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China Continues S. China Sea Buildup, Researchers Note

While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said Thursday. China has worked on facilities covering 72 acres (29 hectares) of the Spratly and Paracel islands, territory contested with several other Asian nations, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report cited…

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Arctic’s Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest ‘Report Card’ Shows

Enlarge this image Melt ponds dot a stretch of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland, as seen during an Operation IceBridge flight on July 24. Nathan Kurtz/NASA hide caption toggle caption Nathan Kurtz/NASA The Arctic is a huge, icy cap on the planet that acts like a global air conditioner. But the air conditioner is breaking down, according to scientists who issued a grim “report card” on the Arctic today. They say the North Pole continues to warm at an alarming pace — twice the rate as…

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