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December 13, 2017
WATER WORLD
Hydropower dams can be managed without an all-or-nothing choice between energy and food



Tempe AZ (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Nearly 100 hydropower dams are planned for construction along tributaries off the Mekong River's 2,700-mile stretch. The river, one of the world's largest, flows through Burma, China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. It is an economic engine for fishermen and a food source for millions of people worldwide. And while the dams are expected to provide clean energy to the region, if not managed properly, they also have the potential to offset natural river patterns, which would damage food produc ... read more

WATER WORLD
Researchers establish long-sought source of ocean methane
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Industrial and agricultural activities produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Many bacteria also produce methane as a byproduct of their metabolism. S ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Researchers pin down one source of a potent greenhouse gas
Columbus OH (SPX) Dec 05, 2017
A study of a Lake Erie wetland suggests that scientists have vastly underestimated the number of places methane-producing microbes can survive - and, as a result, today's global climate models may b ... more
ICE WORLD
Warming Arctic is 'new normal,' will affect us all: report
Miami (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
A rapidly warming Arctic, where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the rest of the planet, is the "new normal," and the melting ice is triggering environmental changes that will affect the whole world, warned a global scientific report Tuesday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
West coast earthquake early warning system continues progress toward public use
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
A decade after beginning work on an earthquake early warning system, scientists and engineers are fine-tuning a U.S. West Coast prototype that could be in limited public use in 2018. In two pa ... more
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EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to m ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
'We're losing the battle', Macron tells Paris climate talks
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stark warning on climate change at a summit in Paris on Tuesday, telling world leaders "we are losing the battle" against global warming. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Investors turn back on fossil fuels at Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Major investors vowed Tuesday to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom". ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Leaders join France's Macron to discuss climate cash crunch
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron will meet with world leaders on Tuesday, two years to the day since 195 nations adopted the climate-rescue Paris Agreement - this time to talk about money. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
World leaders in Paris seek cash for climate crunc
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
World leaders met in Paris Tuesday seeking to unlock more money to drive the global economy's shift to green energy, exactly two years after signing a global pact to avert worst-case-scenario global warming. ... more
FARM NEWS
In food waste fight, Brits turn bread into beer
Driffield, United Kingdom (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
At a brewery nestled in rolling farmland in northern England, the process of making beer begins with dropping dozens of unwanted loaf ends, thrown away by a sandwich factory, into a large stainless steel tank. ... more


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FIRE STORM
Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces
Los Angeles (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Crews battling wildfires ravaging southern California for a week have managed to slow the spread of the worst of the blazes, officials said Tuesday, as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage. ... more
FIRE STORM
California wildfires a warning for other regions: Gov. Brown
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
The governor of California Jerry Brown said Tuesday wildfires ravaging his state should serve as a warning for other parts of the world threatened by climate change. ... more
FIRE STORM
California wildfires: what we know
Los Angeles (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
It's been a week since southern California has been charred by a devastating wave of wildfires, blasted by almost hurricane force winds. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Genome reveals secrets of Tasmanian tiger's extinction
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
Scientists have sequenced the Tasmanian tiger's genome, offering new insights into the species' demise. ... more



Unearthing the underground effects of earthquakes and volcanoes
Fukuoka, Japan (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Most of what we know about earthquakes and volcanoes is based on what we can observe at the Earth's surface. However, most of the action - especially early activity that could help with disaster prediction and preparedness - occurs deep underground. Developing a clearer picture of changes in subsurface conditions, together with continuous monitoring, could provide life-saving information i ... more
Buffalo NY (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
New mapping technique can help fight extreme poverty
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Nature's toughest substances decoded
Houston TX (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
How a material breaks may be the most important property to consider when designing layered composites that mimic those found in nature. A method by Rice University engineers decodes the interactions between materials and the structures they form and can help maximize their strength, toughness, stiffness and fracture strain. In a study that required more than 400 computer simulations of pl ... more
Moscow (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Russia says 'satellite' could have caused radioactive pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
NASA Selects Three Companies to Develop 'FabLab' Prototypes
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
US has lost dominance in highly intense, ultrafast laser technology to Europe and Asia
Researchers establish long-sought source of ocean methane
Boston MA (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Industrial and agricultural activities produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Many bacteria also produce methane as a byproduct of their metabolism. Some of this naturally released methane comes from the ocean, a phenomenon that has long puzzled scientists because there are no known methane-producing organisms living near the ocean's surface. ... more
Santa Monica, CA (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
US transportation and water infrastructure not broken
Tempe AZ (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
Hydropower dams can be managed without an all-or-nothing choice between energy and food
East Boothbay ME (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
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Warming Arctic is 'new normal,' will affect us all: report
Miami (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
A rapidly warming Arctic, where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the rest of the planet, is the "new normal," and the melting ice is triggering environmental changes that will affect the whole world, warned a global scientific report Tuesday. The Arctic is going through "an unprecedented transition in human history," that will accelerate sea level rise and boost the frequency of extr ... more
Ottawa (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
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Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
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NASA, University of Maryland Join Forces on Food Security
College Park MD (SPX) Dec 08, 2017
NASA has tapped the University of Maryland to lead a new consortium focused on putting satellite data to use to enhance food security and agriculture around the world. The Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium (EOFSAC) will combine the expertise of more than 40 partners to advance the use of Earth observations in informing decisions that affect the global food sup ... more
Riverside CA (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
Shining a light on plant growth and development
Cincinnati OH (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeastern Iran: seismological centre
Tehran (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Iran's southeastern province of Kerman on Tuesday, the Iranian seismological centre reported, though minimal damage was reported. Eighteen people were wounded in the quake, which struck in the villages of Hejdak and Ravar in Kerman province, the national emergency service told state broadcaster IRIB. Officials said old houses were damaged in six villages ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
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Russia asks UN for green light to send arms to C. Africa
United Nations, United States (AFP) Dec 13, 2017
Russia has asked the UN Security Council for permission to supply light arms and ammunition to the struggling armed forces of the Central African Republic beginning next week, according to a request obtained by AFP on Tuesday. The move has raised concerns from France which has questioned Russia's plan, notably over the storage of the weaponry, according to a Security Council diplomat who dec ... more
Ramstein, Germany (AFP) Dec 6, 2017
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Maseru, Lesotho (AFP) Dec 2, 2017
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Bamako (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Mali justice minister resigns after activist's acquittal
Scientists show how Himalayan rivers influenced ancient Indus civilization settlements
London UK (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
The Indus or Harappan Civilisation was a Bronze Age society that developed mainly in the northwestern regions of South Asia from 5300 to 3300 years ago, at about the same time as urban civilisations developed in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Archaeological evidence shows that many of the settlements in the Indus Civilisation developed along the banks of a river called the Ghaggar-Hakra in northwest Ind ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 8, 2017
Scientists revamp 'Out of Africa' model of early human migration
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Archaeologists revise chronology of the last hunter-gatherers in the Near East
Birmingham UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
Research suggests gorillas can develop food cleaning behavior spontaneously
'We're losing the battle', Macron tells Paris climate talks
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron issued a stark warning on climate change at a summit in Paris on Tuesday, telling world leaders "we are losing the battle" against global warming. "We're not moving fast enough, that's the problem," Macron told the One Planet Summit called to boost the 2015 Paris climate accord, which US President Donald Trump has renounced. "We must all act because we wi ... more
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NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to measure clouds and tiny atmospheric particles that play key roles in Earth's climate and weather. During its mission, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) lidar provided measurements of t ... more
Leeds UK (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
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Nuclear technology helps scientists study Australia's prehistoric ecosystems
Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
With the help of nuclear technology, scientists in Australia have begun to unlock the secrets of prehistoric fossilized tree resin - time capsules made of amber. Researchers at Monash University used magnetic resonance to analyze several amber fossils, dated between 52 and 40 million years old. The golden-hued nuggets can offer insights into the continent's prehistoric ecosystems. ... more
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
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Manchester UK (SPX) Dec 06, 2017
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US void hard to miss at Paris climate summit
Paris (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Two years ago to the day, US secretary of state John Kerry shared in the cheers and champagne in Paris as world powers sealed a landmark global climate accord. Returning to the French capital Tuesday for a follow-up summit, he cut a bitter and disappointed figure. The United States' commitment to fighting climate change - something both Kerry and former president Barack Obama hoped woul ... more
Paris (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
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Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor. Launched a decade ago by seven partners - the European Union, the United States, China, Russia, Japan, India and South Korea - the project has been plagued by delays and budget ... more
Binghamton NY (SPX) Dec 13, 2017
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Militias, poachers wreak havoc on central Africa's wildlife: monitor
Libreville (AFP) Dec 8, 2017
Sudan's Janjaweed, Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army and other notorious militias are wreaking havoc on wildlife in central Africa, poaching and trafficking elephants, hippopotamuses, buffaloes and other animals, a monitor said Friday. The threat comes from "highly organised armed groups who are linked to human rights violations and ongoing political instability" as well as state actors, armed ... more
Washington (UPI) Dec 12, 2017
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New Delhi (AFP) Dec 11, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Dec 11, 2017
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Manila (AFP) Dec 12, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China Telecom a slot to be the country's third telecom provider to break up the dominance of two local firms, his spokesman said Tuesday. The offer was part of Duterte's efforts to improve ties between China and the Philippines, taking into account political as well as economic considerations, spokesman Harry Roque told reporters. "It was ... more
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Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Dec 11, 2017
Freshwater resources are critical to both human civilization and natural ecosystems, but UBC researchers have discovered that changes to ground vegetation can have as much of an impact on global water resources as climate change. UBC Okanagan Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Professor Adam Wei, PhD candidate Qiang Li and researchers from the Chinese Academy of Forestry recently ... more
Washington (AFP) Dec 7, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Dec 07, 2017
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Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
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