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November 06, 2013
We'll rise or fall on the quality of our soil
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Nov 06, 2013
Great civilisations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded. The modern world could suffer the same fate. This is according to Professor Mary Scholes and Dr Bob Scholes who have published a paper in top scientific journal, Science, which describes how the productivity of many lands has been dramatically reduced as a result of soil erosion, accumulation of salinity, and nutrient depletion. "Cultivating soil continuously for too long d ... read more
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Stowaways threaten fisheries in the Arctic
The increased sea temperature expected in 2100 will in itself mean that the potential number of species introduced by ships will increase more than sixfold in the Norwegian Archipelago Svalbard in t ... more
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The biggest mass extinction and Pangea integration
The mysterious relationship between Pangea integration and the biggest mass extinction happened 250 million years ago was tackled by Professor YIN Hongfu and Dr. SONG Haijun from State Key Laborator ... more


Scientists study 'fishy' behavior to solve an animal locomotion mystery
A quirk of nature has long baffled biologists: Why do animals push in directions that don't point toward their goal, like the side-to-side sashaying of a running lizard or cockroach? An engineer bui ... more
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Rising temperatures challenge Salt Lake City's water supply
In an example of the challenges water-strapped Western cities will face in a warming world, new research shows that every degree Fahrenheit of warming in the Salt Lake City region could mean a 1.8 t ... more

The nitrogen puzzle in the oceans
A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, the University of Basel, and Radboud University Nijmegen has now revealed the details of an important microbial process re ... more
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New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster

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China to build $1.6 bn aluminium plant in Tajikistan

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Fugitive eco-activist eyes anti-whale battle from afar
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Search on for oldest antarctic ice in hunt for ancient climate clues
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Student deaths stir anger in strife-hit Thai south
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First GMO rice to be launched in Philippines in 2016: researchers
The first genetically-modified rice to be commercially available could be approved for production in the Philippines in two to three years, researchers said Tuesday, despite strong opposition from environmental groups. ... more

200 million people at risk from toxic pollution: environmentalists
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide risk exposure to toxic pollution, environmental groups warned Monday, publishing a list of the world's worst areas, including an African processing site for European electronics. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
North Korean ICBM program runs into major roadblock at reentry

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

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway incident

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Girl, 8, is China's youngest lung cancer case
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Water mark: Los Angeles fetes 100 years of aqueduct
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday joined descendants of the engineers who brought water to the then sleepy Californian town, marking the 100th anniversary of the transformative project. ... more

Two-degree global warming limit 'ever-more elusive': UN
The chance of limiting global temperature increases to two degrees Celsius this century are swiftly diminishing, a new United Nations report warned Tuesday, ahead of the body's annual climate talks next week. ... more
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China climate negotiator laments 'severe' pollution
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Empty chair to represent China's Ai Weiwei at Sweden film fest
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Scientists digitally reconstruct giant steps taken by dinosaurs for the first time

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Rural Chinese school 'demolished for $1.6 bn resort'

Warm winters let trees sleep longer

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Jordanians fret over 'dangerous' nuclear plan

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Aluminum alloy can store hydrogen, could be fuel cell material

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