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Poor hit hardest by climate change

The devastating effects of natural disasters caused by climate change is hitting the poorest the hardest, a new report reveals. Of the 443,000 people killed and 2.5 billion affected by weather-related incidents in the last 10 years more than 98 per cent of them came from developing countries.

Comment: Note that this article does not include the latest disaster in Myanmar, which caused the death of hundred thousand people.


Ancient tree provides fuel for thought

Peter Gould has a vision of being able to grow his own fuel on his property at Terania Creek.

Mr Gould has spent more than 10 years researching biofuels and eventually came up with what he and his business partner Martin Novak, of Whian Whian, believe is the perfect solution - a plant native to both India and northern Australia called pongamia.


Ancient tea trees found in central China

Beijing -- Botanists have recently discovered ancient tea trees in central China's Wudang Mountains which were an integral part of a centuries-old Taoist tea culture.

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A botanist examines an ancient tea tree that was discovered in the Wudang Mountains on Tuesday, May 6, 2008.

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Philippines: Another mild earthquake hits Bicol

Manila - Another mild earthquake hit the Bicol region Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said a 4.6-magnitude quake was recorded in Legaspi City, Albay province. The quake was felt at Intensity 3 in Irosin, Sorsogon and Legaspi City and Intensity 2 in Lignon Hill, Legaspi City and Masbate, Masbate .

Its epicenter was located 38 kilometers southwest of Legaspi City and had a depth of 22 kilometers, which volcanologists consider as shallow.

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US: Small earthquake strikes Northern Virginia

A small earthquake shook the Washington area yesterday, and some residents reported feeling tremors, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake occurred at 1:30 p.m., and the epicenter was about a mile from Annandale. The Geological Survey estimated its magnitude at 1.8.


U.S. honey bees in dramatic decline

The Apiary Inspectors of America says the United States has seen a dramatic decline in the number of managed honey bee colonies since 1980.

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Cod fall may speed 'toxic tide'

Declining fish stocks could be partly responsible for algal blooms in the oceans, researchers have found.

Scientists found that the fall in cod stocks in the Baltic Sea in recent decades increased numbers of the tiny marine plants that produce the blooms.


U.S. envoy: Myanmar deaths may top 100,000

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A girl drinks water from a container as her homeless family eat donated food in the outskirts of Yangon on May 7.

The death toll from the cyclone that ravaged the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar may exceed 100,000, the senior U.S. diplomat in the military-ruled country said Wednesday.


Earthquake: Ready To Rumble In Reno?

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©Cal Orey
Cal Orey says her Brittany spaniels, Simon
and Seth, help her predict seismic events.

Tiny earthquakes have been swarming near Reno for weeks, and seismic experts are trying to gauge whether things are settling down or heading toward a bigger rumble. All this is making some of the region's residents jittery - including Cal Orey, who lives near Lake Tahoe and issues earthquake predictions based on such things as headaches, pet behavior and moon phases.


The world's first bionic sea creature: Winter the dolphin gets a prosthetic tail

Two years ago Winter was the dolphin that could not swim.

Instead of powering through the water with a flick of her tail, the bottlenose could barely waggle from side to side.

She had lost her tail in a crab trap at just two months old and was found floating in distress off the coast of Florida.

Rescuers got her to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida where staff fought to save her life.

Winter survived but there was a problem ... where her tail should have been there was only a stump.

Bionic Dolphin
The world's first bionic sea creature: Winter now swims and splashes around like any normal dolphin