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June 15, 2012
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Arctic getting greener
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Jun 15, 2012
Recent years' warming in the Arctic has caused local changes in vegetation, reveals new research by biologists from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and elsewhere published in the prestigious journals Nature Climate Change and Ecology Letters. The results show that most plants in the Arctic have grown taller, and the proportion of bare ground has decreased. Above all, there has been an increase in evergreen shrubs. "We've managed to link the vegetation changes observed at the different sites ... read more

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Floating dock from Japan carries potential invasive species
When debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan began making its way toward the West Coast of the United States, there were fears of possible radiation and chemical contamination as well a ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Stealing life's building blocks
In a finding that could fundamentally re-write science's understanding of how some parasite-host relationships work, Harvard researchers have found that, despite being separated by more than 100 mil ... more
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WATER WORLD

Microbial communities shifted dramatically after Deepwater Horizon spill
Communities of microbial organisms - species such as nematodes, protists and fungi - on beaches along the Gulf of Mexico changed significantly following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010 ... more
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'Living fossil' fish still evolving
A fish dubbed a "living fossil" that hasn't changed fundamentally for 400 million years is still able to genetically adapt to its environment, researchers say. ... more
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FARM NEWS

Bacterium signals plant to open up and let friends in
Researchers have identified the set of tools an infectious microbe uses to persuade a plant to open the windows and let the bug and all of its friends inside. The microbe is Pseudomonas syringae, a ... more
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WATER WORLD

India's capital in water crisis after supplies cut
Large parts of New Delhi were struggling with acute water shortages on Friday after a neighbouring state cut its supplies at the peak of summer, officials said. ... more
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FARM NEWS

China firm recalls baby formula tainted with mercury
Chinese dairy maker Yili said it had started recalling batches of baby formula after authorities found they contained high levels of mercury, in the latest food safety scare to hit the country. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China hit by another self-immolation: state media
A person has self-immolated in a remote Tibetan area in northwestern China, state media said Friday, the latest such incident to hit the Asian nation. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Water pacts re-examined amid Arab Spring
Amid the profound political changes sweeping the Arab world, there are moves to rewrite contentious water-sharing agreements that are becoming a major source of friction in the Middle East as water supplies shrink. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Experts lament poor ocean progress in 20 years
World governments have made little progress in the past 20 years when it comes to their pledges to protect marine life and reduce overfishing, experts said on Thursday. ... more
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Please stop Xingu dam, Amazonian Indians plead at summit
Amazonian chief Raoni on Thursday implored the UN environment summit here to halt a $13-billion dam being built in one of the world's last bastions of wildlife. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT

Central America braces for Carlotta's heavy rains
Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua were on alert Thursday for Tropical Storm Carlotta, which threatened to blow strong winds and dump heavy rain across the region. ... more
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SINO DAILY

Amnesty urges Denmark to press Hu on UN arms treaty talks
Amnesty International on Thursday urged Denmark to take advantage of Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit to push Beijing to stop trying to weaken a UN treaty limiting the global arms trade. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

Red Cross sounds alarm about weapon contamination
The International Red Cross sounded the alarm at the UN conference on sustainable development here Thursday about the damage caused by unexploded munitions and other weapons. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Egypt military says presidential run-off on schedule
Egypt's ruling military council said on Thursday that a presidential run-off election will go ahead as scheduled on June 16 and 17, after a court rejected a law barring one of the candidates. ... more
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Satellite used to control unmanned aerial vehicle

China defence ministry tells US to stop 'close-in' surveillance

NATO says 'over 1,000 Russian troops' in Ukraine

Taiwan says spying allegations won't hurt China ties

UAE contracts for enhanced tactical communications

Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile delivered to Navy

Brazil taking sharp look at Russia's Pantsir-S1 air defense system

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Brazil mounts huge security operation for Rio summit
Brazil is mounting a massive security operation for the UN Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, with 20,000 troops and police on alert to thwart any cyber and terrorist attacks. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Britain seeks end to Myanmar rioting
Britain this week called for a peaceful resolution of ethnic and sectarian violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where mounting casualties have been reported. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Cocoa: Sweet remedy for Amazon deforestation?
A chocolate factory nestled deep in the Amazonian jungle in Brazil's northern state of Para offers a sweet antidote to rainforest deforestation. ... more
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FROTH AND BUBBLE

UN environment summit opens, but prospects grim
Twenty years after the first Earth Summit, a renewed bid to rally the world behind a common environmental blueprint opened Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro against a backdrop of discord and economic gloom. ... more
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Rights group slams 'lawless' Indian mining industry
Human Rights Watch blasted the Indian government on Thursday for failing to regulate the country's "out of control" mining industry which it said fuelled corruption and damaged local communities. ... more
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WOOD PILE

WWF slams Bulgaria's controversial forest act changes
Environmental group WWF on Thursday attacked the Bulgarian parliament's decision to relax planning restrictions on developing forests, farmland and other protected areas. ... more
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WATER WORLD

Australia to create world's largest marine parks
Australia on Thursday announced plans to create the world's largest network of marine parks to protect ocean life, with limits placed on fishing and oil and gas exploration off the coast. ... more
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WOOD PILE

Indigenous peoples light up rival Rio gathering
With black stripes painted on their faces and wearing ornate feather headdresses, scores of indigenous Brazilians set up camp Wednesday and promised to light up the rival gathering to the Rio+20 summit. ... more
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ICE WORLD

North-East Passage soon free from ice again
The North-East Passage, the sea route along the North coast of Russia, is expected to be free of ice early again this summer. The forecast was made by sea ice physicists of the Alfred Wegener Instit ... more
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WATER WORLD

The downstream consequences of depleting groundwater
Hard lessons from around the American West and Australia could help improve groundwater management and protect ecosystems in California, Stanford University researchers find. The Water in the West p ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Pitcher plant uses rain drops to capture prey
During heavy rain, the lid of Nepenthes gracilis pitchers acts like a springboard, catapulting insects that seek shelter on its underside directly into the fluid-filled pitcher, new research has fou ... more
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FARM NEWS

Using recycled sewage treatment plant water for irrigating crops
A new study eases concerns that irrigating crops with water released from sewage treatment plants - an increasingly common practice in arid areas of the world - fosters emergence of the antibiotic-r ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Scientists find that rain may not always be a welcome thing to waterbirds
Scientists from the Smithsonian and colleagues have found that waterbird communities can be the "canary in the coal mine" when it comes to detecting the health of urban estuary ecosystems. The ... more
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WHALES AHOY

Too few salmon is far worse than too many boats for killer whales
Not having enough Chinook salmon to eat stresses out southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest more than having boatloads of whale watchers nearby, according to hormone levels of whal ... more
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FARM NEWS

A New Way of Looking at Photosystem II
Future prospects for clean, green, renewable energy may hinge upon our ability to mimic and improve upon photosynthesis - the process by which green plants, algae and some bacteria convert solar ene ... more
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Maize diversity discoveries may help ease world's hunger pangs
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, report that ancient farmers had a stronger impact on the evolution of maize, or corn, than modern plant breeders have had on the grain - now one o ... more
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