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June 23, 2017
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia



Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
The Somali people of Ethiopia's southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means "equalised". It's an appropriate name, they say, because this drought has left no person untouched, spared no corner of their arid region. And it has forced 7.8 million people across the whole of Ethiopia to rely on emergency food handouts to stay alive. But by next month, that food will have run out, aid agencies say. ... read more

FARM NEWS
Bubbling Chinese market centre-stage at world wine fest
Bordeaux (AFP) June 22, 2017
With a middle-class increasingly thirsty for reds, whites and Italian bubbly, China is the hot ticket for wine traders looking for opportunities at this year's Vinexpo industry extravaganza. ... more
FARM NEWS
Growers at Bordeaux winefest unite against climate change
Bordeaux (AFP) June 21, 2017
This is the wine industry's new normal: heavy rains, floods, hailstones, drought and sometimes even frost. ... more
FARM NEWS
China opens gates to US beef imports
Beijing (AFP) June 21, 2017
China opened its gates to US beef imports this week, giving American cattle farmers much sought-after access to the country's massive market following a 14-year ban. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia
Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
The Somali people of Ethiopia's southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means "equalised". ... more
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Shots fired in Australia's war on food waste
Sydney (AFP) June 18, 2017
Australia's first recycled supermarket is giving food destined for landfills a second chance, as the government embarks on a major push to cut down on waste costing the economy Aus$20 billion (US$15 billion) a year. ... more
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Highly safe biocontainment strategy hopes to encourage greater use of GMOs
Hiroshima, Japan (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
Use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) - microorganisms not found in the natural world but developed in labs for their beneficial characteristics - is a contentious issue. For while GMOs ... more
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China 'backyard' pig farmers squeezed as sector scales up
Beijing (AFP) June 18, 2017
Walking through swarms of flies at his piggery on the outskirts of Beijing, Liu Jin shows off 1,500 hormone-free black hogs raised for China's growing organic meat market. ... more
FARM NEWS
Waste not, want not
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
Making a living raising cattle isn't as simple as just buying a herd and turning it out to pasture. Cattle require specific diets to maintain proper nutrition and weight gain. And how to do this in ... more
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Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output
Paris (AFP) June 19, 2017
Climate change could wipe out more than half of Ethiopia's coffee production unless farmers move to higher ground, scientists warned Monday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Study: To save planet, humans must alter diet and farming methods
Washington (UPI) Jun 16, 2017
Earth won't be able to support growing human populations without significant changes in human diets and farming efficiency. That's the conclusion of a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. ... more


Call for more electric fences to stop elephants destroying Gabon crops

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One million sign petition for EU weedkiller ban
Strasbourg, France (AFP) June 15, 2017
More than one million people have signed a petition demanding the EU ban the Monsanto weedkiller glyphosate over fears it causes cancer, campaigners said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Carrefour pulls dog meat from shelves in China
Beijing (AFP) June 14, 2017
French retailer Carrefour has removed dog meat products from two supermarkets in China after an outcry from animal rights groups. ... more
FARM NEWS
Fractal planting patterns yield optimal harvests, without central control
Santa Fe NM (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Bali's famous rice terraces, when seen from above, look like colorful mosaics because some farmers plant synchronously, while others plant at different times. The resulting fractal patterns are rare ... more
WATER WORLD
Flint water scandal prompts manslaughter charge for health chief
Chicago (AFP) June 14, 2017
The chief of Michigan state's health department and four others were charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday over the Flint water contamination scandal, the most serious criminal offenses leveled so far. ... more



Proba-V images Portuguese forest fire
Paris (ESA) Jun 23, 2017
ESA's Proba-V minisatellite has captured the forest fire raging in central Portugal, revealing blackened scars and columns of smoke as well as pinpointing active fire hotspots. More than a thousand firefighters are tackling the forest fire in the Pedrogao Grande region, north east of Lisbon, which has been aflame since Saturday. Some 64 people have been reported dead and more than 130 inju ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
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Cotonou (AFP) June 18, 2017
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Munich, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
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India to Make Native Navigation System Mandatory For All Aircraft
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jun 20, 2017
The Indian government will soon require all aircraft registered to fly in India to use Gagan, the country's own navigation system. The notification for this will be issued in the next few weeks and will be effective from January 2019. The availability of Gagan signal in space will bridge the gap between European Union's EGNOS and Japan's MSAS coverage areas, thereby offering seamless navig ... more
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
New reports confirm near-perfect performance record for civil GPS service
Beijing (XNA) Jun 14, 2017
BDS Precise Service System covers over 300 Chinese cities
Paris (ESA) Jun 09, 2017
Galileo grows: two more satellites join working constellation
Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site
Warsaw (AFP) June 21, 2017
Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, on Wednesday called for the vast woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, which bans any human intervention. Bialowieza, straddling Poland's eastern border with Belarus, includes one of the largest surviving parts of the primeval ... more
Oslo (AFP) June 19, 2017
Religious leaders join forces to protect rainforests
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Peatlands, already dwindling, could face further losses
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Tropical peat forests risk turning from carbon "drains" to emitters
Corn better used as food than biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of econom ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Researchers produce biofuel for conventional diesel engines
Bath UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
Photopower for microlabs
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Miniaturized devices such as microsensors often require an independent, equally miniaturized power supply. Searching for suitable systems, Japanese scientists have now developed a fully integrated microfluidic device that produces hydrogen fuel and converts it into electrical energy based on photocatalysis. As they report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, it works fully autonomously and delivers ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
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Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
NRL Issued Patent for Solar Microbial Fuel Cell
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
With over 20 years in sustainable investment, Thrive Renewables, (previously Triodos Renewables) has provided mezzanine loans for two wind farms in Scotland that will have a combined total capacity of 11.5MW which will generate and deliver clean, smart energy to the UK grid. Once built, these projects will be able to generate enough green electricity for 7,760[1] homes. In partnership with ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
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Rio backs Yancoal over Glencore for Australia coal minesw
Sydney (AFP) June 20, 2017
Rio Tinto Tuesday recommended China-backed Yancoal as the buyer of most of its Australian coal mines, rebuffing a surprise higher bid from commodities giant Glencore earlier this month. The world's second-largest miner said in January it was selling Coal & Allied to Yancoal Australia - majority-controlled by China's Yanzhou Coal - for US$2.45 billion. But Glencore, which like Yancoal a ... more
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Coal waste fuel may reduce anthropogenic emissions
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Researchers compute their way toward cleaner coal plants
Sydney (AFP) June 11, 2017
Foreign bidding war for Rio's Australia coal mines
Best foot forward: Hong Kong's military-style youth groups
Hong Kong (AFP) June 19, 2017
Gruelling foot drills and camouflage uniforms are part of life for some Hong Kongers as military-style youth groups become increasingly popular, despite the fact there is no army to join. Some follow the traditions of former British colonial forces, while others are newly invented military-flavoured boot camps designed to keep young people in shape. But as the semi-autonomous city prepar ... more
Beijing (AFP) June 16, 2017
China executives tied to Communist Party critic convicted
Beijing (AFP) June 20, 2017
China shames jaywalkers through facial recognition
Beijing (AFP) June 17, 2017
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Learning with light: New system allows optical 'deep learning'
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
"Deep Learning" computer systems, based on artificial neural networks that mimic the way the brain learns from an accumulation of examples, have become a hot topic in computer science. In addition to enabling technologies such as face- and voice-recognition software, these systems could scour vast amounts of medical data to find patterns that could be useful diagnostically, or scan chemical form ... more
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
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San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
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Vietnam environment official sacked over mass fish kill
Hanoi (AFP) June 21, 2017
A senior Vietnamese environment official has been fired for negligence over a toxic waste dump that killed tonnes of fish in a major environmental crisis last year, according to officials and state media. Luong Duy Hanh, director of Vietnam's Environment Protection Management Department, is the latest official to be punished over the toxic leak, which was blamed on a multi-billion dollar ste ... more
Athens (AFP) June 22, 2017
Athens rubbish piles up as Greeks protest contracts
Islamabad (AFP) June 22, 2017
Pakistani citizens gasp for clean air
Algiers (AFP) June 19, 2017
Donkeys at dawn: a rubbish job in the Algiers Kasbah
Main forest fires in Portugal under control
Góis, Portugal (AFP) June 22, 2017
The main forest fires that have raged in Portugal since the weekend and killed more than 60 people were brought under control on Thursday, authorities said, though grief and anger smouldered across the country. The fire in Pedrogao Grande, which ravaged 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of forests, was doused only late Wednesday as firefighters contended with searing heat as well as rapidly shi ... more
Pedrogao Grande, Portugal (AFP) June 20, 2017
Portugal PM leads calls for explanations as forest fires still rage
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jun 21, 2017
Wildfires pollute much more than previously thought
Pedrógăo Grande, Portugal (AFP) June 19, 2017
'Portugal weeps' as deadly forest fire rages
Algae The final frontier
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Algae dominate the oceans that cover nearly three-quarters of our planet, and produce half of the oxygen that we breathe. And yet fewer than 10 percent of the algae have been formally described in the scientific literature, as noted in a new review co-authored by Carnegie's Arthur Grossman in Trends in Plant Science. Algae are everywhere. They are part of crusts on desert surfaces and form ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Amazonia's future will be jeopardized by dams
Los Angeles (AFP) June 18, 2017
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Washington (AFP) June 20, 2017
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Lightning kills 22 in Bangladesh
Dhaka (AFP) June 20, 2017
Lightning strikes have killed at least 22 people in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours, authorities said Tuesday, a week after monsoon rains triggered a series of deadly landslides in the country. The deaths came as storms swept the country on Sunday and Monday, the head of the disaster management department Reaz Ahmed told AFP. Among the dead were a couple and their young daughter who were ... more
Berlin (AFP) June 22, 2017
Two dead as rain storms lash Germany, spark rail chaos
Paris (AFP) June 22, 2017
France marks hottest post-war June day as Europe sizzles
Los Angeles (AFP) June 20, 2017
Grounded flights, fires and power outages as temps soar in US
Macron faces EU summit pushback on Chinese investments
Brussels (AFP) June 22, 2017
A push by French President Emmanuel Macron to hand Brussels more powers to control Chinese investments in Europe's key industries faced a setback on Thursday from EU partners who fear a rise of protectionism. European leaders will discuss the thorny topic of international trade on the second day of an EU summit on Friday, as Europe seeks to champion free trade against the protectionist polic ... more
Tokyo (AFP) June 19, 2017
Japan logs surprise trade deficit in May as energy costs expand
Washington (AFP) June 22, 2017
US aluminum makers point finger at China, call for tariffs
The Hague (AFP) June 22, 2017
China, Hong Kong top hubs for fake goods: Europol
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NASA Prepares for Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse with Live Coverage, Safety Information
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, and NASA is preparing to share this experience of a lifetime on Aug. 21. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronau ... more
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