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Ancient records help test climate change
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News item  Sep-15-2007     SanDiegan
Historical temperature recordsEINSIEDELN, Switzerland - A librarian at this 10th century monastery leads a visitor beneath the vaulted ceilings of the archive past the skulls of two former abbots. He pushes aside medieval ledgers of indulgences and absolutions, pulls out one of 13 bound diaries inscribed from 1671 to 1704 and starts to read about the weather.

"Jan. 11 was so frightfully cold that all of the communion wine froze," says an entry from 1684 by Brother Josef Dietrich, governor and "weatherman" of the once-powerful Einsiedeln...  See entire news item

As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes
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News item  Aug-26-2007     SanDiegan
Coal mines are pervasive in ChinaBEIJING, Aug. 25 — No country in history has emerged as a major industrial power without creating a legacy of environmental damage that can take decades and big dollops of public wealth to undo.

But just as the speed and scale of China’s rise as an economic power have no clear parallel in history, so its pollution problem has shattered all precedents.

Gardening in Tune with the Dry Environment = Satisfaction
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Story  Nov-26-2006 Click to show the linked image in a new window     SanDiegan
I live in the beautiful city of San Diego, CA. Until about 2-1/2 years ago, we had grass in our front yard, just like all our neighbors. Then something happened.

After spending what seemed like hours trying to get our sprinkler system to function properly, I was outside mowing the grass one summer day. In the solitude, with nothing but the hum of the mower, I began thinking. "Why", I asked myself, "am I paying to water this grass to make it grow so I have to come out here and spend my time mowing...  See entire story

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