Saturday Tidbits

Bad news and disturbing events come in all flavors and colors, but so do undiscovered (or 'recently discovered') wonders.  Over the fold, we'll have a clip about cholera, ice storm damage, global warming/climate change and secret underground temples.

Make the flip, and have a day. :)

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Saturday Tidbits
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First, there's the cholera problem in Zimbabwe:

Red Cross launches Zimbabwe cholera appeal

Abigail Edge
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 13 December 2008 12.13 GMT

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Thousands of cases of cholera have also been identified in Angola and Mozambique while neighbouring South Africa has designated one of its northern regions a disaster area due to the number of people crossing the border to seek treatment.

The Red Cross has been in Zimbabwe since the beginning of the epidemic, focusing primarily on public hygiene education in an attempt to prevent further outbreaks.

Next, there's ice storms in the northeastern US:

Northeast ice storm leaves 1.25M without power

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As it got down into the teens and single digits in New Hampshire, people who lost power from a massive ice storm showed up at some shelters by the dozens.

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The ice storm compared with some of the Northeast's worst, especially in New Hampshire, where more than half the state — 400,000-plus homes and businesses — was without power. There were far fewer outages during the infamous Ice Storm of '98, when some residents spent more than a week in the dark.

Not to be ignored, the glaciers are melting at a faster pace:

Melting Pace of Glaciers Is Accelerating, Report Says

Published: March 18, 2008

Most of the world’s mountain glaciers, many of which feed major rivers and water supplies, are shrinking at an accelerating pace as the climate warms, according to a new report.

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The big danger ahead, several glacier experts said, is that the loss of glaciers would take away a summertime source of river water, drinking water and hydroelectric power in populous, relatively poor places like South Asia and the cities along the western slope of the Andes.

Not all is dark and dismal, however.  At least some folks are remembering that the world still holds wonder -- even if the "wonderful" can sometimes take the form of a concealed underground temple.  From a November 2007 report:

Eighth wonder of the world? The stunning temples secretly carved out below ground by 'paranormal' eccentric

by HAZEL COURTENEY
Last updated at 09:58 22 November 2007

Nestling in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, lies the valley of Valchiusella. Peppered with medieval villages, the hillside scenery is certainly picturesque.

But it is deep underground, buried into the ancient rock, that the region's greatest wonders are concealed.

Check it out -- the people who created it really did make something beautiful.

Have a safe, happy and warm Saturday.

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