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October 23, 2017
WATER WORLD
World's deepest lake in peril, scientists warn



Moscow (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world's deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat. Holding one-fifth of the world's unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia's Siberia is a natural wonder of "exceptional value to evolutionary science" meriting its listing as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Baikal's high biodiversity includes over 3,600 plant and animal species, most o ... read more

WATER WORLD
Cool roofs have water saving benefits too
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
The energy and climate benefits of cool roofs have been well established: By reflecting rather than absorbing the sun's energy, light-colored roofs keep buildings, cities, and even the entire planet ... more
WATER WORLD
Rainfall trends in arid regions buck commonly held climate change theories
Bristol UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The recent intense hurricanes in the Atlantic have sharply focused attention on how climate change can exacerbate extreme weather events. Scientific research suggests that global warming cause ... more
WATER WORLD
Researchers make headway in desalination technology
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Engineers at the University of Illinois have taken a step forward in developing a saltwater desalination process that is potentially cheaper than reverse osmosis and borrows from battery technology. ... more
WATER WORLD
Clear lakes disguise impaired water quality
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Looks can be deceiving. Look at a hundred lakes in the agricultural heartland of the United States and you will likely see green lakes surrounded by green fields. The nitrogen and phosphorus in agri ... more
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New Delhi shuts power plant in fight against Diwali smog
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
India's environmental watchdog shut down a coal-fired power plant and banned the use of diesel generators in New Delhi as air quality plummeted in the world's most polluted capital on Wednesday, the start of the Diwali festival. ... more
WATER WORLD
Active sieving could improve dialysis and water purification filters
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Physicists from Ecole Normale Superieure and Paris Science and Letters University in France have proven theoretically that active sieving, as opposed to its passive counterpart, can improve the sepa ... more
WATER WORLD
Wither heavy storms
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The Colorado River tumbles through varied landscapes, draining watersheds from seven western states. This 1,450-mile-long system is a critical water supply for agriculture, industry and municipaliti ... more
FARM NEWS
Little growth observed in India's methane emissions
Bristol UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Methane is the second most powerful greenhouse gas and concentrations are rising in the atmosphere. Because of its potency and quick decay in the atmosphere, countries have recognised that reduction ... more
WATER WORLD
Toward efficient high-pressure desalination
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
today use a process called reverse osmosis (RO), which forces water through huge rolls of membranes, leaving the salt behind. One of the most expensive operational challenges for such plants is the ... more
NUKEWARS
Echoes of war as S. Korean grannies on protest front lines
Busan, South Korea (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
A powerful US missile system installed in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North made international headlines this year. But the stars of a film about the project are the grandmothers who found themselves living next to some of the world's most advanced weapons. ... more


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FARM NEWS
India to close colonial-era military farms
Allahabad, India (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Under a hot afternoon sun workers scrub down cows at the Allahabad Military Farm, the latest hangover of India's colonial past being forced into the 21st century. ... more
FARM NEWS
Smallscale farmers try to solve Amazon's big problems
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
In western Brazil's Amazon, the very people tasked with looking after the world's greatest rainforest are themselves wondering if they have a future. ... more
WOOD PILE
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
Miami (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Planting more trees, farming more sustainably and conserving wetlands could significantly slash the amount of carbon emissions that humanity spews into the atmosphere through fossil fuel use, researchers said Monday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A new analysis suggests that open-ocean aquaculture for three species of finfish is a viable option for industry expansion under most climate change scenarios - an option that may provide a new sour ... more



Study casts doubt on warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires
Saint Louis MO (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
As devastating wildfires continue to rage in the western U.S. and Canada, a team of environmental engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have discovered that light-absorbing organic particulate matter, also known as brown carbon aerosol, in wildfire smoke loses its ability to absorb sunlight the longer it remains in the atmosphere. Rajan Chakrabarty, assistant professor, and Brent ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
China, France plan to launch first joint oceanic satellite in 2018
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Study reveals new threat to the ozone layer
Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Satellite receives green light from Air Force
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
The U.S. Air Force has given their final acceptance approval to Lockheed Martin's GPS III satellite, the company announced on Tuesday. The available for launch designation, or AFL, from the Air Force is the final stage in accepting new technology under Department of Defense regulations. Lockheed Martin's first GPS III Space Vehicle or GPS III SV01 is expected to deploy in 2018, accordin ... more
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
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Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Sep 19, 2017
China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips
Tropical tree roots represent an underappreciated carbon pool
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Ask someone to draw a tree and s/he will invariably draw a trunk and branches - leaving the roots out of the picture. In a unique study of tropical tree roots at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute published in PLOS ONE, roots accounted for almost 30 percent of the total biomass of young trees. The authors hope that future estimates of carbon storage and water-use by tropical forests wil ... more
Medio Purus Extractive Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's Amazon animals at risk
Miami (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
More trees, better farming could slash carbon emissions: study
Woods Hole MA (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Carbon feedback from forest soils will accelerate global warming
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Biofuels obtained from biomass are becoming increasingly important. Apart from biomethane, however, they cannot be produced efficiently, cheaply and sustainably since the current technological complexity and costs are still too high. Partly to blame is cellulose, a polysaccharide and plant constituent which is not water soluble and thus difficult to process. Typically, biorefineries use a ... more
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet
Binghamton NY (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind. A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and r ... more
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
SCE monopoly abuse of power prompts the necessity of off-grid inventions
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Think laterally to sidestep production problems
Cayce SC (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Clean Energy Collective Starts Construction on SCE and G Community Solar Facilities
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Australia's international wind energy company Windlab Limited will begin construction of the innovative $160 million Kennedy Energy Park hybrid renewable energy project, after securing financing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project is owned by Kennedy Energy Park Holdings Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdin ... more
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A kite that might fly
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
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Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
U.S. coal production in the first half of the year is slightly lower than last year, but still holds an edge as an electricity source, the government said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported total U.S. coal production during the first half of the year was slightly lower than the same time last year, but higher than the first half 2016. The EIA's report said declines in ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Fact or fiction? Doubts over China's 'rising nationalism'
Shanghai (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
The Shanghai site of the first Chinese Communist congress 96 years ago might be expected to draw admiring crowds as the party gathers in Beijing for its 19th such meeting. But despite a nationwide propaganda blitz for China's most important political gathering, only a few scattered elderly comprise the noon rush at what is now a small museum, and visitor Cai Tian thinks he knows why. "Th ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Echoes of Mao: China Communist Party fawns over 'Xi thought'
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop
Beijing (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of 'volunteers'
Liquid metal brings soft robotics a step closer
Sussex UK (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Scientists have invented a way to morph liquid metal into physical shapes. Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an "extremely promising" new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Samsung's revamped Bixby takes on Amazon Alexa
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
Miami (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
US spacewalkers repair aging ISS robotic arm
Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse' as smog looms
Sonipat, India (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
As Hindus across India celebrate Diwali this week, scientists fear a ban on firecrackers and other emergency anti-pollution measures deployed by authorities may not be enough to prevent a repeat of last year's "airpocalypse" in Delhi. Each year, as winter descends on the Indian capital, a perfect storm of seasonal crop stubble burning, dense cloud cover and smoke generated by millions of fir ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Pollution killed nine million people in 2015: report
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Delhi chokes on toxic haze despite Diwali fireworks ban
Beijing (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Smog defies China's Communist Party congress
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Portugal interior minister resigns after deadly wildfires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Portugal's interior minister has been replaced amid criticism over the government's handling of a series of deadly forest fires that have killed more than 100 people in four months. Constanca Urbano de Sousa handed her resignation to socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa Wednesday, bowing to increasing political pressure as the death toll mounted. "After this summer, nothing can remain ... more
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 43
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 44
Madrid (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Six killed in Spain, Portugal as wildfires fanned by hurricane
Hardy corals make their moves to build new reefs from scratch
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Resilient species of coral can move to inhospitable areas and lay the foundations for new reefs, a study shows. Scientists have discovered that these tough, mobile corals can create their own stable habitats, which act as a base upon which other species can attach and build reefs. These hardy corals - known as coralliths - grow on pebbles or fragments of dead reefs, and they can surv ... more
Hasankeyf, Turkey (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
Ancient Turkish town prepares to vanish under floodwaters
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Clear lakes disguise impaired water quality
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Coral study: Previous warming period inspired sea level rise in fits and starts
Fourteen feared dead in Malaysian landslide
Tanjung Bungah, Malaysia (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Three foreign workers were killed and 11 others were missing Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said. Huge mounds of earth slipped off a hillside in the morning and buried the men as they worked on two apartment blocks. About 160 rescuers were deployed to hunt for the workers, and police said that the bodies of t ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty-three killed in China rainstorms: ministry
Berlin (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Germany reels from deadly storm; Severe train disruptions
Sydney (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sydney, Melbourne warned to prepare for 50-degree days
China's economic growth slows in Q3 but on course to beat target
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
China's economy slowed marginally in the third quarter but is well on course to beat the government's annual target, cementing President Xi Jinping's standing as he prepares to be handed a second term in power at a Communist Party conclave. The world's number two economy expanded 6.8 percent in July-September, but while the figures released on Thursday were slightly down from the 6.9 percent ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Cognac craze in US, China prompts Hennessy expansion
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China's Xi vows open economy, investors want action
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 22, 2017
Cashing out: The end of Hong Kong's historic trading floor
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Scientists propose space shield to protect Earth from solar storms
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
If governments and their space agencies are serious about protecting Earth from solar storms, one team of researchers argues a giant space shield is the most logical solution. Much attention is paid to the threat of comets and asteroids. In the past, violent collisions have triggered mass extinctions. Solar storms - intense waves of high energy particles flung into space during coronal ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
Three-quarters of the total insect population lost in protected nature reserves
Nijmegen, Netherlands (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Since 1989, in 63 nature reserves in Germany the total biomass of flying insects has decreased by more than 75 percent. This decrease has long been suspected but has turned out to be more severe than previously thought. Ecologists from Radboud University together with German and English colleagues published these findings in the scientific journal PLoS ONE on October 18th. In recent years, ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
Adaptation never stops as study challenges long-established theory
Managua (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Nicaragua to sign Paris climate accord: president
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Navigational view of the brain thanks to powerful X-rays
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