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Fighting Back a Rising Tide | 22nd April 2014
About two years ago, while on the last portion of a journey down the Ganges River across India and Bangladesh, I found myself on a 20-foot wooden fishing boat, riding the blunt chop and slashing cross-currents of the Ganges as it merged with its sister-rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna, and then poured into the Bay of Bengal. It was the height of the summer monsoon, and the rivers behaved like barely-strangled seas, casting smaller craft high into the air as their two- and three-man crews (or two-and-three-boy crews) worked the sails and clung to the gunwales like skateboarders on a half-pipe.
Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes. Gary Wilson: "Can we mitigate this or are we planning to adapt? I guess we're adapting... we're committed to some kind of climate change at this point"
Dengue fever is so clearly not fun that another name for the disease is 'breakbone fever'. Yikes. As you can see below, the symptoms affect almost all parts of the body, including the mind via altered states of consciousness from the fever, and in the most severe cases, can even turn into life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever with gastrointestinal bleeding, blood plasm leakage, and dangerously low blood pressure.

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