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April 30, 2017
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Ethiopia drought creates food crisis for 7.7 million



Addis Ababa (AFP) April 28, 2017
The number of people in need of food aid in Ethiopia's drought-hit regions has surged to 7.7 million, over two million more than an estimate earlier this year, state media reported Friday. The National Disaster Risk Management Commission said in January that failed rains would leave 5.6 million people in need of emergency food this year in three of the country's nine regions: Oromia, Amhara and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region. Public relations director Ababe Zewdie told t ... read more

SINO DAILY
Chinese court sentences rights lawyer in secret trial
Beijing (AFP) April 28, 2017
China sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to a three-year suspended sentence Friday following a secret trial, raising concerns the country is moving to further reduce transparency in high-profile, politically sensitive cases. ... more
EARLY EARTH
Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on Earth
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) May 01, 2017
A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal bl ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Beautiful Bering Strait image captured by Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite
Washington (UPI) Apr 28, 2017
NASA's Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite snapped a stunning photo of the Bering Strait during a recent trip across the narrow strip of water separating Alaska and Siberia. ... more
TECH SPACE
Penn researchers quantify the changes that lightning inspires in rock
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, is believed to have experimented with lightning's powerful properties using a kite and key, likely coming close to electrocuting himself ... more
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Tibetan people have multiple adaptations for life at high altitudes
Washington DC (SPX) May 01, 2017
The Tibetan people have inherited variants of five different genes that help them live at high altitudes, with one gene originating in the extinct human subspecies, the Denisovans. Hao Hu and Chad H ... more
WATER WORLD
Rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidity may change crucial marine process
Tallahassee FL (SPX) May 01, 2017
Climate change may be putting cyanobacteria that are crucial to the functioning of the ocean at risk as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases and the acidity of ocean water change ... more
WOOD PILE
Scientists examine impact of high-severity fires on conifer forests
Boston MA (SPX) May 01, 2017
The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Instit ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Philippine minister bans new open-pit mines worth $8 bn
Manila (AFP) April 27, 2017
Philippine socialite-turned-environment minister Regina Lopez caused ire in the mining industry Thursday by announcing a ban on new open-pit mines, a move that threatens over eight billion dollars in investments. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Predicting the movement and impacts of microplastic pollution
Pensacola, FL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Marine circulation and weather conditions greatly affect microplastic aggregation and movement. Microplastics, which are particles measuring less than 5 mm, are of increasing concern. They not only ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
New approach to improve detection of landfill-related pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Numerous hazardous substances seep from landfills into soil and groundwater, threatening human health and the environment. However, current methods for monitoring these substances are cumbersome and ... more


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TECH SPACE
Can virtual reality help us prevent falls in the elderly and others?
Chapel Hill NC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Every year, falls lead to hospitalization or death for hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans. Standard clinical techniques generally cannot diagnose balance impairments before they lead to fall ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across
Vienna (AFP) April 29, 2017
"We mortals do not understand you." That's the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Engineers shine light on deadly landslide
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Late in the morning of March 22, 2014, a huge chunk of land cut loose and roared down a hillside in the Stillaguamish River Valley just east of Oso, Washington, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Hard rocks from Himalaya raise flood risk for millions
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Scientists have shown how earthquakes and storms in the Himalaya can increase the impact of deadly floods in one of Earth's most densely populated areas. Large volumes of hard rock dumped into river ... more

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Engineers shine light on deadly landslide
Champaign IL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Late in the morning of March 22, 2014, a huge chunk of land cut loose and roared down a hillside in the Stillaguamish River Valley just east of Oso, Washington, about 60 miles northeast of Seattle. In a matter of minutes, 43 people lost their lives as a wall of mud, sand, clay, water and trees cascaded down the hillside into the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, a relatively new housing tract. ... more
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (AFP) April 29, 2017
24 dead as Kyrgyz landslide engulfs village homes
Vienna (AFP) April 29, 2017
Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across
Kiev (AFP) April 26, 2017
Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary
Berkeley Lab scientists discover new atomically layered, thin magnet
Berkeley CA (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
It may not seem like a material as thin as an atom could hide any surprises, but a research team led by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) discovered an unexpected magnetic property in a two-dimensional material. The scientists found that a 2-D van der Waals crystal, part of a class of material whose atomically thin layers can be p ... more
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 28, 2017
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Raleigh NC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
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Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle
Sydney (AFP) April 27, 2017
Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef. The predatory starfish is naturally-occurring but has proliferated due to pollution and run-off at the World Heritage-listed ecosystem, which is also reeling from two consecutive years of mass cor ... more
Tallahassee FL (SPX) May 01, 2017
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Vienna (AFP) April 25, 2017
Humans threaten 'fossil' groundwater: study
Mexico City (AFP) April 26, 2017
In Mexico City, water a rare commodity
Warm winds: New insight into what weakens Antarctic ice shelves
London, UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
New research describes for the first time the role that warm, dry winds play in influencing the behaviour of Antarctic ice shelves. Presenting this week at a European conference scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explain how spring and summer winds, known as fohn winds, are prevalent on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, West Antarctica and creating melt pools. The Larsen C Ice Shelf is of part ... more
London, UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
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Fairbanks AK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
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China-bound illegal donkey hide haul seized in Pakistan
Karachi (AFP) April 27, 2017
Pakistani police have confiscated more than 4,000 donkey hides that were set to be illegally exported to China where they are highly sought after for their use in traditional medicine, officials said Thursday. Six people in a smuggling ring, including a Chinese national, have also been arrested in connection with the case, Israr Afridi, a police officer in the port city of Karachi where the ... more
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Manila (AFP) April 28, 2017
A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Philippines early Saturday, triggering a tsunami warning that was later lifted, Philippine and US authorities said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake, which shook the southern region of Mindanao just before dawn, Philippine officials said. It struck at a depth of 41 kilometres (25 miles) in Mindanao, more than ... more
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There is no tap water, electricity or shops in Lusanga, a Congolese town once known as Leverville where the Dutch-British conglomerate Unilever long ran a profitable palm oil plantation. But the 15,000 onetime workers living on the land recently found new hope in a stark contemporary art centre called the "White Cube" which stands somewhat strangely on the African skyline. Funded in part ... more
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Washington (AFP) April 28, 2017
International scientists have uncovered prehistoric human DNA from caves without bones, an advance that could shed new light on human history and evolution. The study published in the journal Science is based on 85 samples from sediments dating to the Pleistocene, a period that extended from 550,000 years ago until 14,000 year before the modern era. The samples came from eight caves in B ... more
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