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Our Daily Planet: Freezing Weather and #AGU10

Each weekday morning, OurAmazingPlanet takes the pulse of the Earth, reporting on natural phenomena and exploration news from around the globe.

Home Sweet Igloo: Cold temperatures caused severe icing across the South and brought a wintry mix to the Midwest. One unlucky homeowner saw his house turn into an igloo after a water main ruptured. [Related: Report Severe Weather on Twitter .]

Colombia Rains: Torrential rains continue to batter Colombia as the government struggles with emergency relief efforts. [Related: Deadly Onslaught: Colombia Reels From Rain, Mudslides .]

Oil Sands: Canada isn't doing enough to clean-up after its oil sands development, some say. It's the largest source of crude oil outside of Saudi Arabia.

BP Sued: The Obama administration has filed a civil suit against BP and 8 other companies over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. [Related: Infographic shows depth of BP well blowout .]

Required Reading: Outside Magazine names its top ten adventure stories of 2010.

Get the Lead Out: Do the right thing for the environment, hunters, and shoot lead-free ammo, urges a New York Times op-ed.

#AGU10: The American Geophysical Union meeting continues in San Francisco. Search for the hashtag #AGU10 on twitter for real-time updates from the conference. And watch OurAmazingPlanet and its sister sites LiveScience and for stories on some of the coolest findings being unveiled there.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Yellowstone Opens and San Francisco's Fragile Bay

Reach OurAmazingPlanet staff writer Brett Israel at Follow him on Twitter @btisrael.

Brett Israel was a staff writer for Live Science with a focus on environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from The University of Georgia, a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, and has studied doctorate-level biochemistry at Emory University.