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UK: Mysterious 'yellow spots' spreading across Flintshire

The cause of a mysterious flourish of yellow spots that plagued a Flintshire town remains a mystery, despite months of meetings and inquiries. And now there are fears the problem could be spreading.

In December last year, residents in Garthorpe Avenue, Connah's Quay, raised concerns after they noticed strange yellow spots appearing all over their cars, windows and washing.

Resident Dave Webster was so concerned at the effect that the strange spots could be having on his and his neighbours' health, he posted questionnaires through all the doors in his street, asking people to confirm whether they had experienced problems.

The spots on a resident's car.


US: Mysterious disease is killing Florida's state tree

Florida's state tree is dying, and there's no cure.

A disease that's killing sabal palms was reported in Hillsborough County on Thursday, but University of Florida researchers who used DNA testing to confirm the deadly phytoplasma don't know how it is spread or how to stop it.

"It's a new disease, and there are no easy answers," said Hillsborough County forest extension agent Rob Northrop.

What they do know: The tall, slender trees that are the source of "swamp cabbage" - the edible hearts of palm - are turning brown and dying.


Argentine glacier's huge ice tunnel breaks, crashes into lake in rare winter occurrence

An enormous ice tunnel that forms and collapses every four to five years on a famed Argentine glacier has experienced a rare winter rupture.

The spectacular crash of ice into Lake Argentino usually occurs during the Southern Hemisphere's summer, September through May.

Cloud Lightning

China: Downpours affect over 360,000 in southern China

Heavy rains in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have left a three-year-old girl dead and affected 364,700 people in southern China, the Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

Cloud Lightning

Quake jolts New Zealand South Island

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has shaken New Zealand's lower South Island, but no casualties or damage from the quake have been reported.

Cloud Lightning

Philippines: Strong Batanes quake hardly felt by people

What was recorded as a magnitude 6 earthquake, considered strong by scientific standards, was hardly felt in Batanes when it struck Sunday night.

Cloud Lightning

Indonesia: Earthquake rattles Aceh on Monday

An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted Aceh waters on Monday at 11.44 am Western Indonesian Time (WIB), according to information of the national meteorological and geophysics office.

Cloud Lightning

US: Lightning strikes at Blue Angels air show

Four people were injured by lightning at a Blue Angels air show at Pensacola Beach on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

Gulf Breeze Hospital spokeswoman Candy McGuyre said 10 people were taken to the hospital from the show with various injuries, including four people injured by lightning. None of those injuries were considered life-threatening.

Bizarro Earth

California fighting wildfires and mudslides

SAN FRANCISCO -- Violent thunderstorms brought rain bursts that modestly helped firefighting efforts Sunday, but the downpours also triggered mudslides that complicated California's unfolding wildfire disaster.

Better Earth

Tropical ocean sucks up vast amounts of ozone

An important mechanism for sucking ozone and methane out of the atmosphere has been discovered over the tropical Atlantic. The finding reveals how the two greenhouse gasses are kept in check by natural chemical reactions.

Researchers warn, however, that there is a risk the process could be overpowered by rising industrial pollution.

The data collected in Cape Verde, off the western coast of Africa, suggests that 50% more ozone is being destroyed above the tropical Atlantic Ocean than previously thought, because of halogens released by the seawater.