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August 28, 2013
In US, 'rivers on Rolaids' are legacy of acid rain
Washington, DC (AFP) Aug 26, 2013
Two-thirds of rivers in the eastern United States are becoming increasingly alkaline, making their waters more dangerous for crop irrigation and fish life, scientists said Monday. Even though alkaline is the opposite of acid, the reason for the change is the legacy of acid rain, which eats away at rocks and pavement that are high in alkaline minerals, said the researchers in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. "It's like rivers on Rolaids," said lead author Sujay Kaushal, a geologi ... read more
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Four peacekeepers missing in Sudan's Darfur flood: UNAMID
Four peacekeepers are missing in Sudan's troubled Darfur region after a flash flood hit while they escorted an aid mission, UNAMID said on Monday. ... more

How otters save the sea grasses
Otters can help rejuvenate sea grasses, a vulnerable natural resource that protects the coastline and provides habitat for fish, according to research published on Monday. ... more

Dead Sea, Red Sea plan raises environmental hackles
A plan to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea could save it from total evaporation and bring desalinated water to thirsty neighbours Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians. ... more

Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU bee-saving pesticide ban
Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta and German chemicals group Bayer on Tuesday said they were taking legal action against the European Commission over its suspension of the use of an insecticide it blames for killing bees. ... more


Time running out to save tuna stocks: campaigners
Time is running out to save some species of tuna from overfishing, environmental groups warned Monday, calling for Japan to take the lead in reducing the global catch. ... more


Cattle in Burundi -- from poetry to milk yields
Men in Burundi once recited poems to their long-horned cows as they led them to pasture, before civil war decimated the prized stocks. Now the country is rebuilding its herds, but at the cost of forsaking tradition. ... more
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Thirteen dead in Mexico mudslides: authorities
Mudslides crashed through several homes in eastern Mexico on Monday, killing at least 13 people after a tropical storm pelted the state of Veracruz with heavy rains, officials said. ... more

Tropical Storm Fernand forms in Gulf of Mexico
Tropical Storm Fernand formed Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to hit the Mexican coastal state of Veracuz early Monday, the country's national weather service said. ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run

China's Didi 'most valuable Asian start-up'; Uber exec demoted

Mathematical model of a TARDIS takes the 'fiction' out of science fiction

Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable

A CSIC scientist discovers that wax worms eat plastic

CEE Group acquires wind farm with a capacity of 27.6 megawatts in Brandenburg

For first time, researchers measure forces that align crystals and help them snap together


Haze returns to Indonesia as fires rage
Fires cloaked parts of Indonesia's Sumatra in thick smog Tuesday, forcing the cancellation of flights, two months after blazes on the island sparked Southeast Asia's worst haze crisis for years. ... more

Edible algae -- coming to a rooftop near you?
On a hotel rooftop in Bangkok, dozens of barrels of green liquid bubble under the sun - the latest innovation in urban farming. ... more

Portugal calls for more help to tackle deadly forest fires
Portugal appealed for further international aid Monday to tackle forest fires raging in the country's north and centre, with 30-metre flames towering over villagers in some areas. ... more
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Snakes alive: deadly tenants nesting in Australian suburbs
They are the nightmare tenants who can live undetected alongside Australian families for years: the world's deadliest snakes. ... more

Bo trial ends, China prosecutors demand heavy sentence
The dramatic trial of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai ended Monday with prosecutors pushing for a heavy sentence over a murder and corruption scandal that shook the Communist Party. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Philippines' Duterte gives China free pass over sea row

China 'putting pressure' on North Korea: Trump

S Korea, US conduct military drills despite Pyongyang threats

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media

China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier

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BAE Systems unveils 3D warning system for aircraft


Amur flooding breaks records in China: state media
The Amur River which marks the border between China and Russia has experienced its worst flooding in a century, cutting off roads to some areas, Chinese state media said Monday. ... more

Measles-like virus blamed for Atlantic dolphin deaths
A dolphin virus that is similar to measles in humans is suspected of causing the deaths of hundreds of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins since July, US officials said Tuesday. ... more

Bo trial may not win over China public: analysts
Chinese authorities tried to present Bo Xilai's corruption trial as an unprecedented open display of fairness, but with limits on publication and references to other leaders conspicuously absent, they may yet fail in the court of public opinion. ... more
U.N. condemns Australia's treatment of refugees

Raytheon provides public safety a bridge from land mobile radios to smartphones and tablets

Mutualink Unveils Google Glass for Public Safety

Lab-made complexes are "sun sponges"

Physicists pinpoint key property of material that both conducts and insulates

Using x-ray vision to detect unseen gold

How otters save the sea grasses

Dead Sea, Red Sea plan raises environmental hackles

Japan seeds clouds to boost Tokyo rain

Arctic Sea Ice Update: Unlikely To Break Records, But Continuing Downward Trend

Change of Venue for NASA's IceBridge Antarctic Operations

Sea ice decline spurs the greening of the Arctic


Bo trial reveals lifestyles of China's rich and infamous
The family's safes held more cash than an average Chinese might see in a lifetime. Their French villa was held through shell companies designed to avoid taxes and publicity. The son gallivanted around the world at huge expense. ... more

London, a playground for 10,000 urban foxes
To some they are a nuisance, even a danger. To others, London's 10,000 foxes are a delightful reminder that this concrete wilderness is teeming with wildlife. ... more

Part of the herd, dogs ease Namibia's cheetah-farmer conflicts
Winding through the parched Namibian farmland, Bonzo, an Anatolian shepherd dog, has a singular focus: protecting his herd of goats from lurking predators. ... more

New risk model sheds light on arsenic risk in China's groundwater
Since the 1960s, it has been known that groundwater resources in certain provinces of China are contaminated with arsenic. Estimates of the numbers of affected people have risen year by year. In the ... more
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Japan seeds clouds to boost Tokyo rain


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One million cockroaches flee China farm: report

China graft crackdown hits Hong Kong's 'Dried Seafood Street'

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Bo admits 'some responsibility' for embezzled money

Chinese-American billionaire blogger held on 'sex charges'

Bo trial combines old and new in Chinese law: analysts

China's Bo says police chief's evidence 'full of lies'

Experimental Ebola treatment protects some primates even after disease symptoms appear

Researchers reveal hunter-gatherers' taste for spice

Warming Antarctic seas likely to impact on krill habitats

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More than 300,000 affected by Sudan floods: WHO

Hundreds battle Spain forest fires

Non-Hydro Renewables Triple Output in a Decade

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