Climate Central — During the early 1200s, Genghis Khan and his Mongol warriors swept across much of Asia, massacring populations wholesale — by one estimate killing 40 million in just 20 years. Historians have long thought that part of their motivation for expansion had to do with climate. A new analysis in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that this theory is literally all wet.
The volcano eruption underneath Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull glacier is slowing rapidly, and one of the craters has died out, Morgunbladid reported, citing Magnus Gudmundsson, a geologist with the University of Iceland.
Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted for the third time in a week, spewing hot ash and forcing thousands more people to flee to evacuation shelters in central Java, while the death toll from the Mentawai Islands tsunami was revised downward.
Shinmoedake, a volcano on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, erupted for a seventh time in the last week, emitting an ash plume that may affect international flights after a series of domestic transport disruptions.
Shinmoedake, a volcano on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu that was featured in the James Bond movie ‘You Only Live Twice,’ erupted for the second time today and ninth time in a week, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.