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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
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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