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UK Flowers and fruit crops facing disaster as disease kills off bees

Devastating diseases are killing off vast numbers of bees across the country, threatening major ecological and economic problems. Honeybee colonies have been wiped out this winter at twice the usual rate or worse in some areas.


Mysterious disappearance of US bees creating a buzz

US beekeepers have been stung in recent months by the mysterious disappearance of millions of bees threatening honey supplies as well as crops which depend on the insects for pollination.

Bee numbers on parts of the east coast and in Texas have fallen by more than 70 percent, while California has seen colonies drop by 30 to 60 percent.

According to estimates from the US
Department of Agriculture, bees are vanishing across a total of 22 states, and for the time being no one really knows why.

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Cold Weather Chills Spring Rituals

ATLANTA - It may be two weeks into spring, but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Cold temperatures in much of the country have those celebrating Easter this weekend swapping out frills, bonnets and sandals for coats, scarves and socks. Baseball fans are huddled in blankets, and instead of spring planting, backyard gardeners are bundling their crops.


Seals Found Dead on Caspian Sea Shores

ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Nearly 250 dead seals have washed up on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Kazakhstan in the past week, emergency officials said Saturday.

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Dr. William Gray Predicts 9 Hurricanes, Blasts Al Gore On Global Warming

Dr. William Gray on Hurricane season and Al Gore - The hurricane forecasting team, led by top forecaster William Gray, from Colorado State University has issued their forecast for the 2007 Hurricane season. Dr. William Gray has also tore Al Gore a new one for his alarmist theories surrounding global warming.

The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season should be "very active," with 17 named storms, said Dr. William Gray, a top storms forecaster said Tuesday.

Those named storms are expected to include five intense or major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) of the nine expected, according to forecaster William Gray's team at Colorado State University.

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Island pushed 3 meters out of sea by last week's earthquake

The remote island of Ranongga in the western Solomon Islands has been elevated 3 metres out of the sea by the force of last Monday's earthquake exposing once submerged coral reefs .

Bizarro Earth

Mountain Climbers Witness Global Warming

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Andre Haenggeli climbs the Pointe Percee in France, near the Swiss border, on Sept. 8, 2006. Mountaineers ...

BEND, Ore. - Mountaineers are bringing back firsthand accounts of vanishing glaciers, melting ice routes, crumbling rock formations and flood-prone lakes where glaciers once rose.

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Study: Lake Superior Warming Quickly

Lake Superior has been warming even faster than the climate around it since the late 1970s due to reduced ice cover, according to a study by professors at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Summer surface temperatures on the famously cold lake have increased about 4.5 degrees since 1979, compared with about a 2.7-degree increase in the region's annual average air temperature, the researchers found. The lake's "summer season" is now beginning about two weeks earlier than it did 27 years ago.


Billions face climate change risk

Billions of people face shortages of food and water and increased risk of flooding, experts at a major climate change conference have warned.

The bleak conclusion came ahead of the publication of a key report by hundreds of international environmental experts.

Agreement on the final wording of the report was reached after a marathon debate through the night in Brussels.

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Thousands in Dark After New England Snow

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A tree lies on top of downed power lines in Brunswick, Maine, Thursday, April 5, 2007. ...

CONCORD, N.H. - Utility crews worked to restore power Friday to tens of thousands of northern New Englanders after a spring snowfall dumped more than a foot of snow around the region.