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Strong quake strikes off Indonesia

Jakarta: A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's eastern islands on Tuesday but there were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued, officials said.

The quake struck at 6:51 am (21:51 GMT Monday) at a depth of 128 kilometres and 295 kilometres west of the Tanimbar Islands and 383 kilometres east of Dili, Timor Leste, the US Geological Survey said.


Global fear-mongering: "Unless we announce disasters, nobody will listen"

Latest embarrassment comes as key sceptic Benny Peiser backs down in row over fabricated quote

Climate experts have been forced to admit another embarrassing error in their most recent report on the threat of climate change.

In a background note - released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last night - the UN group said its 2007 report wrongly stated that 55% of the Netherlands lies below sea level. In fact, only 26% of the country does. The figure used by the IPCC included all areas in the country that are prone to flooding, including land along rivers above sea level. This accounts for 29% of the Dutch countryside.

"The sea-level statistic was used for background information only, and the updated information remains consistent with the overall conclusions," the IPCC note states. Nevertheless, the admission is likely to intensify claims by sceptics that the IPCC work is riddled with sloppiness.

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Utah delivers vote of no confidence in man-made global warming

The US's most Republican state passes bill disputing science of climate change, claiming emissions are 'essentially harmless'

Carbon dioxide is "essentially harmless" to human beings and good for plants. So now will you stop worrying about global warming?

Utah's House of Representatives apparently has at least. Officially the most Republican state in America, its political masters have adopted a resolution condemning "climate alarmists", and disputing any scientific basis for global warming.

The measure, which passed by 56-17, has no legal force, though it was predictably claimed by climate change sceptics as a great victory in the wake of the controversy caused by a mistake over Himalayan glaciers in the UN's landmark report on global warming.


Unsettled science: Phil Jones doublespeaks, admits there has been no global warming since 1995, yet 'trend is still a warming trend'

© UnknownProfessor Phil Jones says his record keeping is 'not as good as it should be'
The academic at the centre of the 'Climategate' affair, whose raw data is crucial to the theory of climate change, has admitted that he has trouble 'keeping track' of the information.

Colleagues say that the reason Professor Phil Jones has refused Freedom of Information requests is that he may have actually lost the relevant papers.

Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is 'not as good as it should be'.

The data is crucial to the famous 'hockey stick graph' used by climate change advocates to support the theory.

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now - suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

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Strong Earthquake Rattles Chile

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Santiago - A magnitude-6.2 earthquake shook seven Chilean regions, including the capital, without causing injuries or significant damage, authorities said.

The quake, whose epicenter was located in western Argentina, struck at 9:04 a.m. local time Friday and affected an area stretching from the Atacama region, 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of Santiago, to Bio Bio, 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the capital, the National Emergency Office said in a report.

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More Than 100 Homes Damaged in Honduras Quake

Tegucigalpa - At least nine homes were destroyed and 142 were damaged by the recent magnitude-6.1 earthquake that shook the northern and central regions of Honduras, the nation's civil-defense office said on Saturday.

Thursday's temblor, which caused no fatalities, also damaged six schools and two churches, the Copeco emergency-preparation commission said in a communique.


Cyclone Rene slams into Tonga

Northern and central Tonga were slammed by Cyclone Rene on Monday, with powerful winds ripping off roofs, tearing down trees and power lines and cutting communications with the capital in the south of the country, officials said.

"We don't know the extent of the damage right now, though there are no reports of serious damage or injuries," the South Pacific nation's National Disaster Office deputy director, Mali'u Takai, said.

Contact with the northern Vavau island group was lost shortly after midnight as Cyclone Rene buffeted the low-lying atolls, tearing down trees, cutting roads and sparking coastal flooding as roiling seas surged ashore.


Inquirygate: Official British Climategate E-Mail Review Falling Apart

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The so-called 'Independent Climate Change Email Inquiry' is unraveling faster than the man made global warming myth itself.

Within just a few days of its launch, this travesty has already been exposed as a sham. At least three of the five original panel members were found to be in cahoots with the warmist lobby on a rudderless ship skippered by hapless former University of Glasgow principal, Sir Muir Russell.

At the time of publishing this article two of the original crew members have jumped ship - last Thursday it was Dr Philip Campbell, this weekend rumour has it Professor Geoffrey Boulton. Who else will bail out?


Snow whitens ground in 49 US states

Forget red and blue -- color America white.

There was snow on the ground in 49 states yesterday, with Hawaii the lone holdout.

It was the United States of Snow, thanks to an unusual combination of weather patterns that dusted the country, including the skyscrapers of Dallas, the peach trees of Atlanta and the Florida Panhandle.

More than two-thirds of the nation had snow on the ground when the day dawned, and then it snowed ever so slightly in Florida to make it 49 states out of 50.


Airlines cancel flights as winter storm hits South

© Associated Press / Eric GayTravelers wait and search for their luggage at Love Field, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 in Dallas. Up to 5 iches of snow in the Dallas area affected air traffic causing delays and cancelations for the second day.
Atlanta -- Airlines canceled nearly 1,900 flights Friday as snow pounded parts of the South and dumped several inches of white on Atlanta, home to the world's busiest airport.

Light to moderate snow fell steadily throughout the afternoon in Atlanta and its northern suburbs. It wasn't expected to taper off until late evening. There was a chance of more snow for the area on Monday, a federal holiday when many workers will have the day off.

Snow totals weren't expected to be big by mid-Atlantic and Northeast standards, but for a region of the country that rarely gets snow and doesn't budget snow and ice removal the way other parts of the country do, airlines weren't taking any chances.

That left thousands of passengers looking for other travel options.