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World's Species Going Extinct Faster than Scientists Thought

According to the latest research, species around the world are going extinct faster that previously thought, at a rate not seen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Living Planet index which was released today shows that due to destructive human activity, the diversity of all life on earth has decreased by over 30%, nearly a third in fact in the past thirty-five years.

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Climate-Change Collapse

Environmentalists are stunned that their global warming agenda is in collapse. Senator Harry Reid has all but conceded he lacks the vote for passage in the Senate and that it's time to move on. Backers of the Warner-Lieberman cap-and-trade bill always knew they would face a veto from President Bush, but they wanted to flex their political muscle and build momentum for 2009. That strategy backfired. The green groups now look as politically intimidating as the skinny kid on the beach who gets sand kicked in his face.

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Tornado tears through swath of Minnesota

Park Rapids, Minnesota - A strong storm packing at least one tornado raked a half-mile-wide path of destruction in northwestern Minnesota, ripping up roofs and trees and pushing cars off the road Friday, the National Weather Service said.

Hubbard County emergency officials said there were no reports of any injuries in the storm, which caused widespread damage in Park Rapids and Emmaville.

"Right now, I can tell you we've been fortunate," Sheriff Gary Mills said.

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Alma Deemed First Costa Rica-born Tropical Storm Ever

Costa Rica storm debris
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Communities of Perez Zeledon are just now regaining road access after Alma.

The effects of tropical storm Alma, the first of the season, are still being felt in the southern zone of Costa Rica where a record amount of destruction occurred along the Interamerican Highway and many families are still without shelter after watching their properties get washed away in the floods. The storm provoked at least 34 landslides that obstructed or destroyed large segments of road trapping some 1,500 people for two days and cutting off the south of the country and access to Panama.

Alma, which is the first tropical depression ever to be born in Costa Rican territory, is said to have caused more damage than hurricanes in the past, including Hurricane Cesar that passed through in 1996 destroying sectors of the same road. More than 8,000 people were left without drinking water or electricity, and the flooding caused nearly $40 million in damages.

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Below sea level low tide marks 18 year cycle

Vancouver - Fans of extreme ebb and flow got a treat yesterday.

The normally high and low tides of June got an even bigger push than usual, due to a rare alignment of the Earth, sun and moon.

A visit to Vancouver beaches provided quite a scene when a tide of minus 0.5 feet occurred at 1:33 p.m.


Governor Declares Drought in California

California drought
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Los Angeles - Its reservoir levels receding and its grounds parched, California has fallen officially into drought, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday, warning that the state might be forced to ration water to cities and regions if conservation efforts did not improve.

The drought declaration - the first for the state since 1991 - includes orders to transfer water from less dry areas to those that are dangerously dry. Mr. Schwarzenegger also said he would ask the federal government for aid to farmers and press water districts, cities and local water agencies to accelerate conservation. Drought conditions have hampered farming, increased water rates throughout California and created potentially dangerous conditions in areas prone to wildfires.


'Heatwave' descends on southeast Norway

Huk beach Norway
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Sun-worshippers flocked to the beach at Huk on the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo

A period of unusually warm weather has settled over southeastern Norway, with temperatures due to exceed 30C (nearly 90F) for the next week. No rain was in sight.

"It looks very good, with high temperatures through to Thursday next week," state meteorologist Øyvind Johnsen told Aftenposten.no on Tuesday.

Even the temperture of the water in the Oslo Fjord was rapidly rising. It's often still below 10C (50F) in early June, but Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported water temperatures at some Oslo-area beaches of 18C (nearly 70F) on Tuesday morning.


Vancouver: Thursday tied for coldest June day on record

Residents across the Lower Mainland shivered in their flip-flops Thursday as wet, wintry weather brought one of the coldest June days on record.


Unlocking the mystery of 'Earthquake Clouds' - how they form and why - Are they accurate in prediction?

'Earthquake Clouds'- For years, considered a mystery to science with an unknown form of genesis, strange cloud formations have been thought to precede earthquakes. Even ancient Chinese and Italians were aware of unique clouds that gave sign preceding large earthquakes. Sudden formation of long 'snakes' in the sky, where prior was clear and blue, where the deep earth warns in the sky above - how can this be? Modern science of earthquake genesis, called 'brittle fracture theory', is sudden fracture of a fault. Yet these clouds form days before earthquakes. How?

This article will reveal the true mechanism to how, why, and the physics of what causes 'earthquake clouds' - or a proper definition 'Earth Transient Clouds (ETrC). This phenomenon will also demonstrate how popular 'brittle fracture theory' continues to crumble as a feasible argument in how earthquakes really occur. However, 'Earthquake Clouds' are not reliable precursors - this too will be explained & why.

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"Earth Transient Cloud" type ETrC3


Strong earthquake hits northern Taiwan

Officials say a 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck northern Taiwan, rattling buildings, but causing no damage or casualties.

The Central Weather Bureau says the quake struck 12 miles (20 kilometers) north of the northeastern city of Ilan at 12:59 a.m. Monday.

Ilan is about 44 miles east of the capital of Taipei.

The CWS says this latest quake is not related to the 6.4 magnitude temblor that struck in the Pacific Ocean off of southern Taiwan on Sunday.