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November 17, 2017
New islands could solve Bangladesh land crisis: experts
Dhaka (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Dozens of new islands have emerged from the waters around Bangladesh over the last decade, providing a possible solution to the existential threat that rising sea levels pose to the low-lying coastal nation. The government said Monday that 29 islands with a combined area of 125,370 acres (507 square kilometres) had emerged from the Bay of Bengal since 2007. Every year Himalayan rivers carry an estimated one billion tonnes of silts and deposit them in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Bangladesh ... read more

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Pakistan indifferent as smog kills more people than militancy

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead despite smog, court rules

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Sulfur dioxide emissions plunge across China as India's soars

Study finds 'black box' methods used by biologists probably overestimate number of new species

Heat island effect enables urban trees to grow faster

Nepal scraps mega hydropower deal with Chinese firm
Nepal has cancelled an agreement with a Chinese company to build the largest hydroelectric plant in the impoverished landlocked country, which suffers from chronic energy shortages. ... more
How a 'shadow zone' traps the world's oldest ocean water
New research from an international team has revealed why the oldest water in the ocean in the North Pacific has remained trapped in a shadow zone around 2km below the sea surface for over 1000 years ... more
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Among the lines of small mud houses, plastic litter and piles of parched earth, children gaze skywards at a shiny blue tank perched on steel legs. ... more
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. ... more
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
Canadian and US Department of Energy researchers have released 50 years' worth of data chronicling the deoxygenating cycles of a fjord off Canada's west coast, and detailing the response of the micr ... more
Climate change could decrease Sun's ability to disinfect lakes
Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new ... more
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
Filtration membranes are, at their core, sponge-like materials that have micro- or nanoscopically small pores. Unwanted chemicals, bacteria and even viruses are physically blocked by the maze of mes ... more
Scientists map coastal communities most vulnerable to natural disasters
Scientists have identified coastal communities where poverty, poor infrastructure and exposure to the elements combine to create a unique level of vulnerability to natural disasters. ... more

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Ivory Coast inaugurates huge China-funded dam
President Alassane Ouattara on Thursday inaugurated a huge Chinese-funded dam in southern Ivory Coast designed to boost the country's power capacity by nearly 14 percent. ... more
Can corals adapt to climate change?
Cool-water corals can adapt to a slightly warmer ocean, but only if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. That's according to a study published November 1 in the journal Science Advances of g ... more
Future climate change may not adversely affect seafood quality
The eating qualities of UK oysters may not be adversely affected by future ocean acidification and global warming, new research has suggested. Scientists have previously demonstrated that pred ... more
Trump admin sued over stalling to protect sea turtles
A US environmental group filed suit Friday against the Donald Trump administration for allegedly stalling on a deal to protect sea turtles from getting trapped in shrimp nets. ... more
Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks
Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week - climate change is real, it's already having disastrous impacts on his people and only urgent action can address the problem. ... more
Study reveals invasive species defense mechanisms inside marine reserves
Scientists have identified two ecological mechanisms that help prevent takeovers by invasive species. ... more
Lockheed Martin to design US Navy's Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV), Orca
Lockheed Martin will support the growth of the U.S. Navy's family of unmanned undersea systems under a design phase contract valued at $43.2 million for Orca, the U.S. Navy's Extra Large Unmanned Un ... more
Climate change could transform key bacterial interactions in the ocean by 2100
As global warming yields warmer, more acidic ocean waters, scientists worry interactions between common ocean bacteria could be altered, disrupting entire food chains and ecosystems. ... more

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Devices assembled from 2D materials separate different salts in seawater
2-dimensional materials have been successfully assembled into devices with the smallest possible man made holes for water desalination. Researchers at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at ... more
Scavenging to survive below the seafloor
Microorganisms living in the sediments buried below the seafloor obtain their nutrients by using secreted enzymes to degrade adsorbed detritus. A new study shows that in order to survive for long ti ... more
Mass seal deaths in Russia's Lake Baikal
Around 130 dead seals have washed up on the shores of Russia's Lake Baikal, authorities said Tuesday, as they launched a probe into the latest problem to hit the world's deepest lake. ... more
Fossil coral reefs show sea level rose in bursts during last warming
Scientists from Rice University and Texas A and M University-Corpus Christi's Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies have discovered that Earth's sea level did not rise steadily but rat ... more
The oceans were colder than we thought
According to the methodology widely used by the scientific community, the temperature of the ocean depths and that of the surface of the polar ocean 100 million years ago were around 15 degrees high ... more
Chile battling to save a favorite clam
Long one of the country's favorite seafoods, Chile's macha clam has become a victim of its own popularity, with over-exploitation forcing authorities to ban clam fishing in all but a few areas to help stocks recover. ... more
Underwater sound waves help scientists locate ocean impacts
Scientists have developed a new method to locate the precise time and location that objects fall into our oceans. The method, developed by researchers from Cardiff University, uses underwater ... more
Marine snowfall at the equator
The great ocean currents with their immense energy transport have a decisive influence on the atmosphere and thus the climate. But besides this well-known fact life in the seas also plays an importa ... more
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