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Cycle of sunspots is linked to weather patterns: Start of wetter cycle underway

The worst drought in a century could end this year, according to a scientist who has linked the cycle of sunspots and the "looping" of the sun's magnetic field to Australia's weather patterns.

Associate Professor Robert Baker, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, says the rhythmic pattern in the sun's energy output strongly influences weather patterns.

The rhythms apply especially in the southern Hemisphere and in eastern Australia under the influence of the huge size of the Pacific Ocean.

The two key, related sun rhythms are:

- The sun's poles which switch every 11 years

- The sun's magnetic emissions which peak, every 11 years also, in periods of increased sunspot activity.

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Bird species showing up farther north

More bird species in the USA are ranging farther north and even staying there for the winter in a possible sign of adaptation to global warming, ornithologists and conservation groups say.

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Global Warming 'Walk' - In the Snow!

As the world's warmest winter on record drew to an end with a weekend snow storm, a group of religious leaders started walking across the state Friday to bring attention to global warming.

"People have been asking me what happens if it snows," said the Rev. Fred Small of the First Church Unitarian in Littleton. "I tell them: 'We walk.' "

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Flowers, animals signal spring arrived long ago

OSLO - Early flowers, migrating swallows and sleepless bears are among signs that spring has arrived long ago in the northern hemisphere even as a record mild winter formally ends on Tuesday with a rare chill.

Spring officially starts on Wednesday at 0007 GMT when the sun passes north over the celestial equator but scientists say the biological clocks of animals and plants are running ahead of time, perhaps upset by global warming.

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Oxymoronic politics rules the greenhouse debate

OK, John Howard says, if panic-merchants want to cut carbon dioxide emissions we'll have to do it with nuclear power. Chernobyl and Three Mile Island notwithstanding, that's perfectly safe these days, even though rogue states and Osama bin Laden franchisees are desperate for bombs.

As for that pesky radioactive waste, it can be safely accommodated underground for the next million years barring accidents or earthquakes. Remember that nuclear power plants only become dangerous when the wrong people want to build them. So Iranian or North Korean nuclear plants may need to be nuked.

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EEEvil! 'We want this baby polar bear dead' say animal rights lobby



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When Knut was born last December his mother ignored him, zoo officials intervened and chose to raise him themselves

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U.S. Navy asserts "state secrets" re: Sonar believed to injure whales and other animals

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy on Tuesday said it had asserted the "state secrets" privilege in a lawsuit by environmental groups, a move to keep the military from being forced to disclose information about the use of sonar believed to injure whales and other animals.

Navy Secretary Donald Winter, in a court filing submitted on Monday, said the information requested by plaintiffs was classified and its disclosure "could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to national security."

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Texas dolphin die-off puzzles scientists

The stranding deaths of about 60 bottlenose dolphins on Texas beaches over the past three weeks has puzzled researchers and is a cause for concern during the calving season, a senior scientist said on Monday.

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The Global Warming Debate Heats Up

The causes of climate change, its intensity and the future effects on mankind are far from settled, say a growing number of climate scientists.

The popular "global warming" theory touted by politicians, the media, and the majority of scientists, says that the observed heating-up of the Earth is a result of increases in man-made greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide - the products of industrialisation.

The predicted results are more violent weather, melting of the polar ice caps and sea-level rise. Urgent action is, therefore, needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop climate change.

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History of life shaped by great catastrophes

Tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis: Mother Nature seems to have it in for our world these days.

In a way, though, we live in a relatively peaceful time. While it's no comfort to those hurting or grieving now, Earth saw far greater catastrophes in its long and troubled past.

The planet has been frozen, roasted, smothered, battered, shaken, half-drowned. Entire species have been obliterated; so far, fortunately, that doesn't include Homo sapiens, but we've had a close call.

And these are all natural calamities, not those caused by humans, such as war, terrorism or the Holocaust.