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Headlines from McClatchy: Wednesday, April 11, 2011

Open Thread -- Disturbing Developments Edition

Originally posted 2009-04-05 21:35:35 -0500. Re-bumped by carol.  

Two disturbing developments out of many events to choose from when perusing Mishima's World News Sunday:

Here's a little more about the Wilkins Ice Shelf's near-imminent collapse:

A thin ice bridge between two islands that has held the giant Wilkins ice shelf in place on the Antarctic peninsula for centuries appears to be near final collapse.

In a development that has shocked climate scientists, the 40 kilometre-long bridge is showing new rifts along its length and its imminent break-up could release thousands of square kilometres of ice behind it.

Ever hear the phrase "It wasn't the fall that killed him, but the sudden stop at the end"? This is sort of a take on that theme -- it's not the sea-borne floating ice that threatens to raise ocean levels: it's the thousands of kilometres of land-based ice behind it.

As for the second item, the disturbing news from the FBI may provide some insights to the Highway of Tears killings, and perhaps lead to the development of effective ways to protect the lives of those who may otherwise find themselves prey to such horrible circumstances.

Be careful out there.

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