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February 13, 2017
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Philippines to review mines closure order



Manila (AFP) Feb 10, 2017
The Philippines will review an order to close two dozen mines, the government said Friday, after the decision sparked concern over jobs losses and the economy. The environment ministry last week ordered the closure of 23 of the country's large-scale mines and the suspension of five others after a government investigation found they had illegally cut down trees and polluted rivers. The Philippines is the world's top supplier of nickel ore and the main exporter to China. The closure order caused ... read more

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Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution
An investigation into the evolution of human walking by looking at how chimpanzees walk on two legs is the subject of a new research paper published in the March 2017 issue of Journal of Human Evolu ... more
WOOD PILE
Why nature restoration takes time
'Relationships' in the soil become stronger during the process of nature restoration. Although all major groups of soil life are already present in former agricultural soils, they are not really 'co ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official
A landslide in northern Myanmar's jade mining region has killed 9 people, a local official said Saturday, the latest fatal incident to strike the shadowy billion-dollar industry. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Data on blue whales off California helps protect their distant relatives
Scientists know a great deal about blue whales off California, where the endangered species has been studied for decades. But they know far less about blue whales in the Northern Indian Ocean, where ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
The breakdown of methane hydrates due to warming climate is unlikely to lead to massive amounts of methane being released to the atmosphere, according to a recent interpretive review of scientific l ... more
WATER WORLD
Decoding ocean signals
With the ocean absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) over the past decade, less of the greenhouse gas is reaching the Earth's atmosphere. That's decidedly good news, but it comes with a catch: Rising ... more
ICE WORLD
Hidden lakes drain below West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier
Thwaites Glacier on the edge of West Antarctica is one of the planet's fastest-moving glaciers. Research shows that it is sliding unstoppably into the ocean, mainly due to warmer seawater lapping at ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Climate change responsible for the great diversity in horses
Changing environments and ecosystems were driving the evolution of horses over the past 20 million years. This is the main conclusion of a new study published in Science by a team of palaeontologist ... more
FARM NEWS
Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators
As bees slip onto the endangered species list in the United States, researchers in Japan are pollinating lilies with insect-sized drones. The undersides of these artificial pollinators are coated wi ... more
WHALES AHOY
Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach
Another 200 whales were stranded on a New Zealand coastline late Saturday, frustrating rescuers who had battled through the day and even defied a shark threat to try and keep them at sea. ... more


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SHAKE AND BLOW
Rumbling Indonesian volcano in fresh eruption
A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island spewed clouds of smoke and ash high into the air Friday, the latest in a series of violent eruptions. ... more
WHITE OUT
Afghan death toll from heavy snowfall, avalanches hits 191
The death toll from avalanches and freezing weather conditions across Afghanistan has risen to 191, officials said Friday, as rescue operations were underway in the worst-affected areas. ... more
FARM NEWS
China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest
Beating a rock statue of Buddha to wish for a good new year and an abundant harvest, villagers in China's eastern Fujian province have a unique way of worshipping the deity. ... more
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Endangered species listing for bumble bee delayed by Trump admin
In a move announced Thursday in the Federal Registrar, President Donald Trump and his administration have delayed the inclusion of the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list. ... more

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Justice for victims of Nepal's civil war slips away
Shanti Dhakal's husband disappeared without a trace nearly two decades ago at the height of Nepal's brutal Maoist insurgency, presumed murdered by police for having links to the rebels. Dhakal was among 60,000 victims who registered a complaint with two commissions set up in 2015 with a two-year mandate to investigate the murders, rapes and forced disappearances perpetrated by both sides. ... more
Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official

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NASA studies growing Louisiana deltas
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Study: Deep-sea mining causes long-lasting ecological damage

CryoSat reveals lake outbursts beneath Antarctic ice
A novel way of using ESA's CryoSat mission has revealed how lakes beneath Thwaites Glacier drained into the Amundsen Sea - potentially the largest such outflow ever reported in this region of West Antarctica. This new information is helping scientists understand more about what's going on deep below the surface of the ice and what affects how fast the glaciers flow towards the ocean. Thwai ... more
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China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest
Beating a rock statue of Buddha to wish for a good new year and an abundant harvest, villagers in China's eastern Fujian province have a unique way of worshipping the deity. The religious ceremony held Friday in Yuxi village is one of many in the run-up to the traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on February 11 this year. It is a time for colourful ceremonies in the coastal provinc ... more
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NASA-Led Campaign Studies Hawaii's Iconic Volcanoes
Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii is one of Earth's most active volcanoes, drawing scientists and tourists alike from all over the world to study and witness its spectacular displays of nature. This month, a NASA-led science team is exploring Kilauea and the adjacent volcano Mauna Loa from the air, ground and space. Their goal: to better understand volcanic processes and hazards. In ... more
Pacific rim countries to test their tsunami warning system

6 dead after strong quake shakes southern Philippines

Rumbling Indonesian volcano in fresh eruption

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I. Coast govt pursues bid to end mutiny by elite troops
The Ivorian government planned Thursday to pursue talks with elite troops responsible for President Alassane Ouattara's security in a bid to end a revolt by the special forces, a defence ministry official said. "Normally the discussions should resume this morning," the source told AFP after the mutineers began talks with top military staff following armed protests this week in their barracks ... more
Ivory Coast govt in bid to end elite troops' mutiny

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Humans subconsciously perceive words as 'round' or 'sharp'
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Paleolithic people 'killed' pebbles to rid them of their symbolic power

Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution

Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence of migration

Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem
A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human life. An international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical components missing from current climate models that inform environmental, climate, ... more
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Cape Town pools crack down on splashing as drought bites

Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

HSE experts investigate how order emerges from chaos
Igor Kolokolov and Vladimir Lebedev, scientific experts from HSE's Faculty of Physics and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of Russian Academy of Sciences, have developed an analytical theory, which binds the structure of coherent vortices formed due to inverse cascades in 2-D turbulence with the statistical properties of hydrodynamic fluctuations. Uncovering this link can be us ... more
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Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher. The study shows how higher temperatures will raise not just the average annual electricity demand, but more importantly, the peak demand. And to avoid brownouts and absorb t ... more
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China villages cheer Robin Hood-like hero in spring festival
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