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2009-06-30 15:03:38

The German green group BUND said on Tuesday that the Rhine river between Germany and the Netherlands is an average of three degrees warmer than it did 100 years ago, with power stations carrying a lot of the responsibility. According to the BUND's study, this stretch of the river is warmed two degrees Celsius because of wastewater being pumped in by nuclear and coal-fired power plants, and one degree by global warming. BUND said that the warming of one of Europe's biggest rivers affects the...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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