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Mysterious deaths: Death toll among Caspian seals exceeds 300 in Kazakhstan

A total of 303 seals have died for unknown reasons on the Caspian sea shore in Kazakhstan, a spokesman for the local emergencies ministry said Monday.

From March 31 through April 8 266 dead seals were washed up along the sea shore from the Kalamkas oil field to the Karazhanbas field in western Kazakhstan, with more than half of them being baby seals.

Kazakh Environmental Protection Minister Nurlan Iskakov said if oil companies were found guilty, they would be brought to justice.

Iskakov said, "[They could face] fines, penalties and the suspension of oil production until the reasons [for the large number of deaths] have been established."

He said a special commission was investigating the causes of animals' death, which could take another two weeks.


'Eruption of century' dies down on Réunion

Ten days after violently awakening, a volcano on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion continued spewing lava on Sunday in what experts called "the eruption of the century".

But the Piton de la Fournaise volcano on eastern Réunion, a French overseas department, had lulled considerably, and residents remained out of danger.

Tourists and residents have been able to take in the sights of the smouldering lava and magma being tossed as high as skyscrapers.

"We can call it the eruption of the century," said Zacharie Duputel, a seismologist at the Volcano Observatory for the island. "We have never observed such a phenomenon."

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Atlantic Canada pummeled by Easter storm

Maritimers were digging out on Easter morning after an early-spring storm pummeled much of the region with snow.

The storm began Saturday night and delivered as much as 31 centimetres of snow and wild winds to many areas of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick by Sunday morning.


Moscow airports unaffected by heavy April snowfall.

Moscow airports have not been affected by a heavy snowfall in the Russian capital, Moscow's central dispatch service said Sunday.

"Currently, all airports in Moscow [Vnukovo, Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo] are operating in their normal regime and visibility in airports is normal...

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Mystery killer silencing honeybees - If the die-off continues, it would be disastrous for U.S. crop yields

Something is killing the nation's honeybees.

Dave Hackenberg of central Pennsylvania had 3,000 hives and figures he has lost all but about 800 of them.

In labs at Pennsylvania State University, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and elsewhere in the nation, researchers have been stunned by the number of calls about the mysterious losses.


UK Flowers and fruit crops facing disaster as disease kills off bees

Devastating diseases are killing off vast numbers of bees across the country, threatening major ecological and economic problems. Honeybee colonies have been wiped out this winter at twice the usual rate or worse in some areas.


Mysterious disappearance of US bees creating a buzz

US beekeepers have been stung in recent months by the mysterious disappearance of millions of bees threatening honey supplies as well as crops which depend on the insects for pollination.

Bee numbers on parts of the east coast and in Texas have fallen by more than 70 percent, while California has seen colonies drop by 30 to 60 percent.

According to estimates from the US
Department of Agriculture, bees are vanishing across a total of 22 states, and for the time being no one really knows why.

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Cold Weather Chills Spring Rituals

ATLANTA - It may be two weeks into spring, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Cold temperatures in much of the country have those celebrating Easter this weekend swapping out frills, bonnets and sandals for coats, scarves and socks. Baseball fans are huddled in blankets, and instead of spring planting, backyard gardeners are bundling their crops.


Seals Found Dead on Caspian Sea Shores

ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Nearly 250 dead seals have washed up on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan in the past week, emergency officials said Saturday.

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Dr. William Gray Predicts 9 Hurricanes, Blasts Al Gore On Global Warming

Dr. William Gray on Hurricane season and Al Gore - The hurricane forecasting team, led by top forecaster William Gray, from Colorado State University has issued their forecast for the 2007 Hurricane season. Dr. William Gray has also tore Al Gore a new one for his alarmist theories surrounding global warming.

The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should be "very active," with 17 named storms, said Dr. William Gray, a top storms forecaster said Tuesday.

Those named storms are expected to include five intense or major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) of the nine expected, according to forecaster William Gray's team at Colorado State University.