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Nationwide Protest Break Out in Jordan over Fuel Price Hike

Jordan Pix/ Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) -- Protests erupted in Amman and other cities around Jordan Tuesday after officials announced a fuel price hike.  The government said the hike is necessary to help reduce the nation's $5 billion deficit, Agence France-Presse reports.

Under the new price bump, gas is set to increase 15 percent, or $0.53 per gallon. The hike will include a more than 50 percent increase on cooking gas.

Queen Noor, stepmother to King Abdullah II, tweeted Tuesday: "Praying that all in #Jordan keep safe during these difficult times. Let's try 2 help each other through."

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Dinosaur Gas Enough to Warm Earth’s Climate?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Scientists from the U.K. say dinosaurs probably had gas, just as animals and humans do today, and they may have had enough of it that it actually warmed the Jurassic climate, more than 100 million years ago.

David Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University led a team, writing in the journal Current Biology, that tried to estimate how much gas could have come from sauropods — the giant long-necked vegetarian dinosaurs such as Apatosaurus (previously known as Brontosaurus) — who roamed many swamps, chomping on greens to get enough calories.

It would have been a high-fiber diet.

Wilkinson and his colleagues estimate that the dinosaurs gave off something like 570 million tons of methane every year.  They emphasize that they’re heaping one estimate on top of another — there’s no saying, for instance, what microbes may have thrived in a typical dinosaur’s gut, or just how many ferns one could have eaten in a day.

But if they’re right, the dinosaurs gave off about as much methane as gets into the atmosphere today from bogs, natural gas pumping and livestock on modern-day farms.

Methane happens to be a heat-trapping gas, like carbon dioxide — and it’s considerably more potent, molecule per molecule.  Hence the suggestion that the dinosaurs may have helped warm their world.

There are many other factors, Wilkinson and his team point out, that would have contributed to the already-warm climate when the dinosaurs lived.  And scientists say carbon dioxide today is much more plentiful in the atmosphere than methane.

But still, if you figure that the average Apatosaurus could have weighed something like 20,000 pounds, and spent most of the day eating to keep up its body weight — well, no wonder Wilkinson’s paper has been a hot topic.

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Clinton Urges Countries to Stop Buying Syria's Oil And Gas 

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Clinton Friday urged countries to “get on the right side of history” and stop buying oil and gas from Syria.
“The United States will continue to work with our partners to turn this growing consensus into increased pressure and isolation for the Assad regime.  In particular, we urge those countries still buying Syrian oil and gas, those countries still sending Assad weapons, those countries whose political and economic support give him comfort in his brutality to get on the right on the right side of history.  President Assad has lost the legitimacy to lead, and it is clear that Syria would be better off without him,” she told reporters after meeting with her Norwegian counterpart.
This comes as the United States is developing energy sanctions that will hit the oil and gas sectors that are a major source of funding for the regime. Senior advisor Fred Hof is in Europe this week rallying support for coordinated sanctions from other countries that would bite more since they have more trade with Syria. When will those sanctions be announced? “Stay tuned,” Clinton said Friday.
In an interview Thursday, Clinton named and shamed a few countries still doing business with Syria.
“We want to see China take steps with us.  We want to see India, because India and China have large energy investments inside of Syria.  We want to see Russia cease selling arms to the Assad regime,” she told Scott Pelley.
Clinton’s comments ahead of the actual sanctions are indicative of her incremental approach to the crisis, ratcheting up the pressure slowly rather than using the biggest arrow in the quiver. It’s becoming clear that is also her approach towards calling on Assad to leave power, something the White House has been eager to do.
U.S. officials tell ABC that Turkey and other countries have urged the United States to hold off on demanding that Syrian President Bashar Assad step down.
Some countries, Norway included, have said they won’t call for Assad to step down because there is no clear alternative among the opposition. In that context, Clinton for the second day in a row called on the opposition to organize and come together.
“We and others are reaching out to members of the opposition inside and outside of Syria to encourage them to create a unified vision of what an inclusive, participatory, democratic system in Syria could look like,” she said.

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Water, Food and Gas Becoming Scarce in Japan

MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan Friday has left survivors scrambling for basic necessities like food and water as they prepare to brace for the long-term effects from the natural disasters, which will last for some time.

According to ABC News reporters in Japan, the top three commodities in demand there are water, food, and gas.  People have been seen in long lines outside of gas stations and convenience stores with the hopes of snatching up these goods.  Some have even waited two to three hours with empty water jugs in hand, hoping to fill them up.

But these commodities are becoming scarce.  Some gas stations have run dry, posting "sold out" signs on their establishments.

Meanwhile, aid and rescue teams from around the world are arriving in Japan to assist in finding survivors and provide them with food and sorely needed supplies.

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