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Warming melts last stable edge of Greenland icesheet

The last edge of the Greenland ice sheet that had resisted global warming has now become unstable, adding billions of tonnes of meltwater to rising seas, scientists said on Sunday. In a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, they said a surge in temperature from 2003 had eased the brakes on a long "river" of ice that flows to the coast in northeastern Greenland. Known as an ice stream, the "river" takes ice from a vast basin and slowly shifts it to the sea -- in the same way that the Amazon River drains water.

Moroccan girl kidnapped in Bolivia returns Saturday to Spain

La Paz, Mar 15 (EFE).- The 9-year-old girl rescued in Bolivia after being kidnapped and held captive for seven months in the Andean nation, returns Saturday to Spain where her family lives, police officials told Efe. The girl of Moroccan nationality will travel on a regular flight and her arrival at Madrid-Barajas Airport is scheduled for Monday around 5:00 a.m. (0400 GMT), according to the same officials.

Moroccan girl kidnapped in Bolivia returns Saturday to Spain

La Paz, Mar 15 (EFE).- The 9-year-old girl rescued in Bolivia after being kidnapped and held captive for seven months in the Andean nation, returns Saturday to Spain where her family lives, police officials told Efe. The girl of Moroccan nationality will travel on a regular flight and her arrival at Madrid-Barajas Airport is scheduled for Monday around 5:00 a.m. (0400 GMT), according to the same officials.

So far, so good: Russia's Ukraine moves not yet spilling into Arctic Council

OTTAWA - Like a pristine winter landscape, all looks surprisingly serene among Russia, Canada and their fellow Arctic Council members. But just beneath the unblemished surface, political fault lines are forming, a ripple effect of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Canada's allies in the G7 and NATO may have ostracized Russia over its occupation of the Crimean Peninsula, but at the Arctic Council, it appears to be business as usual, at least for now.

History will repeat itself in Pakistan drought region, experts warn

As the death toll from the latest outbreak of poverty-driven diseases in Pakistan's Thar desert nears 100 children, experts are warning that corruption and a dysfunctional political system make a repeat of the disaster almost inevitable. The desert region in Tharparkar, one of Pakistan's poorest districts, spreads over nearly 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) in the country's southeast and is home to some 1.3 million people, including a large population of minority Hindus.

Madagascar says IMF resumes ties for first time since 2009 coup

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund has resumed normal relations with Madagascar, the country's finance minister said on Thursday, the first of international donors that froze aid after a 2009 coup following a calm election late last year. "We have been waiting for this decision. The IMF is the key to opening the door to discussions with other donors," Finance Minister Lantoniaina Rasoloelison told Reuters. (Reporting by Lovasoa Rabary; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by James Macharia)

More ropes to ease Mt Everest traffic jam

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalese climbing specialists will fix a second rope at the Hillary Step, a dangerous "death zone" bottleneck near the Mount Everest summit, to ease congestion on the world's highest mountain, a hiking group said on Thursday. Hundreds of climbers from around the world attempt to scale the 8,850-metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit every year, but a 40-foot near vertical wall of rock at about 8,790 meters (28,840 feet) often causes major problems.

Nepal mulls leasing Himalayan peaks

Nepal is considering a plan to lease Himalayan peaks to private tourism companies, an official said Tuesday, in a bid to ease traffic on Mount Everest and help jumpstart the economy. The proposal would involve hiring out some of the 326 Himalayan peaks that are currently open, in an attempt to lure climbers away from the main drawcard of Everest amid fears of congestion. It one of several new measures -- including lower mountaineering fees -- designed to attract more climbers to the impoverished country, which counts tourism as a key revenue earner.

Volcanoes saw species survive ice ages

The steam and heat from volcanoes allowed species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, a study showed Tuesday, offering help for scientists dealing with climate change. An international team of researchers said their analysis helped explain a long-running mystery about how some species thrived, often in isolation, in areas covered by glaciers, with volcanoes acting as an oasis of life during long cold periods.

Volcanoes helped species survive ice ages

The steam and heat from volcanoes allowed species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, a study showed Tuesday, offering help for scientists dealing with climate change. An international team of researchers said their analysis helped explain a long-running mystery about how some species thrived in areas covered by glaciers, with volcanoes acting as an oasis of life during long cold periods.
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