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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  • The regulations in the U.S.’s Safe Water Drinking Act are woefully out of date and only regulate 91 contaminants even though 60,000 chemicals are used regularly in the United States, New York Times.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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Galapagos Volcano Threatens Native Species

La Cumbre, a volcano on Fernandina Island in the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador, has erupted. People living  on nearby islands are not in danger, but the lava could threaten giant tortoises living on the island and could harm plant and animal species as it seeps into the sea, Sky News.

Protests continue in Thailand. While exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra claims the protests are the beginning of a revolution and has suggested he will return to Thailand to lead the revolution, a conflict between protesters and the police would be very bloody. The protesters are calling for the removal of current prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, CNN Explainer.

The Summit of the Americas will take place in Trinidad and Tobago this week. The summit will focus on economic and security concerns, including Mexico’s bloody war on drugs and the 50 year U.S. embargo against Cuba, Official website.

Two day ceasefire continues in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government called for a ceasefire during the New Year holiday in order for Tamil civilians to escape from the war zone. The UN estimates that more than 100,000 people are trapped in a 20 square kilometer “safe zone.” However, few have left. There are reports that Tamil Tigers are using the civilians as human shields, CTV.

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27 Killed in Philippine Violence

20 separatist rebels and 7 soldiers have been killed in the Philippines, according to the military. The rebels were part of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Philippine Star.

Another eruption has occured at Mount Redmount in Alaska, with officials calling it “explosive.” Ash is reported to have reached 40,000 feet above sea level, Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Somalian pirates have captured two European tankers off the coast of the African country. 19 crew on one ship and 27 in the other are being held, but officials believe they are all unharmed. Warships from a dozen countries patrol the area, BBC News.

Fargo Residents Evacuated As Waters Rise. | Follow these Twitters for updates: inforum. | redriveratfargo. | ViewsNews. | Tweets near Fargo, ND.

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Volcano Erupts in Alaska

14 people have been killed in a plane crash in Butte, Montana, including 7 children. The group is believed to have been traveling to Bozeman for a ski trip. The plane crashed just 500 feet from the airport into a cemetery, Yahoo! News.

Mumbai Terrorism

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab

The only known living perpetrator of the Mumbai terror attacks in the start of his trial has said he is from Pakistan. Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab faces the death penalty if convicted. The November attacks killed 170 people in the Indian city, which lasted for days with terrorists holding hotel patrons hostage, BBC News.

Richard Falk, UN investigator into human rights in Palestine, is preparing to release a report that criticizes Israeli actions in Gaza in the battles at the start of the year. The report goes so far as to say that Israel may be tried for war crimes, but an independent investigation is necessary, BBC News.

A 15-year-old Michigan teen was killed by a taser, used by police officers trying to break up a fight. More details as they emerge, AP.

And the world’s #1 World News Story: Mount Redoubt in Alaska Has Erupted Four Times This Morning. | Photos | Twitter | Webcam (in daylight)

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