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Volcano's activity increases on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - The Karymsky volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's Far East has increased its activity, spewing ash emissions up to an altitude of around 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), a local seismology official said Thursday.


Getting Bad Vibes?

Next time you go for an important job interview or take a driving test, check the weather. The space weather, that is.

For years, Russians have looked beyond the confines of the Earth's atmosphere to explain sudden headaches, fatigue, mood swings or their pets going berserk.

What they are looking for is geomagnetic storms, or magnitniye buri. Although little known in the West, these mysterious storms are taken so seriously in Russia that they are forecast along with the rest of the weather on national television channels, radio stations, Internet sites and in newspapers.

And while many Westerners might scoff, recent research seems to support the theory that magnetic storms do affect us, both mentally and physically.


Strong winds, heavy rains lash Portugal leaving one dead

Heavy rain and wind lashed Portugal Wednesday, knocking down trees, triggering landslides and causing localized flooding that disrupted road and rail travel and left one woman dead, officials said.

The central city of Pombal, located some 170 kilometres (105 miles) northeast of Lisbon, was especially hard-hit with most of the historic city centre under water, local officials said.


Warming link to amphibian disease

A fungal disease that threatens to wipe out many amphibians is thriving because of climate change, a study suggests.


Climate Change 'Will Cause Refugee Crisis'

Mass movements of people across the world are likely to be one of the most dramatic effects of climate change in the coming century, a study suggests.

The report, from the aid agency Tearfund, raises the spectre of hundreds of millions of environmental refugees and says the main reason will be the effects of climate - from droughts and water shortages, from flooding and storm surges and from sea-level rise.


2 Arrested at Protest at NOAA Office

Two environmentalists spent about four hours Monday perched on a ledge over an entrance to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building to protest what they said is the agency's suppression of information on global warming.


After a Year, Hurricane Katrina Still Pummels Workers

The first week he was in New Orleans, Juan Sifford was recruited on a street corner to tear down a chain-link fence and dig up some bamboo roots. The contractor promised him and three other workers $100 each for the job.

When the work was done and the men piled back into the contractor's truck, he drove them to what Sifford calls "a really bad neighborhood. He climbs down off the truck and he gives us $120. Not individually, collectively. Then he showed me his sidearm."


Strong earthquake rattles Japanese island group; no tsunami warning

TOKYO An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 rattled a group of Japanese islands in the Pacific Ocean south of Tokyo early Tuesday, Japan's weather agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.


Colder-than-normal Nov-Jan for U.S. Northeast: WSI

NEW YORK - The U.S. Northeast, the nation's top heating oil consuming region, will face colder-than-normal weather during the early winter period, private forecaster WSI Corp. predicted on Monday.

The November to January outlook, following the mildest winter on record last year, comes as U.S. energy companies built up healthy inventories of heating oil and natural gas ahead of seasonal cold weather.


Photos Capture Melting Splendor of Alaska's Glaciers

All Things Considered, October 23, 2006 - About 70 years ago, pioneer aerial photographer Bradford Washburn flew over Alaska's glaciers, documenting their splendor while looking for mountain-climbing routes.

Now, a Boston photojournalist is following in his footsteps with a very different purpose. He's reshooting Washburn's images to demonstrate global warming's impacts. Ed Schoenfeld of CoastAlaska News reports from Juneau.