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Tourists die in Thai cave floods

Eight tourists, including one Briton, have died after being swept away by flash floods in Thailand while exploring a cave.

The tour group were trekking through the Khao Sok national park in Surat Thani province when the cave flooded.

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Elephant rampage frightens villagers in India

Wild elephants play in the Deeparbil wetland, a wildlife sanctuary, in Deeparbil, India.

GAUHATI, India - About 100 wild elephants have converged on a river island in northeast India, demolishing homes, feasting on sugarcane and panicking residents, officials said Saturday.


Thought Extinct: Rare South China Tiger Spotted in Wild

BEIJING - A type of tiger thought to be extinct in the wild for more than two decades has been photographed in a mountainous area in northwest China, state media reported Saturday.

The endangered subspecies known as the South China tiger was spotted by a farmer on Oct. 3, the China Daily said.

Experts confirmed that it was a young wild South China tiger, the newspaper quoted Shaanxi Forestry Administration Bureau Deputy Director Zhu Julong as saying.

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Haiti floods leave 45 dead

PORT-AU-PRINCE - At least 45 people have died in the poverty-stricken island of Haiti as homes were swept away in floods triggered by heavy rain, the interior ministry said Friday.

Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told AFP 23 bodies had been found Thursday in Cabaret, just north of the capital, and 12 were missing after floodwaters hit their hillside homes, sweeping them away in the current.

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Predictable Propaganda! Gore, U.N. body win Nobel Peace Prize for "Climate Change"

Norway - Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it.

"I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize," Gore said. "We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity."

Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary on global warming, won an Academy Award this year and he had been widely expected to win the prize.

Comment: With the political drive behind the climate change debate, this nomination was expected. Nevermind, that there is a growing body of scientists, who challenge the conclusions that Gore and the IPCC are drawing.

Comment: There is broad agreement that the climate is warming at the moment, but there is much disagreement about the conclusions that are drawn from this change and to what degree human activity is responsible.

Read Climate Change Swindlers and the Political Agenda

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Australia: Severe storms hit the NSW North Coast

The North Coast and in particular Lismore is busy cleaning up today after a super cell storm hit the region yesterday. Heavy rain, golf size hailstones and wind gusts of more than 80 km per hour had enough force to smash the windows of cars, houses and businesses.

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Giant Atmospheric Waves Over Iowa

Pop quiz: define undular bore. If your answer included words such as dull or tiresome, i.e., boring, think again. Those giant waves-"undular bore waves"-were photographed Oct. 3rd flowing across the skies of Des Moines, Iowa.

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Undular bore waves over Iowa, Oct. 3, 2007


'Mini tornado' hits Mitchell in Queensland, Australia

Authorities have blamed a "mini tornado" for ripping roofs from buildings and causing damage across a south-west Queensland town.

Comment: Queensland is currently being battered by a series of intense daily storms causing impressive damage. The "dry" dams seem to be filling up rapidly as well.

Expect much more as we bid adieu to El Nino and welcome the exciting - although "frozen" - new beginnings...


Our Drinkable Water Supply Is Vanishing

Thanks to global warming, pollution, population growth, and privatization, we are teetering on the edge of a global crisis.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, the Hungarian biochemist and Nobel Prize winner for medicine once said, "Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water."

We depend on water for survival. It circulates through our bodies and the land, replenishing nutrients and carrying away waste. It is passed down like stories over generations -- from ice-capped mountains to rivers to oceans.

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Earth getting wetter and stickier

Greenhouse gases are making the earth's atmosphere wetter and stickier, which may lead to more powerful hurricanes, hotter temperatures and heavier rainfall in tropical regions, British researchers reported on Wednesday.

The findings, published in the journal Nature, are some of the first to show how human-produced greenhouse gases have affected global humidity levels in recent decades and could offer clues on future climate change, the researchers said.

Comment: The increase in methane and carbon dioxide gases is largely due to melting perma-frost and heated oceans. Not man-made carbon dioxide, although they do contribute, it is only a fraction of what is being put into the environment by nature.

For more information see: Study says methane a new climate threat and The environmental "surge" you're not hearing anything about.