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Hundreds of dead fish line Iowa cove's banks

Why are there hundreds of dead fish lining the banks of a cove along the Des Moines River near Eddyville? Local residents don't have that answer, but they did report the finned casualties to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.David Dobson of Eddyville said he

April 07, 2011

Mass migration of rats is underway in Australia

A mass migration of rats is under way into the inland deserts of Australia after a run of high rainfall seasons. The native long-haired rat, or Rattus villosissimus, normally lives in the Barkly Tableland of the Northern Territory and in western Queensland.Peter

April 07, 2011

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake shakes wide area of southern Mexico

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook a wide area of southern and central Mexico on Thursday, sending people fleeing into the streets, but causing only minor reported damage.The epicenter was located near Las Choapas, a town of about 83,000 residents about 600

April 07, 2011

Strong earthquake 7.2 strike Japan

Strong 7,2 earthquake hit near east coast of Honshu at depth of 49km.The April 7, 2011 earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan occurred as a result of thrust/reverse faulting on or near the subduction zone plate boundary between the Pacific and North America

April 07, 2011

A long-lived horseshoe companion to the Earth

There are plenty of near-Earth asteroids out there, but this latest one studied by two researchers at Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland is extremely rare in that it has a weird, horseshoe-shaped orbit. Not that Asteroid 2010 SO16 does an about-face and turns

April 07, 2011

Indonesia: Water levels 1.5 to 2 meters in West Alas

After Hamlet Bangkong Sub Badas hit by flooding, a similar natural disaster hit the Western District Alas. Two villages were sub-village and village Gontar usar submerged with water levels 1.5 to 2 meters.Allegedly high rainfall which lasted from Friday afternoon,

April 07, 2011

"Epidemiological" Study Demonstrates Climate Change Effects On Forests

An 18-year study of 27,000 individual trees by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists finds that tree growth and fecundity - the ability to produce viable seeds - are more sensitive to climate change than previously thought. The results, published Global

April 07, 2011

Oklahoma experiencing worst drought conditions since 1921

Wildfires have burned thousands of acres in the past month as the state of Oklahoma and its farmers struggle with a severe drought. Oklahoma was drier in the four months following Thanksgiving than it has been in any similar period since 1921.Drought and high

April 07, 2011

Geomagnetic storm in progress (April 6, 2011)

The solar wind is blowing past earth at elevated levels today and combined with a south tilting Bz, is stirring up geomagnetic storming at high latitudes. C-Class flare activity is now taking place towards the new sunspot regions just to the east of Sunspot 1185. Keep

April 06, 2011

Arctic Ocean freshwater will cause 'unpredictable changes on climate'

A vast expanse of freshwater in the midst of the Arctic Ocean is set to wreak unpredictable changes on the climate in Europe and North America, new scientific analysis has shown.The water – comprising meltwater from the ice cap and run off from rivers – is at

April 06, 2011

Landslides and heavy rain hit Kasmir region

Landslides damaged nearly two dozen structures in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district while as mercury hovered below normal amid intermittent rain and snowfall across the Kashmir valley. Due to heavy rainfall, landslides occurred at villages

April 06, 2011

Two asteroids to make close pass near Earth

It's notable when an asteroid flies past Earth closer than the Moon. Today, April 6th, two asteroids will do this.Newly-discovered space rocks 2011 GW9 and 2011 GP28 will zip through the Earth-Moon system at Earth-distances of 77,000 km and 192,000 km, respectively.

April 06, 2011

Record depletion of Arctic ozone layer causing increased UV radiation in Scandinavia

Over the past few days ozone-depleted air masses extended from the north pole to southern Scandinavia leading to higher than normal levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation during sunny days in southern Finland. These air masses will move east over the next few days,

April 06, 2011

Libya warns of disaster if 'Great Man-Made River' hit

Libya warned on Sunday that NATO-led air strikes could cause a "human and environmental disaster" if they damaged the country's massive Great Man-Made River (GMMR) project.Built at a cost of 33 billion dollars, the GMMR extracts water from deep beneath the Sahara

April 06, 2011

Hundreds Of Fish Die In Northside Pond, Florida

People living near a Northside pond said toxic chemicals from a construction site may be what has killed hundreds of fish. Residents who live near the pond off Oak Lawn Road said they've enjoyed the pond for years, calling it a place of relaxation where they can

April 05, 2011

Millions of bristle warms swarmed Californian Vilano Beach

Vilano Beach waters swarmed with worms early Monday morning for a ritual nature event that only happens once a year.Millions upon millions of red marine worms could be seen from the surface as they zipped around shallow Vilano Beach waters around 3 a.m. Monday.

April 05, 2011

Rising waters on the James River

Midwestern snow continued melting, and Midwestern rivers continued rising in early April 2011. The Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S. National Weather Service issued flood warnings for cities along the James River in South Dakota, including

April 05, 2011

Heavy rain triggers landslides in Thailand

Intense rain triggered widespread landslides in southern Thailand during the last week of March 2011. The large image, which cover a much wider area, shows many more landslides, though clouds hide much of the region from view. The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on

April 05, 2011

Ruapehu's Crater Lake heating up

Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake is heating up, but there are no signs an eruption is imminent. GNS Science volcanologists said today high water temperatures, currently about 38degC-39degC, were being experienced in the lake.GeoNet reports about changes that had also

April 05, 2011

Is Vesta an ordinary asteroid or something much more interesting?

On March 29, 1807, German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers spotted Vesta as a pinprick of light in the sky. Two hundred and four years later, as NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to begin orbiting this intriguing world, scientists now know how special this world is,

April 05, 2011

Organic farmers sue Monsanto over GMO seeds

A landmark lawsuit filed on March 29 in US federal court seeks to invalidate Monsanto’s patents on genetically modified seeds and to prohibit the company from suing those whose crops become genetically contaminated.The Public Patent Foundation filed suit on

April 05, 2011

Tohoku earthquake critically affects world's mineral supplies

In addition to its other effects, the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake that struck northeast Japan on March 11, 2011, will affect Japan’s and the world’s supply of some minerals, at least temporarily. Up to one-quarter of the world’s iodine and

April 04, 2011

Wind and waves growing across the globe

The world has gotten stormier over the past two decades—and the reason is a mystery, a new study says. In the past 20 years, winds have picked up around 5 percent on average.Extremely strong winds caused by storms have increased even faster, jumping 10 percent over

April 04, 2011

Massive solar disturbance & CME on Far-side of Sun

NASA twin STEREO spacecraft observed a spectacular coronal mass ejection launched from the vicinity of decaying sunspot 1176 on April 3rd around 0500 UT. The blast was not Earth directed. Nevertheless, there is a chance that the expanding cloud will deliver a glancing

April 04, 2011

Plant disease raises questions on modified crops

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) of soybean was first discovered in 1971 in Arkansas and since then has been confirmed throughout most soybean-growing areas of the U.S. SDS is a fungal disease that also occurs in a disease complex with the soybean cyst nematode (SCN,

April 04, 2011

More storms, tropical depressions forecast for East Sea

This year the number of storms and tropical depressions that can directly hit Vietnam is forecast to number from 5 to 6, more than that of 2010. The stormy and rainy season will also start early, a senior weather expert said.There will have around 10-12 storms and

April 03, 2011

Dike in North Sumatra collapses flooding more homes

As floods plague parts of Sumatra, Java and Papua, a river bank in North Sumatra has collapsed, flooding hundreds of homes with hundreds more facing potential flooding.The dike on Cucukan River in Tanjung Putus village, Padang Tualang sub-district, collapsed. Damage

April 03, 2011

Cuban coastline retreated up to 2.5 meters

Most of the 400 beaches of Cuba's territory are affected by erosion with a receding coastline estimated at 1.2 meters per year, according to a study by the Institute of Oceanology of the island. The research ratified "the widespread nature of the Cuban beach erosion"

April 03, 2011

2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season will be active, have more US landfalls

AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center meteorologists are predicting an active season for 2011 with more impact on the U.S. coastline than last year. The team is forecasting a total of 15 named tropical storms, 8 of which will attain hurricane status and 3 of which will

April 03, 2011

Concern over Mt. Baekdu eruption growing

A slew of the latest environmental changes revealed by North Korean officials during a meeting with their South Korean counterparts in Munsan, north of Seoul, has put greater weight that the dormant volcano on Mt. Baekdu could erupt. It last erupted in

April 03, 2011

Huge Ocean 'Frisbees' Whirl Off Brazil Coast

 Scientist found that spinning disks of water whirl like giant Frisbees in the ocean off Brazil, greatly affecting ships and climate.These huge clusters are born as the warm North Brazil Current moves northward along the northeastern coast of Brazil. This

April 03, 2011

Californian frequent landslides sign of major geological change?

A major artery through southern Humboldt County was shut down on March 30 following a massive slide of mud and rocks, the California Highway Patrol said. Officials estimated that the stretch of Highway 101 could be closed for up to two weeks. Tons of debris tumbled

April 03, 2011

Radiation in Japan Seas: Risk of Animal Death, Mutation?

In the past week, seawater samples taken near the nuclear power plant, on Japan's eastern coast, have shown elevated levels of radioactive isotopes, including cesium 137 and iodine 131. All life on Earth and in the oceans lives with exposure to natural levels of

April 02, 2011

Glaciers growing on Mt.Shasta, Washington and Alaska

All seven glaciers on California’s Mount Shasta are growing. This includes Whitney Glacier, the state's largest. Three of them have doubled in size since 1950. Both the Hotlum and Wintun Glaciers have nearly doubled in size since 1950, says this article on

April 02, 2011

Ash and gas plume seen from Popocatepetl volcano

Based on information from the Mexico City MWO, analyses of satellite imagery, and web-camera views, Volcanic Ash Advisory Center reported that on 26 March an ash-and-gas plume from Popocatépetl drifted ESE and SE. A subsequent notice that day stated that the ash had

April 02, 2011