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Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.

Mecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers.

The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice.

One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca’s was in perfect alignment to magnetic north.

He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.

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Protesters are gathered New Orleans where President Bush is meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The three leaders are meeting behind closed doors under the auspices of the “Security and Prosperity Partnership”—also known as the North American Union. The SPP/NAU has been a boon for corporate interests and a massive blow to U.S. sovereignty, conducted entirely in secret. Now the protesters are saying enough is enough.

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China has already surpassed the United States as the world’s largest carbon polluter, the authors of a U.S. study said yesterday.

“Our best forecast has China’s CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions correctly surpassing the United States in 2006 rather than 2020 as previously anticipated,” said the study by researchers at the University of California.

The report, written by economic professors Maximilian Aufhammer and Richard Carson of the Berkeley and San Diego campuses respectively, will be published next month in the U.S. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Researchers compiled information about the use of fossil fuels in various Chinese provinces and forecast an 11 per cent annual growth of carbon emissions from 2004 to 2010. Previous estimates had set the growth rate at 2.5 to 5 per cent.

According to the paper’s authors, the spike in air pollution by China has largely cancelled out efforts by other countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the .

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Diplomacide Mothballed

Diplomacide has been mothballed.
April 2008
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