When it comes to climate change, the answer is probably "no." Unknowncountry.com’s Climate Watch warned that extreme summer ice melt this year will be accompanied by methane outgassing that will, in turn, send global temperatures much higher over the next few years than global warming models predict. This appears to be happening.

The Arctic is melting, but not everyone is worried–in fact, it’s opening up large reserves of oil and minerals that are causing a "cold rush" by various countries who want to mine the area. It may even lead to a new "cold war:" The US recently dispatched two nuclear-powered submarines out to patrol 150 miles north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, where the Chinese are eager to search for oil. This move comes at a time when Russia has increased missile testing in the region and Norway has moved its main military base to the far north.

A study of hailstones has found large numbers of bacteria at their cores. It turns out that the bacteria help create the snow and hail, since their coating of protein causes water to freeze at relatively warm temperatures. In fact, bacteria works so well that it’s used in snow-making machines.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand on Feb. 22 demonstrates the vulnerability of urban centers with important lessons for the US. And a 30 million ton block of ice sheared off a New Zealand glacier just minutes after the violent earthquake there. Civil engineer Thomas D. O’Rourke says, "Some reasons for the serious damage are the many unreinforced masonry buildings in Christchurch and the occurrence of soil liquefaction throughout the city."