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Hurricane forecasts: Good headlines, bad science

[quote]The 2005 hurricane season was clearly unprecedented and took a huge toll on our country and those whose lives and livelihoods were impacted The only silver lining was raising the level of awareness among consumers, the news media and policymakers as well as local, state and federal governments One byproduct of this growing awareness is a much higher degree of interest among the general public in understanding and predicting what's going to happen this year Unfortunately, this is

Report warns of threat to World's Deserts

[quote]The world's deserts are under threat as never before, with global warming making lack of water an even bigger problem for the parched regions, a UN report released Monday said The first comprehensive look at deserts around the world said these areas, their wildlife and, most of all, their scarce water supplies are facing dramatic changes "Deserts are the last great wildernesses and the Cinderellas of the conservation world — out of sight, out of mind," said Nick Nuttall,

647,000 Indonesians displaced by quake

[quote]BANTUL, Indonesia - US Marines joined an international effort to deliver aid and medical care to nearly 650,000 Indonesians displaced by a devastating earthquake, as hopes faded of finding more survivors Two US Marine cargo planes carrying a mobile field hospital landed Tuesday in Yogyakarta, closest to the quake area in central Java, after cracks in the airport runway were patched A disaster assistance response team from the US Agency for International Development is bein

Mount St. Helens shoots steam into air

[quote]VANCOUVER, Wash - Mount St Helens shot a steam and ash plume at least 16,000 feet into the air Monday after a large rockfall from the lava dome in the volcano's crater, scientists said Pilots reported the plume rose between 16,000 and 20,000 feet in the air, scientists at the Cascades Volcano Observatory said The rockfall coincided with a magnitude 31 earthquake shortly after 9 am Monday at the mountain, scientists said Such events are expected during growth of the lava d

Undersea volcano eruption caught on tape

[quote]TOKYO - An unmanned probe got within feet of a violent underwater eruption in the Pacific Ocean, returning with the clearest footage ever captured of seismic activity under the sea, a team of Japanese and US researchers said The footage, released Thursday by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, shows gray ash and rock spewing from the underwater NW Rota-1 volcano as it erupted in October Lava streams down the volcano, which is 1,800 feet under water in the

Indonesian Volcano Spews Lava, Ash

[quote]MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia - Mount Merapi spit out lava and a spectacular series of hot clouds Tuesday, as Indonesian government observers warned that the volcano remained a danger to villagers living on its slopes One of the eruptions sent debris falling two miles down the mountain, said Safari Dwiyono, a vulcanologist at a monitoring post in the densely populated province of Central Java Residents in the danger zone had all been evacuated, he said, and there were no immediate rep

Typhoon Chanchu Kills 21 in China

[quote]SHANGHAI, China - A powerful typhoon pummeled southern China on Thursday, killing at least 21 people and leaving 27 Vietnamese fishermen missing after their boats sank in Chinese waters Chanchu, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, has killed more than 60 people in Asia, including 37 last weekend in the Philippines, where it destroyed thousands of homes China's official Xinhua News Agency said Friday that 13 people died from flooding and landslides in the southeastern prov

Flooded New England Update Damage Assessed (USA)

[quote]HAVERHILL, Mass - Emergency crews used boats to rescue people trapped in their homes and sewage systems overflowed Monday as rain pounded New England for the fourth straight day in what could prove to be the region's worst flooding in decades The rain totals could hit 15 inches by Monday afternoon, triggering the worst flooding in some areas since 1936, the National Weather Service said In the Merrimack Valley, north of Boston on the New Hampshire line, the Merrimack and Spick

Tornadoes Tear Through N. Texas, Killing 3

[quote]WESTMINSTER, Texas - Authorities went door to door in a search for victims Wednesday after twisters ripped through rural North Texas overnight, reducing homes to concrete slabs and killing at least three people At least 26 homes were destroyed Ten people were hospitalized and dozens of others were treated at the scene for minor injuries An elderly couple were found dead in a destroyed mobile home in Westminster, about 45 miles northeast of Dallas, Collin County Fire Marshal Stev

Florida Issues State of Emergency Over Fires (USA)

[quote]NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla - Gov Jeb Bush declared a state of emergency Monday as brush fires burned more than 8,000 acres, destroyed homes and forced authorities to shut down highways Officials are tracking about 50 active wildfires throughout the water-parched state, and Bush said lightning was probably not to blame in most cases "The likelihood is most of these fires have been created by either negligence or people doing harm," he said A fire in New Smyrna Beach has consum

Rock Slab Growing at Mount St. Helens

[quote]If the skies are clear as forecast, volcano watchers who turn out for the reopening of the Johnston Ridge Observatory on Friday will get a spectacular view of a hulking slab of rock that's rapidly growing in Mount St Helens' crater It's jutting up from one of seven lobes of fresh volcanic rock that have been pushing their way through the surface of the crater since October 2004 The fin-shaped mass is about 300 feet tall and growing 4 feet to 5 feet a day, though it occasiona

Global Warming Cited in Wind Shift

[quote]NEW YORK - An important wind circulation pattern over the Pacific Ocean has begun to weaken because of global warming caused by human activity, something that could alter climate and the marine food chain in the region, new research suggests It's not clear what climate changes might arise in the area or possibly beyond, but the long-term effect might resemble some aspects of an El Nino event, a study author said El Ninos boost rainfall in the southern United States and western

Greenhouse Gases Continue to Rise

[quote]WASHINGTON - The greenhouse gases widely blamed for raising the planet's temperature are still building up in the atmosphere The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday there was a continuing increase in carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide in the air last year, though methane leveled off The agency said and there was a decline in two chlorofluorocarbons, gases blamed for the ozone hole over the Antarctic Overall, NOAA said, its annual greenhouse gas index

Fox News pushing Global Warming?

I don't buy into the line of thought that we humans are responsible for climate changes I think that is egocentric and trying to give us credit for natural cycles However, when a site that is definitely right of political center starts sounding like a Cousteau Society spokes platform maybe I should reevaluate my thinking http://wwwfoxnewscom/story/0,2933,175358,00html [quote]In Alaska, parts of the 3,000-year-old Herbert Glacier are 500 feet thick, but the glacier is melting at a

Hell storm Monica threatens Australia

OK, this is really interesting, read the commentary by the writer on this site, with accompanying pics so we had Katrina in New Orleans, then another big storm that hit Australia, and now this, the biggest yet What part of these events are either man made, or emerge from global warming http://thestormtrackcom/archives/2006/04/category_5_monihtml It is hard to imagine a worse situation in this area as Australian cyclones almost never reach this strength Monica is curre
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