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The Spiny Genitals and Rock-Chewing Habits of Crested Porcupines

Here's that cute porcupine photo I mentioned (I think). It shows a group of Crested porcupines Hystrix cristata photographed at Marwell Zoological Park.... awww, look at the little baby. Many other blogs would stop there. But ooooh no, that's not how we do things round here. Here are some little known factoids about Old World porcupines, focusing mostly on the Crested porcupine*...

Cute porcupines
©Marwell Zoological Park

Fish

Pacific Ocean Plastic Mistaken for Plankton in a Vortex Bigger Than Australia Threatens Wildlife

Marine researchers Charles Moore and Marcus Eriksen surveyed the dark water of the Pacific Ocean aboard a catamaran about 700 miles (1,126 kilometers) north of Hawaii in January and found trash everywhere.

They were in the eye of the North Pacific subtropical gyre, where opposing ocean currents form a vortex bigger than Australia, trapping tons of floating debris in its circular flow.

Garbage in the sea
©Bloomberg

Bizarro Earth

Mount Ibu Spews Thick Smoke

Mount Ibu in the eastern Indonesian province of North Maluku spewed thick smoke up to 500 metres into the sky in the past few days.

The volcanic activity was still not dangerous so no local resident had evacuated, Indonesia's Antara news agency quoted Kali Rasyid, spokesman for the West Halmahera district administration, as saying on Friday.

Phoenix

Study: cosmic rays don't cause global warming

A new study finds no link between incoming cosmic rays, global cloud cover and global warming, dealing another setback to those who claim climate change is triggered by cosmic rays rather than manmade greenhouse gases.

Cow Skull

Climate change could lead to global food crisis, scientists warn

BUDAPEST, Hungary: Scientists warned Thursday that climate change in coming decades will cause more floods in the Northern Hemisphere and droughts in the south and in arid areas, which may lead to a global food crisis.

Bizarro Earth

Global Warming: Settled Science, or Dogged Dogma?

It's April Fools' Day as I'm writing this, so it seems fitting to contemplate human folly.
As I squint through frosted panes at 8 inches of new snow on my Missouri Heights deck, KAJX radio advises me that Aspen Highlands got another 19 inches overnight, and Snowmass' new total stands at 407 inches.

Bad Guys

Global Warming gets the Cold Freeze

The media and governmental hype over a danger from global warming that already is allegedly causing the polar icecaps to melt and threaten a global climate catastrophe, looks more and more like the political hype it is. This year to date, snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

According to the US National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) many American cities and towns have suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January "was - 0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 average."

China is surviving its most brutal winter in one hundred years. Temperatures in the normally mild south were low for so long that some middle-sized cities went weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.

There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has been hurt as home buyers have stayed home. In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, breaking the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in 1950.

Better Earth

2008: The year the world will cool down

The world will experience global cooling this year, according a leading climate scientist.

The head of the World Meteorological Organisation said La Nina - the weather phenomenon which is cooling the Pacific - is likely to trigger a small drop in average global temperatures compared with last year.

Comment: Note that, despite the forecast, spin is applied to support the human-caused/CO2 paradigm being pushed by the mainstream media.


Cloud Lightning

Storms pound Midwest with rain, snow

St. Louis, Missouri - A line of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and even snow pounded the nation's heartland on Thursday, flooding nearly 200 roads in Missouri, closing schools in Arkansas and ripping the roofs of dozens of houses in Texas.

The band of storms stretched from Colorado and Nebraska, which was expected to get up to 10 inches of snow, to Texas, where high winds and driving rain at one point quarter of a million people were left without power.

In Missouri, 3-4 inches of rain fell in just a few hours, unleashing flash floods that swamped parts of 180 roads across the state.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes Irish PM's plane

Lightning struck an aircraft carrying Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern from Dublin to Belfast, but no one on board was hurt, an Irish government spokesman said overnight.

"The plane was struck by lightning as it was approaching Belfast. Everyone is fine," the spokesman said.