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October 20, 2017
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 causes heavier rainfall because a hotter atmosphere can hold more moisture and warmer oceans evaporate faster feeding the atmosphere with more moisture. However, this link between climate warming and heavy rainfall has only been examined in particular regions where moisture availability is relatively high. ... read 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
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
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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
WATER WORLD
'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages
Rabat (AFP) Oct 15, 2017
Residents angered by persistent water shortages in southern Morocco have taken to the streets in a series of "thirsty protests" that has grabbed the attention of the country's king. ... more
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


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FARM NEWS
Genetically boosting the nutritional value of corn could benefit millions
Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Rutgers scientists have found an efficient way to enhance the nutritional value of corn - the world's largest commodity crop - by inserting a bacterial gene that causes it to produce a key nutrient ... more
FARM NEWS
Sustainable irrigation may harm other development goals
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Pursuing sustainable irrigation without significant irrigation efficiency gains could negatively impact environmental and development goals in many areas of the world, a new study has found. O ... more
FARM NEWS
Are we at a tipping point with weed control?
Urbana IL (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Imagine walking the cereal aisle at your favorite grocery store. Are you reading labels? Scanning prices? Thinking about weeds? If you're like most American consumers, weeds probably aren't at the f ... more
FARM NEWS
Pesticide poisoning kills 20 farmers in Indian state
Mumbai (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said Monday, highlighting lax safety standards in the country. ... 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
Plesetsk, Russia (ESA) Oct 16, 2017
Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit
Paris (ESA) Oct 17, 2017
Sentinel-5P: satellite in excellent health
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Watching plant photosynthesis from space
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
exactEarth Announces Agreement with Alltek Marine to Expand Small Vessel Tracking Service Offering
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
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas - a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. "The electroche ... more
Styria, Austria (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Breaking down stubborn cellulose
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Separating methane and CO2 will become more efficient
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
Washington (UPI) Oct 16, 2017
Rooftop solar carving out a niche in China
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
A kite that might fly
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
The notion of tethered wind turbines that generate electricity from abundant and reliable high-altitude winds seems futuristic. Now, KAUST research led by Georgiy Stenchikov has identified the most favorable areas for high-altitude wind-energy systems in the Middle East. The results confirm that there is abundant wind energy up there that could feasibly be harnessed, bringing the possibili ... more
Edinburgh (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
First floating wind farm starts operation in Scotland
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
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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
Chinese businesses herald Communist congress by closing shop
Beijing (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Businesses ranging from cookware to karaoke in China's teeming capital have temporarily shut down as the ruling Communist Party prepares to hold its most important political event of the last five years. Fitness centres, short-term rental websites and even online retailers told AFP on Monday that they would not be operating in Beijing during the 19th National Congress. The meeting, at wh ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi tells Communist Party to combat any actions to 'undermine' it
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Red handed: Xi's anti-graft campaign set to roll on
Beijing (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Beijing says US should 'abandon biased views' of China
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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
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI
Paris (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers
Singapore (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Emma the robot masseuse gets to work in Singapore
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
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
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
Madrid (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
Six killed in Spain, Portugal as wildfires fanned by hurricane
Yucaipa, United States (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
California inmates fight wildfires for a buck an hour
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 municipalities from Denver to Tijuana. In the drylands of the Colorado's lower basin, formed by Nevada, Arizona and California, thunderstorms - known in meteorological parlance as convective precipitation - ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Toward efficient high-pressure desalination
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Active sieving could improve dialysis and water purification filters
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Clear lakes disguise impaired water quality
Twenty-three killed in China rainstorms: ministry
Beijing (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty-three people have been killed as rainstorms battered China over the past week, destroying more than 5,200 homes and forcing the evacuation of nearly 34,000 people, authorities said Monday. Heavy rainfall since October 1 has caused widespread damage in southwestern Sichuan province and Chongqing municipality, the central provinces of Anhui, Henan and Hubei and in northwest Shaanxi prov ... more
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
Paris (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Searing summers becoming the new normal in Europe: study
Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge to create US jobs
Laguna Beach, United States (AFP) Oct 17, 2017
Alibaba executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai said Tuesday he expects to boost US jobs by expanding the Chinese firm's e-commerce platform - not by hiring American workers. Tsai, speaking at a California tech conference, made the comments to follow up on a headline-grabbing pledge earlier this year by Alibaba founder Jack Ma and US President Donald Trump that the Chinese internet firm would c ... more
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
China's Xi vows open economy, investors want action
Washington (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
US inflation jumps in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
Beijing (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Xi says China 'will not close its doors to the world'
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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
Chile penguins win battle in war against mine
La Higuera, Chile (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
They may be less than a meter tall but they have conquered a Goliath: Chile's vulnerable Humboldt penguins have thwarted - for now at least - a billion dollar mining project in one of the country's most depressed regions. The rare species is only found on the coasts of Peru and Chile, which has created the National Humboldt Penguin Reserve - but it's also an area rich in natural resources ... more
Moscow (AFP) Oct 16, 2017
'Hungry bear' crisis grips far east Russian region
Nijmegen, Netherlands (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Three-quarters of the total insect population lost in protected nature reserves
Atlanta GA (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
Navigational view of the brain thanks to powerful X-rays
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