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Jakarta on high alert as dramatic floods make 340,000 homeless

Boats carried emergency supplies to desperate residents of Indonesia's flood-stricken capital yesterday as overflowing rivers again burst their banks following days of rain. At least 20 people have been killed and almost 340,000 others made homeless, officials said.

Hundreds of people remained on the second floors of their houses, either trapped or unwilling to abandon them despite warnings that muddy water running four meters deep in places may rise.

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Bitter Cold Grips Northern States

From Minnesota to New York, some schoolchildren are getting an extra long weekend because of the bitter chill that has spread over the eastern half of the country.

Wind chills are minus 25 degrees or lower and some high temperatures today aren't expected to climb above zero.

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WINDCHILL 30 BELOW: CHICAGO - Schools Closed

A bone-chilling Arctic cold wave with temperatures as low as 38 below (AP) -- zero shut down schools for thousands of youngsters Monday, halted some Amtrak service and put car batteries on the disabled list from the northern Plains across the Great Lakes.

The cold was accompanied by snow that was measured in feet in parts of upstate New York.

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Video: Global Dimming - drastic drop in sunlight around the world

We are all seeing rather less of the Sun. Scientists looking at five decades of sunlight measurements have reached the disturbing conclusion that the amount of solar energy reaching the Earth's surface has been gradually falling. Paradoxically, the decline in sunlight may mean that global warming is a far greater threat to society than previously thought.

Comment: Haven't they figured out that Global Dimming might mean that there is more to "Global Warming" than human activity?


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Quake jolts western Caribbean

A strong earthquake shook parts of Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands today. There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 and was centred in the Caribbean Sea about 120km north-west of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and 200km south-west of Bayamo, Cuba, according to the US Geological Survey in Colorado. It occurred just before 4pm local time (9pm Irish time).

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Galactic Dust on the rise - Cause of "Global Warming"?



©P. C. Frisch, University of Chicago
The Sun and the nearest stars move through filaments of galactic clouds.

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ESA sees stardust storms heading for Solar System and Earth in 2003

PRESS RELEASE: Monday, August 18, 2003

Until ten years ago, most astronomers did not believe stardust could enter our Solar System. Then ESA's Ulysses spaceprobe discovered minute stardust particles leaking through the Sun's magnetic shield, into the realm of Earth and the other planets. Now, the same spaceprobe has shown that a flood of dusty particles is heading our way.

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2006 Has Been The Coldest Year Of The Decade - Comparative Graphic On Global Warming



©Biology Cabinet

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Intergalactic Cosmic Rays and "Global Warming"



©NASA/NOAA
Data Sources: E. C. Stone, et all. Voyager 1 Explores the Termination Shock Region and the Heliosheat Beyond. Science; Vol. 309, pp. 2017-2020. 23 September 2005. NASA/NOAA. Interpretation: Nasif Nahle © 2005.

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Pluto thought to be warming up

Astronomers at the University of Tasmania have found that the solar system's smallest planet is not getting colder as first thought and it probably does not have rings.