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Our Daily Planet: Philippine Floods and Northeastern Snow Storm

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

Philippines flooding: Floods have killed 40 and affected more than 1 million people across the Philippines.

Cali quake: A magnitude-4.5 earthquake hit central California early Wednesday morning. No damage was reported.

Seismologist passes: Jack Oliver, the man who proved continental drift, is dead at 87.

Canada is hot: 2010 was the hottest year on record for Canada, according to the county's environmental agency, Environment Canada.

Snow, again: The snow storm that crippled the South has arrived in the Northeast, slowing commutes and snarling air travel.

Previously on Our Daily Planet: Australia's Inland Tsunami and Turtle Smugglers

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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.