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Arctic ice melting rapidly, study says

Arctic sea ice in winter is melting far faster than before, two new NASA studies reported Wednesday, a new and alarming trend that researchers say threatens the ocean's delicate ecosystem.

Scientists point to the sudden and rapid melting as a sure sign of man-made global warming.


Fire in the Mid Canterbury skies

School children saw it, businessmen saw it and little old ladies in their gardens saw it.

The meteor that blazed its way across Ashburton skies yesterday caught many by surprise and, so quick was its passage, most doubted what they had seen.

That doubt remained until reports of the fiery, moving light began to flood into newsrooms around the South Island.


Three earthquakes hit Russia's Far East

Three powerful earthquakes have been registered off Russia's Pacific coast, local officials said Wednesday.

Two quakes measuring 4.7 and 4.8 on the Richter scale were registered at 6:54 p.m. local time Tuesday (5:35 a.m. GMT) and 11:59 p.m. (10:59 GMT), respectively, 220 kilometers (140 miles) to the east of the Kamchatka Peninsula at a depth of 33km (21 miles), seismologists said.


Rock 'n Roll! Earthquake Swarm in the Virgin Islands

3.6 2006/03/03 14:36:36 19.113 -63.991 5.0 55 km ( 34 mi) NE of Settlement, British Virgin Islands

Comment: Comment: Back on February 10, a 5.2 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Mexico about 160 miles South of New Orleans.

According to Elaine Meinel Supkis:
This is where it is geologically pretty stable. It is also right next to the huge salt domes where much of the oil and gas is being extracted. A retired geologist, Mr. Jack M. Reed, theorized there has to be a hidden tectonic plate segment in this spot and it is not only geologically active but is responsible for triggering the New Madrid Quakes.

Cloud Lightning

Ethiopian Flood Relief Hampered By Weather

Addis Ababa - Heavy rain, swirling waters, mud, silt and marsh combined Wednesday to hamper frantic efforts to reach thousands of villagers marooned by deadly flash floods in southern Ethiopia, officials said.

The elements, along with the reluctance of pastoralist herders to leave their surviving cattle for higher ground, frustrated the delivery of the first overland relief supplies that reached the remote region on Tuesday, they said.


Glaciers heading for point of no return

ONE of our worst fears about global warming has been confirmed. Greenland's ice is melting faster than ever. The process could reach a point of no return before the end of the century, raising the sea to catastrophic levels. Hopes that increased snowfall on Antarctica would mitigate the problem have also been dashed.


Seismic scan of Etna reveals an eruption in the making

Mount Etna just got a full-body scan. While nothing serious was diagnosed this time around, similar scans might give warning of a future volcanic eruption.

The Sicilian volcano is almost always bubbling with activity, but despite this thousands of people live safely on its slopes. In 2002, however, there was an unusually violent eruption that geophysicists believe was caused by gas-rich magma rising within the volcano.


After the drought, scientists warn of a looming flood crisis

Britain faces a serious risk of floods in the coming months according to experts who yesterday criticised the Government for cutting national funding for flood defences.

A combination of exceptionally high tides and the risk of autumn storms and heavy downpours could bring serious floods to many parts of the country at a time when anti-flood funding is being cut.


Drought, water worries cloud skies for US farmers

CHICAGO - As the United States bakes in one of the hottest summers since the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s, drought from the Dakotas to Arizona through Alabama has sharpened the focus of farmers on their lifeline: water.

Eighty percent of all fresh water consumed in the United States is used to produce food. But years of drought, diversion of water to growing urban areas and, most lately, concerns about global warming are feeding worries.

Specifically, farmers fear the U.S. Plains is facing its limits as a world producer of wheat, beef, vegetable oils and other crops due to long-term water shortages.

"Farmers aren't going to be able to produce enough food to feed the world because there's a finite amount of water left in the world. There are many folks that will tell you the next war will not be over gold, silver or land, it will be over water," said Ed Burchfield, director of facilities for Valmont Industries, which makes irrigation equipment.


Tropical Storm Debby forms in the eastern Atlantic

The fourth tropical storm of the 2006 hurricane season, Debby, formed off the coast of Cape Verde in the eastern Atlantic Tuesday, U.S. forecasters said in Miami.