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Hurricane force winds blow through north Texas

Violent thunderstorms packing hurricane-force winds tore through North Texas on Wednesday evening, slamming trees into homes, toppling tractor-trailers and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

©Michael Ainsworth / The Dallas Morning News
Ferocious winds caused an 18-wheeler to flip at Joseph Hardin and Ledbetter drives in southern Dallas.

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Reality hits! Honeybee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply

Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a glorified bread-and-water diet.

Comment: The figure of 15 billion dollars that the bees add to the food supply as quoted above is slightly misleading as $15 billion is not that much in comparison to war budgets etc. That figure is however based on current food supply levels that works based on supply/demand. When supply drops, demand increases and prices go up.

So when you are faced with eating just bread and water, you will see how misleading a monetary amount can be. The alarm bells should be ringing.

For more on bees see Here


Cloud Lightning

Giant Dust Storm Blows Over Khartoum

These bizarre images show a gigantic cloud of dust billowing over an African city.

The dust storm - known as a "Haboob" - gathered over Khartoum, the capital of Sudan in north east Africa yesterday.

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Survey to pinpoint moths' decline

A national recording scheme that aims to catalogue what species of moths in the UK face an uncertain future is being launched by conservationists.

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Scientists are unable to pinpoint the reason for the moths' rapid decline

Bizarro Earth

Ebola-like virus killing fish in Great Lakes

A deadly Ebola-like virus is killing fish of all types in the Great Lakes, a development some scientists fear could trigger disaster for the USA's freshwater fish.

Cloud Lightning

Over 160 homes flooded, 750 people evacuated in Urals

Over 160 apartment buildings have been flooded and more than 745 people evacuated in Russia's industrial Urals region of Chelyabinsk, local emergencies officials said Tuesday.

"Torrential rains since late April 29 have raised the water level in the Sim river resulting in floods in the towns of Asha, Minyar and Sim," officials said.

In the three towns of the region - which is located in the watershed of the large rivers of Volga, Ural and Tobol - 166 homes have been flooded and 745 people evacuated. About 30 kilometers of the road linking Sim and Minyar have been flooded too.

Bizarro Earth

Pacific whale decline 'a mystery'

Grey whales in the eastern Pacific appear to be in some trouble, with the cause far from clear, scientists say.

Researchers with the conservation group Earthwatch found that whales are arriving in their breeding grounds off the Mexican coast malnourished.

The same thing happened just after the 1997/8 El Nino event, which warmed the waters and depleted food stocks.

Bizarro Earth

Surprise Surprise! Arctic melt faster than forecast

Arctic ice is melting faster than computer models of climate calculate, according to a group of US researchers.

Since 1979, the Arctic has been losing summer ice at about 9% per decade, but models on average produce a melting rate less than half that figure.

The scientists suggest forecasts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) may be too cautious.

The latest observations indicate that Arctic summers could be ice-free by the middle of the century.

Snowman

Nearly 1 meter of hail in a village near Lyon, France

Near Lyon in France yesterday it was during the day 25 degree Celcius. In the evening all of a sudden a storm dumped closed to 1 meter of hail within not much of over 1 hour.

Ambulance

Animal Extinction - the greatest threat to mankind

Today we're living through the sixth great extinction, sometimes known as the Holocene extinction event. We carried its seeds with us 50,000 years ago as we migrated beyond Africa with Stone Age blades, darts, and harpoons, entering pristine Ice Age ecosystems and changing them forever by wiping out at least some of the unique megafauna of the times, including, perhaps, the sabre-toothed cats and woolly mammoths. When the ice retreated, we terminated the long and biologically rich epoch sometimes called the Edenic period with assaults from our newest weapons: hoes, scythes, cattle, goats, and pigs.