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August 07, 2017
CLIMATE SCIENCE
US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit



Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
The United States announced Friday it would still take part in international climate change negotiations in order to protect its interests, despite its planned withdrawal from the Paris accord on global warming. Two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would abandon the 2015 global pact, his administration confirmed it had informed the United Nations of its "intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement" - a process that will take at least until 2020. But in a statement ... read more

WOOD PILE
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The first review of the global impact of humans on tropical forests in the ancient past shows that humans have been altering these environments for at least 45,000 years. This counters the view that ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Russia's Lake Baikal 'extremely polluted', Putin warns
Moscow (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake, has extremely high pollution levels, President Vladimir Putin warned Friday while visiting the Siberian lake. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Sizzling summer gives Europe's south taste of the future
Rome (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Swathes of southern Europe sweltered Saturday in a heatwave that has claimed several lives, cost billions in crop damage and is, scientists warned, a foretaste of worse to follow in coming decades. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Three dead as storms ravage Italy's north
Rome (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Three people died in freak accidents Sunday as violent storms raged in northern Italy at the end of prolonged heatwave, police said. ... more
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WEATHER REPORT
European heatwave deaths could skyrocket: climate study
Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Deaths due to extreme weather in Europe could increase fifty-fold from an estimated 3,000 per year recently to 152,000 by century's end if global warming is not reined in, researchers warned Saturday. ... more
FIRE STORM
Tunisia loses swathes of forest in fires
Tunis (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Around 2,000 hectares of forest in Tunisia have gone up in flames over the past week, with some of the fires probably started deliberately, the authorities said on Saturday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Heatstruck Italy starts harvesting its thirsty vines
Rome (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Italy's annual wine harvest, the biggest in the world, is off to its earliest start in a decade as the country swelters in a heatwave following months of drought. ... more
SPACE MEDICINE
Engineers harness the power of 3-D printing to help train surgeons, shorten surgery times
San Diego CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
A team of engineers and pediatric orthopedic surgeons are using 3D printing to help train surgeons and shorten surgeries for the most common hip disorder found in children ages 9 to 16. In a r ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
The first baby panda born in France is in good health and feeding from its mother, staff at Beauval Zoo said Saturday, as they came to terms with losing its twin. ... more
WATER WORLD
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
by human activity. Scientific evidence now shows that our use and abuse of this environment is having a detrimental effect on marine habitats across the globe. New research, published in the o ... more


Angolan leader opens nation's largest hydro plant

WATER WORLD
Climate plays role in decline of critical Asian water resources
Manhattan KS (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Climate variability - rather than the presence of a major dam - is most likely the primary cause for a water supply decline in East Asia's largest floodplain lake system, according to a Kansas State ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T satellites coming together
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Progress continues on the development of NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T spacecraft that will follow the successful launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite or GOES-R, renamed GOES-1 ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Typhoon Noru kills two, draws near Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Strong typhoon Noru brought heavy rain and strong winds to southwest Japan, killing two people, local officials said Sunday as they warned of landslides and floods. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Thousands of Brazilian army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs Saturday, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games. ... more



Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Thousands of Brazilian army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs Saturday, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games. Five favelas were targeted by around 1,300 police and 3,600 troops in a sweep starting at 4 am (0700 GMT), the Rio state security service said in a statement. Their m ... more
Rome (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
Sydney (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Tech advances will lead to MH370 discovery - Malaysia Airlines
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Elephants, tigers kill one human a day in India
Reality check for 'wonder material'
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Topological insulators, a class of materials which has been investigated for just over a decade, have been heralded as a new 'wonder material', as has graphene. But so far, topological insulators have not quite lived up to the expectations fueled by theoretical studies. University of Groningen physicists now have an idea about why. Their analysis was published on 27 July in the journal Physical ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Making telescopes that curve and twist
London, UK (SPX) Aug 02, 2017
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Coral disease outbreaks fluctuate with El Nino years
Melbourne, FL (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Occurrences of three common diseases affecting Caribbean corals spike during El Nino years, an alarming association given how climate change may boost the intensity of El Ninos. The findings from Florida Institute of Technology research associate Carly Randall and biology professor Rob van Woesik, published earlier this month in the journal Scientific Reports, are based on an analysis of 1 ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
Manhattan KS (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Climate plays role in decline of critical Asian water resources
Luanda (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Angolan leader opens nation's largest hydro plant
Glaciers may have helped warm Earth
Houston TX (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
It seems counterintuitive, but over the eons, glaciers may have made Earth warmer, according to a Rice University professor. Mark Torres, an assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, took a data-driven dive into the mechanics of weathering by glaciation over millions of years to see how glacial cycles affected the oceans and atmosphere and continue to do so. ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Rusting fool's gold in glaciers a sign of increased carbon
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
N.Y. Air National Guard pilots train for arctic operations with LC-130 ski-planes
New Haven, CT (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Loss of Arctic sea ice impacting Atlantic Ocean water circulation system
Heatstruck Italy starts harvesting its thirsty vines
Rome (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Italy's annual wine harvest, the biggest in the world, is off to its earliest start in a decade as the country swelters in a heatwave following months of drought. Winemakers have also had to contend with spring frosts and hailstorms this year and the country's agri-food agency Coldiretti is anticipating a 10-15 percent fall in volumes. But producers say a good year for drinkers is still ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Alkaline soil, sensible sensor
Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
New system could remove two water pollutants from ag fields
Typhoon Noru kills two, draws near Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Strong typhoon Noru brought heavy rain and strong winds to southwest Japan, killing two people, local officials said Sunday as they warned of landslides and floods. A man in his 60s on the remote island of Yakushima died Saturday after strong gusts made him fall hard and hit his head, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. A man in his 80s on neighbouring Tanegashima island drowne ... more
New York NY (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
New images from under Alaska seafloor suggest high tsunami danger
Miami (AFP) July 31, 2017
Florida gears up for Tropical Storm Emily
Bangkok (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Floods in Thailand's northeast kill 23
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Zimbabwe confirms clash between soldiers and police
Harare (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Zimbabwean security forces confirmed Friday that soldiers and police fought on the streets of Harare earlier this week, as nationwide tensions grow under 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Witnesses told local media about a hundred uniformed soldiers wielding batons and whips charged into a bus terminus on Tuesday night and beat up police officers, leaving many prostrate on the ground. ... more
Kigali (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Rwanda's Kagame in landslide poll win with around 98% of votes
Bamako (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
European support for Sahel 'mutually reinforcing': Germany
Abidjan (AFP) July 31, 2017
China opens first chamber of commerce in I.Coast
Cultural flexibility was key to surviving extreme dry periods in Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
The flexibility and ability to adapt to changing climates by employing various cultural innovations allowed communities of early humans to survive through a prolonged period of pronounced aridification. The early human techno-tradition, known as Howiesons Poort (HP), associated with Homo sapiens who lived in southern Africa about 66 000 to 59 000 years ago indicates that during this period ... more
College Station TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Shedding light deeper into the human brain
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Identifying major transitions in human cultural evolution
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017
How did early humans survive aridity and prolonged drought in Africa
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US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit
Washington (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
The United States announced Friday it would still take part in international climate change negotiations in order to protect its interests, despite its planned withdrawal from the Paris accord on global warming. Two months after President Donald Trump announced the United States would abandon the 2015 global pact, his administration confirmed it had informed the United Nations of its "intent ... more
Paris (AFP) July 31, 2017
Small odds of reaching 2 C climate goal: researchers
Seattle WA (SPX) Jul 26, 2017
Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet
Los Angeles (AFP) July 28, 2017
Al Gore: I've given up on climate 'catastrophe' Trump
NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T satellites coming together
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Progress continues on the development of NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T spacecraft that will follow the successful launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite or GOES-R, renamed GOES-16 upon reaching geostationary orbit. The GOES-S satellite is fully integrated and is currently undergoing its final functional testing to confirm it successfully passed mechanical and thermal en ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Aalto-1 satellite sends first image back to VTT Finland
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Aug 01, 2017
Vega orbits two Earth observation satellites
What flowers looked like 100 million years ago
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Flowering plants with are by far the most diverse group of plants on Earth. Flowering plants arose only about 140 million years ago, but since then have diversified spectacularly. No one knows exactly how this happened, the origin and early evolution of them remains one of the biggest enigmas in biology. A new study in Nature Communications reconstructs the evolution of flowers and sheds new lig ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 3, 2017
Well-preserved Canadian fossil reveals dinosaur armor like no other
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Scientists rediscover lost burial site of famed long-necked sauropod
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
Dinosaur-era plant found growing in Wisconsin lakes
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
Lincoln UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental impact on the environment unless greater emphasis is placed on providing new supporting infrastructure and utilities, according to a major new study. Professor Hugh Byrd, a specialist in urban planning from the University of Lincoln, UK, conducted a ... more
University Park PA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Allowable 'carbon budget' most likely overestimated
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
Washington (AFP) July 7, 2017
Google's 'moonshot' factory spins off geothermal unit
BAE Systems installing heat and power plant at Portsmouth, England
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
BAE Systems of Great Britain is starting to install a new combined heat and power plant at the Royal Navy base in Portsmouth, England. The plant will be completed at the end of next year and will recycle energy, reduce carbon footprint and save the Ministry of Defense as much as $4.7 million in annual energy costs, BAE said. "By developing this new facility we will be able to rec ... more
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Study reveals exactly how low-cost fuel cell catalysts work
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Jul 27, 2017
New chromium-based superconductor has an unusual electronic state
Idle spiders' epic sea journey from Africa to Australia
Sydney (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
A species of spider that usually travels no further than a few feet from where it was hatched, likely made an epic sea journey on a "land raft" from South Africa to call Australia home, a study said Thursday. The Australian trapdoor spider, known scientifically as Moggridgea rainbow, is only found on Kangaroo Island off the south Australian coast and lives a sedentary land-based lifestyle, r ... more
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo
New York (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
US crushes nearly two tons of ivory in NY Central Park
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Malaysia seizes rare animal parts worth almost $1 mn
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Chinese man pays $10,000 for whisky shot at Swiss bar
Geneva (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Have you heard the one about the guy who walked into a bar and ordered a $10,000 shot of whisky? A young Chinese man paid 9,999 Swiss francs ($10,000, 8,733 euros) last week at a Swiss hotel for a glass of whisky made in 1878 by the revered Scotch maker Macallan, the 20Minuten website said. The report was confirmed by an employee of the luxury Waldhaus Hotel in St. Moritz, northeast Swit ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
China accused of 'enforced disappearance' of Liu Xiaobo's widow
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hong Kong bishop says church could be 'bridge' with China
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forest
Brussels (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
The EU warned Poland Wednesday to obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, saying it would add any breach to a broader Brussels case against Warsaw over democratic standards. Poland's right-wing government vowed on Monday that logging would continue in the ancient Bialowieza forest despite an injunction issued last week by the European Court of Justice, the bloc's top court. ... more
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Study reinforces the Amazon forest's importance in regulating atmospheric chemistry
Columbia, MO (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Financial incentives could conserve tropical forest diversity


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