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October 17, 2017
ICE WORLD
As ice sheet melts, Greenland's fjords become less salty



Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
New data suggests the water around Greenland is becoming less salty as the island's ice sheet melts. Researchers with Denmark's Aarhus University detailed the impact of melting ice on Greenland's coastal waters in a new paper published this week in the journal Scientific Reports. The loss of ice in Greenland is relatively well documented. Over the last two decades, the island's ice has roughly doubled its melt rate. But few studies have looked at how the influx of freshwater is impacting ... read more

ABOUT US
World Bank: 1.1 bn people 'invisible', lacking official identity
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Over 1.1 billion people mainly in Asia and Africa lack official proof of identity that would get them access to public health care, education and finance, according to the World Bank. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Study reveals secrets of planet formation
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new explanation for how young stars and their newborn planets avoid "radial drift," a phenomenon that can rob stellar systems of their planet-forming material. ... more
WATER WORLD
Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Nino
Miami (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A huge spike in carbon emissions seen in the past couple of years has puzzled scientists, since there was no evidence of a rise in human activities, like fossil fuel burning, that might explain it. ... more
WOOD PILE
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers said Monday. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW
Vietnam braces for more downpours as flood toll hits 72
Hanoi (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Vietnam braced Monday for fresh storms as the official death toll from last week's floods and landslides rose to 72. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Three killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland
Dublin (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Ireland was hit by what officials called an "unprecedented storm" on Monday that left three people dead, more than 300,000 customers without power and shut down schools as well as government offices. ... more
FIRE STORM
California inmates fight wildfires for a buck an hour
Yucaipa, United States (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Fresh out of prison, Alejandro Rangel longs to keep doing the job he did as an inmate for one dollar an hour: fight forest fires. ... more
FIRE STORM
'Hurricane of flames' ravages a Portuguese village; Scores deads
Ventosa, Portugal (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Fernando Lourenco, 71. his wife and sister were asleep in their home in western Portugal when the flames engulfed the hillsides and descended into the village, The retirees never woke up. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Risking lives, Mexicans try to salvage belongings after quake
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Guadalupe Vazquez is standing below the wreckage of what used to be her home, patiently waiting for workers to recover the few belongings she has left after Mexico's September 19 earthquake: some photographs of her daughters hanging on the wall, still visible from the street. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere
Moscow (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Russia on Friday launched a European satellite dedicated to monitoring the Earth's atmosphere, the protective layer that shields the planet from the sun's radiation, live footage from the cosmodrome showed. ... more


Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica

EARTH OBSERVATION
Ocean clams, worms release surprisingly large amounts of greenhouse gas
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Scientists have measured the amounts of greenhouse gas released by worms and clams in the Baltic Sea and the results are surprising. ... more
WATER WORLD
'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages
Rabat (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Residents angered by persistent water shortages in southern Morocco have taken to the streets in a series of "thirsty protests" that has grabbed the attention of the country's king. ... more
WATER WORLD
Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
New research suggests a massive plume of freshwater from Hurricane Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. ... more
WOOD PILE
Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's Amazon animals at risk
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Benedito de Souza scoops back sand hiding a nest of baby giant Amazon River turtles that he had covered over weeks ago to hide from predators. Suddenly exposed, dozens of the tiny reptiles make a run for it. ... more



Trump warns federal help for Puerto Rico not open-ended
Washington (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Donald Trump warned Thursday that his willingness to help hurricane-battered Puerto Rico was not unlimited, prompting a furious backlash, with the mayor of San Juan branding the president a "Hater in Chief." Puerto Rico is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria ripped through the island, leaving 44 people dead and cutting power and running water to much of its population, and its gover ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
New military op in gang-plagued Rio favela
Mexico City (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Risking lives, Mexicans try to salvage belongings after quake
Space radiation won't stop NASA's human exploration
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
While it's true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it's also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red planet. "Some people think that radiation will keep NASA from sending people to Mars, but that's not the current situation," said, Pat Troutman, NASA Human Exploration St ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Saab upgrading Norwegian radars under NATO contract
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Understanding rare earth emulsions
San Jose, United States (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Oculus unveils standalone virtual reality headset
Huge spike in global carbon emissions linked to El Nino
Miami (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
A huge spike in carbon emissions seen in the past couple of years has puzzled scientists, since there was no evidence of a rise in human activities, like fossil fuel burning, that might explain it. But new satellite data shows that the weather phenomenon El Nino is to blame, because it led to dry spells that put stress on plants and trees across the tropics, and made it harder for them to pe ... more
Rabat (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages
La Ciotat, France (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Harvey runoff is threatening coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico
Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica
Sydney (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Mass starvation has wiped out thousands of penguin chicks in Antarctica, with unusually thick sea ice forcing their parents to forage further for food in what conservationists Friday called a "catastrophic breeding failure". French scientists, supported by WWF, have been studying a colony of 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins in East Antarctica since 2010 and discovered only two chicks survived ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
As ice sheet melts, Greenland's fjords become less salty
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Formation of coal almost turned our planet into a snowball
India to close colonial-era military farms
Allahabad, India (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Under a hot afternoon sun workers scrub down cows at the Allahabad Military Farm, the latest hangover of India's colonial past being forced into the 21st century. The 700-acre (285-hectare) farm in the city of 1.1 million people, along with 38 other military farms set up by the country's former British rulers, is to be closed in coming weeks. The yellow and white Victorian-era buildings ... more
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Smallscale farmers try to solve Amazon's big problems
Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals
Vietnam braces for more downpours as flood toll hits 72
Hanoi (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Vietnam braced Monday for fresh storms as the official death toll from last week's floods and landslides rose to 72. Downpours lashed much of northern and central Vietnam last week, causing floods and landslides that killed dozens, wiped out thousands of homes and left at least 30 missing in one of the country's worst weather disasters for years. The desperate search for the missing con ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Locals warned to stay away as Japanese volcano erupts
Dublin (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Ireland closes schools as rare hurricane approaches
Dublin (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Three killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
Chad extends key conservation area in national park
N'Djamena (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Chad is to boost protection for a key haven for endangered wildlife in the south of the country under an agreement with a conservation group. African Parks is to take over management and protection of a territory of high ecological value that lies around the vast Zakouma National Park in southern Chad. The programme will help beef up security at the Siniaka Minia and Bahr-Salamat reserv ... more
Kigali (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Rwanda military uses torture to force confessions: HRW
Paris (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
New witness emerges over Rwandan genocide: French legal source
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Nigeria: Cooperation 'key' to defeating jihadists
World Bank: 1.1 bn people 'invisible', lacking official identity
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Over 1.1 billion people mainly in Asia and Africa lack official proof of identity that would get them access to public health care, education and finance, according to the World Bank. More than a third of these "invisible" people are children, the Bank said in a report issued for its annual meeting in Washington this week. That is particularly hard on groups of people forcibly displaced ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
DNA proves Newfoundland was populated by distinct groups three different times
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists identify genes critical for hearing
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding
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Trump environment chief: US to end Obama climate plan
Washington (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that President Donald Trump's administration will move to repeal his predecessor Barack Obama's plan to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking in Kentucky at a political event attended by coal miners, EPA chief Scott Pruitt said he would Tuesday "be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan of the pa ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
Watching plant photosynthesis from space
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
University of Sydney and NASA researchers have developed a revolutionary new technique to image plant photosynthesis using satellite-based remote-sensing, with potential applications in climate change monitoring. The uptake of carbon dioxide by leaves and its conversion to sugars by photosynthesis, referred to as gross primary production (GPP), is the fundamental basis of life on Earth and ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 10, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellite for Venezuela
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Satellite transmissions cease, no impact to weather mission
Moscow (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere
Scientists describe 'enigmatic' species that lived in Utah some 500 million years ago
Lawrence KS (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
To the untrained eye, it looks like a flower crudely etched into rock - as if a child had scratched a picture of a bloom. But to the late fossil hunter Lloyd Gunther, the tulip shape he unearthed at Antimony Canyon in northern Utah looked like the remnant of an ancient marine animal. Years ago, Gunther collected the rock and later gave it to researchers at the University of Kansas' Biodive ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Long-ignored ichthyosaur determined to be new species
New York NY (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
New evidence that Siberian volcanic eruptions caused extinction 250 million years ago
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
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
Low-cost battery from waste graphite
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Kostiantyn Kravchyk works in the group of Maksym Kovalenko. This research group is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics. The two researchers' ambitious goal at the Empa branch is to make a battery out of the most common elements in the Earth's crust - such as magnesium or aluminum. These metals offer a high degree of safety, even if the anode i ... more
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
PPPL takes detailed look at 2-D structure of turbulence in tokamaks
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
A new miniature solution for storing renewable energy
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
'Air-breathing' battery could cut costs of renewable energy storage
Study reveals secrets of planet formation
Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017
Scientists have discovered a new explanation for how young stars and their newborn planets avoid "radial drift," a phenomenon that can rob stellar systems of their planet-forming material. Most planets form as material coalesces in a star's circumstellar disk of dust and debris. But debris disks can also diffuse or be eaten up by their host star, and researchers have struggled to figure ... more
Oxford UK (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Scientists complete conservation puzzle, shaping understanding of life on earth
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists discover remains of an ancient bobcat-sized predator in Tanzania
Accra (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Pangolin trade forces Ghana to look at new wildlife laws
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Mao or never: In Xi's China, a village clings to past
Nanjie , China (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Disneyland has "Main Street, USA", a monorail and Mickey Mouse. China's Nanjie village has "East is Red Square", red trams and Mao Zedong. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the hamlet in central Henan province which has become an attraction with its idealised vision of village life right out of the Communist past. While the Communist Party prepares to give a second t ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
China's People's Daily launches English app in soft power push
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Xi to tighten clutch on power at Communist conclave
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Five things to know about China's Communist congress
Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's Amazon animals at risk
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Benedito de Souza scoops back sand hiding a nest of baby giant Amazon River turtles that he had covered over weeks ago to hide from predators. Suddenly exposed, dozens of the tiny reptiles make a run for it. During the dry season in Brazil's Amazon, the Purus River snaking through the Medio Purus Extractive Reserve shrinks to leave vast beaches on which thousands of turtles lay their eggs ev ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
Milan (AFP) Oct 8, 2017
Italy's high-rise forests take root around the world
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Carbon feedback from forest soils will accelerate global warming


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