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International News Archive - December 07, 2012

Powerful Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Rocks Japan, Touches Off Small Tsunami

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the coast at 5:18 p.m. local time Friday evening triggering a small 3-foot-high tsunami that swept against the Japanese mainland nearly 45 minutes later.

Earth’s Large Old Trees Are Dying Off

According to a new study by a trio of Australian and American researchers, large, old trees are declining in record numbers around the world.

Migrating Birds Delayed By Drought In The Horn Of Africa

The catastrophic drought last year in the Horn of Africa affected millions of people but also caused the extremely late arrival into northern Europe of several migratory songbird species, a study from University of Copenhagen published today in Science shows.

Climate Is The Hot Topic In Doha

ESA joined international delegates in Doha, Qatar, to discuss how satellite observations show our planet’s most sensitive areas reacting to climate change – and how this information is useful to the people living there.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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