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October 24, 2012
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Pollution tax stokes Australian inflation
Sydney (AFP) Oct 24, 2012
Australian inflation came in ahead of forecasts Wednesday, rising a seasonally adjusted 1.2 percent in the September quarter as electricity prices jumped following the introduction of a pollution tax. The Australian Bureau of Statistics said the consumer price index was 2.0 percent higher on-year as power prices rocketed 15.3 percent. Analysts had expected quarter-on-quarter inflation of 1.1 percent, and 1.7 percent over the year. The spike in electricity prices followed the introduction on ... read more

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Australia's Antarctic runway melting
Australia said Wednesday it was searching for a new aircraft landing site for planes supplying its three bases in Antarctica because the current runway is melting due to global warming. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Chinese city to ban plastic surgery for minors
A Chinese city is set to ban minors from having cosmetic surgery under draft rules aimed at tackling the country's growing obsession with going under the knife, an official statement said. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China blames Dalai Lama for self-immolations
Beijing blamed exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday for inciting a spate of self-immolations in China's Tibetan-inhabited regions. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

EU on track for Kyoto and 2020 emissions targets
The European Union (EU) will go beyond its targets to cut greenhouse gases by 2012 under the UN's Kyoto Protocol and is on course for meeting its goal for 2020, it reported on Wednesday. ... more
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DEMOCRACY

Outside View: I wish someone had said that
More than a century ago, the eccentric writer Oscar Wilde overheard George Bernard Shaw make a particularly witty remark. Wilde slyly muttered, no doubt with malice aforethought, the compliment "I wish I had said that!" Shaw, a literary competitor and no friend of Wilde's sensed a plagiarism in the making and retorted, "You will, Oscar. You will." ... more
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New images could crack ancient writings
British researchers say new technology may soon allow historians to crack the world's oldest as-yet undeciphered system of writing. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Flooding cut Nigerian oil output by around 20 percent
Severe flooding temporarily cut Nigeria's oil output by around 500,000 barrels per day, or some 20 percent of total production in Africa's largest crude producer, an industry regulator said Wednesday. ... more
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Belgium seeks to push back closure of two nuclear plants

Oil spill closes Enbridge line in Saskatchewan

Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name

BOC Aviation adds two more Boeing jets to earlier order spree

WTO appeals panel sides with China in US anti-dumping duties row

Nature fires back at EIA shale gas critique

Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

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EPIDEMICS

Italy bans use of three Novartis flu vaccines
The Italian health ministry said on Wednesday it has banned the sale and use of several flu vaccines produced by Swiss drugs group Novartis pending tests into possible side-effects. ... more
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SINO DAILY

China hits out at money-making religious sites
China's religious affairs ministry has lashed out at the rampant commercialisation of sacred places and temples in the country, including the practice of employing "fake monks" and fortune-tellers. ... more
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WATER WORLD

EU keeps fishing subsidies, attacked by environmentalists
The EU agreed on Wednesday to maintain controversial fishing subsidies, sparking a sharp response from environmental groups who say the payments contribute to overfishing of already stressed stocks. ... more
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EARLY EARTH

Study: Heat prolonged ancient extinctions
European scientists say they've discovered why a "dead zone" following the worst extinction of all time lasted so long - it was simply too hot to survive. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Arctic seafloor said littered with plastic
The seabed in the arctic deep ocean is increasingly strewn with litter and plastic waste, a German researcher says, with twice as much debris as ten years ago. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Britain postpones controversial badger cull
Britain on Tuesday delayed controversial plans to cull thousands of badgers in a bid to fight bovine tuberculosis, in the latest U-turn by Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government. ... more
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FLORA AND FAUNA

Zimbabwe weighs cost of too many elephants
A herd of elephants hobbles past a cluster of acacia trees to a water-hole deep in Zimbabwe's vast Hwange game reserve, attracted by the drone of generators pumping water round the clock into the pool. ... more
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ICE WORLD

Leonardo DiCaprio urges Antarctic ocean sanctuary
Leonardo DiCaprio urged a high-level Antarctic conservation meeting in Australia Tuesday to approve a sweeping Southern Ocean marine sanctuary to protect thousands of polar species. ... more
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Plunging oil price to reset global defence budgets: IHS

UK Politicians Keeping 'Options Open' Over Trident Renewal

US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

Russia Not to Deploy Units of Strategic Missile Forces in Crimea

India Considering Leasing Second Russian Nuclear Submarine

Challenging Russia, Ukraine moves to drop neutral status

US air strikes kill several IS leaders in Iraq: Pentagon

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SINO DAILY

China petition urges fair treatment of Bo Xilai
Hundreds of backers of disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai have urged parliament in an online petition not to expose him to a potentially unfair trial over alleged abuse of power and other charges. ... more
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INTERN DAILY

Japan hopes medical tourists immune to China row
As relations between Tokyo and Beijing appear increasingly in need of major surgery, officials in the far north of Japan are hoping the infant industry of medical tourism can thrive unscathed. ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Jamaica, Cuba issue hurricane warnings
Hurricane warnings were issued Tuesday for Jamaica and parts of Cuba as Tropical Storm Sandy gained strength in the southern Caribbean. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Japan's radiation monitoring unreliable: Greenpeace
Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Top Italy scientists resign in protest at quake ruling
The head of Italy's top disaster body quit in protest Tuesday after seven of its members were sentenced to jail over a deadly earthquake in a shock ruling that the global science community warned dealt a dangerous blow to scientific freedom. ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Clinton hails Haitian post-quake reconstruction
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday hailed Haitian reconstruction since the massive 2010 earthquake, drawing parallels between the "American dream" and the "Haitian dream." ... more
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PILLAGING PIRATES

Somali pirates free ship after nearly two years: NATO
Somali pirates have released a cargo ship they hijacked almost two years ago, with the crew "very relieved" to see their NATO rescuers, the military alliance said Tuesday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

A sharper look into the past for archaeology and climate research
By using a new series of measurements of radiocarbon dates on seasonally laminated sediments from Lake Suigetsu in Japan, a more precise calibration of radiocarbon dating will be possible. In combin ... more
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NASA, Planetary Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

NASA's Kepler Reborn, Makes First Exoplanet Find of New Mission

SpaceX delays resupply flight to ISS

Preparing for an asteroid strike

Satellite firm Stevenson Astrosat moves into spacecraft systems

Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data

Opportunity drives on in no-flash mode

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WATER WORLD

A Mississippi River diversion helped build Louisiana wetlands
The extensive system of levees along the Mississippi River has done much to prevent devastating floods in riverside communities. But the levees have also contributed to the loss of Louisiana's wetla ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE

Improving effectiveness of solar geoengineering
Solar radiation management is a type of geoengineering that would manipulate the climate in order to reduce the impact of global warming caused by greenhouse gasses. Ideas include increasing the amo ... more
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ICE WORLD

New understanding of Antarctic's weight-loss
New data which more accurately measures the rate of ice-melt could help us better understand how Antarctica is changing in the light of global warming. The rate of global sea level change is r ... more
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WATER WORLD

Climate change threatens marine environment in the Baltic Sea
At the end of the 21st century, the temperature in the Baltic Sea will be higher and the salt content lower than at any time since 1850. If no action is taken to alleviate the effects of climate cha ... more
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WATER WORLD

Sweden's only coral reef at risk of dying
Sweden's only remaining cold-water coral reef, the Sacken reef in the Koster Fjord, is under threat of extinction. Because of that, researchers from the University of Gothenburg have started a resto ... more
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WATER WORLD

Leisure boats threaten the Swedish West Coast archipelago
The number of leisure boats along the Swedish West Coast has risen dramatically over the last 20 years, resulting in a risk that the inner archipelago might be destroyed. These are the findings of n ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Clinton hails Haitian post-quake reconstruction
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday hailed Haitian reconstruction after the devastating 2010 earthquake, drawing parallels between the "American dream" and the "Haitian dream." ... more
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SHAKE AND BLOW

Italian scientists sentenced to jail in quake trial
Six Italian scientists and a government official were found guilty on Monday of multiple manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in the town of L'Aquila in 2009. ... more
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