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January 23, 2017
SHAKE AND BLOW
7.9 quake shakes PNG, tsunami alert rescinded



Sydney (AFP) Jan 22, 2017
A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, shaking homes and sparking a tsunami alert, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage. The tsunami warning for the Pacific island nation and its neighbours was later cancelled. The tremor struck 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Panguna on Papua New Guinea's Bougainville island at a depth of 153 kilometres at 3:30 pm local time (0430 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. No reports of damage or injuries ... read more

ICE WORLD
UCI researchers map oceanic troughs below ice sheets in West Antarctica
University of California, Irvine glaciologists have uncovered large oceanic valleys beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Carved by earlier advances ... more
WEATHER REPORT
It's freezing inside... that tornado?
With winter upon us in full force, outdoor temperatures are plummeting. But inside an intense tornado, it's always chilly - no matter the time of year. A new study from Concordia proves why that's t ... more
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Discovery adds rock collecting to Neanderthal's repertoire
Maybe this Neanderthal was a rock hound? An international group that includes a University of Kansas researcher has discovered a brownish piece of split limestone in a site in Croatia that suggests ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Advanced cookstoves provide environmental benefits, but less than expected
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have found that while advanced wood-burning cookstoves can provide benefits to the environment and clim ... more
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AFRICA NEWS
The 5 previous West African military interventions
West African nations have a long history of sending their military forces to intervene in neighbouring countries, under the umbrella of a regional cooperation bloc. ... more
WHITE OUT
Rescuers cling on to hope in Italy avalanche disaster
Rescuers pulled four people alive from an avalanche-hit Italian hotel on Saturday and clung on to hopes of saving some of the 23 people still missing three days after the disaster struck. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Rescuers seek trapped miners in Peru
Rescuers in Peru were working Friday to save seven miners trapped for nearly four days by a landslide, the emergency services said. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Nigeria botched air strike may have killed up to 236 people
As many as 236 people may have been killed in the botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for civilians displaced by the unrest, a local official told AFP on Saturday. ... more
WATER WORLD
Ex-leader of Maldives plans return to save sinking nation
He faces jail in the Maldives, but former president Mohamed Nasheed says he wants to contest elections and guide his island nation away from environmental catastrophe. ... more


MH370: what's next in hunt for missing airliner

FLORA AND FAUNA
Interpol opens new front in war against wildlife crimes
International police body Interpol announced a new project Friday that will identify and dismantle origanised crime networks between Africa and Asia that have devastated wildlife and made ivory a sought-after luxury. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia
They cough, suffer from frostbite and are infested with body lice: hundreds of young migrants remain in appalling conditions in derelict Belgrade warehouses in the middle of Serbia's freezing winter. ... more

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Rescuers seek trapped miners in Peru
Rescuers in Peru were working Friday to save seven miners trapped for nearly four days by a landslide, the emergency services said. An avalanche of mud and rocks driven by heavy rain trapped the men on Monday in the mine where they were working in the southern Acari district. "Rescue work is continuing," Jacqueline Choque, head of emergency operations for the surrounding Arequipa region, ... more
Nigeria botched air strike may have killed up to 236 people

Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike

Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia

A toolkit for transformable materials
Metamaterials - materials whose function is determined by structure, not composition - have been designed to bend light and sound, transform from soft to stiff, and even dampen seismic waves from earthquakes. But each of these functions requires a unique mechanical structure, making these materials great for specific tasks, but difficult to implement broadly. But what if a material could c ... more
China's quantum communication satellite delivered for use

Dressing a metal in various colors

U.S. Army taps Leidos for training and simulation equipment

Regional sea-level scenarios will help Northeast plan for faster-than-global rise
Sea level in the Northeast and in some other U.S. regions will rise significantly faster than the global average, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moreover, in a worst-case scenario, global sea level could rise by about 8 feet by 2100. Robert E. Kopp, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rut ... more
U.S., Cuba sign maritime border treaty

Mighty river, mighty filter

Ex-leader of Maldives plans return to save sinking nation

Changing atmospheric conditions may contribute to stronger ocean waves in Antarctica
Over the past few years, a large fracture has grown across a large floating ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. The world is watching the ice shelf, now poised to break off an iceberg the size of Delaware into the ocean. It's not a new phenomenon; this "thumb" of Antarctica, which juts out into the stormy Southern Ocean, has lost more than 28,000 square kilometers of floating ice - almos ... more
Tracking Antarctic adaptations in diatoms

UCI researchers map oceanic troughs below ice sheets in West Antarctica

ACE ship completes first leg of journey around Antarctica

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Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops - such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits - to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae significantly more susceptible to a deadly virus, according to researchers at Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "In the lab, we found that the commonly used organosilicone adjuvant, Syl ... more
Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Tiny plants with huge potential

Can the 'greening' be greener?

Breaking point nears for Italy's quake survivors
For Italian mother Tamara Ottaviani, the latest earthquakes to pound her mountain village might just have been the final straw. After a sleepless night in a snow-covered tent, the 41-year-old told AFP Thursday she was starting to think it could be time to start planning a new life, away from Italy's seismically vulnerable heart. "I didn't sleep, I fell on the snow when we were running ou ... more
7.9 quake shakes PNG, tsunami alert rescinded

40 dead in Mozambique rainy season

Deadly quake nightmare returns to haunt Italy

The 5 previous West African military interventions
West African nations have a long history of sending their military forces to intervene in neighbouring countries, under the umbrella of a regional cooperation bloc. Created in 1975, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) focuses mainly on resolving regional conflicts. In the case of The Gambia, where ECOWAS has temporarily suspended a military operation, the bloc has thr ... more
Gambia army chief says troops will not fight intervention

I.Coast rocked by protests as deadly army mutiny spreads

New Gambia president demands army loyalty

Survival of many of the world's nonhuman primates is in doubt, experts report
A report in the journal Science Advances details the grim realities facing a majority of the nonhuman primates in the world - the apes, monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises inhabiting ever-shrinking forests across the planet. The review is the most comprehensive conducted so far, the researchers say, and the picture it paints is dire. "Alarmingly, about 60 percent of primate species are n ... more
Discovery adds rock collecting to Neanderthal's repertoire

Study explores why male baboons become domestic abusers

Fast and slow talkers share the same amount of information

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Al Gore beats the climate drum as Trump takes office
A decade after "An Inconvenient Truth" sent shockwaves around the world with its dire warnings of environmental catastrophe, Al Gore is sounding the alarm on climate change again. This time, the stakes are arguably higher with the US inauguration of Donald Trump, who has dismissed global warming as a fraud invented by the Chinese and nominated climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to head the ... more
Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

Study forecasts balmier England, even hotter Mumbai

UK experts warn of Trump climate science clampdown

NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Alaskan Volcanic Eruption Wrapped in White
When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Alaska's erupting Bogoslof Volcano the MODIS instrument aboard captured an image of a large ash plume surrounded by clouds making it appear to be wrapped in white. The Bogoslof Volcano is located on Bogoslof Island at 53 55'38" north latitude and 168 2'4" west longitude, along the southern edge of the Bering Sea. It is about 35 miles northwest of Una ... more
World's First Weather-Cracking Wind Satellite Aeolus to Improve Future Forecasts

China to launch electromagnetic monitoring satellite for earthquake study

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Complex life may have come and gone in Earth's distant past
Conditions suitable to support complex life may have developed in Earth's oceans - and then faded - more than a billion years before life truly took hold, a new University of Washington-led study has found. The findings, based on using the element selenium as a tool to measure oxygen in the distant past, may also benefit the search for signs of life beyond Earth. In a paper published in th ... more
Fossils found reveal unseen 'footprint' maker

Proto India was by not as isolated as we thought

Paleontologists classify mysterious ancient cone-shaped sea creatures

Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover
Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure on Monday moved a step closer to a more than Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) takeover of Australian energy group Duet after a recommendation from the energy group's board. In December, the Hong Kong billionaire put in an unsolicited and conditional offer of $Aus3 per share for Duet. Following a review of the offer, the Duet board said it had agreed ... more
China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

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New study will help find the best locations for thermal power stations in Iceland
A new research article, with lead authors from the University of Gothenburg, gives indications of the best places in Iceland to build thermal power stations. In Iceland, heat is extracted for use in power plants directly from the ground in volcanic areas. Constructing a geothermal power station near a volcano can be beneficial, since Earth's mantle is located relatively close to the crust ... more
Faster recharging batteries possible after new insights

Samsung probe finds faulty batteries triggered fire

Firms push hydrogen as top green energy source

Interpol opens new front in war against wildlife crimes
International police body Interpol announced a new project Friday that will identify and dismantle origanised crime networks between Africa and Asia that have devastated wildlife and made ivory a sought-after luxury. Interpol, headquartered in the eastern French city of Lyon, said the initiative will focus on providing increased resources to countries linked to the illegal wildlife trade - ... more
Limpets repair their damaged shells with biological materials

Humans, not climate, killed off Australia's big beasts

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Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech
Hong Kong's unpopular pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying faced protests Wednesday as he spoke out against the city's independence movement in his final policy address. Leung will step down in July after a four-year term marked by anti-Beijing rallies as fears grow that Chinese authorities are squeezing Hong Kong's freedoms. Frustration at lack of political reform has sparked movements s ... more
Hong Kong's 'Mr Pringles' announces leadership bid

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Activists slam giant Indonesian mill for environmental damage
Green groups said Thursday that one of the world's biggest pulp mills which started production on Indonesia's Sumatra island last month was causing enormous environmental damage. The groups said the $3 billion mill belonging to industry giant Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) was sourcing raw materials mostly from trees grown on drained peatlands, where haze-belching fires occur every year. The ... more
How much drought can a forest take?

Norway spurs $400mn rainforest fund at Davos

Trade-offs between economic growth and deforestation



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