Christmas came early to Denmark as the World Santa Claus Congress opened in the capital Copenhagen, for the 54th year in a row. The gathering will discuss important matters such as standardizing the width of chimneys to enable Santas to slide easily down them as they deliver presents, and debate weight regulations for the red-suited, […]
Latvia, like other countries, is not immune from earthquakes. Several are recorded every year, but most go unnoticed by the public because they occur in the Baltic Sea or are so insignificant that they might not even be felt above ground. Latvia is in an area of little seismic activity, but that does not mean […]
Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, voted on Thursday to make Andris Berzins the country’s new president. Parliament had to choose from two candidates – the incumbent president Valdis Zatlers, and lawmaker Andris Berzins. Zatlers, whose presidential term expires on July 7, lost support among lawmakers in late May after he accused them of being soft with […]
Latvian President Valdis Zatlers announced on Saturday a dissolution of the country’s parliament (Saeima), to dissolve parliament after it blocked a corruption probe of a top lawmaker and businessman, attacking “political scheming and lies” and saying he wanted to rein in local oligarchs.
The Grimsvotn volcano burst into life on Saturday, with dark plumes of smoke shooting 20 km (12 miles) into the sky. Forming a bubbling mass which seeped above the clouds high over the North Atlantic island.
Flooding… The river took aim at one of the most poverty-stricken parts of the country after cresting before daybreak at Memphis, Tennessee, just short of the record set in 1937. Some low-lying neighborhoods were inundated, but the city’s high levees protected much of the rest of Memphis.
Analysts have viewed Latvia’s October election results as vindication of the efficacy of austerity for solving the economic crisis. The standard narrative is that Latvia’s Prime Minister won re-election even after imposing the harshest tax and austerity policies ever imposed during peacetime, because voters realized that this was necessary. On politics, the standard narrative (as […]
Low-lying areas… In 2006, the combined ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica were losing some 475 billion tonnes of ice a year due to melting. The Greenland sheet melt is increasing by 22 GT (billion tonnes, GigaTonnes) a year and the Antarctic sheet melt is
A Magnitude 6.3 Earthquake has hit Christchurch, New Zealand, at a depth of 5 km and centred 10 km south-east of the city. There are reports of major damage to buildings and infrastructure.
Frightening new evidence begins to surface about the Earth’s wobble, its effect on the climate and the beginning of a new Ice Age, heralded by a series of monster storms such as those unleashed on the UK in late 2010… The USA before Christmas and now again at the beginning of February and Eastern Australia, […]
Egypt’s capital was the scene of violent chaos Friday as tens of thousands of anti-government protesters stoned and confronted police, who fired back with rubber bullets and tear gas — a major escalation in the biggest challenge to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Even a Nobel Peace laureate was soaked by water cannon […]
CAPSIZES… A ship carrying 2,400 tons of sulfuric acid capsized on the Rhine River in Germany early Thursday, causing two crews missing and a halt on vessel traffic, authorities said. The ship overturned on the river near the famed Loreley Cliff, about 30 km south of the German tourism city Koblenz, German Federal […]