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January 12, 2013
US study warns of extreme heat, more severe storms
Washington (AFP) Jan 11, 2013
A government report warned Friday that the United States could face more frequent severe weather including heat waves and storms for decades to come as temperatures rise far beyond levels being planned for. The draft Third National Climate Assessment, a scientific study legally mandated to advise US policymakers, made few bones that carbon emissions have been causing climate change - a source of controversy among some lawmakers. "Evidence for climate change abounds, from the top of the atmosphe ... read more
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US storm turns airport into vast used-car purgatory
Mother nature in all her fury tossed them about like toys. Now they fill two airport runways - parked, obedient and damaged - as they await nibbles from buyers. ... more

S.Africa poachers hack baby rhino with axe, machete
A two-month old rhino was hacked at least 18 times with axes and machetes when she got too close to poachers cutting off her slain mother's horn in South Africa, a conservation NGO said Friday. ... more

Philippines to move 100,000 squatters
The Philippine government plans to move about 100,000 squatters from their homes on crucial waterways in Manila by June as a flood control measure and for their own safety, an official said Saturday. ... more


Death toll rises as flu epidemic grips US
The death toll from a flu outbreak gripping the United States has reached epidemic levels and it will be at least several weeks before the outbreak abates, health officials said Friday. ... more


EU grants Haiti fresh aid on quake anniversary
The European Union said Friday it is giving Haiti another 30.5 million euros ($40.7 million) in aid, three years after the Caribbean country was devastated by a massive earthquake. ... more
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As Australia bushfires rage, warning of more heatwaves
Firefighters were battling scores of wildfires raging in Australia Saturday, as a government commission warned that climate change had raised the risk of scorching heatwaves becoming more frequent. ... more

Italy extends emergency powers for Costa shipwreck
Italy on Friday extended a series of emergency powers to deal with the removal of the Costa Concordia cruise ship wreck amid a row over delays in the salvage operation a year after the disaster. ... more

Nineteen children among 46 dead in China landslide
A desperate search for three people missing in a landslide in southwestern China ended on Saturday when their bodies were pulled from the mud, taking the final death toll to 46 - many of them children. ... more

Malawi floods kill three, displace thousands
Three people have died, and nearly 5,000 households have been ruined as floods swept through parts of Malawi, officials told AFP on Friday. ... more

Networking ability a family trait in monkeys
Two years of painstaking observation on the social interactions of a troop of free-ranging monkeys and an analysis of their family trees has found signs of natural selection affecting the behavior o ... more
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Heat-resistant corals provide clues to climate change survival
In a future shaped by climate change, only the strong - or heat-resistant - will survive. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences opens a window into a genetic proce ... more

Whales' foraging strategies revealed by new technology
Marine biologists are beginning to understand the varied diving and foraging strategies of filter-feeding whales by analyzing data from multisensor tags attached to the animals with suction cups. Su ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Upgraded Lockheed Martin Laser Outguns Threat in Half the Time

SSL selected by US Air Force to validate hosted payload scenarios

Drones can almost see in the dark

N. Korea shrugs off Trump threat as 'dog's bark'

Israeli Air Force stands up second Iron Dome battalion

At UN, world leaders confront North Korea crisis

Iran defends nuclear deal, warns Trump to respect it


Invading species can extinguish native plants despite recent reports
Ecologists at the University of Toronto and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have found that, given time, invading exotic plants will likely eliminate native plants grow ... more

Lockheed Martin Delivered Core Structure For First GOES-R Satellite
Lockheed Martin delivered the core structure for the first in a series of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s next-generation geostationary weather satellites to the company ... more

Interagency Report Published on Information Required for Short-Term Water Management Decisions
Adapting to future climate change impacts requires capabilities in hydroclimate monitoring, short-term prediction and application of such information to support contemporary water management decisio ... more
Nineteen children among 46 dead in China landslide

EU grants Haiti fresh aid on quake anniversary

Years after quake, Haitian homeless feel abandoned

LEON: the space chip that Europe built

Oscillating Gel Gives Synthetic Materials the Ability to "Speak"

How the kilogram has put on weight

Interagency Report Published on Information Required for Short-Term Water Management Decisions

Heat-resistant corals provide clues to climate change survival

Baby sharks stay still to avoid being detected by predators

A new approach to assessing future sea level rise from ice sheets

A New Way to Study Permafrost Soil, Above and Below Ground

Antarctic lake reached after millennia


Magma in mantle has deep impact
Magma forms far deeper than geologists previously thought, according to new research at Rice University. A group led by geologist Rajdeep Dasgupta put very small samples of peridotite under very lar ... more

Vietnam is targeting its critics, HRW says
The jail sentences given to 14 activists by a Vietnamese court marks a sharp escalation of government attacks on its critics, Human Rights Watch said. ... more

80 dead as temperature hits record low in Bangladesh
A cold snap which saw temperatures drop on Thursday to their lowest point in Bangladesh's post-independence history has killed around 80 people, officials said. ... more

Six million turn out for global garbage clean-up
More than six million volunteers from 96 countries collected an unprecedented 100,000 tonnes of garbage last year as part of a global, web-driven clean-up campaign, cyber-environmentalists said Friday. ... more
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Ancient meteorite impact triggered highest surface temperature in Earth's history

Space radiation is risky business for the human body

New research suggests Mercury's poles are icier than scientists thought

First steps: returning humanity to the Moon

Exploring 'Perseverance Valley' During Winter

More evidence of water on Mars


Mercury said risk in developing countries


Antarctic lake reached after millennia


Killer whales trapped in Canada ice freed


'Digital heath' movement in focus at tech show


Red-dust sunset as west Australia braces for cyclone


Australians face trauma of returning to razed homes


Pollution turns Hong Kong harbour from 'fragrant' to foul


Hong Kong tycoons' wealth surges on property: Forbes


Years after quake, Haitian homeless feel abandoned


Breeding season underway for famed Galapagos tortoises

Report: World wastes half of its food

KFC parent company sorry over China chicken scare

Worst storms in decade bring Mideast to near standstill

Earth's core melts deeper than thought

U.K. forecasters revise warming estimates

EU members chided on air quality progress

China landslide kills 22, dozens more buried

One-child policy makes Chinese risk-averse: study

Mangrove loss threatens Bengal tiger

Tech world crawling into the crib

How Australians survive the raging bushfires

Study finds flame retardant pollutants at far-flung locations

Scientists Use Marine Robots to Detect Endangered Whales

Unlike we thought for 100 years: Molds are able to reproduce sexually

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Study reveals ordinary glass's extraordinary properties

The political implications of America's Oil and Gas Boom

Commodity markets win support from China data

Iraq: Danger looms as Kurds export oil

Group urges caution on U.S. LNG exports

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