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Copenhagen Accord is Weak Progress

  • A deal, to be known as the Copenhagen Accord, has been reached at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, but it is much weaker than anticipated when the summit began two weeks ago. The Accord is an “agreement” between 193 nations which means it will not be legally binding and it merely recognizes that rising global temperatures are a concern rather than fixes targets for limiting temperature increase. Key points, BBC News.
  • NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (Wise) launched on Monday. The probe will use infrared light to see objects in space in a way that’s never been possible before, BBC News. Wise will survey the entire sky, CNN.
  • A new planet, GJ1214b, has been discovered 40 lightyears from Earth. It is 6 times bigger than Earth and scientists think it may be covered with water and ice, Register.
  • The regulations in the U.S.’s Safe Water Drinking Act are woefully out of date and only regulate 91 contaminants even though 60,000 chemicals are used regularly in the United States, New York Times.
  • Residents of the area near the Mayon volcano in the Philippines may be facing months away from their homes after they were evacuated earlier this week when the volcano began to show signs it may erupt, AFP.
  • Amazing video shot 4,000 feet below the surface of the ocean shows an underwater volcano erupting from the ocean floor, Times Online.
  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Taiwan this morning, Reuters.
  • Fish oil supplements often come from the menhaden, an algae-eating fish that may be endangered, New York Times.

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