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March 14, 2017
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Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'



Sydney (AFP) March 13, 2017
Thousands of hectares of mangroves in Australia's remote north "died of thirst" last year, scientists said Tuesday, in the largest climate-related incident of its kind ever recorded. Some 7,400 hectares (18,000 acres), stretching 1,000 kilometres across the semi-arid Gulf of Carpentaria, perished, according to researchers from Australia's James Cook University. The so-called die-back - where mangroves are either dead or defoliated - was confirmed by aerial and satellite surveys, with subsequen ... read more

WATER WORLD
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Tens of thousands of people who fled Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria are facing a severe lack of water, compounding widespread food shortages and security fears, aid workers said Monday. ... more
WATER WORLD
Red tides not random, can be predicted
Cape Cod MA (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers have determined that red tides are not random, but instead have patterns that can be predicted in order to alert officials to the dangers. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Stressed seabirds not concerned with offspring, study says
Vienna (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers have found that little auk seabirds care only about themselves, rather than their offspring, in stressful situations. ... more
BIO FUEL
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers who conducted a study ... more
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BIO FUEL
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
There have been many attempts to modify this stubborn little enzyme, but none have succeeded. Until now. With new findings from Chalmers University of Technology, the fatty acid synthase (FAS) enzym ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
Potential approach to how radioactive elements could be 'fished out' of nuclear waste
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Manchester scientists have revealed how arsenic molecules might be used to 'fish out' the most toxic elements from radioactive nuclear waste - a breakthrough that could make the decommissioning indu ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran can transition to a fully renewable electricity system and financially benefit from it by 2030. Researchers at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) show that major oil-producing countrie ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Senegal extradites Guinean soldier wanted over massacre
Conakry (AFP) March 13, 2017
A Guinean soldier wanted over the massacre of more than 150 people in a Conakry stadium has been extradited, ending years on the run in neighbouring Senegal and paving the way for his trial. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Ethiopia rubbish landslide death toll soars to 65
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 13, 2017
At least 65 people were killed in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump this weekend, officials said Monday, in a tragedy that saw entire families including children buried alive. ... more
FIRE STORM
Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire
Santiago (AFP) March 13, 2017
Some 6,000 people began returning home Monday after a forest fire forced their evacuation over the weekend, sweeping through central Chile and destroying more than a dozen dwellings, local authorities said. ... more


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WATER WORLD
Boaty McBoatface prepares for first Antarctic mission
Hobart, Australia (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boaty McBoatface, which received its unusual moniker in an online poll last year, is about to embark on its maiden voyage to conduct scientific research. ... more
ICE WORLD
Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss: study
Paris (AFP) March 13, 2017
Natural changes in the environment are responsible for about 40 percent of Arctic sea ice loss, while humans are to blame for the rest, a climate study said Monday. ... more
WATER WORLD
More salt water in Egypt's Nile Delta putting millions at grave risk
Cairo (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Increased human activity over the last few decades has slowly created a fresh water crisis that now looms for nearly 100 million people in Egypt, a scenario that scientists say could ultimately make the entire region uninhabitable by the end of this century. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
A research team consisting of members from Japan's National Institute of Polar Research, the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and other organizations conducted forecas ... more

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Tired but happy, Iraqis finally escape Mosul jihadists
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 9, 2017
Civilians rush down a hillside on the outskirts of Mosul to waiting Iraqi forces, tired but happy after finally being able to flee the clutches of the Islamic State group. Trapped for years inside the jihadist-ruled city, escaping residents say IS fighters are growing increasingly desperate as Iraqi forces advance on their last bastions in west Mosul. Civilians are being forced from thei ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 10, 2017
Japan 'piggyback' official steps down
Prague (AFP) March 10, 2017
Giant Ai Weiwei refugee installation to go on display in Prague
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 12, 2017
Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
Orbiting in sunshine
Paris (ESA) Mar 13, 2017
Following three days of intensive work, mission control has declared the newly launched Sentinel-2B satellite fit and ready for commissioning. The 1100 kg Sentinel was launched on Tuesday atop a Vega rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Joining its orbiting twin, the new satellite will double the high-resolution coverage from the Sentinel-2 mission for the EU's Copernicus env ... more
Washington (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2017
Cancer-Causing Radiation Biggest Threat to Humans on Deep Space Missions
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Conquering metal fatigue
Munich, Germany (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Polymer-coated silicon nanosheets - an alternative to graphene
Why did rainfall over Asian inland plateau region undergo abrupt decrease around 1999
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
The Asian inland plateau (AIP) is located in the East Asian monsoon marginal areas and mainly includes Mongolia and part of northern China. Covering arid and semi-arid regions, the climate variability of the AIP is complex and can have profound impacts on economic and social activities. Recently, scientists from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics worked with Korean and Russian scientists ... more
Hobart, Australia (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boaty McBoatface prepares for first Antarctic mission
Sydney (AFP) March 10, 2017
Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced
NASA's aerial survey of polar ice expands its Arctic reach
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
For the past eight years, Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission that conducts aerial surveys of polar ice, has produced unprecedented three-dimensional views of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, providing scientists with valuable data on how polar ice is changing in a warming world. Now, for the first time, the campaign will expand its reach to explore the Arctic's Eurasian Basin through two resear ... more
Paris (AFP) March 13, 2017
Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss: study
Prémanon, France (AFP) March 11, 2017
World's first museum of polar lands opens in France
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
Is Arctic sea ice doomed to disappear?
Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
It is rare in biology that a single trait can answer questions spanning several fields of research. One such trait is plant biology's "leaf mass per area," a simple measurement calculated by weighing a dried leaf and dividing by its original fresh area. Leaf mass per area, or LMA, which has been measured in thousands of studies, is used in nearly every field of plant biology to make predictions ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
London, UK (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
Volcano breath: Measuring sulfur dioxide from space
Houghton, MI (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Volcanoes erupt, they spew ash, their scarred flanks sometimes run with both lava and landslides. But only occasionally. A less dramatic but important process is continuous gas emissions from volcanoes; in other words, as they exhale. A number of volcanoes around the world continuously exhale water vapor laced with heavy metals, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide, among many oth ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 11, 2017
Japan recalls tsunami, nuclear tragedy six years on
Antananarivo (AFP) March 11, 2017
Cyclone kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar
Antananarivo (AFP) March 9, 2017
10,000 displaced as cyclone pounds Madagascar
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.africa joins the internet
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 10, 2017
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. Africans who want to register a website will be able to apply for a .africa domain name in the coming months, which outgoing AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said would allow the con ... more
Conakry (AFP) March 13, 2017
Senegal extradites Guinean soldier wanted over massacre
Abuja (AFP) March 8, 2017
Nigerian military to probe rights abuse claims
Bamako (AFP) March 5, 2017
11 Malian soldiers killed in attack on border base
China's elderly live longer, but are less fit: study
Paris (AFP) March 9, 2017
The number and proportion of people in China over 80 are growing, but their mental and physical fitness appear to be declining, scientists reported Friday. Comparing medical data and surveys from 1998 and 2008 of nearly 20,000 people aged 80 to 105, researchers found that the ranks of China's 'oldest old' had expanded since the turn of the century. For octogenarians and nonagenarians, mo ... more
Columbia SC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Dartmouth study finds modern hunter-gathers relocate to maximize foraging efficiency
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US desert songbirds at risk in a warming climate
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Projected increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves in the desert of the southwestern United States are putting songbirds at greater risk for death by dehydration and mass die-offs, according to a new study. Researchers used hourly temperature maps and other data produced by the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) - a land-surface modeling effort main ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Investment vital to adapting to climate change in West Africa
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms
Taking earth's inner temperature
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
The temperature of Earth's interior affects everything from the movement of tectonic plates to the formation of the planet. A new study led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) suggests the mantle - the mostly solid, rocky part of Earth's interior that lies between its super-heated core and its outer crustal layer - may be hotter than previously believed. The new finding, published Mar ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
NASA examines deadly spring-like weather with GPM satellite
A new tool for genetically engineering the oldest branch of life
Urbana IL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A new study by G. William Arends Professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois Bill Metcalf with postdoctoral Fellow Dipti Nayak has documented the use of CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome editing in the third domain of life, Archaea, for the first time. Their groundbreaking work, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has the potential to vastly accelerate future studi ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Vision, not limbs, led fish onto land 385 million years ago
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Crocodiles and dolphins evolved similar skulls to catch the same prey: Study finds
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Ancient southern China fish may have evolved prior to the 'Age of Fish'
New Zealand lauded for renewables, but challenges remain
Wellington, New Zealand (UPI) Feb 21, 2017
Even with international praise for its renewable energy strategy, New Zealand's government said there is room for improvement. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without government subsidies. ... more
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Feb 15, 2017
EU parliament backs draft carbon trading reforms
Taipei (AFP) Feb 12, 2017
Taiwan lantern makers go green for festival of lights
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Republican ex-top diplomats propose a carbon tax
Discovery in new material raises questions about theoretical models of superconductivity
Ames IA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has successfully created the first pure, single-crystal sample of a new iron arsenide superconductor, CaKFe4As4, and studies of this material have called into question some long-standing theoretical models of superconductivity. The material is notable for having the high superconducting temperature of 35K without the need for small amounts of addit ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 12, 2017
Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes
Oak Ridge TN (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
ORNL study examines tungsten in extreme environments to improve fusion materials
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
ABB delivers first urban battery storage solution in Denmark to support renewables
A light rain can spread soil bacteria far and wide
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A good rain can have a cleansing effect on the land. But an MIT study published this week in Nature Communications reports that, under just the right conditions, rain can also be a means of spreading bacteria. Using high-resolution imaging, researchers from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering observed the effect of raindrops falling on dry soil laden with bacteria. When falling at s ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A backup copy in the central brain
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model
Vienna (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Stressed seabirds not concerned with offspring, study says
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