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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Climate Change - Global warming inundates Island

 

Disappearing world: Global warming claims tropical island

For the first time, an inhabited island has disappeared beneath rising seas. Environment Editor Geoffrey Lean reports

Published: 24 December 2006

Rising seas, caused by global warming, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true.
As the seas continue to swell, they will swallow whole island nations, from the Maldives to the Marshall Islands, inundate vast areas of countries from Bangladesh to Egypt, and submerge parts of scores of coastal cities.
Eight years ago, as exclusively reported in The Independent on Sunday, the first uninhabited islands - in the Pacific atoll nation of Kiribati - vanished beneath the waves. The people of low-lying islands in Vanuatu, also in the Pacific, have been evacuated as a precaution, but the land still juts above the sea. The disappearance of Lohachara, once home to 10,000 people, is unprecedented.
It has been officially recorded in a six-year study of the Sunderbans by researchers at Calcutta's Jadavpur University. So remote is the island that the researchers first learned of its submergence, and that of an uninhabited neighbouring island, Suparibhanga, when they saw they had vanished from satellite pictures.
Two-thirds of nearby populated island Ghoramara has also been permanently inundated. Dr Sugata Hazra, director of the university's School of Oceanographic Studies, says "it is only a matter of some years" before it is swallowed up too. Dr Hazra says there are now a dozen "vanishing islands" in India's part of the delta. The area's 400 tigers are also in danger.
Until now the Carteret Islands off Papua New Guinea were expected to be the first populated ones to disappear, in about eight years' time, but Lohachara has beaten them to the dubious distinction.
Human cost of global warming: Rising seas will soon make 70,000 people homeless
Refugees from the vanished Lohachara island and the disappearing Ghoramara island have fled to Sagar, but this island has already lost 7,500 acres of land to the sea. In all, a dozen islands, home to 70,000 people, are in danger of being submerged by the rising seas.


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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Powerful Earthquake blasts Asia back to pre-Internet days..



Two killed in Taiwan..

Quake knocks Asia back to pre-Internet days
12/27/06 08:59 PM, EST
With one blow, Mother Nature triggered the largest telecommunications outage in years, cutting off or slowing telephone and Internet traffic in Asia from Beijing to Bangkok.
FULL STORY  http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/12/27/taiwan.quake.ap/index.html


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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Strong Quake off Taiwan

  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6210161.stm
Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 December 2006, 16:22 GMT
Strong quake strikes off Taiwan
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A strong undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.1 has struck off Taiwan, followed by a powerful aftershock, according to the US Geological Survey.
No damage or injuries were immediately reported, but correspondents says the quake could be felt across the island.
Japan's Meteorological Agency says the danger of a tsunami heading for the Philippines has passed.
The tremors come on the second anniversary of the Asian tsunami, which claimed almost 250,000 lives.
Almost 170,000 died in Aceh in Indonesia with thousands more killed in Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.
'Swayed buildings'
Tuesday's first tremor took place at 2026 (1226 GMT) south-west of Hengchun on the southern tip of Taiwan, the island's Central Weather Bureau said - measuring it as 6.7 on the Richter scale.
The second quake happened nearby, about 10 minutes later, and was put at 6.4 on the Richter Scale.
The quake swayed buildings and knocked objects off the shelves in Taipei.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no Pacific-wide tsunami was expected.
Earthquakes are frequent in Taiwan, which lies on a seismically active stretch of the Pacific basin.
More than 2,000 people died in a quake seven years ago.



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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Freak Tornado in London injures six

 
 

Six injured as freak mini-tornado hits London street

Thu Dec 7, 11:37 AM ET
Six people were injured when a freak tornado hit a street in northwest London, ripping roofs off houses, uprooting trees and sending debris flying, witnesses and officials have said.
About 100 houses were damaged and several hundred people forced to leave their homes in the Kensal Rise district of the capital by the 30-second twister, a police spokesman said Thursday.
At least one house had its side entirely peeled off and the debris was scattered into the street, according to television pictures.
"It was really, really incredible. All of a sudden I saw a swirl starting to form and then, it was amazing, but it then touched land," local resident Colin Brewer told BBC television.
The tornado, which he estimated was 200 feet (65 metres) high, was just like a film, he said.
"The minute it touched land, instantly rocks, bricks, dustbins, everything just (went) flying in the air, just like the Wizard of Oz," he said, describing "clumps of all sorts of things flying into the air."
Some 20 fire trucks and 50 firefighters rushed to the scene, while a local school was evacuated, said a fire service spokesman, adding that some people were being looked after in a local church hall.
The area, strewn with blown-over trees -- some of them more than a century old, according to locals -- as well as damaged cars and other debris, was cordoned off for some time as the clean-up begain.
Eyewitness James Miles told Sky News television that the sky went dark and there was thunder and lightning immediately before the tornado struck.
"Everything just goes round and round for about 20 seconds until it skips over you and then all of a sudden it's silent and then the debris is all over the place," he said.
Paramedics also rushed to the scene, and one man was taken to hospital with a head injury while five others were treated at the scene for minor injuries and shock, the capital's ambulance service said.
Another eyewitness, Sally Johnson, said she thought she was going to die. "All the cars and the windows, everything (was) smashed in," she told Sky. "There's debris everywhere, you can hardly walk."
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said it was too early to estimate the cost of damage, but a spokesman recalled that a similar freak tornado which hit Birmingham last year caused tens of millions of pounds' worth of damage.
ABI spokeswoman Kelly Ostler said most people would be covered for tornado damage under normal household insurance policies.
"They just want to make sure people are dealt with quickly, and it's not going to be any more stressful for people who are already quite distressed by this incident," she said.
Brewer said he had been watching the lightning with his small daughter when the tornado hit.
"I went to the window to watch the lightning, you know lots of fun," he said.
"It went from exciting to terrifying."
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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Size up the Universe!!

 
GREAT ILLUSTRATION OF THE RELATIVE SIZE OF THE PLANETS
IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM - AND BEYOND!    
 
 
 
Need a perspective, try this on for size.

















I certainly thought this was enlightening. Didn't even realize we knew much beyond our
sun

It's a big universe.












Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky.


It is more than 1000 light years away.



The universe is so vast it is not comprehensible by the physical human mind. It would be like an ant trying to understand the wonder of the internet. It can't be done.


The universe humbles us, as it should. (How much more ought we be humbled by the Creator of such a universe?)


 


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Monday, December 04, 2006

Sounds Heal!

Both at Barry University in a music appreciation course and at
Educating Hands Massage School I wrote my thesises about
music therapy and how music can alter mood, and aid in healing.
 
Seems a lot more has been discovered in the last 30 years since then!
 
I do use music in my acupuncture practice.
 
Dr. Dee Rohe
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SOUNDS HEALS! -  by: Keith Varnum

Music Medicine Soothes the Soul and the Body

Researchers throughout the world are reporting intriguing new ways
about how sound vibration heals the body, mind, spirit and the
environment. The words people choose to speak and the music people
listen to have profound power to decrease pain, draw people out of
emotional and mental isolation and even clear polluted water. And
scientists are discovering that certain deep space sounds are
amazingly similar to the sounds of dolphins, Tibetan bowls and
human choirs.

Because you can use music, song, vibration and words to
dramatically affect your own health and the well-being of other
people. The impact, potential and mystery of the healing power of
sound is demonstrated in the following heart-warming true stories.

Do you remember the movie "Awakenings?" Based on a true story, the
film features the work of neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks with
Parkinson's disease patients. Many of these patients whose bodies
had been immobile for decades from the effects of Parkinson's began
groovin' to the sounds of music. Patients who had not left their
wheelchairs for years, got up and began dancing to certain types of
music.

After the success of these patients, Sacks, teamed up with the
music director from the Institute for Physical and Neurologic
Function and has been using music as therapy with miraculous
results. According to the music director, patients who can't walk
"bound out of their chairs and start dancing as long as the music
is present. For people who have motor problems, music acts as a
catalyst."

When a Buddhist priest prayed for an hour over the polluted water
in a lake behind a dam in Japan, the crystalline structure of the
water changed from malformed and distorted to one of immense beauty
and power. The lake was transformed into a healthy source of pure
water. A distinctly visible aura appeared around the water crystals
in photographs.

A music therapy instructor from Yale University tells a
breakthrough story about Jerry, a 26-year-old man who wouldn't
speak, whose mental age was between 2 and 8 and who threw extremely
self-destructive tantrums. Jerry was so transformed by music
therapy that he was able to free himself from his "autistic mold"
and create a way to support himself in the world. What'd he do?
Pairing up with a graphic designer, Jerry launched a profitable
greeting card company. Jerry writes many of the messages and helps
design the cards. Aptly, they name the company "Flew the Coop."

What do the sounds of dolphins, human choirs and Tibetan bowls have
in common? The sounds they make are uncannily similar to tones
found in outer space.

While examining the recordings of spacecrafts Voyager I and II at
the California Institute for Human Science, scientists discover
that sounds produced by the rings of Uranus are virtually identical
to those produced by Tibetan bowls. Sounds emitted by the planet
Jupiter strongly compare to the high- pitched cries of dolphins.
And sounds from the smallest moon of Uranus resemble vocal choirs.

Researchers believe that this similarity is no coincidence. The
cosmic vibrations of dolphins, bowls and choirs are currently being
used to stimulate alignment and healing at the cellular level.

"Tibetan bowls" are used spiritually to assist people to relax plus
the bowl's vibration gently helps "break up" old patterns of
behavior that are no longer useful or healthy.

Hospitals report that newborns who are sung or spoken to on a
regular basis go home 3-5 days earlier and weigh more than babies
who aren't exposed to specific periods of adult speech or song. 50%
of women who listen to music during childbirth don't need
anesthesia.

We are only hearing the first few bars in the symphony of healing
that awaits humanity as we open to the dynamic harmonious effects
of sound.

About The Author
Keith Varnum
Drawing from the wisdom of native and ancient spiritual traditions,
Keith Varnum shares his 30 years of practical success as an author,
personal coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker, radio host, restaurateur,
vision quest guide and international seminar leader with "The Dream
Workshops". Keith helps people get the love, money, and health they
want with his Free Prosperity Ezine and Free Coaching at
http://www.TheDream.com
keith@thedream.com




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