Earth ChangesS


Geoscientist Finds Surprise Hidden in the Pacific

UT Dallas geoscientist Dr. Robert J. Stern and former master's student Neil Basu were part of a research team that discovered and studied an extinct underwater volcano near the southern Mariana islands, near Guam, in the western Pacific Ocean.

The volcano lies more than 300 meters below the ocean surface and contains a large volcanic depression, or caldera, that is comparable in size to better-known examples Krakatoa (Indonesia) and Crater Lake, Ore.


Northeast Winters Warming Fast

Earlier blooms. Less snow to shovel. Unseasonable warm spells. Signs that winters in the Northeast are losing their bite have been abundant in recent years and now researchers have nailed down numbers to show just how big the changes have been.

A study of weather station data from across the Northeast from 1965 through 2005 found December-March temperatures increased by 2.5 degrees. Snowfall totals dropped by an average of 8.8 inches across the region over the same period, and the number of days with at least 1 inch of snow on the ground decreased by nine days on average.

"Winter is warming greater than any other season,'' said Elizabeth Burakowski, who analyzed data from dozens of stations for her master's thesis in collaboration with Cameron Wake, a professor at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space.


Activists threaten to ram Japanese whalers

The militant environmental group Sea Shepherd said Monday that it had located the Japanese whaling fleet near Antarctica and threatened to ram them if they resumed slaughtering the giant sea creatures.

Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd's ship, said the leading Japanese vessel, the Nisshin Maru, was now outside the hunting area and had not killed any whales in the past 48 hours.

"I think they're running scared really," he told AFP via telephone from on board the ship.

This handout picture shows the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru, a catcher boat of the Japanese whaling fleet, as seen from the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, in the Southern Ocean 12 January 2008. Greenpeace reported it is carrying out non-lethal research on whale populations in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary from their ship, Esperanza, while en-route to stop a Japanese whaling fleet who intend to kill 935 Minke and 50 endangered Fin whales.

"When we found them originally they were down by the icebergs and as we were moving in they started running and they've been running ever since."

In response to a question, Watson confirmed he would ram the Japanese fleet if his ship came upon them killing whales.

Bizarro Earth

Tsunami Linked to Yellowstone Crater

Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. - Tsunami-like waves created by an earthquake may have triggered the world's largest known hydrothermal explosion some 13,000 years ago, a federal scientist says.

Alarm Clock

Beetles May Wipe Out Colorado Lodgepoles

Denver, Colorado - Strands of distressed, red pine trees across northern Colorado and the Front Range are a visible testament to the bark beetle infestation that officials said will kill most of the state's lodgepole pine trees within 5 years.

Arrow Up

Frequency of Ohio earthquakes seems on the rise

Cleveland, Ohio -- Experts say Ohio seems to be increasingly prone to earthquakes.

A 3.1 magnitude quake hit Tuesday and there have been 25 earthquakes of magnitude 2.0 or higher over the past two years. That's equal to the number the five years before that.

Comment: Increased frequency of earthquakes, and only the blandest of explanations from the "experts".

"Nothing to see here! Move along! Earthquakes are 3 times more common now because of something that happened 800 million years ago."


Arrow Down

At Least 19 Bald Eagles Die in Alaska

Kodiak, Alaska - At least 19 bald eagles died Friday after gorging themselves on a truck full of fish waste outside a processing plant.

Bizarro Earth

Boat spills 100 tons of fuel in Vietnam river

More than 100 tons of petrol and kerosene spilled into a Vietnamese waterway after two vessels collided last week, an official said Saturday, in the latest case of growing industrial pollution.

About 40,000 liters of petrol, 70,000 liters of kerosene, and a load of construction material contaminated the Vam Co Dong river south of Ho Chi Minh City after the accident, a local official said.

Alarm Clock

Snow falls on Baghdad for first time in memory

Snow fell on Baghdad on Friday for the first time in memory, and delighted residents declared it an omen of peace.

Cloud Lightning

Thousands flee Zambezi flooding

Some 45,000 people in Mozambique have been displaced by flooding along the Zambezi valley, authorities say.

They say between 150,000 and 200,000 people could be affected over the coming weeks if forecast rains fall in upper reaches of the valley.