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September 23, 2017
SHAKE AND BLOW
Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee



Karangasem, Indonesia (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Indonesian officials raised the highest possible alert for a volcano on the resort island of Bali late Friday, after tremors prompted thousands to flee over fears it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years. Mount Agung, about 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials have recommended that people stay at least nine kilometres away from the crater. Hundreds of small tremors have rattled the mountain this week, causing almost 10 ... read more

SHAKE AND BLOW
Quake scares tourists from Mexico City's trendy heart
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Tourism to Mexico City was dealt a harsh blow by this week's deadly quake, scaring off visitors and resulting in thousands of hotel cancellations in a central zone that is normally the buzzing, trendy heart of the city. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Anxiety as Mexico mounts last-ditch search for quake survivors
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Mexican rescuers were working through the early hours Saturday in a desperate search for survivors of an earthquake that killed nearly 300 people, hoping to defy experts who say the chances of finding life in the rubble after 72 hours are bleak. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Desperate rescue effort after Hurricane Maria toll hits 33
San Juan (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Puerto Rico battled dangerous floods Friday after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, as a dam burst, rescuers raced against time to reach trapped residents and the storm's death toll across the Caribbean climbed to 33. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
What now? Mexicans in shelters ask themselves after quake
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Erika Albarran, a 33-year-old street vendor, was feeding her baby when the 7.1-magnitude quake struck Mexico City. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate
San Juan (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Some 70,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes after a rain-swollen dam in Puerto Rico failed in the latest disaster caused by Hurricane Maria. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Mexico's quake-proof building codes not always respected
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Sergio Lopez spends his days inspecting buildings at risk of collapse in Mexico City following Tuesday's quake. And he still can't believe that a school where 19 children and six adults died collapsed like a house of cards. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Puerto Rico wants US aid after quake but not second-class treatment
San Juan (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
The calamity of Hurricane Maria could not have come at a worse time for Puerto Rico. ... more
FARM NEWS
Syngenta chief calls for debate on 'sustainable agriculture'
Paris (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, recently taken over by ChemChina, said there should be a wide-scale debate on what constitutes "sustainable agriculture" in face of a number of current controversies over pesticides. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
NASA-Produced Damage Maps May Aid Mexico Quake Response
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 22, 2017
A NASA-produced map of areas likely damaged by the Sept. 19 magnitude 7.1 Raboso earthquake near Mexico City has been provided to Mexican authorities to help responders and groups supporting the res ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Snow leopards no longer 'endangered,' conservationists rule
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Scientists at the International Union for Conservation of Nature have taken snow leopards off the Red List. According to the IUCN, snow leopards are no longer "endangered." ... more


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Biggest and smallest creatures at top risk of extinction: study
Miami (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Animals on both the large and small side of the spectrum face the most risk of extinction - but for very different reasons, each with vast consequences for the planet, researchers said Monday. ... more
ABOUT US
Trudeau tells UN Canada has failed its indigenous people
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Declaring that Canada is "no land of wonders," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the United Nations on Thursday that his country was working to address failures in the treatment of its indigenous people. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Corruption fuelling ivory trade in central Africa: study
Yaounde (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Sophisticated international trafficking of ivory in central Africa is being fuelled by high levels of corruption, according to a report published Thursday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Report finds staggering decline in Canada wildlife
Montreal (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Half of the vertebrate populations in Canada are in staggering decline, despite the country's vast outback, according to a WWF report Thursday that highlighted threats to beluga whales and caribou. ... more



What now? Mexicans in shelters ask themselves after quake
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Erika Albarran, a 33-year-old street vendor, was feeding her baby when the 7.1-magnitude quake struck Mexico City. Both survived, but her home was damaged and now she's in a shelter, with no money, not knowing how to face the future. She, like thousands living in the capital, saw her daily life upended in the long seconds of the earthquake, which killed more than 270 people. It is e ... more
San Juan (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Puerto Rico wants US aid after quake but not second-class treatment
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 22, 2017
NASA-Produced Damage Maps May Aid Mexico Quake Response
Cox'S Bazar, Bangladesh (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Bangladesh army steps up as Rohingya suffer heavy rain
Low-level radiation exposure less harmful to health than other modern lifestyle risks
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Human populations have always been exposed to ionizing radiation, and more so in modern life due to its use in medicine, industry and the armed forces. Whilst the risks to human health from medium and high-level radiation are relatively well-understood, the risks at lower levels are less clear. Mixed messages about the safety of low doses of radiation from different sources have created confusio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Space radiation is risky business for the human body
Sheffield UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Pulling, not pushing, silk could revolutionize how greener materials are manufactured
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
'Overwatch' eSports league to debut in December
Lockheed invests in Ocean Aero, in greater focus on unmanned maritime systems
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Lockheed Martin Ventures is making a strategic investment in Ocean Aero, the developer of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle. This is Lockheed Martin Ventures' third investment this year, and it will create opportunities for both companies to grow their maritime capabilities, with a focus on multi-domain Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissan ... more
Tetiaroa, France (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
The godfather of eco-bling: Brando's Tahitian paradise
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Climate change challenges the survival of fish across the world
San Juan (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Dam fails in Puerto Rico, 70,000 told to evacuate
Impact of Arctic amplification on East Asian winter climate
Hong Kong, China (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An ongoing research project aims to identify and explain teleconnections and future changes in the East Asian Winter Monsoon under Arctic Amplification. The project is led by Dr. Wen Zhou of City University of Hong Kong. Since 1990, a significant winter cooling trend has occurred in the midlatitudes, including western Siberia, where cold air activity in East Asia originates. Simultaneously ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 21, 2017
Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers
Lincoln NE (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Ice age may have clipped bird migration
Sydney (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Maiden mid-air refuel ensures supplies to Antarctic research station
Syngenta chief calls for debate on 'sustainable agriculture'
Paris (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, recently taken over by ChemChina, said there should be a wide-scale debate on what constitutes "sustainable agriculture" in face of a number of current controversies over pesticides. "We have a lot of discussions about specific products. I think it's really important to step back and have a real discussion with the government, and with NGOs and academics a ... more
Dubai (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
At Dubai expo, Chinese firms look to tap lucrative halal market
Melbourne FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Research finds roots use chemical 'photos' to coordinate growth
Riga (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Latvia tweets no room for mushroom hunters on army base
Desperate rescue effort after Hurricane Maria toll hits 33
San Juan (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Puerto Rico battled dangerous floods Friday after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, as a dam burst, rescuers raced against time to reach trapped residents and the storm's death toll across the Caribbean climbed to 33. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called Maria the most devastating storm in a century after it destroyed the US territory's electricity and telecommunications infrastruc ... more
Karangasem, Indonesia (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Hope fading for survivors as Mexico search enters third day
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 23, 2017
Anxiety as Mexico mounts last-ditch search for quake survivors
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West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers
On Board The Dixmude, Senegal (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal's marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally. Identity papers are demanded and the cargo is inspected: one of the crew members is not on the manifest of the "Casimir", which departed from Hong Kong, and their fishing licence has expired. The scene is a simulation, bu ... more
Warri, Nigeria (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Pro-Biafra supporters clash with Nigerian troops
Bamako (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
HRW accuses Mali, Burkina troops of sweeping rights abuses
Kinshasa (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
DRCongo troops chasing reporter 'force entry' at UN base
Huge genetic diversity among Papuan New Guinean peoples revealed
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
The first large-scale genetic study of people in Papua New Guinea has shown that different groups within the country are genetically highly different from each other. Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their colleagues at the University of Oxford and the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research reveal that the people there have remained genetically independent from Europ ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Royal tomb of ancient Mayan ruler found in Guatemala
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
How Teotihuacan's urban design was lost and found
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
Trudeau tells UN Canada has failed its indigenous people
Climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats
San Diego CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories "catastrophic" and "unknown" to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity. These categories describe two low-probability but statistically significant scenarios that c ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Science denial not limited to political right
Ottawa (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
Canada Tory MP called out for referring to minister as 'climate Barbie'
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
US looks to work with Paris climate accord 'partners': Tillerson
Scientists Produce Best Estimate of Earth's Composition
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have produced the best estimate of Earth's elemental composition which will help them understand how the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago. The solar system began as a dense blob in a molecular cloud of hydrogen gas and dust that collapsed under its own gravity, forming the early Sun, Earth and other planets. Co-researcher Assoc ... more
Paris (ESA) Sep 19, 2017
Earth through different eyes
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Dust devils contribute large amount of particulate matter to atmospheres of Earth, Mars
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
Bite force research reveals dinosaur-eating frog
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists say that a large, now extinct, frog called Beelzebufo that lived about 68 million years ago in Madagascar would have been capable of eating small dinosaurs. The conclusion comes from a study of the bite force of South American horned frogs from the living genus Ceratophrys, known as Pacman frogs for their characteristic round shape and large mouth, similar to the video game char ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Dinosaur evolution: Lumbering giants had agile ancestors
Oxford, UK (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
'Mysterious' ancient creature was definitely an animal
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Ancient amphibian had mouthful of teeth ready to grab you
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
A project led by the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will combine artificial intelligence with massive amounts of data and industry experience from a dozen U.S. partners to identify places where the electric grid is vulnerable to disruption, reinforce those spots in advance and recover faster when failures do occur. The eventual goal is an autonomous grid that s ... more
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Beijing (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
China merges energy giants into global leader
More durable, less expensive fuel cells
Newark DE (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A team of engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a technology that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable, a breakthrough that could speed up the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. They describe their results in a paper published in Nature Communications on Monday, Sept. 4. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines ... more
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
UW shatters long-range communication barrier for near-zero-power devices
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy
Berkeley CA (SPX) Sep 22, 2017
Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads towards next-gen fuel cells
Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon each unfolded over thousands to millions of years, and are coincident with the widespread extermination of marine species around the world. The question for many s ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Imagining a world without species
Montreal (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Report finds staggering decline in Canada wildlife
Miami (AFP) Sept 18, 2017
Biggest and smallest creatures at top risk of extinction: study
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The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley
Beijing (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street. But their community's days are numbered. Demolition crews will soon arrive to flatten its alleys packed with dilapidated, one-room dwellings as part of a city-wide ... more
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Geneva (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
An invasive beetle has driven North America's most widespread ash tree towards extinction, conservationists said Thursday, also warning of dramatic declines among several African antelope species. In an update to its "Red List" of threatened species, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said six of North America's most prominent ash species were now "critically endangere ... more
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Forest fires are not limited to hot or temperate climates
Davis CA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Earth's oldest trees in climate-induced race up the tree line
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Harvard report details the threats faced by New England forests


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