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Earthquake strikes near Greek island

The Athens Geodynamic Institute says an earthquake has struck near an island northeast of Athens overnight. It says the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 and occurred at 1:02 a.m.

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Storms swamp Midwest, roads closed

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Residents warily watched as rivers continued to rise Thursday from heavy storms that dumped as much as a foot of rain in the Midwest and left behind more than a dozen deaths.


Arrow Down

The Mystery of Global Warming's Ocean Cooling

Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren't quite understanding what their robots are telling them.

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13 Dead In Midwest Floods; Hundreds Flee

Flash Flood Warnings Posted From Texas To Pennsylvania

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Fedex driver Jay McMullin helps 78-year-old Odell Bunch into the delivery truck after Bunch's Ford Ranger was swept off Highway 34 by flood waters on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, near Jackson, Mo.

Residents of low-lying towns stacked sandbags or grabbed belongings and evacuated Wednesday after a foot of rain pushed rivers and creeks out of their banks in the nation's midsection. At least 13 deaths had been linked to the weather, and three people were missing.

Smiley

Adelaide heatwave 'one in 3,000 year' event

Adelaide's 15-day heatwave was a once in 3,000 year occurrence, an atmospheric scientist says.

Adelaide has sweltered through 15 consecutive days above 35 degrees - the longest heatwave recorded in any Australian capital city.

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Montreal approaching all time snow record

Several dozen schools were expected to remain shut this week in the Canadian province of Quebec over fears their roofs may collapse under the weight of near record amounts of snow, officials said on Monday.

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EU must boost military to face climate change

The European Union should boost its civil and military capacities to respond to "serious security risks" resulting from catastrophic climate change expected this century, according to a joint report from the EU's two top foreign policy officials.

Bizarro Earth

Corn Ethanol is Killing the Gulf of Mexico, Too

Each summer an oxygen-starved, lifeless "dead zone" swells in the Gulf of Mexico from the toxic nitrogen fertilizer that runs off farms in Midwestern corn country.

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CA, US: Late winter storm blows in wind, rain, hail and snow

Bobbi Bennett awoke early yesterday to the sounds of pounding. Bennett, 54, a Pacific Beach resident, didn't need to get out of bed. She knew precisely the source: hail. And it was plenty loud.

"It sounded like little hammers," Bennett said. "Just a whole bunch of little hammers."

The unusual weather was part of a winter storm that blew through the county from the Gulf of Alaska. With it came wind, rain, snow and hail.

Evil Rays

Melting Ice Sheets Can Cause Earthquakes, Study Finds

As ice sheets melt, they can release pent-up energy and trigger massive earthquakes, according to new study.

Global warming may already be triggering such earthquakes and may cause more in the future as ice continues to melt worldwide, the researchers say.

A series of large earthquakes shook Scandinavia around 10,000 years ago, along faults that are now quiet, the scientists point out.

The timing of each earthquake roughly coincided with the melting of thick ice sheets from the last ice age in those same places.

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Alaska's Columbia Glacier has been retreating in recent years.

A new study has found that melting ice sheets can release pent-up energy and trigger massive earthquakes. A separate, earlier study found that small earthquakes were more common in Alaska in the summers, when ice there was melting.