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December 06, 2012
Clearest evidence yet of polar ice losses
Paris (ESA) Dec 06, 2012
After two decades of satellite observations, an international team of experts brought together by ESA and NASA has produced the most accurate assessment of ice losses from Antarctica and Greenland to date. This study finds that the combined rate of ice sheet melting is increasing. The new research shows that melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has added 11.1 mm to global sea levels since 1992. This amounts to about 20% of all sea-level rise over the survey period. About two thirds of ... read more
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Carbon dioxide could reduce crop yields
The carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere continues to climb and heat up the climate. The gas is, however, indispensable for plants, as they use the carbon it provides to form glucose and other i ... more

Birds may spread, not halt, fever-bearing ticks
Turkey raises and releases thousands of non-native guineafowl to eat ticks that carry the deadly Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus. Yet research suggests guineafowl eat few ticks, but carry the ... more

Precisely engineering 3-D brain tissues
Borrowing from microfabrication techniques used in the semiconductor industry, MIT and Harvard Medical School (HMS) engineers have developed a simple and inexpensive way to create three-dimensional ... more
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Skeletons in cave reveal Mediterranean secrets
Skeletal remains in an island cave in Favignana, Italy, reveal that modern humans first settled in Sicily around the time of the last ice age and despite living on Mediterranean islands, ate little ... more


Plant organ development breakthrough
Plants grow upward from a tip of undifferentiated tissue called the shoot apical meristem. As the tip extends, stem cells at the center of the meristem divide and increase in numbers. But the cells ... more
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'Come out of the forest' to save the trees
Forestry experts have called for a new approach to managing land and tackling climate change - challenging the ongoing debate that forests have to be sacrificed for the sake of rural development and ... more

Canopy structure more important to climate than leaf nitrogen levels
Claims that forest leaves rich in nitrogen may aid in reflecting infrared radiation - helping cool the atmosphere - have been challenged by new research that shows that the structure of tree canopie ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
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New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

Post-hurricane rebuilding fuels jump in October US home construction

China to build $1.6 bn aluminium plant in Tajikistan

Panama opens embassy in China after cutting Taiwan ties


Declining air pollution levels continue to improve life expectancy in US
A new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found an association between reductions in fine particulate matter and improved life expectancy in 545 counties in the U. ... more

S. Korea formally dumps 'scientific' whaling plan
South Korea confirmed Wednesday that it had formally dropped its fiercely criticised plan to resume "scientific" whaling and adopted non-lethal means to study the mammals in its waters. ... more

Blizzard hits Stockholm, disrupts air and rail traffic
Heavy snowfall blanketed eastern Sweden on Wednesday, causing power outages, major delays in rail and road traffic and grounding most planes at Stockholm's main airport Arlanda, officials said. ... more
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Asia air pollution deaths to rise: environment group
Air pollution in Asia, which already kills at least 800,000 people each year, will likely lead to even higher death rates as the region's air quality worsens, an environmental group warned Wednesday. ... more

EU adopts 'blue growth' goals for Adriatic
The European Union's "blue economy" maritime strategy to promote sustainable growth has been adopted for the Adriatic and Ionian seas, the European Commission says. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
North Korean ICBM program runs into major roadblock at reentry

US nuclear commander would resist 'illegal' order for strike

Chinese, N.Korean envoys discuss regional concerns: state media

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident

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Victory for vulnerable whale sharks at Pacific meeting
Asia and Pacific nations agreed at a meeting in the Philippines on Wednesday to take steps to protect whale sharks in a victory for the world's largest fish, officials said. ... more

274 dead, hundreds missing in Philippines typhoon
The death toll from a typhoon that ravaged the Philippines jumped to 274 Wednesday with hundreds more missing, as rescuers battled to reach areas cut off by floods and mudslides. ... more

World's tallest woman dies in China: authorities
A Chinese woman who was certified as the tallest in the world has died, an official from her hometown said Wednesday. ... more
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Pakistan landslides kill three soldiers, bury rescuers

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Schriever squadrons assure safe passage in space domain

Countdown begins to the next generation of satellites

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Clearest evidence yet of polar ice losses

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Iran quake kills five in rural area: emergency official
Five people were killed Wednesday and at least a dozen injured in a moderate earthquake that struck eastern Iran near the Afghan border, a provincial emergency official said. ... more

New map highlights hotspots for mega-quakes
Seismologists on Wednesday unveiled a map highlighting zones most prone to unleashing the world's biggest earthquakes, including the 9.0 monster that struck northeastern Japan in March 2011. ... more

Outside View: A ray of hope
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Arab world to bear brunt of climate change: World Bank
Global warming will have dire consequences for the Middle East and North Africa, with even hotter and drier conditions devastating everything from agriculture to tourism, a World Bank report said on Wednesday. ... more
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Russia, Ukraine hit with massive snowfall

South Sudan's elephants face extinction: experts

Bangladeshi protesters clash with police

UN chief urges swift action at climate talks

Rich nations alone can't halt global warming: report

Long-term research reveals how climate change is playing out in real ecosystems

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