20,000 Pound Meteor Explodes over Russia, Injuring Hundreds
The dramatic footage captured by a dashboard video camera in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia in the nation's south-central shows what scientists say was a more than 10 ton meteor entering the atmosphere at over 33,000 miles per hour.
Death Valley Dethrones Impostor As Hottest Place On Earth
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Adam Nagourney reports that after a yearlong investigation a team of climate scientists announced that it is throwing out a reading of 136.4 degrees claimed by the city of Al Aziziyah, Libya on Sept. 13, 1922 making the 134-degree reading registered on July 10, 1913, at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley the official world record as the hottest place on earth. 'It's about time for science, but I think we all knew it was coming,' says Randy Banis. 'You don't underestimate Death Valley. Most of us enthusiasts are proud that the extremes that we have known about at Death Valley are indeed the most harsh on earth.' The final report by 13 climatologists appointed by the World Meteorological Organization, the climate agency of the United Nations, found five reasons to disqualify the Libya claim, including questionable instruments, an inexperienced observer who made the reading, and the fact that the reading was anomalous for that region and in the context of other temperatures ...
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Caribbean Scientist Warns of Climate Change Disaster
The Caribbean does not have the luxury of time for decisive action on climate change and global warming. In fact, it is on the brink of calamity, according to a prominent scientist. Conrad Douglas, a Jamaican scientist who has published over 350 reports on environmental management and related matters, has warned that “urgent action at all levels [is] required now”, cautioning the region against complacency in dealing with climate change.
Arctic Council Expands
The Arctic Council granted observer status to six nations, including China, in a move that could bolster the once-obscure forum's clout and ability to shape policy on such issues as natural resources and climate change in the polar region.
Arctic Body Weighs China's Bid to Observe
The Arctic Council, a once-obscure regional forum that had little to show for itself, has nations queuing to participate as melting ice opens up more development of the region.