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October 30, 2012
WATER WORLD
La Nina Caused Global Sea Level Drop
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2012
The 2011 La Nina was so strong that it caused global mean sea level to drop by 5 millimeters (0.2 inches), a new study shows. Since the early 1990s, sea level has been rising by about 3 millimeters (0.1 inches) per year, satellite data show. But between the beginning of 2010 and the middle of 2011, sea level fell by 5 millimeters (0.2 inches). This occurred concurrently with the La Nina phase of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). ENSO involves a shift in ocean surface temperatures in t ... read more

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EARLY EARTH

Extreme-Pressure Research Explores How Earth's Mantle Solidified
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Century-long trend of global ocean warming identified
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Primates' brains make visual maps using triangular grids
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EARLY EARTH

Mass extinction study provides lessons for modern world
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SHAKE AND BLOW

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Monster storm Sandy swept a wall of churning sea water and driving rain onto the eastern United States on Monday, flooding the heart of downtown New York and leaving at least 13 dead. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

One dead, captain missing as Sandy sinks US tall ship
Hurricane Sandy sank a tall ship off North Carolina Monday, killing one crew member and leaving the captain missing as 14 others were plucked alive from lifeboats by the US Coast Guard. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Sri Lanka escapes cyclone, coastal residents return
Sri Lanka lifted an evacuation order as a cyclone heading towards the island changed course early on Tuesday and headed towards neighbouring India, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said. ... more
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SINO DAILY

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WEATHER REPORT

Deadly storm strikes Argentine capital
At least two people were killed in Argentina when torrential rain drenched the Buenos Aires area Monday, knocking out power, and flooding streets and train tunnels, officials said. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Italy minister wants quake ruling overturned
Italian Environment Minister Corrado Clini said on Monday he hoped an appeals court would overturn the jail sentence of six seismologists found guilty of manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a 2009 earthquake in the central city of L'Aquila. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Atlantic City bar faces hurricane with a drink
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DEMOCRACY

Walker's World: Europe wants Obama- Why?
It should come as no surprise to Americans that most Europeans are hoping that U.S. President Barack Obama wins re-election. This isn't because he has been good for Europe. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Hurricane Sandy: a cocktail with a mighty punch
Such a friendly sounding name on the surface, such a rare and devastating cocktail roiling within. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Obama races back to White House as hurricane threatens
President Barack Obama left the campaign trail Monday to lead his nation at a moment of crisis, steering the response to Hurricane Sandy, which left the endgame of the White House race in turmoil. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Two dead after Typhoon Son-Tinh hits Vietnam
Two people were killed and thousands of homes damaged as Vietnam's coast was lashed by Typhoon Son-Tinh, authorities said Monday, after the storm caused deadly landslides and floods in the Philippines. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

UN pinpoints climate-linked health risks
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DEMOCRACY

Hurricane 'havoc' hits US election endgame
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

China protesters wary after chemical plant victory
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FARM NEWS

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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Haiti's toll from Sandy at 51, Cuba eyes cleanup
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WHITE OUT

Cold snap kills three people in Poland
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Hawaii rattled by tsunami warning after Canada quake
A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake off Canada's west coast set off a tsunami warning that emptied restaurants, bars and theaters in Hawaii and sent rattled residents fleeing beach areas. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Tsunami hit Geneva in AD 563: scientists
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EPIDEMICS

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