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Antarctic 'treasure trove' found

An extraordinarily diverse array of marine life has been discovered in the deep, dark waters around Antarctica.

Scientists have found more than 700 new species of marine creatures in seas once thought too hostile to sustain such rich biodiversity.

©A. Rose

The research, which uncovered creatures such as this Ctenocidaris, formed part of the Andeep (Antarctic benthic deep-sea biodiversity) project. It is the first comprehensive look at marine life in these waters.

Chess

Prominent Scientists Reverse Belief in Man-made Global Warming

Following the U.S. Senate's vote today on a global warming measure (see today's AP article: Senate Defeats Climate Change Measure,) it is an opportune time to examine the recent and quite remarkable momentum shift taking place in climate science. Many former believers in catastrophic man-made global warming have recently reversed themselves and are now climate skeptics. The names included below are just a sampling of the prominent scientists who have spoken out recently to oppose former Vice President Al Gore, the United Nations, and the media driven "consensus" on man-made global warming.

Life Preserver

Worry over whales

It's not the return of Humphrey, but like him, two large humpback whales swimming in the Sacramento River near Rio Vista appear to be in trouble.

The mother and calf spent Monday between Rio Vista and a stretch of Cache Slough in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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'Five Years Left To Save The Planet'

Our planet is just five years away from climate change catastrophe - but can still be saved, according to a new report.

Comment: The question is whether humans really are the culprit and whether we can do anything about it. Also, will the world's statesman plan to save as many people as they can or are TPTB planning for their own survival.

Read through 'The Living Planet', things are changing globally all the while governments, the media - the whole apparatus spins its wheels.


Bizarro Earth

Japan: Eruption made 3,300-ft. vapor column

Officials: Underwater volcano triggered column of steam to rise from ocean

Japanese coast guard officials said Sunday they believe an underwater volcanic eruption has caused a 3,300-foot high column of steam to rise from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima.

The vapor was reported Saturday after Japanese troops stationed on the small island observed the massive, cloudy plume rise from the sea about 30 miles southeast of the island, said Maritime Self-Defense Forces Hiroshi Shirai.

©Kyodo / Reuters
An aerial view of an eruption of the underwater volcano is seen in the Pacific Ocean near Minami Iwo Jima island on Sunday

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Ocean around Japan warming up fast: report

The ocean around Japan has warmed up faster than elsewhere in the world over the last hundred years partly because of global warming, Japan's Meteorological Agency said on Tuesday.

Comment: How about the local rise in ocean temperatures are caused by underwater volcanes?

©Kyodo / Reuters
The eruption of an underwater volcano creates a massive column of water vapor in the Pacific Ocean near the uninhabited Minami Iwo Jima island, about 870 miles south of Tokyo, on Sunday.

July 3, 2005 Japanese coast guard officials said Sunday they believe an underwater volcanic eruption has caused a 3,300-foot high column of steam to rise from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima.



Evil Rays

California-Sized Area of Ice Melts in Antarctica

Warm temperatures melted an area of western Antarctica that adds up to the size of California in January 2005, scientists report.

©NASA/JPL
NASA's QuikScat satellite detected extensive areas of snow melt, shown in yellow and red, in Antarctica in January 2005.

Satellite data collected by the scientists between July 1999 and July 2005 showed clear signs that melting had occurred in multiple distinct regions, including far inland and at high latitudes and elevations, where melt had been considered unlikely.

Comment: For more information on Antartica Ice Melt and what is behind the news:

Fire and Ice: The Day After Tomorrow


Bizarro Earth

Australian water crisis could be worse than thought

Water shortages facing Australia's drought-hit prime agricultural area might be worse than expected, the government was told on Wednesday, as river towns braced for unprecedented restrictions on water use.

Bizarro Earth

Georgia-Florida Wildfire Forces Home Evacuations

LAKE CITY, Fla. - Authorities evacuated hundreds of homes after a massive wildfire along the Georgia-Florida border jumped a containment line overnight, authorities said Tuesday.

Cloud Lightning

Laos quake rattles Bangkok

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake has struck northern Laos, shaking buildings as far away as the Thai capital Bangkok, around 800 kilometres to the south, US Geological Survey (USGS) says.