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The Boston Globe

Scores of rare turtles found stranded on Cape

Rescuers placed cold-stunned turtles in fruit boxes.

Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Rescuers placed cold-stunned turtles in fruit boxes.

Massachusetts Audubon Society volunteers recovered about 120 “cold-stunned” sea turtles during the weekend after strong winds caused them to wash up on the shores of Cape Cod Bay.

The majority of the reptiles found on the beaches of Wellfleet, Truro, Eastham, and Brewster were Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, a critically endangered species and the rarest type of sea turtle.

It was an unusually large late-season stranding for the turtles, who most often get stuck on Cape Cod shores around Thanksgiving as they try to make their way south to warmer waters for the winter.

Young sea turtles often feed in Cape Cod Bay during the summer but can get trapped in the “hook” of the Cape and become hypothermic as temperatures drop, according to Mass Audubon.

Despite their rarity, Kemp’s ridleys are the type of turtle most often found stranded on Massachusetts beaches.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

 

30.12.2012 Snow Storm USA State of Massachusetts, Boston Damage level
Details

Snow Storm in USA on Sunday, 30 December, 2012 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

Description
As a significant storm made its way into the region on Saturday, promising to bring up to 10 inches of snow in parts of Massachusetts, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced a snow emergency. Storm warnings and advisories have been posted for much of Massachusetts by the National Weather Service. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of eastern Massachusetts. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the remainder of Massachusetts, including the Cape and Islands. The latest computer model guidance indicates a general area of 4 to 8 inches of snow across much of eastern and central Massachusetts. Coastal areas of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including Cape Cod will see mostly rain, with a quick changeover to snow at the end of the storm. On Saturday afternoon, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced a snow emergency and parking ban for the city which would go into effect at 9 p.m. “With up to 8 inches of snow expected in parts of the city, and freezing temperatures forecast for the next week, it’s extremely important we get our roadways cleared as soon as possible in the interest of public safety,” Menino said. “We want everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend in our city, but we’re urging an abundance of caution for all. Menino said in light of the holiday, Boston Department of Public Works crews would be working throughout the weekend and were well prepared for the storm. Approximately 200 pieces of equipment were expected to start clearing city streets by 6 p.m.

 

Earthquakes

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 23:43 PM
2.4     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 23:38 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 27 23:08 PM
2.5     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 22:56 PM
3.5     9.0     MAP

USGS     Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Apr 27 22:55 PM
2.7     41.8     MAP

EMSC     Prince Edward Islands Region
Apr 27 21:51 PM
4.9     20.0     MAP

GEOFON     Prince Edward Islands Region
Apr 27 21:51 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Prince Edward Islands Region
Apr 27 21:51 PM
4.9     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Cochabamba, Bolivia
Apr 27 21:36 PM
4.0     42.0     MAP

USGS     Cochabamba, Bolivia
Apr 27 21:36 PM
4.0     42.3     MAP

EMSC     Azores Islands Region
Apr 27 21:32 PM
3.0     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 27 21:20 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Taiwan
Apr 27 21:08 PM
4.2     7.0     MAP

GEOFON     Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra
Apr 27 20:15 PM
4.3     10.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 27 20:11 PM
2.6     4.7     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 27 19:44 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea
Apr 27 19:22 PM
4.9     58.2     MAP

EMSC     New Britain Region, P.n.g.
Apr 27 19:22 PM
4.9     58.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 19:17 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Apr 27 18:42 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Libertador General Bernardo O’higgins, Chile
Apr 27 18:34 PM
4.7     50.2     MAP

EMSC     Libertador O’higgins, Chile
Apr 27 18:34 PM
4.7     50.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 18:18 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Central Chile
Apr 27 17:58 PM
4.6     53.0     MAP

EMSC     Maule, Chile
Apr 27 17:58 PM
4.6     51.0     MAP

USGS     Maule, Chile
Apr 27 17:58 PM
4.7     41.6     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 17:36 PM
2.4     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 27 16:44 PM
2.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 27 16:22 PM
4.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 27 16:22 PM
4.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 16:02 PM
2.6     5.0     MAP

USGS     Vanuatu
Apr 27 15:22 PM
4.5     71.5     MAP

EMSC     Vanuatu
Apr 27 15:22 PM
4.7     60.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vanuatu Islands
Apr 27 15:22 PM
4.8     10.0     MAP

USGS     Taiwan
Apr 27 14:48 PM
4.4     46.9     MAP

GEOFON     Taiwan
Apr 27 14:48 PM
4.3     20.0     MAP

EMSC     Taiwan
Apr 27 14:48 PM
4.4     43.0     MAP

USGS     Central California
Apr 27 14:47 PM
2.6     20.1     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 14:24 PM
2.4     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 14:13 PM
3.2     12.0     MAP

USGS     Puerto Rico
Apr 27 13:38 PM
2.8     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 13:35 PM
3.0     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Iran
Apr 27 13:27 PM
3.5     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 13:15 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Turkey-syria Border Region
Apr 27 13:11 PM
2.8     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 27 13:05 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 12:53 PM
2.7     5.0     MAP

GEOFON     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 27 12:52 PM
4.2     10.0     MAP

USGS     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 27 12:52 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Vancouver Island, Canada Region
Apr 27 12:52 PM
4.4     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 12:46 PM
3.6     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 12:37 PM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 27 12:36 PM
3.1     118.6     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 27 12:34 PM
2.6     9.0     MAP

EMSC     Crete, Greece
Apr 27 12:30 PM
2.9     19.0     MAP

EMSC     Aegean Sea
Apr 27 12:28 PM
2.9     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 12:18 PM
3.0     7.0     MAP

USGS     Dominican Republic Region
Apr 27 12:00 PM
2.8     84.8     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 27 11:47 AM
2.9     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 27 11:19 AM
3.6     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 11:08 AM
2.5     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 27 10:49 AM
3.6     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 10:43 AM
2.5     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Germany
Apr 27 10:33 AM
2.6     2.0     MAP

GEOFON     Germany
Apr 27 10:33 AM
2.5     1.0     MAP

USGS     Tajikistan
Apr 27 10:32 AM
4.6     49.2     MAP

EMSC     Tajikistan
Apr 27 10:32 AM
4.6     50.0     MAP

GEONET     Manawatu , New Zealand
Apr 27 10:32 AM
3.0     33.0     MAP

USGS     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 27 10:29 AM
5.1     55.4     MAP

EMSC     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 27 10:29 AM
5.1     15.0     MAP

GEOFON     Sulawesi, Indonesia
Apr 27 10:29 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 27 10:24 AM
3.0     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 10:19 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 10:04 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

USGS     Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Apr 27 09:46 AM
3.4     25.8     MAP

USGS     Southern Alaska
Apr 27 09:39 AM
3.3     121.6     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 09:16 AM
3.1     17.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 09:14 AM
3.0     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Xinjiang, China
Apr 27 09:01 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Luzon, Philippines
Apr 27 08:59 AM
4.5     42.0     MAP

USGS     Luzon, Philippines
Apr 27 08:59 AM
4.5     42.1     MAP

EMSC     Albania
Apr 27 08:52 AM
2.5     25.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 08:52 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 08:49 AM
3.0     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Offshore Northern California
Apr 27 08:38 AM
4.1     6.0     MAP

USGS     Offshore Northern California
Apr 27 08:38 AM
3.8     13.0     MAP

EMSC     Southern Greece
Apr 27 08:01 AM
3.0     16.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 07:50 AM
2.7     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Near N Coast Of New Guinea, Png.
Apr 27 07:49 AM
4.3     123.0     MAP

USGS     Near The North Coast Of New Guinea, Papua
Apr 27 07:49 AM
4.3     123.1     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 07:49 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 07:39 AM
2.7     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 07:15 AM
3.1     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 07:11 AM
2.9     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 27 06:48 AM
4.6     30.0     MAP

USGS     Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 27 06:48 AM
4.6     29.3     MAP

GEOFON     Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 27 06:48 AM
4.6     15.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 06:46 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 06:28 AM
2.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 06:07 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 27 05:49 AM
4.5     219.0     MAP

GEOFON     Afghanistan-tajikistan Border Region
Apr 27 05:49 AM
5.0     221.0     MAP

USGS     Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan
Apr 27 05:49 AM
4.5     224.5     MAP

USGS     Virgin Islands Region
Apr 27 05:39 AM
3.1     49.0     MAP

EMSC     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 27 05:37 AM
5.0     27.0     MAP

GEOFON     Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 27 05:37 AM
5.1     20.0     MAP

USGS     Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Apr 27 05:37 AM
4.9     33.9     MAP

EMSC     Central Turkey
Apr 27 05:36 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Kuril Islands
Apr 27 05:17 AM
4.2     157.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 05:11 AM
3.0     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 04:45 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 27 04:42 AM
2.5     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Southwestern Siberia, Russia
Apr 27 04:37 AM
4.2     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 04:33 AM
2.9     2.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 04:06 AM
2.4     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 03:58 AM
2.7     3.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 03:51 AM
3.2     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 27 03:37 AM
3.0     11.0     MAP

EMSC     Eastern Turkey
Apr 27 03:32 AM
3.2     7.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 03:10 AM
2.5     4.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 03:01 AM
2.8     12.0     MAP

EMSC     Greece
Apr 27 02:55 AM
2.5     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 02:54 AM
3.4     19.0     MAP

USGS     Western Montana
Apr 27 02:38 AM
2.6     9.7     MAP

USGS     Central Alaska
Apr 27 01:46 AM
3.1     107.8     MAP

EMSC     North Indian Ocean
Apr 27 01:41 AM
4.8     60.0     MAP

USGS     North Indian Ocean
Apr 27 01:40 AM
4.8     15.6     MAP

GEOFON     North Indian Ocean
Apr 27 01:40 AM
5.1     10.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 01:38 AM
2.9     36.0     MAP

EMSC     Cyprus Region
Apr 27 01:27 AM
3.1     1.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 01:26 AM
3.0     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 01:21 AM
2.6     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 01:18 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 01:01 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

EMSC     Northern Italy
Apr 27 00:59 AM
2.6     9.0     MAP

GEONET     West Coast
Apr 27 00:58 AM
3.9     5.0     MAP

USGS     Mona Passage, Dominican Republic
Apr 27 00:50 AM
3.0     86.0     MAP

USGS     Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Apr 27 00:36 AM
2.6     101.1     MAP

EMSC     Ionian Sea
Apr 27 00:35 AM
2.6     6.0     MAP

EMSC     Near The Coast Of Western Turkey
Apr 27 00:22 AM
3.4     8.0     MAP

EMSC     Western Turkey
Apr 27 00:02 AM
2.5     5.0     MAP

sources: USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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Volcanic Activity

Nyamuragira volcano (DR Congo): new lava lake forming in summit crater ?

Saturday Apr 28, 2012 00:23 AM | Age: 9 hrs
BY: T

Nyamuragira volcano in the DR Congo might be forming a new lava lake in its summit caldera.
The volcano’s last eruption from the Kimanura fissure NE of the summit caldera seems to have ended by now. Until early to mid March, a lava lake was observed in the eastern vent and a strong heat source could be detected on satellite imagery, but has now disappeared.
Seismic explosion signals from a source under the summit were noted on 24 February from the summit crater and overflights showed increased degassing from the central pit, which contained a lava lake until 1940. This activity increased in April and a strong SO2 odor from this area suggests the presence of near-surface magma. Scientists and the park rangers are speculating about the possibility that a new lava lake in the summit crater might be about to form.

  Current Emergencies

15 28.04.2012 Volcano Activity Mexico State of Puebla, [Popocatepetl Volcano] Damage level Photo available! Details

Popocatépetl volcanic activity

Published on Apr 27, 2012 by

The Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico has presented 12 low-intensity exhalations, which were accompanied by emissions of water vapor, gas and only on three occasions moderate amounts of ash.

VIDEO: View of Popocatepetl volcano with fumes and gas being released.

Video by Odette Cid, http://www.demotix.com/users/cid-autant.


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Extreme Temperatures/ Weather

 Short Time Event(s)

  27.04.2012 Forest / Wild Fire USA State of Texas, [Kountze Region] Damage level Details

High Wind Warning

 GREAT FALLS MT

Gale Warning

LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA
POINT ARENA TO POINT CONCEPTION
POINT CONCEPTION TO GUADALUPE ISLAND

Freeze Warning

BUFFALO NY
CLEVELAND OH
BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
MOUNT HOLLY NJ
BURLINGTON VT
STATE COLLEGE PA
CHARLESTON WV
BINGHAMTON NY
NEW YORK NY
ALBANY NY
TAUNTON MA
PITTSBURGH PA
DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
GRAND RAPIDSMI
GRAND JUNCTION CO

Hard Freeze Warning

SALT LAKE CITY UT

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Storms, Flooding

 

India – Cyclone ravages 40 Tinsukia villages, 3 killed.

A severe cyclone accompanied by heavy hailstorm that reaped through the Tinsukia district in the late afternoon Wednesday claimed three lives, besides causing heavy damage to property. More than 40 villages under Kakopathar, Pengeree and Dhola police stations have faced the fury of the cyclone. At Majbari village of Kakopathar, a big tree fell over a nine-year-old girl killing her instantly. There are reports of injuries to several other people in the areas affected by the cyclone. The cyclone played havoc in the entire areas destroying hundreds of residential houses, animal sheds, granaries, schools and other government buildings. There are reports of heavy losses of livestock and wild animals in the cyclone. The National Highways 37 and 52 have been blocked by uprooted trees for several hours. The power supply and telecommunication system have also been disrupted in the cyclone-affected areas of the district, which are yet to be fully repaired. The exact amount of losses in the cyclone is yet to be assessed. The storm destroyed hundreds of houses, demolished a hospital and a church, besides uprooting trees and disrupting power supply in the two districts. The storm accompanied by rains lasted for about 30 minutes, leaving a trail of destruction in most parts of the two districts with Doomdooma circle in Tinsukia being among the worst hit. A few names of affected villages and tea estates are Talap, Dangri, Tezipathar, Katorbasti, Borali, Maithong, Laina, Khobang, Dhola, Haikhati, Ghutung Gaon, Kherbari, Samguri, Kakopathar, Dirak in Tinsukia district. In Laina tea estate alone, some 91 houses were demolished, its hospital roof blown away and a church pulled down. Road communication was severely disrupted in several areas with uprooted trees and electric poles blocking highways and other roads. Government officials failed to give estimate of the total number of displaced people, affected villages and tea estates since the assessment was being carried out. Around 3,000 people are believed to have been rendered homeless. Most parts of the district plunged into darkness since midnight and the powert supply has not yet been restored.

 

 

  Current Emergencies

  26.04.2012 Flash Flood MultiCountries [Haiti and Dominican Republic] Damage level Details
Local – 25 April 2012, 9:27 AM
Storm Olga. File.

SANTO DOMINGO.- The Emergency Operations Center (COE) issued flash flood and mudslide warnings to four provinces and alerts to 13 others, as a frontal system will bring downpours ant thunderstorms to many parts of the country.

The COE declared Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Santiago and Maria Trinidad Sanchez provinces under warnings, and issued alerts for Valverde, Samaná, Santiago Rodriguez, Espaillat, Dajabón and Hermanas Mirabal.

It said Monseñor Noel, La Vega, Duarte, Monte Plata, Hato Mayor, San Pedro and El Seibo provinces should also be on the lookout for flash floods.

 Short Time Event(s)

27.04.2012 Tornado USA State of Colorado, [Prowers, Kiowa and Bent counties] Damage level Details

7 Homes, Hog Farm Destroyed in Colorado Tornadoes

EADS, Colo. April 27, 2012 (AP)

At least seven homes and a hog farm were destroyed early Friday after authorities said rare nighttime tornadoes ripped through sparsely populated counties on the southeastern Colorado plains.

State officials say no deaths have been reported, only minor injuries from the twisters reported in Prowers, Kiowa and Bent counties. Preliminary findings indicate five tornadoes touched down.

Officials in the Prowers County city of Lamar said deputies and state troopers spotted a fast and large tornado south of town that ripped through homes.

One home in Bent County and two in Prowers County were destroyed, said state emergency management division spokeswoman Micki Trost. In Kiowa County, four homes and a former church building were damaged or destroyed, said Chris Sorensen of the county sheriff’s office.

The damage included one home in Chivington, in Kiowa County, that was totaled after the five people sleeping inside escaped, owner Therisa Brown said. She added there was no warning before her home was demolished.

“We woke up to the roof getting ripped off,” Brown said. “We went to the living room, and we lifted a wall off of a friend who was staying with us. That’s when the tornado circled back, and it hit the house again. We barely made it into the bathroom.”

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Most of Colombia’s 32 regions are suffering from flooding.

The country has seen widespread flooding in recent years, with some 3.6 million people, about 8% of the population, affected. 2012 seems set to continue this pattern. Army engineers have been busy evacuating people and livestock from disaster zones, working on roads, combating landslides, building emergency bridges and delivering aid. They were recently summoned to try to block off a burst river bank in one municipality of the capital Bogota. In the flood plains around the Chicu River, it was easy to spot the engineering problems. There are huge potholes in the streets, infrastructure was placed on delicate and unstable wetland. This is Bogota’s main problem. The capital lies at an altitude of 2,600m (8,530ft), and is criss-crossed by countless rivers that are constantly at risk of overflowing. Indeed Colombia as a whole, with its varied topography ranging from huge flood plains and savannahs to volcanic regions and the Andes, is more at risk than most from natural disasters. Repair work is often a race against time before more rains come. People dependent on farming this land are among those who are suffering most. On 24 April, the President enacted a law aimed at improving natural disaster response and prevention at both national and local level. More than 60,000 people were affected so far this year and the rains are forecast to continue until June.

 

 

 

Winter Storm Warning

BILLINGS MT
GREAT FALLS MT

Flood Warning

MISSOULA MT
BOISE ID
SPOKANE, WA
NORTH PLATTE NE
LAKE CHARLES LA
POCATELLO ID

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Radiation/Biological Hazard

  Current Emergencies

1 19.04.2012 Biological Hazard China Ningxia Autonomous region, [Touying township] Damage level Details
  27.04.2012 Biological Hazard Kazakhstan [Statewide] Damage level Details
  • Chinese health workers cull chickens after an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus at Hong Kong's Sham Shui Po poultry market in 2008. Agricultural authorities in northwest China have culled about 95,000 chickens after an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus, state press have reportedChinese health workers cull chickens after an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus …

Agricultural authorities in northwest China have culled about 95,000 chickens after an outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus, state press reported Wednesday.

The outbreak in Touying township of the Ningxia region was discovered on Friday last week after over 23,000 chickens began showing symptoms, Xinhua news agency said, citing the Ministry of Agriculture.

The ministry said the “epidemic is now under control”, the report said, while work teams have been sent to the area to step up prevention measures.

China is considered one of the nations most at risk of bird flu epidemics because it has the world’s biggest poultry population and many chickens in rural areas are kept close to humans.

In January, a man in southwest China’s Guizhou province died after contracting the bird flu virus, the second such fatality reported in China this year, health authorities said.

 Short Time Event(s)

1 28.04.2012 Nuclear Event USA State of California, [Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant] Damage level Details

Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California knocked offline by jellyfish-like creatures called salp

Diablo Canyon Power Plant / AP

This photo provided by the Diablo Canyon Power Plant on Friday shows salp, a gelatinous sea creature, at a nuclear reactor intake structure.

By James Eng, msnbc.com

In Japan, it was a monstrous earthquake and tsunami that brought down the Fukushima nuclear plant. In California, it’s a tiny, jellyfish-like sea creature called salp that’s causing problems at the Diablo Canyon atomic plant.

An invasion of salp has prompted Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to temporarily shut down a nuclear reactor at Diablo Canyon, in Avila Beach, San Luisa Obispo County, on the central California coast.

A giant swarm of the transluscent barrel-shaped organisms this week clogged intake screens that are used to keep marine life out of the seawater that is used as a coolant for the nuclear plant.

On Wednesday, PG&E officials reduced power output at the Unit 2 reactor, then decided to shut it down altogether “until conditions improve at the intake structure.” The plant’s other reactor, Unit 1, had already been shut down earlier in the week for a planned refueling and maintenance outage.

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Solar Activity

2MIN News Apr27: Solar Activity, GeoMagnetics, World Update

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Epidemic/Pandemic

  Current Emergencies

3 24.04.2012 Epidemic Hazard Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai, [Son Ky Commune] Damage level Details

 Short Time Event(s)

  27.04.2012 Epidemic Ukraine Multiple areas, [Western part of the country] Damage level Details
27.04.2012 Epidemic Hazard USA State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Damage level Details

Euro 2012: Ukraine advises visiting supporters to get measles jabs

• Measles outbreak hit western areas of Ukraine in March
• ‘Epidemic expected to accelerate and spread’

Football fans measles jabs

Football supporters have been urged to have measles vaccinations if they are travelling to Ukraine for Euro 2012. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images

Ukraine – which hosts the European Championship in June together with Poland – has urged fans to get vaccinated against measles before visiting, the Kiev Post newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“If you plan to come to Ukraine, please get vaccinated at home,” the newspaper quoted Oleksandr Kravchuk, deputy head of the state sanitary and epidemiological service, as saying. “The situation with measles is unfavourable in our country.”

The European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), a European Union agency in charge of fighting infectious diseases, reported a measles outbreak in the former Soviet republic last month with more than 5,000 cases registered.

The outbreak was concentrated in the west of the country bordering on Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

“The epidemic is expected to accelerate and spread geographically during the peak transmission season for measles from February to June,” ECDC said.

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Wildlife

Dolphins are Mysteriously Dying Around the World

By Eddie Sage on 27 April 2012

Since January, dead dolphins have washed ashore in Peru, the death toll reaching a staggering 877. Scientists are still trying to explain the bizarre deaths, and their best prediction at the moment is that its due to a virus outbreak or acoustic trauma.

Environmental authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 800 dolphins that have washed up on the northern coast of Peru this year.

The dolphins may have died from an outbreak of Morbillivirus or Brucella bacteria, said Peruvian Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria, according to Peru’s state-run Andina news agency. Speaking to CNN, he said he expects test results to be ready within the week.

“Right now, the most probable hypothesis is that it’s a virus outbreak,” he said.

Quijandria said Thursday that 877 dolphins have washed up in a 220-kilometer (137-mile) area from Punta Aguja to Lambayeque, in the north of the country.

More than 80% of those dolphins were found in an advanced state of decomposition, making it difficult to study their deaths, according to Andina.

Earlier last week, the Peruvian government put together a panel from different ministries to analyze a report by the Peruvian Sea Institute (IMARPE). Officials have been able to conclude that the dolphins’ deaths were not due to lack of food, interaction with fisheries, poisoning with pesticides, biotoxin poisoning or contamination by heavy metals.

“When you have something this large, my gut would tell me that there’s something traumatic that happened,” Sue Rocca, a marine biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, told CNN. She floated a number of number of possibilities as to what could have killed the animals, including acoustic trauma, but concluded that investigators just don’t know yet. “More investigation needs to be done,” she said.

More then 200 Dolphins have beached themselves on Manila Bay, Philippians

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  27.04.2012 Terror Attack Ukraine Dnipropetrovska Oblast, Dnepropetrovsk Damage level Details

Ukraine Terrorist Attacks

Published on Apr 27, 2012 by

We have it confirmed officially that four explosions happened in the Ukraine’s third largest city of Dnepropetrovsk in the east of the country. Twenty-seven people have received injuries, no people passed away so far as we understand. Twenty-five of them have been hospitalized, nine of them are children and some of them are in a very severe condition with very severe wounds. Now, the authorities are still trying to determine what exactly happened, but we do know that four self-made explosive devices went off with about a 20-minute difference each.

All were put in trash bins at tramway stops. Interesting that all those tram stops were on the very same tramway line in the central part of Dnepropetrovsk. Now panic is gripping the city, with people staying in their offices too afraid to go home fearing that more blasts could happen. The public transport has been suspended in the central part of the city, and mobile phones do not work, probably because authorities are afraid of more blasts and that’s why they are jamming all the cell phone connections.

Also, the Internet is just literally flooded with panic-driven messages that as many as 10 explosions have in fact happened in the city, but this has not been yet confirmed by the authorities. We for now know only of four explosions in the city of Dnepropetrovsk. But we are certainly waiting for any more developments from the eastern Ukrainian city.

Certainly, the authorities have already launched an investigation on terrorist attack, but nobody has yet claimed any responsibility for these actions and such things are in fact untypical for Ukraine. These things could be called irregularity, because Ukraine is not known for terrorist attacks on its soil. But investigators are saying that this is most likely a terrorist attack, because, as I’ve said, all of the four explosive devices were self-made and the fact that they went off with a particular time difference certainly adds to the theory that this was an orchestrated terrorist attack on Ukraine’s third largest city. Now, certainly while we are waiting for more information and explanation on who is behind this attack, already this attack has some serious implications, especially given that in just about 40 days Ukraine will have the Euro 2012 football championship starting here. And certainly with such string of explosions in its third largest city with a population over one million people puts serious concerns about the security during the football tournament and could in fact jeopardize the whole football championship. We have to wait and see what the authorities have to say, and whether they would be able to find those responsible for this attack in Dnepropetrovsk.

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Environmental

Eight species of wild fish have been detected in aquaculture feed

by Staff Writers
Madrid, Spain (SPX) Apr 27, 2012


This image shows the aquaculture of salmon. Credit: Norsk Havbrukssenter.

Researchers from the University of Oviedo have for the first time analysed a DNA fragment from commercial feed for aquarium cichlids, aquaculture salmon and marine fish in aquariums. The results show that in order to manufacture this feed, eight species of high trophic level fish have been used, some of them coming directly from extractive fisheries.

Aquaculture initially came as an ecological initiative to reduce pressure from fishing and to cover human food needs. However, a problem has emerged: consumers prefer carnivore species, like salmon and cod that require tons of high quality protein for their quick, optimum development.

“If these proteins are obtained from extractive fisheries, aquaculture stops being an alternative to over-fishing and starts contributing to it, turning it into a risk for natural marine ecosystems” Alba Ardura, lead author of the study published in ‘Fisheries Research’ and researcher in the department of Functional Biology at the University of Oviedo told SINC.

The research team analysed a DNA fragment from commercial feed made for aquarium cichlids, aquaculture of salmon and marine fish in aquariums. After removing oil and fat from the feed, DNA sequences were obtained and compared with public databases to identify the species found.

From fish feed samples, supplied by manufacturers and bought in animal shops, researchers identified eight species of wild marine fish that were from high trophic levels in the food chain.

Industrial waste from processing and commercialisation for human consumption of Peruvian anchoveta (Engraulis ringens), European sprat (Sprattus sprattus), Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus), whiting (Merlangius merlangus), Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus), Pacific sandlance (Ammodytes personatus), jack mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus), and blue mackerel (Scomber australasicus), allow fish meal for aquaculture fish to be made.

Nonetheless, according to the researcher “some of the species found in this feed are commercialised fresh without being processed and they suspect that they came to the feed directly from extractive fisheries.” This is the case with herring and Pacific sandlance.

The research suggests that aquaculture is partly maintained by fisheries, and aquaculture fishes are fed by wild fish sold “whole” (without being processed) and fresh directly from fishing vessels.

Vegetable proteins, an alternative
“If species from extractive fishing are used to feed farm fish, aquaculture does not help minimise over-fishing” warns the expert who suggests “urgently” revising the composition of aquaculture feed to replace them with other proteins. The aim is to reduce the exploitation of natural fish populations.

Ardura proposes increasing efforts to gain high quality proteins from other sources, such as vegetable proteins, which supplement farmed fish’s nutritional needs. This way they will be able to “minimise the impact of aquaculture on wild populations.”

Ardura, A.; Horreo, J. L.; Hernandez, E.; Jardon, A.; Pola, I. G.; Martinez, J. L.; Garcia-Vazquez, E. “Forensic DNA analysis reveals use of high trophic level marine fish in commercial aquaculture fish meals” Fisheries Research 115: 115-120 DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2011.08.011 March 2012.

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Autumn advantage for invasive plants in eastern United States

by Staff Writers
Syracuse, NY (SPX) Apr 27, 2012


Fridley set up an experimental garden on SU’s South Campus that includes groups of native plants and their non-native cousins, such as Japanese honeysuckle (invader) and Canada honeysuckle (native), burning bush (invader) and bursting heart (native), and European buckthorn (invader) and Carolina buckthorn (native).

Much like the fabled tortoise and the hare, the competition between native and invasive plants growing in deciduous forests in the Eastern United States is all about how the plants cross the finish line in autumn.

A new study by a Syracuse University biologist has found that the leaves of invasive plants continue to function in the fall, long after their native cousins have hunkered down for the winter. The findings are counter to conventional wisdom, which held that plants living under the forest leafy canopy obtain most of their food via photosynthesis in the spring and early summer before the canopy blocks the amount of sunlight getting to the shrubs.

The study, “Extended leaf phenology and the autumn niche in deciduous forest invasions,” will be published online in Nature. “It’s a classic case of scientific serendipity,” says study author Jason Fridley, assistant professor of biology in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“We set up the experiment to quantify the amount of photosynthesis happening in the spring when both groups of plants were thought to be most active. But we found it was all about the finish. This was totally off of everybody’s radar.”

Many of the plants growing naturally under the forest canopy in the eastern United States, including New York, Pennsylvania and New England, are closely related to those that have been imported for more than 100 years, primarily from Europe, China and Japan, for cultivation in home gardens. The imported plants have invaded the surrounding forests and thrived. Scientific research is focused on uncovering strategies the invaders use that make them so successful.

Fridley set up an experimental garden on SU’s South Campus that includes groups of native plants and their non-native cousins, such as Japanese honeysuckle (invader) and Canada honeysuckle (native), burning bush (invader) and bursting heart (native), and European buckthorn (invader) and Carolina buckthorn (native). His research team monitored the plants for three years, recording when the leaves burst, turned brown and dropped.

They also used devices to measure leaf chlorophyll and photosynthesis throughout the leaf growing and dying seasons.

The research team found little differences between the spring emergence of leaves in native and their non-native cousins, the timing of which for both groups varied in response to spring temperatures. They also found little differences in spring food production between the groups.

Most significantly, the researchers found that the invaders retained their leaves and continued to photosynthesize almost four weeks longer into the fall than their native cousins, which begin shutting down between late August and mid-September.

“The extended leaf activity we found in the invaders is rarely seen in native species that inhabit deciduous forests,” Fridley says. “However, the data don’t tell us whether this is the primary strategy invasive plants use to compete with native species.”

The plants in the study have had separate evolutionary histories since at least the Pleistocene Age (11,400 to 2 million years ago). Climate conditions over the North American continent were colder with more ice coverage than Asia, Fridley says. Native species responded to the shorter growing seasons by pulling nitrogen from their leaves to store in the stems, causing the leaves to turn brown and fall off.

“Invaders don’t appear to store as much nitrogen,” Fridley says. “Their leaves fall off with a higher nitrogen content. It may be that the invasive species are better suited a warming climate.”

Which begs the question of how the invaders gain back in the spring the nitrogen that falls to the forest floor in the fall. “One hypothesis,” Fridley says, “is that invaders evolved by depending on earthworms to decompose the leaves, making nitrogen available in the spring for the plants.” Native plants did not evolve with earthworms because native earthworms did not survive glaciation.

“Eurasian earthworms invaded North America at some point in the past,” Fridley says. “It’s conceivable that having co-evolved with earthworms, the invaders would devise a nutrient-use strategy that was not dependent on re-absorbing the nutrients from the leaves.”

The larger question for scientists is, how does an increase in the amount of nutrient-rich leaf litter affect the overall forest-floor ecosystem? “It’s possible the extended growing season of non-native shrubs in deciduous forests may be a major driver of human-induced ecosystem change in eastern North America that may rival climate change in its impact on forest processes,” Fridley says.

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Dolphins are Mysteriously Dying Around the World

By Eddie Sage on 27 April 2012

 

Since January, dead dolphins have washed ashore in Peru, the death toll reaching a staggering 877. Scientists are still trying to explain the bizarre deaths, and their best prediction at the moment is that its due to a virus outbreak or acoustic trauma.

Environmental authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 800 dolphins that have washed up on the northern coast of Peru this year.

The dolphins may have died from an outbreak of Morbillivirus or Brucella bacteria, said Peruvian Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria, according to Peru’s state-run Andina news agency. Speaking to CNN, he said he expects test results to be ready within the week.

“Right now, the most probable hypothesis is that it’s a virus outbreak,” he said.

Quijandria said Thursday that 877 dolphins have washed up in a 220-kilometer (137-mile) area from Punta Aguja to Lambayeque, in the north of the country.

More than 80% of those dolphins were found in an advanced state of decomposition, making it difficult to study their deaths, according to Andina.

Earlier last week, the Peruvian government put together a panel from different ministries to analyze a report by the Peruvian Sea Institute (IMARPE). Officials have been able to conclude that the dolphins’ deaths were not due to lack of food, interaction with fisheries, poisoning with pesticides, biotoxin poisoning or contamination by heavy metals.

“When you have something this large, my gut would tell me that there’s something traumatic that happened,” Sue Rocca, a marine biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, told CNN. She floated a number of number of possibilities as to what could have killed the animals, including acoustic trauma, but concluded that investigators just don’t know yet. “More investigation needs to be done,” she said.

More then 200 Dolphins have beached themselves on Manila Bay, Philippines

 

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Cyber Space

Cybersecurity bill passes despite concerns about personal data protection

By Deirdre Walsh

Ignoring a veto threat from the White House, the House passed legislation Thursday designed to protect communications networks from cyberattacks.

The vote was 248-168.

But even as the House bill moves forward, privacy concerns about granting government agencies access to personal information transmitted on the Internet could prove to be a major obstacle to any new cybersecurity law.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan and a former FBI agent, said he spent the last year working on the bill because the national security risk to the United States posed by cyberattacks is one, “we are just not prepared to handle.”

“We needed to stop the Chinese government from stealing our stuff. We needed to stop the Russians from what they’re doing to our networks and people’s personal information data and resources,” Rogers said on the House floor on Thursday. “We needed to prepare for countries like

Iran and North Korea so that they don’t do something catastrophic to our networks here in America and cause us real harm to real people.”

The House bill, called the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was drafted by Rogers and the committee’s top Democrat, Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger.  It sets up a voluntary system for private companies to share information about any threats or attacks on their networks with U.S. national security agencies. It also gives some liability protections to those companies in return for cooperating with the government.

While the Obama administration and many congressional Democrats agree the United States needs to respond to cyberthreats, they and many outside civil liberties advocates say the House bill fails to sufficiently guard personal information.  They worry the new rules allowing Internet companies to share information with the National Security Agency could give unfettered access by the intelligence community to data about any individual surfing the Web or sending e-mail.

In its statement opposing the bill and promising a veto, the administration on Wednesday said, “Cybersecurity and privacy are not mutually exclusive.”

In a reference to the George Orwell book that described a society in which government was eavesdropping on its citizens, Rep Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, said during Thursday’s debate, “I know it’s 2012 but it still feels like 1984 in the House today.”

But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, argued the administration’s insistence on specific standards and broader limitations on how much personal information can be shared goes too far.

“The White House believes the government ought to control the Internet; the government ought to set standards and the government ought to take care of everything that’s needed for cybersecurity. They’re in a camp all by themselves,” Boehner said

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CISPA Passes The House: What You Need to Know

By Ian Paul, PCWorld    Apr 27, 2012 7:39 AM

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Information and Security Protection Act late Thursday despite concerns over user privacy, the specter of SOPA/PIPA, and a veto threat from the Obama administration. The idea behind CISPA is to empower the government and corporations to work together to better protect American infrastructure from foreign attacks. But many civil liberties groups say the bill is too broad and threatens user privacy.

The Center for Democracy and Technology said it is “disappointed that CISPA passed the House in such flawed form.” And the Electronic Frontier Foundation condemned the vote, saying it “would allow companies to bypass all existing privacy law to spy on communications and pass sensitive user data to the government.”

There’s little doubt that online security is a serious issue for large corporations. Recent reports of online security breaches have involved such high-profile targets as Google, security firm RSA, Verisign, and credit card processing company Global Payments. But whether CISPA is the right legislation to tackle those concerns is hotly debated.

So what is CISPA? Should you be concerned about this legislation? Here’s what you need to know.

What Does CISPA Do?

CISPA allows the government to share classified information about security threats with select American companies. These corporations can then use that information to better protect their infrastructure such as computer networks containing intellectual property and trade secrets. The bill also allows corporations to share information relating to cyber security with the authorities and protects those companies against privacy lawsuits. Critics say an Internet Service Provider would be free to share a customer’s private communications such as e-mail and instant messages without a court order if the information related to a cyber security concern.

CISPA allows this information to be used not only to protect against cyber attacks, but also to protect individuals from bodily harm, protect children from sexual exploitation, and for general American national security.

[RELATED: How To Encrypt Your E-Mail]

CISPA would shield companies from privacy-related lawsuits brought by customers. And corporations could share information relating to cyber security with each other without fear of the government bringing an antitrust suit against them.

 

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Which Facebook Apps Steal Your Data (and How to Stop Them)

Analysis: Wonder how much of your personal data Facebook apps like Cityville or Words With Friends are sucking down? PrivacyScore has the answer.

By Dan Tynan, ITworld    Apr 27, 2012 12:39 pm

The biggest privacy problem with Facebook isn’t Facebook itself, it’s Facebook’s apps. There are more than 500,000 games, puzzles, quizzes and other time wasters in the Facebook platform, many of which exist for the sole purpose of sucking data out of your account. Worse, these apps not only can access your information, they can also grab data from your friends’ profiles, depending on their privacy settings. Thank you, obnoxious Farmville fans.

Facebook establishes limits about what data apps can access and what they can do with it, but they don’t appear terribly motivated to enforce those rules. For example, in October 2010, ten popular Facebook apps were found to be slurping up user data in direct violation of Facebook’s own terms. In response, Facebook removed some of those apps on a Friday, then reinstated them on the following Monday.

Now you can take matters into your own hands and find out who the real data vampires are. PrivacyScore from PrivacyChoice is a Chrome plug in that rates how each app deals with your data on a scale from 0 to 100. It can also do the same for Web sites. You can view these scores on the Web, on Facebook or, if you’ve installed the Chrome extension, by clicking the PS icon in the browser bar when you install an app.

 

 

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Survival / Sustainability

Swapping lawn for fruit: “because you can’t eat grass”

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Cloverdale, California resident Patty Silva Hicks talks about ripping out her front lawn to plant fruit trees, both to save water, as well as, money on organic fruit.
Original story here: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/swapping-lawn-for-fruit-because-you-cant…
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You can’t eat grass: an edible yard, 9 months later

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Nine months after Patty Silva-Hicks tore out her front lawn to plant fruit trees and produce, she shows us how her garden grows. She’s eating her yard (cherries, plums, avocado and chard), but it’s also surprisingly attractive with touches like lettuce and pepper hedgerows. Original story from 2009: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/swapping-lawn-for-fruit-because-you-cant…

 

 

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Activism

Anti-logging activist shot dead in Cambodian forest

by Staff Writers
Phnom Penh (AFP) April 26, 2012


Chhut Vuthy, president of the Natural Resource Conservation Group.

A prominent Cambodian activist was fatally shot in a remote forest Thursday while documenting illegal logging in a clash that also killed a military police officer, authorities said.

Chhut Vuthy, president of the Natural Resource Conservation Group, was escorting two female reporters from a Cambodian newspaper when a dispute erupted, said Kheng Tito, spokesman for the national military police.

“There was a shooting incident when there was a clash between military police on duty to protect the forest and an environmental team, leading to the deaths of activist Chhut Vuthy and a military police official,” he told AFP.

Vuthy, 43, and one military police officer received gun shot wounds in the incident in a forest in southwestern Koh Kong province and died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Koh Kong provincial military police chief, Thong Narong, confirmed the deaths but details of the incident remain unclear and officials were unable to say how the dispute escalated and who had fired the shots.

Vuthy, who received military police training, was known to carry arms, activists told AFP.

Kheng Tito said the two reporters from the English-language Cambodia Daily, one Cambodian and one Ukrainian, would be questioned.

Kevin Doyle, the paper’s editor-in-chief, confirmed to AFP that both women were unharmed but said he was unable to give further details of the incident at this stage.

A military police source in the province said the row appeared to have erupted when the officer tried to confiscate a camera memory stick from the team.

“Vuthy was a long-time activist on forestry issues,” said Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights. “He was a very brave man.”

Land disputes, including forced evictions and protests against illegal logging, have been on the rise in recent years in Cambodia and have become increasingly violent although they rarely result in deaths.

Over the last six months local human rights group Licadho documented five shooting incidents involving land activists, causing 19 injuries, though the last death was in April 2010.

Environmental groups and human rights campaigners have long accused the Cambodian government of selling off land to the highest bidder.

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On May Day, Expect Scores of Rallies, Marches, Creative Actions

A strike, if it actually happens on May 1 or thereafter, may not look like one ever has before.
 

Photo Credit: occupymay1st.org

An Occupy Wall Street organizer I know — one of the original ones, from the planning meetings before the occupation began last September 17 — has a striking banner atop his Facebook Timeline. It’s from the History Channel series Life After People, an artist’s rendition of a cityscape after which all the humans in it somehow disappear. It’s quiet, and still, with trees growing out from the sides of crumbling towers.

To say that this image has anything to do with the movement’s plans for May 1, which the person who posted it is involved in making, might cause both paranoid-style right-wing radio hosts and the most anarcho- of primitivists to froth a bit at the mouth. And so they should. Ever since the idea of working toward May Day started catching on in Occupy Wall Street last January, it has been infused with the impulse of creating the vision of a radically different kind of city.

The visionary impulse, however, has also mixed with things more mundane. Over the course of the May Day planning process in New York, in at least two meetings each week, OWS organizers have been patiently patching together an historic joint rally and march with labor unions, immigrants’ rights groups and community organizations, many of which were invited to participate in the planning process since the beginning.

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Health

One-third of US workers don’t get enough sleep

A recent study from the Centers for Disease control found about a third of working adults get only six or fewer hours of sleep every day, which increases the risk of health problems. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports.

By Karen Rowan, MyHealthNewsDaily

Nearly a third of workers in the U.S. aren’t getting enough sleep, according to a new government report.

Overall, 30 percent of employed U.S. adults reported getting less than six hours of sleep a night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in its report. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that healthy adults get seven to nine hours of sleep.

People who usually work the night shift — especially those in transportation, warehousing, health care and social assistance industries — were more likely than day-shift workers to report not getting enough sleep. Forty-four percent of the night shift workers participating in the survey said they got less than six hours of sleep, compared with 29 percent of workers with day shifts.

“Insufficient sleep can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences for fatigued workers and others around them,” the CDC wrote. An estimated 20 percent of vehicle crashes are linked to drowsy driving.

Besides poor job performance, too little sleep has been linked with obesity and cardiovascular disease, the report noted.

Those with night jobs face a particular challenge in getting enough sleep. “Attempts to sleep during daylight hours, when melatonin levels decline and body temperature rises, usually result in shorter sleep episodes and more wakefulness,” the report said.

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Poll: Doctors fall short in helping many seniors

By Judith Graham
Kaiser Health News

Large numbers of seniors aren’t receiving recommended interventions that could help forestall medical problems and improve their health, according to a new survey from the John A. Hartford Foundation.

Notably, one-third of older adults said doctors didn’t review all their medications, even though problems with prescription and over-the-counter drugs are common among the elderly, leading to over 177,000 emergency room visits every year.

Falls cause over 2 million injuries in people age 65 and older annually, but more than two-thirds of the time doctors and nurses didn’t ask older patients whether they’d taken a tumble or provide advice about how to avoid tripping on carpets or slipping on the stairs, the Hartford poll found.

Similarly, depression can cause people to become socially isolated, suicidal, or stop taking care of themselves, but 62 percent of seniors said doctors and nurses hadn’t inquired about whether they were sad, depressed or anxious.

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Cops take DNA samples from Calif. middle school students without parental consent

By Jonathan Benson,
(NaturalNews) A group of students at Albert Einstein Middle School in Sacramento, Calif. was recently considered to be guilty until proven innocent in a murder case involving a 13-year-old girl. The Sacramento Bee and other sources are reporting that officers from the Sacramento Police Department (SPD) showed up at the school in early April and began removing students from class in order to question them and take DNA samples — and they did so without parental consent. It all began when the deceased…

Fiberglass fibers cause lung diseases and cancer

By Paul Fassa, 
(NaturalNews) The case against asbestos in building materials was finalized after decades of research traced several severe lung cancer incidents to asbestos poisoning. Now fiberglass, the replacement for asbestos, is under similar scrutiny for the same reasons. Independent researchers at Cornell University discovered that sick building syndrome (SBS), which causes many occupants to suffer similar health issues, occurred mostly in recently built airtight structures without adequate internal air…

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Holistic Health

Medical science and herbalists agree: hawthorn berries are a “great heart food”

By Donna Earnest Pravel, 
(NaturalNews) Hawthorn berries (Crataegus laevigata or Crataegus mongyna) have been treasured for centuries as a botanical treatment for heart disorders. The brownish, wrinkled false fruit of the hawthorn tree are full of antioxidants. Both modern scientific and traditional literature indicate that hawthorn berries are safe and effective in the treatment of blood pressure and circulatory issues, cardiac arrhythmia, and even chronic heart failure. Hawthorn berries also reduce inflammation, protect…

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Pet Health

Fungal Infections in Fish

Saprolegnia and Ichthyophonus Hoferi

Fungal infections in fish can cause damage to multiple body systems, such as the liver, kidney, and brain, and usually occur when the fish is in a weakened state, either due to injury or trauma. It can also develop if a fish is placed in poor living conditions (i.e., substandard water quality or an overstocked fish tank).

Saprolegnia and Ichthyophonus hoferi are two such fungi that can be found in fish, whether they are kept in tanks, aquariums or ponds.

Symptoms and Types

The Saprolegnia fungus infects fish (or its eggs), affecting its internal organs and deeper tissues. Symptoms include light gray, cottony growths on the skin, fins, gills, and eyes.

The Ichthyophonus hoferi fungus mainly infects older fish which are kept in aquariums. However, it is an uncommon fungal infection that typically occurs due to infected raw fish food. If left untreated, it may prove fatal for the fish. Symptoms are species-specific, but unlike Saprolegnia, it will present small black growth in the skin. This fungus also causes bulging eyes, loss of color, ulcers and cysts in internal organs, and sometimes causes fish to swim in abnormal circular movements.

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Beyond the Flakes: What’s Best for Your Fish

If you’ve got a pet fish, you might think feeding him the fish flakes from the local pet store is enough. While it will get your fish through the day, think about this: How would you like to be fed porridge for all your meals, every day, for your entire life? Kinda boring, right?

Variety is definitely the spice of life, but how do you round out your fish’s diet the right way? Of course, you need to do your research for your particular type of fish. But we have a few pointers to start you off with.

Meat Eaters vs. Vegetarians

Like people, some fish eat meat, others don’t. But this isn’t a lifestyle choice. Fish are either omnivores, carnivores, or herbivores. So make sure you know what your fish is, and feed it accordingly.

Never, ever feed your carnivorous fish a diet only consisting of beef. Some people do, but it’s not recommended because fish have a hard time digesting beef. Give the steak to the cat instead, in the hopes she won’t try and eat the fish when you’re not looking. And your fish? Give it little treats such as flies and worms, all of which can be bought at your local pet store.

Low Fat

Nobody wants to see an obese fish lazing about on a plastic castle in the fish tank. It’s just not right! To avoid this, be careful not to over-feed or give your fish treats with high fat content. Excessive fat can damage the liver and even eventually kill them, not to mention give them a complex. Instead, buy only the flakes of the highest quality that list their fat content on the side, along with the rest of the ingredients.

Staple Diet

Which brings us to the backbone of a fish’s diet: high quality flaked fish food. This provides your fish with all the vitamins and minerals he needs but can’t get in captivity.

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Wildlife

Nearly Seven million birds die each year at communication towers

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2012


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More than 6 million birds die every year as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new study published in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The birds are killed by the 84,000 communication towers that dot North America and can rise nearly 2,000 feet into the sky.

“This is a tragedy that does not have to be,” said lead author Travis Longcore of the University of Southern California. The taller the tower the greater the threat, the researchers found; the tallest 1.9 percent of towers account for 71 percent of the mortalities.

The birds are generally killed not by running into the tower itself, but by getting caught in the dozens of cables that prop up the thin freestanding structures. During bad weather, the birds are pushed down by cloud cover and fly at lower altitudes. The clouds also remove navigation cues such as stars, leaving only the red lights of the towers.

“In the presence of the solid red lights, the birds are unable to get out of their spell,” Longcore said. “They circle the tower and run into the big cables holding it up.”

Towers with blinking red lights, on the other hand, cause fewer deaths. The authors estimate that replacing the steady-burning lights with blinking lights on the roughly 4,500 towers greater than 150 meters tall could reduce mortality by about 45 percent, or about 2.5 million birds.

The study also recommends that businesses share towers to reduce their number and build more freestanding towers to reduce the need for guy wires.

“One of the things this country has been great about is saying we care about not losing species on our watch,” Longcore said. “With these towers, we are killing birds in an unnatural way. This is senseless.”

Longcore T, Rich C, Mineau P, MacDonald B, Bert DG, et al. (2012) An Estimate of Avian Mortality at Communication Towers in the United States and Canada. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34025. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034025.

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Dolphins are Mysteriously Dying Around the World

By Eddie Sage on 27 April 2012

Since January, dead dolphins have washed ashore in Peru, the death toll reaching a staggering 877. Scientists are still trying to explain the bizarre deaths, and their best prediction at the moment is that its due to a virus outbreak or acoustic trauma.

Environmental authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 800 dolphins that have washed up on the northern coast of Peru this year.

The dolphins may have died from an outbreak of Morbillivirus or Brucella bacteria, said Peruvian Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria, according to Peru’s state-run Andina news agency. Speaking to CNN, he said he expects test results to be ready within the week.

“Right now, the most probable hypothesis is that it’s a virus outbreak,” he said.

Quijandria said Thursday that 877 dolphins have washed up in a 220-kilometer (137-mile) area from Punta Aguja to Lambayeque, in the north of the country.

More than 80% of those dolphins were found in an advanced state of decomposition, making it difficult to study their deaths, according to Andina.

Earlier last week, the Peruvian government put together a panel from different ministries to analyze a report by the Peruvian Sea Institute (IMARPE). Officials have been able to conclude that the dolphins’ deaths were not due to lack of food, interaction with fisheries, poisoning with pesticides, biotoxin poisoning or contamination by heavy metals.

“When you have something this large, my gut would tell me that there’s something traumatic that happened,” Sue Rocca, a marine biologist with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, told CNN. She floated a number of number of possibilities as to what could have killed the animals, including acoustic trauma, but concluded that investigators just don’t know yet. “More investigation needs to be done,” she said.

More then 200 Dolphins have beached themselves on Manila Bay, Philippians

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Articles of Interest

Health blogger threatened with jail time for advocating Paleo diet that cured his diabetes

By Mike Adams, 
(NaturalNews) Internet free speech is under assault in America, and a dangerous new trend has surfaced that threatens to throw nutritional bloggers in jail for advocating healthy diets on their blogs or websites. As you read this, a blogger who wrote about using the Paleo diet to overcome diabetes is being threatened with jail time in North Carolina, where the state Board of Dietetics / Nutrition claims his nutritional advocacy is equivalent to the crime of “practicing nutrition without a license.

His name is Steve Cooksey, and his website is http://www.diabetes-warrior.net

He’s being targeted by state “dieticians” (which is another word for “nutritional moron” as you’ll see below) who say that Chapter 90, Article 25 of the North Carolina General Statutes makes it a misdemeanor to “practice dietetics or nutrition.” His website’s advocating of the Paleo diet for individuals who have health challenges is, they claim, a violation of law.

So they’ve threatened him with arrest if he does not take down his website… or at the very least stop advocating the Paleo diet to readers.


Monsanto buys leading bee research firm after being implicated in bee colony collapse

By Jonathan Benson, 
(NaturalNews) Amid all the controversy over genetically-modified (GM) crops and their pesticides and herbicides decimating bee populations all around the world, biotechnology behemoth Monsanto has decided to buy out one of the major international firms devoted to studying and protecting bees. According to a company announcement, Beeologics handed over the reins to Monsanto back on September 28, 2011, which means the gene-manipulating giant will now be able to control the flow of information and products…

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