Rapids is 20 feet. The significant flood of 1993 only sent the river to 19.27 feet.

Richard Campbell of Cedar Rapids
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Richard Campbell of Cedar Rapids carries a pepper plant he rescued from his and his wife Barbara's garden at the Ellis Park community garden plots Monday in northwest Cedar Rapids. The couple pulled their tomato, pepper, watermelon and cucumber plants from their swamped plot. They also pulled out some radishes. Rising water of the Cedar River already has swamped many other gardens. The couple, who live in the nearby Time Check neighborhood, has had a garden at the park since the program's inception.

"Feel free to use this in your story," Zogg said. "This is a historic event. These are river stages we've never seen before."

Zogg said predicting the coming river crests was "extremely challenging" because the stages at some points along the river now are ones never observed before.

"We don't know exactly what will happen when water gets that high," he said. "We don't know for sure, and nobody knows for sure."


UK Dolphin stranding update: Royal Navy exercises and an "unexplained explosion"

The Royal Navy was carrying out live-firing exercises just hours before 26 dolphins died in the biggest mass stranding of the species in Britain, it has been claimed.

Marine experts trying to find out why the pod of dolphins tried to beach themselves on the shores of Percuil river, near Portscatho, Cornwall, say they could have been panicked by an "underwater disturbance".

The dolphins were found dead early on Monday morning.

Bizarro Earth

Javan mud volcano triggered by drilling, not quake

A two-year-old mud volcano that is still spewing huge volumes of boiling mud, has displaced more than 30,000 people and caused millions of dollars in damage on the island of Java was triggered by the drilling of a gas exploration well, an international team of scientists has concluded.

The most detailed scientific analysis to date of the mud volcano disproves the theory that an earthquake that happened two days before it erupted in East Java, Indonesia, was to blame.

Lusi Mud Volcano
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The main vent of the Lusi mud volcano taken within a few months of eruption.

Cloud Lightning

Powerful storms strike Kansas again

A line of powerful thunderstorms produced large hail and strong winds across central and eastern Kansas on Sunday night, damaging a correctional facility and dropping as much as 1 1-2 inches of rain in 30 minutes in Kansas City.

The storms popped up in central Kansas in the late afternoon and moved northeast toward Missouri, producing winds up to 80 mph and golf-ball sized hail in some areas, according to National Weather Service spotters.

Cloud Lightning

Eight killed by lightning in West Bengal

At least eight persons were killed and several others injured when they were struck by lightning during pre-monsoon thundershowers in three districts of West Bengal on Thursday.

Five persons, including two women, were killed in South 24 Parganas district on Thursday as showers accompanied by lightning lashed the district, official sources said.

A boy was killed and two others injured, one critically, as they were sleeping in their homes at Hakimpur in Joynagar area, the police said.

A middle-aged woman was killed and seven persons injured in lightning strikes at Gazipur and Ramsharanpur in Kulpi area of the district, the police said.