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May 28, 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Disaster risk management: Science helps save lives



Munich, Germany (SPX) May 28, 2017
Natural and man-made disasters threaten millions of people every year and cause billions of property damage. How much do we know about them? And how can we use that knowledge to save lives and money? A recent report, compiled by the European Commission's Science and Knowledge Service (JRC), seeks to answer these and other questions and to help prepare for the time when disaster strikes. The report 'Science for Disaster Risk Management 2017: knowing more and losing less' is the flagship product of ... read more

WATER WORLD
LA lawns use 70 billion gallons of water a year
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 28, 2017
In summer 2010, Los Angeles was losing about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through the evaporation and plant uptake of lawns and trees. Lawns accounted for 70 percent of ... more
ICE WORLD
Methane seeping from Arctic seabed may have an upside
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
It's been called the Arctic methane time bomb: a vast reservoir of frozen methane buried beneath the Arctic Ocean floor that, if were to melt and somehow reach the atmosphere, could trigger catastrophic climate change. It's the ultimate end-of-life-as-we-know-it scenario. But could it actually happen? ... more
WATER WORLD
Researchers untangle causes of differences in East Coast sea level rise
New York NY (SPX) May 28, 2017
For years, scientists have been warning of a so-called "hot spot" of accelerated sea-level rise along the northeastern U.S. coast. But accurately modeling this acceleration as well as variations in ... more
WATER WORLD
Sequestering blue carbon through better management of coastal ecosystems
Logan UT (SPX) May 28, 2017
Focusing on the management of carbon stores within vegetated coastal habitats provides an opportunity to mitigate some aspects of global warming. Trisha Atwood from Utah State University's Watershed ... more
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WATER WORLD
How X-rays helped to solve mystery of floating rocks
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
It's true - some rocks can float on water for years at a time. And now scientists know how they do it, and what causes them to eventually sink. X-ray studies at the Department of Energy's Lawr ... more
WATER WORLD
Sea level as a metronome of Earth's history
Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) May 28, 2017
Sedimentary layers record the history of the Earth. They contain stratigraphic cycles and patterns that precisely reveal the succession of climatic and tectonic conditions that have occurred over mi ... more
WATER WORLD
NASA shares 3D model of El Nino
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
NASA has released a three-dimensional model of El NiƱo, a climate pattern marked by a mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean. ... more
EARLY EARTH
How methane-making microbes kept the early Earth warm
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 28, 2017
For much of its first two billion years, Earth was a very different place: oxygen was scarce, microbial life ruled, and the sun was significantly dimmer than it is today. Yet the rock record shows t ... more
WATER WORLD
Iron deficiency restrains marine microbes
Kiel, Germany (SPX) May 28, 2017
Scientists describe the tropical ocean often as a 'blue desert'. The reason for this is the limited growth of unicellular algae compared to other oceanic regions, which would otherwise color the oce ... more
WOOD PILE
In Canada, parks thrive but conservationists cry foul
Banff, Canada (AFP) May 28, 2017
On a highway in Banff National Park in western Canada, tourists hastily park their cars to catch a glimpse of a bear at the edge of the forest. ... more


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FARM NEWS
Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom
Saint-Emilion, France (AFP) May 26, 2017
When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
UN braces for up to 200,000 Iraqis to flee Mosul
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 26, 2017
As many as 200,000 Iraqis may try in the coming days to flee areas of Mosul under the control of the Islamic State group after the government asked civilians to seek safety across the frontline, the UN aid chief said Friday. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Sri Lanka steps up monsoon relief as toll hits 113
Colombo (AFP) May 27, 2017
Sri Lanka stepped up its military-led relief operations Saturday as nearly half a million people were displaced after a monsoon deluge killed at least 113 people. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Why civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria are increasing
Washington (AFP) May 26, 2017
Reports of civilian deaths from US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria have soared in recent months, raising questions about whether President Donald Trump's order to "annihilate" the Islamic State group is fueling the increase. ... more



Countries most affected by weather disasters do not spend more on weather services
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
Countries Most Affected by Weather Disasters Do Not Spend More on Weather Services: Countries hit hardest by weather-related disasters do not necessarily spend more on commercial weather and climate information services that assist in preparing for these events, a new study finds. Identifying countries for which this is true and improving the design and delivery of weather and climate serv ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 26, 2017
UN braces for up to 200,000 Iraqis to flee Mosul
Washington (AFP) May 23, 2017
Trump budget calls for deep cuts to social safety net
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 28, 2017
Disaster risk management: Science helps save lives
Camera on NASA's Lunar Orbiter survived 2014 meteoroid hit
Washington DC (SPX) May 29, 2017
On Oct.13, 2014 something very strange happened to the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images of the lunar surface, produced an image that was wild and jittery. From the sudden and jagged pattern apparent in the image, the LROC team determined that the camera must have been hit by a ... more
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 19, 2017
Arralis launches plug and play Ka band chipset
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 28, 2017
A new tool for discovering nanoporous materials
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) May 28, 2017
One-dimensional crystals for low-temperature thermoelectric cooling
Researchers untangle causes of differences in East Coast sea level rise
New York NY (SPX) May 28, 2017
For years, scientists have been warning of a so-called "hot spot" of accelerated sea-level rise along the northeastern U.S. coast. But accurately modeling this acceleration as well as variations in sea-level rise from one region to another has proven challenging. Now an upcoming paper in Geophysical Research Letters offers the first comprehensive model for understanding differences in sea ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 28, 2017
LA lawns use 70 billion gallons of water a year
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
How X-rays helped to solve mystery of floating rocks
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 25, 2017
Water is surprisingly ordered on the nanoscale
Methane seeping from Arctic seabed may have an upside
Washington (UPI) May 26, 2017
It's been called the Arctic methane time bomb: a vast reservoir of frozen methane buried beneath the Arctic Ocean floor that, if were to melt and somehow reach the atmosphere, could trigger catastrophic climate change. It's the ultimate end-of-life-as-we-know-it scenario. But could it actually happen? For nearly a decade now, scientists have debated the idea. Most agree that the volume ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 26, 2017
NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 25, 2017
NASA's Arctic Ecosystem Science Flights Begin
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2017
Elevation could help explain why Antarctica is warming slower than Arctic
Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom
Saint-Emilion, France (AFP) May 26, 2017
When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action. They set fires in thousands of oil drums, positioning them carefully between the rows of budding grapevines in southwest France. Giant fans were deployed to battle the cold, damp air settling on the plants. Helicopters also flew low overhead, in another extravagant attempt to b ... more
Saint-Emilion, France (AFP) May 26, 2017
Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Popular artificial sweetener also works as pesticide and insect birth control
La Jolla CA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Helping plants pump iron
Researchers discover hottest lavas that erupted in past 2.5 billion years
Blacksburg VA (SPX) May 24, 2017
An international team of researchers led by geoscientists with the Virginia Tech College of Science recently discovered that deep portions of Earth's mantle might be as hot as it was more than 2.5 billion years ago. The study, led by Esteban Gazel, an assistant professor with Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences, and his doctoral student Jarek Trela of Deer Park, Illinois, is publishe ... more
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Study explains severity of 9.2 magnitude Sumatra earthquake
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
Mexico next in line to examine geothermal energy
Miami (AFP) May 25, 2017
Expect above-average Atlantic hurricane season, US forecasters say
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Nigeria seizes illegal arms shipment
Lagos (AFP) May 24, 2017
Nigeria said on Wednesday it had intercepted an illegal cache of arms at the port in Lagos, five months after a similar seizure in the city, a spokesman told AFP. "Following intelligence reports, our operatives on Monday inspected a 40-foot container at the Tin Can port in Apapa, Lagos, and found 440 pieces of assorted pump action rifles and other accessories of the guns," said Joseph Attah ... more
Bouake, Ivory Coast (AFP) May 23, 2017
Four killed in I.Coast clashes between ex-rebels and police
Taormina, Italy (AFP) May 27, 2017
Africa, so close yet so far from G7 summit
Bouake, Ivory Coast (AFP) May 22, 2017
Angry Ivory Coast ex-rebels block access to cities
New hypothesis about the origin of humankind suggests oldest hominin lived in Europe
Toronto, Canada (SPX) May 26, 2017
The common lineage of great apes and humans split several hundred thousand earlier than hitherto assumed, according to an international research team headed by Professor Madelaine Bohme from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tubingen and Professor Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The researchers investigated two fossils o ... more
Columbia MO (SPX) May 24, 2017
Portions of human skeletal structure were established millions of years earlier than previously thought,
Washington (UPI) May 19, 2017
Study reveals architecture of the 'second brain,' the enteric nervous system
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 22, 2017
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Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures
Seattle WA (SPX) May 26, 2017
A new University of Washington study shows that the textbook understanding of global chemical weathering - in which rocks are dissolved, washed down rivers and eventually end up on the ocean floor to begin the process again - does not depend on Earth's temperature in the way that geologists had believed. The study, published May 22 in the open-access journal Nature Communications, looks at ... more
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 25, 2017
The forces that affect species' movements in a changing climate
Berlin (AFP) May 23, 2017
Merkel vows to convince climate change 'doubters'
New York NY (SPX) May 25, 2017
Fossil beetles suggest that LA climate has been relatively stable for 50,000 years
SES-14 integrates NASA ultraviolet space spectrograph
Luxembourg (SPX) May 24, 2017
SES report the successful integration of NASA's Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload with SES-14. GOLD will employ an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph to measure densities and temperatures in the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere in response to Sun-Earth interaction. It is aimed at revolutionizing scientists' understanding of this part of the space e ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) May 26, 2017
Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior
Washington DC (SPX) May 25, 2017
NASA's CYGNSS Satellite Constellation Begins Public Data Release
Addis Ababa (XNA) May 25, 2017
AU-EU joint space-based initiative calls for proposals
How did dinosaurs learn to fly? Hopping parrots offer clues
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
While watching parrotlets hop from branch to branch while foraging, a pair of Stanford researchers hypothesized that the earliest winged dinosaurs may behaved similarly. Branch hopping might have offered dinosaurs an opportunity to begin experimenting with the advantages of flight. To see if, for parrotlets, branch hopping was random or calculated, Diana Chin and David Lentink me ... more
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 28, 2017
How methane-making microbes kept the early Earth warm
Sendai, Japan (SPX) May 23, 2017
Large volcanic eruption may have caused the first mass extinction
Tallahassee FL (SPX) May 22, 2017
The secrets behind T. rex's bone crushing bites: Researchers find T. rex could crush 8,000 pounds
China further opens energy sector to private investment
Beijing (AFP) May 22, 2017
China said it will further open up its oil and gas sector to private investment as it seeks to overhaul an industry still dominated by a handful of state-run firms. The plan comes as China, the world's biggest energy guzzler, attempts to ramp up domestic oil and gas production to boost its supply of the vital resources. The country is heavily reliant on energy imports as domestic produ ... more
Sydney (AFP) May 11, 2017
Australia power grid leased to local-foreign consortium
(UPI) May 10, 2017
Poland central to EU energy diversification strategy
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Myanmar recovery linked to development of electrical grid
Directed Energy And Next Generation Munitions - 26-28 June - Washington DC
Advancing next-generation Stable, safe, smart, sustainable batteries
Beijing, China (SPX) May 22, 2017
Next-generation rechargeable batteries are promising candidates for state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries owing to their high energy density and preferred cost efficiency. For instance, Lithium-sulfur batteries, which are featured by their theoretically 10 times higher capacity and 5 times higher energy density, are reviving in both the academic and the industry. Shu Lei Chou and colleagues fro ... more
Dresden, Germany (SPX) May 26, 2017
New approach to revolutionize the production of molecular hydrogen
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 26, 2017
Stretching the limits of elastic conductors
Kobe, Japan (SPX) May 22, 2017
Photocatalyst makes hydrogen production 10 times more efficient
How do blind cavefish find their way? The answer could be in their bones.
Cincinnati OH (SPX) May 25, 2017
Imagine living in perpetual darkness in an alien world where you have to find food quickly by touch or starve for months at a time. The limestone caverns of Mexico's Sierra del Abra Tanchipa rainforest contain deep cisterns cloaked in utter blackness. This is where researchers at the University of Cincinnati traveled to find a little fish (Astyanax mexicanus) that has evolved to feast or e ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) May 26, 2017
Genetic mutation trade-offs lead to parallel evolution
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Why the fate of a tiny Rio Grande fish is so important
Washington (UPI) May 24, 2017
Young birds migrating to Africa dispersed by winds, study shows
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China gasps at airy speech by grad student in US
Beijing (AFP) May 23, 2017
A young Chinese woman has drawn criticism on social media after unfavourably comparing her homeland's air and politics to those in the US during her graduation speech at an American university. Speaking at the University of Maryland, Yang Shuping said that coming to the United States had been a breath of "fresh air" after growing up in China. "The air was so sweet and fresh and utterly l ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 26, 2017
Former top Chinese cop executed for murder
Hong Kong (AFP) May 26, 2017
Hong Kong independence duo plead not guilty over parliament chaos
Beijing (AFP) May 24, 2017
Jailed Chinese lawyer force-fed medication, wife says
Activists protest logging in Poland's ancient forest
Warsaw (AFP) May 24, 2017
Activists chained themselves to logging equipment in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest on Wednesday, accusing authorities of felling trees in protected areas of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The move comes after a "final warning" by the European Commission sent to Warsaw in April saying it could take legal action to halt large-scale logging in Europe's last primeval woodland. Dawid K ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) May 24, 2017
Planting trees cannot replace cutting CO2 emissions
Banff, Canada (AFP) May 28, 2017
In Canada, parks thrive but conservationists cry foul
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Myanmar's extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change


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