In the last year, we have seen some very dramatic events associated with the sort of extreme weather conditions that are becoming more likely with climate change. In Australia, for example, we have seen a massive mangrove die off in the Gulf of Carpentaria and two consecutive years of disastrous coral bleaching events in the Great Barrier Reef and around the world. Coral reefs grow very slowly, so the opportunity for southward migration is very limited.

The first thing to decide on is the area in which you will be decorating. Keep in mind that the more space you plan to occupy during your party, the more time and money you will need to spend preparing. Try to keep the areas your guests will occupy as cohesively decorated as possible, and block off areas not meant for guests with dark and thick curtains, or harvest decorations.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: I was trying to think about who he was tonight, and it’s interesting. He is post racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. Brussels Wednesday, Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said the euro zone economy would stall to a near halt in 2013 as the region’s debt crisis hits Germany. The euro zone economy will expand 0.1% in 2013, down from a May projection of 1%, the commission said. In Greece on Wednesday, the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is looking for parliamentary approval of austerity measures needed for the nation to get its next round of rescue funds..

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Yet absurdly strict gun control laws make criminals out of Britain’s heroes. In 2009 a former soldier, Paul Clarke, found a bag in his garden containing a shotgun. He took it to the police station and was immediately handcuffed and charged with gun possession.