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November 16, 2017
FLORA AND FAUNA
In bee decline, fungicides emerge as improbable villain



Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact. "Insecticides work; they kill insects. Fungicides have been largely overlooked because they are not targeted for insects, but fungicides may not be quite as benign - toward bumblebees - ... read more

SHAKE AND BLOW
Researchers run longest multiphysics earthquake simulation to date
Leibniz, Germany (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Just before 8:00 a.m. local time on December 26, 2004, people in southeast Asia were starting their days when the third strongest recorded earthquake in history ripped a 1,500-kilometer tear in the ... more
EARLY EARTH
When water met iron deep inside the Earth, did it create conditions for life
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Reservoirs of oxygen-rich iron between the Earth's core and mantle could have played a major role in Earth's history, including the breakup of supercontinents, drastic changes in Earth's atmospheric ... more
ABOUT US
High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The moon landing and global warming are hoaxes. The U.S. government had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Is skepticism toward these kinds of unfound ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Ecological studies have demonstrated positive relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning. Forests with higher functional diversity are generally more productive and stable over ... more
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DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Dimming Sun's rays to cool planet will affect storms too: study
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Injecting billions of reflective particles into the stratosphere could help cool an overheating planet, but would also alter the intensity of tropical storms, researchers said Tuesday. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Small cities choke as India remains callous to rising bad air
Moradabad, India (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
In the northern Indian city of Moradabad fumes from burning electronic waste blend with seasonal smog to create an even deadlier mix of pollutants than in Delhi, where filthy air has caused public outcry and made global headlines. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
State of mourning in Greece after deadly flood: PM
Athens (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday declared a state of mourning after a freak overnight downpour with the force of a "waterfall" flooded three towns near Athens, killing at least 15 people. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Aid slow to reach quake-hit Iranian villages; Israel offers help
Kouik, Iran (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Iranian survivors of a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people pleaded Wednesday for water, tents and other emergency supplies as aid trickled into remote villages near the Iraqi border. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Amnesty warns companies on child labour in DRCongo cobalt mining
Kinshasa (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Leading technology and electric car companies have been accused of failing to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined using child labour, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
US chemical plants must prepare for more Harveys: official
New York (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
A Texas chemical plant explosion during Hurricane Harvey underscores the need for industrial plants to rethink emergency preparedness for more serious storms, US investigators said Wednesday. ... more


Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know

EARTH OBSERVATION
Satellite spots springtime phytoplankton bloom off New Zealand coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
Phytoplankton are proliferating along the coast of New Zealand's South Island. The bloom was photographed this week by the camera on NASA's Aqua satellite. The space agency shared the image on Wednesday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Virginia Tech explore causes of land cover change in African savannas
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
A new study by Virginia Tech researchers tracks land cover changes in the Chobe district of Northern Botswana and provides information that will allow governments and nonprofit organizations to impr ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
US court convicts Irish man of rhino horn trafficking
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
A US court has sentenced an Irish national to 18 months in prison for trafficking a cup made from the horn of an endangered rhinoceros, in the latest case linked to an illicit global trade. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
World leaders shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander on Wednesday to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration's rejection of a planet rescue plan. ... more



Dimming Sun's rays to cool planet will affect storms too: study
Bonn (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Injecting billions of reflective particles into the stratosphere could help cool an overheating planet, but would also alter the intensity of tropical storms, researchers said Tuesday. Depending on the hemisphere in which such aerosols are released, hurricanes in the North Atlantic would become weaker or stronger, they reported in Nature Communications. Moreover, efforts to engineer lo ... more
Miami (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
15,000 scientists say threats to planet now 'far worse'
Sar-E Pol-E Zahab, Iran (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Iran scrambles to aid victims of killer quake
New York (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Sandy Hook families renew legal push against gun maker
Leonardo tapped by British Royal Air Force for radar testing equipment
Washington (UPI) Nov 12, 2017
Leonardo over the weekend announced a contract with the British Ministry of Defense for equipment that will simulate radar threats to the Royal Air Force's Airbus A400M Atlas military transport aircraft. The deal, announced Saturday, calls for the company to simulate radar threats to the A400M prior to take off. The Royal Air Force plans to use the system to test radar the defens ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
China maintains reign over world supercomputer rankings
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Research highlights ethical sourcing of materials for modern technology
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
A new way to mix oil and water
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. The project, agreed in June, would have nearly have doubled Nepal's current hydropower production and cost an estimated $2.5 billion. But the finance ministry recommended it be scrapped, saying it had been aw ... more
Dhaka (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
New islands could solve Bangladesh land crisis: experts
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
How a 'shadow zone' traps the world's oldest ocean water
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
A new timeline for glacial retreat in Western Canada
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Much of western Canada was ice-free as early as 14,000 years ago, a new study reports. The results suggest that the Cordilleran Ice Sheet (CIS) retreated more than a millennium sooner than previous estimates and hold important implications for understanding climate patterns and human migration. Previous estimates suggested that the CIS covered large portions of westernmost Canada as ... more
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Research shows ice sheets as large as Greenland's melted fast in a warming climate
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
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
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Researchers run longest multiphysics earthquake simulation to date
Leibniz, Germany (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Just before 8:00 a.m. local time on December 26, 2004, people in southeast Asia were starting their days when the third strongest recorded earthquake in history ripped a 1,500-kilometer tear in the ocean floor off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The earthquake lasted between 8 and 10 minutes (one of the longest ever recorded), and lifted the ocean floor several meters, creat ... more
Sar-E Pol-E Zahab, Iran (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
Quake-stricken Iranians vent anger at former president
Kouik, Iran (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Aid slow to reach quake-hit Iranian villages; Israel offers help
Tehran (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 400 near Iraq border
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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
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Virginia Tech explore causes of land cover change in African savannas
Harare (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
Army takes over Zimbabwe: What we know
High cognitive ability not a safeguard from conspiracies, paranormal beliefs
Chicago IL (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
The moon landing and global warming are hoaxes. The U.S. government had advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks. A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Is skepticism toward these kinds of unfounded beliefs just a matter of cognitive ability? Not according to new research by a University of Illinois at Chicago social psychologist. In an article published online and in the February 2018 i ... more
Dekalb IL (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Finger and toe fossils belonged to tiny primates 45 million years ago
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
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 15, 2017
Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Cooling in high and mid-latitudes led to aridification in Northern Africa
Bonn (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum
Ozone ups and downs
Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2017
Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. The part of Earth's atmosphere with high concentrations of ozone gas protects life on Earth from the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. However, pollutants can break down ozone, thinning this ozone layer ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 14, 2017
NASA readies for another JPSS-1 launch attempt
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
NASA CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
How ice in clouds is born
International SMR and Advanced Reactor Summit 2018 - March 27-28 - Atlanta USA
When water met iron deep inside the Earth, did it create conditions for life
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Reservoirs of oxygen-rich iron between the Earth's core and mantle could have played a major role in Earth's history, including the breakup of supercontinents, drastic changes in Earth's atmospheric makeup, and the creation of life, according to recent work from an international research team published in National Science Review. The team - which includes scientists from Carnegie, Stanford ... more
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Human cells, hardy microbes share common ancestor
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
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
Study helps make microgrids a more reliable power source
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 16, 2017
Today, more than 1.3 billion people are living without regular access to power, including more than 300 million in India and 600 million in sub-Saharan Africa. In these and other developing countries, access to a main power grid, particularly in rural regions, is remote and often unreliable. Increasingly, many rural and some urban communities are turning to microgrids as an alternative sou ... 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
Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2017
US court convicts Irish man of rhino horn trafficking
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
New type of cell has been found in the eye of a deep-sea fish
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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 15, 2017
China tells 'aunties' to dance away from cemeteries
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
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
Storrs CT (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Ecological restoration success higher with natural measures
Washington (AFP) Nov 14, 2017
US imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese hardwood plywood
London (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Peace brings hope for Colombia's biodiversity: Santos
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