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November 27, 2012
Sandy costs top $42 bn in New York: governor
New York (AFP) Nov 26, 2012
Superstorm Sandy ran up a super bill of $42 billion across New York, causing more damage than the infamous Hurricane Katrina, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday, appealing for federal emergency funds. Cuomo told a news conference that Sandy's impact had by some measures been worse than Katrina, which caused devastation along the US Gulf Coast in 2005. Although Katrina's death toll at 1,833 was far higher than the approximately 110 killed during last month's hurricane-strength Sandy, the ... read more
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Clock is ticking fast, UN climate talks told
Nearly 200 nations launched a fresh round of United Nations climate talks in Doha on Monday amid urgent appeals to scale up the fight against Earth-warming greenhouse-gas emissions. ... more

Italian steel plant suspends operations in pollution row
Italy's ILVA steel mill which employs thousands of workers announced it was suspending operations on Monday after a magistrate issued seven arrest warrants for managers and ordered production seized. ... more

Bangkok street protest fizzles out
Leaders of an anti-government protest by thousands of demonstrators called off their march Saturday in Bangkok amid fears of further clashes with police. ... more
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Chinese insurer hits out at Wen Jiabao report
A Chinese insurance giant threatened legal action on Monday over a media report linking a key government decision about the firm to shareholdings held by relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao. ... more


800 homes flooded as Britain soaked by more heavy rain
More than 800 homes in England and Wales have been flooded as heavy rain and strong winds battered the country and environmental officials warned of more downpours to come on Monday. ... more
The Year In Space

Bitsy beetle warms Canada: study
An army of rice-grain-sized beetles, attracted by warming weather, has moved into Canada's western forests, where its tree massacre is causing the mercury to rise yet further, a study said Sunday. ... more

Brazil state bank to invest $11 billion in Amazon dam
Brazil's state-run development bank BNDES said Monday it had approved $11.25 billion in loans to finance construction of the controversial Belo Monte mega-dam in the Amazon basin. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Britain axes 1 billion pound carbon capture scheme

Dutch lawmakers approve plan to close coal power plants

French carmakers top European list of low CO2 emitters

PetroChina sells pipeline stake amid reforms push

French group to help Japan dismantle nuclear reactors

Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe

CERN colliding lead ions at record energy using upgraded LHC


Nearly half a million Arabs HIV-infected: UN
The United Nations said on Monday that the number of people in Arab countries infected with HIV more than doubled to 470,000 in the eight years to 2009. ... more

Scientists pioneer method to predict environmental collapse
Scientists at the University of Southampton are pioneering a technique to predict when an ecosystem is likely to collapse, which may also have potential for foretelling crises in agriculture, fisher ... more

Uncovering complexity
It's one of the basic tenets of biological research - by studying simple "model" systems, researchers hope to gain insight into the workings of more complex organisms. Caenorhabditis elegans - tiny, ... more
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New species literally spend decades on the shelf
Many of the world's most unfamiliar species are just sitting around on museum shelves collecting dust. That's according to a report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology showing that it takes mo ... more

Activists rally against dolphin, whale hunt in Tokyo
Environmentalists and nationalists held opposing rallies over the issue of Japan's dolphin and whale hunts in a rare showdown in central Tokyo on Saturday, leading to angry scenes. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russia's nuclear weapon arsenal surpasses US

Elbit to supply Hermes 900 HFE UAVs to Switzerland

U.S. Navy's USNS Maury completes acceptance trials

General Dynamics receives sub contract modification

Philippine Air Force receiving South Korean FA-50 jets

Saab to modernize Sweden's RBS 97 Hawk missile system

Polish call to scrap NATO-Russia deal 'extraordinarily dangerous': Moscow


Climate talks resume amid warnings of looming calamity
Nearly 200 nations gather in Doha from Monday for a new round of climate talks as a rush of reports warn extreme weather events like superstorm Sandy may become commonplace if mitigation efforts fail. ... more

Probing the mystery of the Venus fly trap's botanical bite
Plants lack muscles, yet in only a tenth of a second, the meat-eating Venus fly trap hydrodynamically snaps its leaves shut to trap an insect meal. This astonishingly rapid display of botanical move ... more

Degraded military lands to get ecological boost from CU-led effort
Some arid lands in the American West degraded by military exercises that date back to General George Patton's Word War II maneuvers in the Mojave Desert should get a boost from an innovative researc ... more
Sandy costs top $42 bn in New York: governor

Haitian president talks quake relief with Pope Benedict XVI

Storm gives New Yorkers new family - each other

University of Glasgow and Clyde Space set to put brakes on space junk problem

Systems engineering expertise leads to increased counterfire target acquisition radar capabilities

Raytheon achieves critical firsts for US Navy dual-band radar

China facing looming water shortages

Brazil state bank to invest $11 billion in Amazon dam

Researchers identify a simple way to precipitate phosphorus from the wastewater of a pulp mill

Greenland's viking settlers gorged on seals

Ocean currents play a role in predicting extent of Arctic sea ice

Scientists say new signs of global warming in Russian Arctic


Yellow fever-hit Darfur gets help from US Navy
US Navy medical experts have arrived in Sudan to help analyse samples of suspected yellow fever, which has killed 127 people in the Darfur region since early September, health officials said on Friday. ... more

Eating right key to survival of whales and dolphins
In the marine world, high-energy prey make for high-energy predators. And to survive, such marine predators need to sustain the right kind of high-energy diet. Not just any prey will do, suggests a ... more

New strain of bird virus sweeps across Britain
Avian pox has been recorded in British bird species such as house sparrows and wood pigeons for a number of years. However, the emergence of a new strain of this viral disease in great tits is causi ... more

Rare rhino fossil preserved by prehistoric volcanic eruption
Less than 2% of the earth's fossils are preserved in volcanic rock, but researchers have identified a new one: the skull of a rhino that perished in a volcanic eruption 9.2 million years ago. The fi ... more
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Earth's magnetic field is not about to flip

NEOWISE observes carbon gases in comets

United Launch Alliance Reveals Transformational CubeSat Launch Program

MUSE observations enable prediction of once-in-a-lifetime supernova replay


Early birds had an old-school version of wings


China facing looming water shortages


Record numbers flock to take Chinese government test


Estonian brown bears head west


Woman killed by tree as storms batter England


Tibetan self-immolates in northwest China


Ocean currents play a role in predicting extent of Arctic sea ice


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Maple syrup, moose, and the local impacts of climate change


Processes and Misconceptions Concerning the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow

Pear genome provides new insight into breeding improvement and evolutionary trace analysis

Saving Water without Hurting Peach Production

Dry leaves make for juicy science

Herbivore defense in ferns

Researchers identify a simple way to precipitate phosphorus from the wastewater of a pulp mill

Unexpected microbes fighting harmful greenhouse gas

Warming to shift heavy rainfall patterns in the UK

Greenland's viking settlers gorged on seals

Transforming noise into mechanical energy at nanometric level

Engineering plants for biofuels

Modeling the breaking points of metallic glasses

New device hides, on cue, from infrared cameras

Algae Biomass Organization hails new UCSD study showing saltwater algae viable for biofuels

GE says 'Industrial Internet' could be worth trillions

First British nuclear licence in 25 years to France's EDF

India, China firms sign deals despite political tensions

Walker's World: UK survives EU budget row

Samsung finds unfair practices among China suppliers

Turn to gas to fight climate change, Qatar says at UN talks

SOCAR touts TANAP at Westminster meeting

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