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November 19, 2013
Has the idea of 'zero deforestation' lost its meaning
Arlington VA (SPX) Nov 19, 2013
What exactly does "zero deforestation" mean? In an article published in the journal Science, authors Dr. Sandra Brown, of Winrock International, and Dr. Daniel Zarin, of the Climate and Land Use Alliance, posit that, while the idea seems simple and compelling, ambiguity surrounding global definitions and metrics actually creates risks for forest conservation and accountability. Over the past several years, governments, corporations, and non-governmental organizations have paid significant attentio ... read more
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Island biodiversity in danger of total submersion with climate change
Sea level rise caused by global warming can prove extremely destructive to island habitats, which hold about 20% of the world's biodiversity. Research by C. Bellard, C. Leclerc and F. Courcham ... more

Researchers warn against high emissions from oil palm expansion in Brazil
Expanding millions of hectares of Brazilian land to produce palm oil for food or for renewable, clean-burning biodiesel could result in extremely high emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) unless strict ... more

New malaria vaccines roadmap targets next generation products by 2030
The world should aim to have vaccines which reduce malaria cases by 75 percent, and are capable of eliminating malaria, licensed by 2030, according to the updated 2013 Malaria Vaccine Technology Roa ... more
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Snow melts faster under trees than in open areas in mild climates
It's a foggy fall morning, and University of Washington researcher Susan Dickerson-Lange pokes her index finger into the damp soil beneath a canopy of second-growth conifers. The tree cover is dense ... more


New generation of micro sensors for monitoring ocean acidification
The first step in developing a cost-effective micro sensor for long-term monitoring of ocean acidification has been achieved by a team of scientists and engineers. The new technology, that wil ... more
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Amazon rainforest more able to withstand drought than previously thought
New research suggests that the Amazon rainforest may be more able to cope with dry conditions than previously predicted. Researchers at the University of Exeter and Colorado State University used a ... more

'Help Us': Isolated typhoon victims clamour for food
The message spelt out in giant letters on the ground outside the remote, typhoon-shattered Philippine village was clear enough: "Help Us. We Need Food". ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
China's Futuristic Elevated Bus Scrapped, Accused of Being a Scam

Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL

Catalyst that mimics the z-scheme of photosynthesis

UK nuclear plant to cost consumers billions more

SOVENTIX and Gentec EPC sign a joint venture agreement to develop solar hybrid projects across Nigeria

Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator


Sardinia flash floods leave nine dead
Flash floods on the Italian holiday island of Sardinia Monday left nine people dead as rivers broke their banks and a cyclone smashed cars, flooded homes and brought down road bridges. ... more

Violent tornadoes kill 7 in US Midwest, dozens injured
Residents sifted through piles of rubble Monday as they recovered from violent tornadoes that ripped through four midwestern US states, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens. ... more

Japan lowers carbon dioxide emissions reduction target
Japan has slashed its carbon dioxide emissions reduction target. ... more
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Russia grants bail to first Greenpeace activist
A Russian court on Monday extended the pre-trial detention of one of 30 Greenpeace activists arrested for a protest against Arctic oil drilling, but unexpectedly freed a Russian doctor on bail. ... more

Everyday chemical exposure linked to preterm births
Pregnant women who are exposed to chemicals known as phthalates found in plastics, lotions and food packaging may face higher odds of giving birth prematurely, a US study said Monday. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Russian Soyuz Rocket Puts Military Satellite Into Earth's Orbit

New Satellite Gives India the Edge Along the Border

S. Korea's Moon heads to US as North threat grows

Rockwell Collins to supply avionics for General Atomics MQ-9B

Unmanned helo completes French navy flight trials

Rafael unveils Drone Dome anti-drone system

General Atomics finishes key cockpit review for drone program


Indonesian woman dies of bird flu: health ministry
An Indonesian woman living near the capital Jakarta has died of bird flu, the health ministry said, the latest death from H5N1 in the country hardest hit by the virus. ... more

Clinton tells China forum he hopes for female US president
Former US president Bill Clinton hopes there will be a woman in the White House in his lifetime and will support his wife Hillary in whatever she decides to do, he told a Chinese audience on Monday. ... more

Demonstrators at Warsaw climate summit demand emission cuts
Climate change demonstrators took to the streets of Warsaw during the weekend as host Poland comes under fire from critics at the U.N. COP19 climate summit. ... more
Japan sending almost 1,200 troops to typhoon-hit Philippines

Law and order prevailing in Philippine typhoon chaos

Aquino asserts control over typhoon relief effort

Northrop Grumman Wins Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar Study

3D printing 'will change the world'

UNH scientists document, quantify deep-space radiation hazards

Feast and famine on the abyssal plain

Largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three-quarters of winter water birds

Scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel

'Tiger stripes' underneath Antarctic glaciers slow the flow

Protests as Greenpeace activists mark two months in detention

Could volcanoes be causing Antarctic ice loss?


Angry French farmers to 'blockade' Paris
Irate French farmers are threatening to bring Paris to a halt on Thursday by blocking arterial roads to the capital in the latest protest over tax hikes. ... more

Satellites to probe Earth's strange shield
Europe next week will launch a trio of hi-tech satellites to explore something that may seem utterly mundane: Earth's magnetic field. ... more

Cost from disasters quadrupled in 30 years: World Bank
The bill from natural and weather disasters is nearly $200 billion (150 billion euros) a year, four times higher than in the 1980s, the World Bank said on Monday. ... more

China reform plan impresses, but analysts watch effects
China's quick release of a surprisingly detailed national reform plan shows leaders are serious about economic change, analysts say, but uncertainties remain over its implementation. ... more
Space News from
Mars rover Opportunity on walkabout near crater rim

ArianeGroup signs contract with ESA to develop Prometheus engine

Eclipse Expectations Excite Escapades for Enlightenment

Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

Test of US-Japanese missile interceptor fails

N.Korea conducts rocket engine test: US official

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Aquino asserts control over typhoon relief effort


Could volcanoes be causing Antarctic ice loss?


China one-child law change small but crucial: experts


Dangerous weather, tornadoes tear up US Midwest


End to China labour camps cheered -- but what next?


Protests as Greenpeace activists mark two months in detention


Cuts could harm future US crisis response: marine head


Buried leaves reveal precolonial eastern forests and guide stream restoration


Scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel


Largest lake in Britain and Ireland has lost three-quarters of winter water birds

Japan sending almost 1,200 troops to typhoon-hit Philippines

Nature's Glowing Slime: Scientists Peek into Hidden Sea Worm's Light

Dogs likely originated in Europe more than 18,000 years ago

'Missing heat' discovery prompts new estimate of global warming

China ready to send medical teams to Philippines

Madrid street-sweepers call off strike: union

Grieving typhoon survivors seek solace in Sunday prayer

Chinese buyer snaps up vintage wine at French auction

Rare downpours and floods hit Saudi capital

Aid pushes through to Philippine typhoon survivors

Long road ahead for typhoon-hit Philippine businesses

Powerful quake strikes far south Atlantic: USGS

US carrier spearheads Philippine relief effort

Six dead in Vietnam floods: officials

Global aid converges on Philippines eight days after Haiyan

Law and order prevailing in Philippine typhoon chaos

Frustrated families bring aid to Philippine typhoon survivors

Battered church offers shelter from the storm

Fukushima operator starts dangerous fuel-rod removal

Microbiologists reveal unexpected properties of methane-producing microbe

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