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February 02, 2013
Early warning saved the day for flood-prone Mozambique
Johannesburg (AFP) Feb 02, 2013
Engulfed by a raging torrent of water last week, the town of Chokwe in southern Mozambique was all but destroyed for the second time in 13 years, but it emerged with a hugely lower death toll. As in 2000 when floods of biblical proportions claimed 800 lives, an underdeveloped network of dams and dykes allowed the swollen Limpopo River to burst its banks, submerging most of the province of Gaza, where Chokwe is located, under metres (feet) of water. But thanks to a decade-long effort to lessen th ... read more
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Colonial flags fly as anger grows in Hong Kong
Sixteen years after Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule, public discontent with Beijing is swelling and protesters have been rallying around an unexpected symbol - the British colonial flag. ... more

January hottest month on record in Australia
Australia experienced its hottest month on record in January, despite floods and storms that devastated parts of the country's east, officials said. ... more

Cod fishing industry faces catch limits
New catch limits on cod fishing in New England are aimed at allowing depleting cod stocks to recover but fishermen contend the reductions will destroy their industry. ... more
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Fireworks truck blast blamed for China bridge collapse
The collapse of a bridge on an expressway in central China was likely caused by an explosion on a lorry carrying fireworks, a local official said Saturday as state media said the death toll rose to 11. ... more


Hong Kong to crack down on baby formula trade
Hong Kong moved Friday to stop people crossing into mainland China with large quantities of baby formula due to fears of shortages in the city before the Lunar New Year. ... more
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Global warming less extreme than feared?
Policymakers are attempting to contain global warming at less than 2C. New estimates from a Norwegian project on climate calculations indicate this target may be more attainable than many experts ha ... more

Study finds energy use in cities has global climate effects
The heat generated by everyday energy consumption in metropolitan areas is significant enough to influence the character of major atmospheric circulation systems, including the jet stream during win ... more
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Spring may come earlier to North American forests
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Measuring the consequence of forest fires on public health
Pollution from forest fires is impacting the health of people with asthma and other chronic obstructive lung diseases, finds a study in Biomed Central's open access journal Environmental Health. Thi ... more

Professional training 'in the wild' overrides laboratory decision preferences
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With Hot Air Treatment, Bacteria Fly the Coop
Poultry producers can reduce bacterial cross-contamination in poultry cages by treating the cages with forced air that's been heated to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a study by U.S. Departmen ... more

There were more small meat-eating dinosaurs than first thought
University of Alberta researchers used fossilized teeth to identify at least 23 species of small meat-eating dinosaurs that roamed western Canada and the United States, 85 to 65 million years ago. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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First GPS 3 satellite receives commands from new OCX ground control segment

EU launches defence pact it calls 'bad news for enemies'

China, S. Korea eye warmer ties following tensions

Putin, Trump discuss N Korea in phone call

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Groundwater fate and climate change
Simon Fraser University earth scientist Diana Allen, a co-author on a new paper about climate changes' impacts on the world's ground water, says climate change may be exacerbating many countries' ex ... more

Global research team decodes genome sequence of 90 chickpea lines
In a scientific breakthrough that promises improved grain yields and quality, greater drought tolerance and disease resistance, and enhanced genetic diversity, a global research team has completed h ... more

Underwater CO2 shows potential as barrier to Asian carp
As the Asian carp population grows and the threat of the invasive species entering Lake Michigan through one of the Chicago canals is monitored, a University of Illinois researcher believes using tw ... more
26 dead as China bridge collapses: media

Fireworks truck blast blamed for China bridge collapse

Australian summer lurches from fire to floods

South Korean Satellite Makes First Contact with Ground

Space Station Crew Uses Laser Channel to Beam Data

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India urges China to respect its river rights

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Norway's ruling party may back Arctic islands oil drive

Greenland ice cores provide vision of the future

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India urges China to respect its river rights
India urged China on Thursday to respect its river rights following a media report that Beijing plans to build new hydroelectric plants on a waterway that the neighbours share. ... more

Sweden resumes wolf hunt despite controversy
Sweden is to resume its wolf hunt in what authorities have described as a bid to limit inbreeding and maintain healthy stocks, but environmentalists argued Thursday that the hunt violates EU law. ... more

China convicts Tibetan burning 'inciters' of murder
A Chinese court convicted two Tibetans of murder on Thursday for inciting others to burn themselves to death, giving one a suspended death penalty and the other 10 years in prison, state media reported. ... more

Hospital visits rise during Beijing's choking smog
Hospital admissions for respiratory complaints rose 20 percent during the latest choking smog to hit Beijing, reports said Thursday as state media demanded greater government openness on pollution. ... more
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Obama's energy secretary stepping down

Phosphorus used in Myanmar protest raid: lawyers

Oil prices rise after upbeat US, China data

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