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Marine Scientists Warn Human Safety, Prosperity Depend On Better Ocean Observing System

Speedy diagnosis of the temper and vital signs of the oceans matters increasingly to the well being of humanity, says a distinguished partnership of international scientists urging support to complete a world marine monitoring system within 10 years. The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) says warming seas, over-fishing and pollution are among profound concerns that must be better measured to help society respond in a well-informed, timely and cost-effective way.

"A system for ocean observing and forecasting that covers the world's oceans and their major uses can reduce growing risks, protect human interests and monitor the health of our precious oceans," says Dr. Tony Haymet, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, USA, and Chair of POGO's Executive Committee.

"The world community resolved to construct a comprehensive, integrated ocean observing system two decades ago. The good news is we have demonstrated that a global ocean observing system can be built, deployed and operated with available technologies. Now we must move from experiment and proof-of-concept to routine use. We have progressed less than halfway to our initial goals. Let's complete the task before we are struck by more tsunamis or comparable calamities."

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"Oceans cover a majority of our planet - 71% - yet are vastly under-sampled," says Dr. Tony Haymet. "We have an urgent need and new technological marvels available today to complete a system by which marine scientists could authoritatively diagnose and anticipate changing global ocean conditions - something akin to the system that enables meteorologists to predict weather."

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USGS: Arctic Russia Sea Holds 9.3B BBL, 32TCF Unfound Oil, Gas

The Laptev Sea shelf underneath Russia's Arctic waters holds an estimated 9.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent and 32.3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in undiscovered resources, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday.

The USGS is currently reassessing its estimation of the petroleum resource base in the Arctic circle based on new data, region by region.

Based on USGS's last assessment in 2000, the entire Arctic region was previously thought to contain almost 25% of the world's undiscovered oil and natural gas, but harsh conditions have thus far prevented mass development.

Of the 9.3 billion barrels of oil equivalent estimated, the USGS believes 3.07 billion barrels could be crude.

Bizarro Earth

6.4 quake hits Indonesia

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck shortly after midnight Monday (local time) off the Indonesian coast, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake, initially reported as magnitude 6.7, occurred at 12:02 a.m. (11:02 a.m. Sunday EST). It hit 25 miles west-northwest of Raba on Sumbawa island and 810 miles east of Jakarta.

Umbrella

Weather disasters 'quadruple in 20 years'

The number of weather-related disasters has quadrupled in the past 20 years and more should be done to prepare for them, according to Oxfam.

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Severe flooding ravaged Mexico this month

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Tiger eats tiger in NE China zoo

A Siberian tiger in a zoo in northeast China was killed and eaten by four tigers it had lived with for five years over the weekend.

The desperate tigers, which are supposed to be under the highest level of state protection in China, turned on the 12-year-old, 330-pound tiger and tore off its left leg on Saturday afternoon at the privately-owned Shenyang Glacier Zoo in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province.

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A Siberian tiger is killed on Nov. 18 by three fellow tigers in the Glacier Zoo in Shenyang, Liaoning Province due to severe lack of food this winter.

Evil Rays

Mild earthquake shakes Israel

Earthquake hits Israel for third time this week: The Geophysical Institute of Israel (GII) reported Saturday that a 4.1 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout the country. No injuries or damage were reported.

According to reports, the earthquake hit around 00:19 am, originating in Israel's plains area.

Bizarro Earth

Salmon farms braced for jellyfish invasion

SCOTLAND'S salmon producers have been put on alert due to an invasion of stinging jellyfish which have already wiped out a fish farm in the Irish Sea.

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U.N.: Greenhouse Gases Hit High in 2006

Two of the most important Greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere reached a record high in 2006, and measurements show that one - carbon dioxide - is playing an increasingly important role in global warming, the U.N. weather agency said Friday.

Bizarro Earth

Quake hits off coast of Indonesia's Sumatra

An earthquake with a 6.2 magnitude hit off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, the country's meteorological agency said on Sunday.

The quake struck 28 km southwest of Mukomuko in Bengkulu, Sumatra at a depth of 55 km, the agency said in a text message, adding that there was no risk of a tsunami.

Bizarro Earth

Climate a threat to Mediterranean

The Mediterranean will be one of the regions of the world that will suffer most from climate change as rising temperatures and water shortages cripple agriculture and tourism, a seminar in Athens heard yesterday.

If warnings about the environmental and health repercussions of global warming have failed to convince governments to take action, threats of a serious blow to key industries may be taken more seriously, experts told a seminar on the economic impact of climate change organized by the British Embassy in association with Kathimerini and Skai.