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Swiss warn massive ice chunk may break off glacier

A massive part of a glacier the size of 12 football fields in the Swiss Alps could break off, local authorities warned, after the discovery of an enormous crevasse in the glacier. Swiss authorities have formed a crisis team to monitor the situation and blocked all hiking trails close to…

Greenland ice melts most in half-century: U.S.

Greenland’s ice sheet melted the most it has in over a half century last year, US government scientists said Tuesday in one of a series of “unmistakable” signs of climate change. “The world continues to warm,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a briefing paper for reporters. “Multiple…

Arctic-crossing algae, whale show threat to Atlantic

OSLO (Reuters) – Tiny algae and a whale native to the Pacific have crossed a thawing Arctic Ocean in what may portend a marine invasion threatening Atlantic fish stocks, scientists said on Sunday. The Pacific algae, absent from the North Atlantic for 800,000 years according to fossil records, apparently returned…

Group: U.S. anti-Internet piracy campaign violates First Amendment

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court to return two domain names seized as part of the U.S. government’s “Operation in Our Sites,” an ongoing campaign against websites that illegally provide access to copyrighted material. “This misguided intellectual property enforcement effort is causing serious collateral damage to free…

Oceans could rise 1.6 metres by 2100: study

PARIS (AFP) – Warming in the Arctic occurring at twice the global average is on track to lift sea levels by up to 1.6 metres (5.3 feet) by 2100, a far steeper jump than predicted a few years ago, a consortium of scientists reported Tuesday. Melting ice and snow has…

Young penguins dying due to lack of food

WASHINGTON – Young penguins in the Antarctic may be dying because they are having a tougher time finding food, as melting sea ice cuts back on the tiny fish they eat, US researchers suggested on Monday. Only about 10 percent of baby penguins tagged by researchers are coming back in…

Trotsky assassination ‘planned from US drug store’

SANTA FE – The assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico City, where he was famously killed with an ice pick to the head, was organized from a drugstore in the US, according to a former CIA agent. The KGB agent who planned the Bolshevik revolutionary’s 1940 assassination first established a…

US airlines cancel flights as winter storm bears down

CHICAGO/ATLANTA – US airlines canceled thousands of flights on Tuesday ahead of a blizzard that has promised near-record snowfall in the U.S. Plains and the central Midwest. The storm was expected to stretch across 2,000 miles — dumping up to 2 feet of snow in the central and upper Midwest,…

Storm threatens 100 million in US with snow, ice, cold

CHICAGO – A mammoth storm threatens to dump mounds of fresh snow, sleet and ice on about 100 million already winter-weary people from the US heartland to the east coast, forecasters said Monday. Blizzard, winter storm and freezing rain warnings were issued for more than 25 states, from North Dakota…

US braces for another massive snowstorm

CHICAGO – A mammoth storm stretching from the US heartland to the east coast is threatening to dump mounds of fresh snow and ice on an already winter-weary region, weather forecasters said Monday. Blizzard, winter storm and freezing rain warnings were issued for several states, from New Mexico and Colorado…

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