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November 15, 2017
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows



Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering - the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially into the atmosphere - has been mooted as a potential way to deal with climate change. However new research led by climate experts from the Universit ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'
Miami (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Twenty-five years after global scientists issued a "warning to humanity" about dangers to the environment, a new update released Monday says most of the planet's problems are getting "far worse." ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake
Sar-E Pol-E Zahab, Iran (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Thousands of Iranians on Tuesday spent a third night in the cold as authorities scrambled to help those made homeless by a major earthquake that killed more than 400 people. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Quake-stricken Iranians vent anger at former president
Sar-E Pol-E Zahab, Iran (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
It was an earthquake that destroyed their homes and shattered their dreams, but in western Iran's Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, survivors have directed their anger against the government. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
The changing colors of our Living Planet
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
NASA satellites can see our living Earth breathe. In the Northern Hemisphere, ecosystems wake up in the spring, taking in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen as they sprout leaves - and a fleet of Ea ... more
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EPIDEMICS
Making mosquitoes self-destruct
Riverside CA (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed transgenic mosquitoes that stably express the Cas9 enzyme in their germline. The addition of Cas9 will enable the use of the CRI ... more
ROBO SPACE
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Unloved vultures fight for their survival in Pakistan
Changa Manga, Pakistan (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Once a common sight in the skies of Pakistan, today the white-backed vulture is facing extinction - its population devastated by the use of industrial drugs to breed the cattle whose carcasses they traditionally feed on. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Sad farewell as Malaysia-born panda heads to China
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Malaysia's first locally-born giant panda headed to its homeland China on Tuesday, with officials bidding a sad goodbye to the female cub. ... more
WATER WORLD
New islands could solve Bangladesh land crisis: experts
Dhaka (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Dozens of new islands have emerged from the waters around Bangladesh over the last decade, providing a possible solution to the existential threat that rising sea levels pose to the low-lying coastal nation. ... more
WATER WORLD
Nepal scraps mega hydropower deal with Chinese firm
Kathmandu Nov 14, 2017
Nepal has cancelled an agreement with a Chinese company to build the largest hydroelectric plant in the impoverished landlocked country, which suffers from chronic energy shortages. ... more


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CARBON WORLDS
New graphene filter turns whiskey clear
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Scientists have created a new graphene-oxide membrane capable of turning whiskey clear. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
'Don't panic' says Indian minister as smog crisis deepens
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
India's environment minister has said the country's filthy air is no cause for alarm, claiming only "routine precautions" were needed to cope with what doctors have called a public health emergency. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge Wednesday to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of a planet rescue plan backed by the rest of the world. ... more
FARM NEWS
Peruvian farmer scores small win in court over German energy giant
Hamm, Germany (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
A Peruvian farmer won a small but significant legal victory Monday when a German court said his appeal against energy giant RWE, which he accuses of contributing to climate change that is threatening his Andean home, had merit. ... more



15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'
Miami (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Twenty-five years after global scientists issued a "warning to humanity" about dangers to the environment, a new update released Monday says most of the planet's problems are getting "far worse." More than 15,000 global scientists from 184 countries signed on to the letter, called the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice," published in the journal BioScience. The initi ... more
Sar-E Pol-E Zahab, Iran (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake
Bonn (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Climate change imperils one in four UNESCO natural sites
Berlin (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Allianz confident for 2017 after hurricane-battered Q3
Plasma from lasers can shed light on cosmic rays, solar eruptions
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Lasers that generate plasma can provide insight into bursts of subatomic particles that occur in deep space, scientists have found. Such findings could help scientists understand cosmic rays, solar flares and solar eruptions - emissions from the sun that can disrupt cell phone service and knock out power grids on Earth. Physicists have long observed that particles like electrons and atomic ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Leonardo tapped by British Royal Air Force for radar testing equipment
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
A new way to mix oil and water
How a 'shadow zone' traps the world's oldest ocean water
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
New research from an international team has revealed why the oldest water in the ocean in the North Pacific has remained trapped in a shadow zone around 2km below the sea surface for over 1000 years. To put it in context, the last time this water encountered the atmosphere the Goths had just invaded the Western Roman Empire. The research suggests the time the ancient water spent belo ... more
Kathmandu Nov 14, 2017
Nepal scraps mega hydropower deal with Chinese firm
Dhaka (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
New islands could solve Bangladesh land crisis: experts
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Research shows ice sheets as large as Greenland's melted fast in a warming climate
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
New research published in Science shows that climate warming reduced the mass of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet by half in as little as 500 years, indicating the Greenland Ice Sheet could have a similar fate. The Cordilleran Ice Sheet covered large parts of North America during the Pleistocene - or Last Ice Age - and was similar in mass to the Greenland Ice Sheet. Previous research estimated th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
A new timeline for glacial retreat in Western Canada
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 08, 2017
Hot News from the Antarctic Underground
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Chinese icebreaker steams for Antarctica in polar power play
Peruvian farmer scores small win in court over German energy giant
Hamm, Germany (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
A Peruvian farmer won a small but significant legal victory Monday when a German court said his appeal against energy giant RWE, which he accuses of contributing to climate change that is threatening his Andean home, had merit. After hearing oral arguments from both sides, the higher regional court in the western city of Hamm said Saul Luciano Lliuya's demand for damages from RWE was "admiss ... more
Yushutun, China (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Chinese farmer turned eco-warrior takes on big business
Little Rock, United States (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Weed-killer prompts angry divide among US farmers
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps
Quake-stricken Iranians vent anger at former president
Sar-E Pol-E Zahab, Iran (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
It was an earthquake that destroyed their homes and shattered their dreams, but in western Iran's Sar-e Pol-e Zahab, survivors have directed their anger against the government. "Look, everything is destroyed! The government could at least cancel our home loans," said Mortaza Akbari, a resident of the working-class district of Shahid Shiroudi. Many in his building lost everything in the 7 ... more
Tehran (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 400 near Iraq border
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Central pressure deficit, not wind speed, best to predict hurricane damage
San Josť, Costa Rica (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Strong quake rocks Costa Rica
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African leaders urge support for new security doctrine
Dakar (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
African leaders on Monday used a regional forum to underline the need for the continent to assure its own security after years of Western interventions, while also calling for international funding to support the anti-terror fight.. The annual Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security this year brings together the presidents of Mali, Rwanda and host Senegal along with military official ... more
Dakar (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
UN peacekeeping missions under pressure to reform in Africa
Washington (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
US investigators return to scene of Niger ambush
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Dozens of new wildlife corridors identified for African mammals
Finger and toe fossils belonged to tiny primates 45 million years ago
Dekalb IL (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
At Northern Illinois University, Dan Gebo opens a cabinet and pulls out a drawer full of thin plastic cases filled with clear gelatin capsules. Inside each numbered capsule is a tiny fossil - some are so small they rival the diminutive size of a mustard seed. It's hard to imagine that anyone would be able to recognize these flecks as fossils, much less link them to an ancient world that wa ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Japanese scientists estimate the mutation rate from chimpanzee parents to their offspring
Durham NC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Bonobos help strangers without being asked
Washington (UPI) Nov 8, 2017
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Artificially cooling planet 'risky strategy,' new research shows
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2017
Proposals to reduce the effects of global warming by imitating volcanic eruptions could have a devastating effect on global regions prone to either tumultuous storms or prolonged drought, new research has shown. Geoengineering - the intentional manipulation of the climate to counter the effect of global warming by injecting aerosols artificially into the atmosphere - has been mooted as a p ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks
Berlin (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Heat on 'climate chancellor' Merkel over coal and cars
Bonn (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
Climate target too low and progress too slow: top scientist
NASA readies for another JPSS-1 launch attempt
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
NASA is preparing for another launch attempt of JPSS-1, NOAA's latest weather satellite. The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 was supposed to be carried into orbit in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, but the United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket's blastoff was delayed after a vehicle alarm sounded just prior to countdown. The launch has since been rescheduled for Wednesday mornin ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
NASA CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology
Taiyuan, China (XNA) Nov 15, 2017
Long March 4C launches Fengyun 3D meteorological satellite
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
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Human cells, hardy microbes share common ancestor
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
To Tom Santangelo, single-celled microorganisms called archaea are like ancient mariners, surviving among the most extreme conditions on Earth, including volcanic vents in the deep ocean. The Colorado State University researcher studies how these hardy microbes - which constitute one of three surviving domains of life - express their genes, produce their energy, and thrive in hot, lightles ... more
London, UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mammals switched to daytime activity after dinosaur extinction
Portsmouth UK (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
Man's earliest ancestors discovered in southern England
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
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Improving sensor accuracy to prevent electrical grid overload
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Electrical physicists from Czech Technical University have provided additional evidence that new current sensors introduce errors when assessing current through iron conductors. It's crucial to correct this flaw in the new sensors so that operators of the electrical grid can correctly respond to threats to the system. The researchers show how a difference in a conductor's magnetic permeabi ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Scientists make progress in quest for fusion energy
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
Creating fusion energy presents a variety of challenges, but researchers at Texas A&M University are closer to besting at least of the obstacles. Scientists have developed a new method for creating resilient materials - possibly strong enough to survive the intensity of a fusion core. Fusion energy is the nuclear energy that powers the sun. One of the problems posed by fusion en ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A novel layered superconductor based on tin and arsenic
Ames IA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
Washington (UPI) Nov 7, 2017
Scientists design smart paper capable of detecting water, conducting electricity
Unloved vultures fight for their survival in Pakistan
Changa Manga, Pakistan (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Once a common sight in the skies of Pakistan, today the white-backed vulture is facing extinction - its population devastated by the use of industrial drugs to breed the cattle whose carcasses they traditionally feed on. Bird numbers have plummeted by more than 99 percent since the 1990s, according to the local branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which is desperately attempting to ens ... more
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sad farewell as Malaysia-born panda heads to China
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
New type of cell has been found in the eye of a deep-sea fish
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers
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Activists renew push for Hong Kong independence
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Hong Kong independence activists stepped up their campaign at schools Tuesday, with the semi-autonomous city increasingly divided over signs of Beijing's growing influence. Demonstrators handed out thousands of leaflets bearing the message "only independence can defend Hong Kong and protect its people" at about a dozen campuses. Chinese President Xi Jinping warned on a visit in July any ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi
Phuket, Thailand (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Chinese dissident writer dies on medical parole
Urban trees are growing faster than their rural peers
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Trees in cities around the globe are growing faster than rural trees, according to a new study by researchers at the Technical University of Munich. The study - published this week in the journal Nature - is the first to measure the impact of the heat island effect on urban tree growth. "While the effects of climate change on tree growth in forests have been extensively studied ... more
London (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Peace brings hope for Colombia's biodiversity: Santos
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
US imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese hardwood plywood
Storrs CT (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Ecological restoration success higher with natural measures
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