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March 24, 2017
WATER WORLD
In war-scarred Gaza, water pollution behind health woes



Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) March 23, 2017
More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave that the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020. The situation has already reached crisis point in the war-scarred, underdeveloped and blockaded territory, says Monther Shoblak, general manager of the strip's water utility. "More than 97 percent of the water table is unfit for domestic use because of salinisation never before seen," he said. The United Natio ... read more

WATER WORLD
Study of non-rainfall water in Namib Desert reveals unexpected origins
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
In a study conducted in one of the world's oldest and most biologically diverse deserts, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis scientists explore the origins of water other than rainfall ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Under the dead sea, warnings of dire drought
New York NY (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Nearly 1,000 feet below the bed of the Dead Sea, scientists have found evidence that during past warm periods, the Mideast has suffered drought on scales never recorded by humans - a possible warnin ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Cloaked in rags and dust, Somalis flee looming famine
Baidoa, Somalia (AFP) March 20, 2017
Mariam Ibrahim, her seven children and two neighbouring families were the last to leave their village in southwestern Somalia. ... more
FARM NEWS
Almond-crop fungicides are harmful to honey bees
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
Almond growers face a dilemma. They need to keep their almond trees fungus free, but new research shows almond-crop fungicides harm honey bees, the nut tree's chief pollinator. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Water carriers in Madagascar bear brunt of global crisis
Antananarivo (AFP) March 22, 2017
As usual, they get up before dawn and, one by one, place their cans in a neat row at the base of the water pump, ready for another long day of waiting and carrying. ... more
WATER WORLD
India grants sacred rivers status of 'legal persons'
Dehradun, India (AFP) March 21, 2017
Two of India's holiest but most polluted rivers have been recognised as a "legal person" in a landmark court ruling that could see the sacred waterways restored to health. ... more
WATER WORLD
One in four children will live with water shortages by 2040: UNICEF
United Nations, United States March 22, 2017
Approximately one in four children worldwide will live in regions with extremely scarce water resources by 2040, UNICEF said in a report Wednesday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Aquaculture chemicals are polluting Chilean rivers
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
New research suggests dissolved organic substances, the waste from fish farms, are altering the ecosystems in Chilean rivers. ... more
EARTH OBSERVATION
Glitter helps to monitor ocean waves
Paris (ESA) Mar 21, 2017
The notion of glitter might appear as somewhat frivolous, but scientists are using Sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission to map the motion of the sea surface. Created by ... more
WATER WORLD
Wastewater key to solving global water crisis: UN
Paris (AFP) March 22, 2017
Recycling the world's wastewater, almost all of which goes untreated, would ease global water shortages while protecting the environment, the United Nations said in a major report Wednesday. ... more


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TERROR WARS
'Lab-on-a-glove' could bring nerve-agent detection to a wearer's fingertips
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
There's a reason why farmers wear protective gear when applying organophosphate pesticides. The substances are very effective at getting rid of unwanted bugs, but they can also make people sick. ... more
FARM NEWS
China bans Brazil meat in health scare: Brasilia
Brasilia (AFP) March 20, 2017
Brazil said Monday that China had suspended imports of meat from the South American country over police claims that Brazilian exporters had sold tainted products. ... more
WATER WORLD
Study: Amazon River is at least 9 million years old
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
According to new research, the Amazon River is between 9 and 9.4 million years old. Estimates that the river is considerably younger are wrong, scientists say. ... more
FARM NEWS
What makes farmers try new practices?
Urbana IL (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers at the University of Illinois wanted to know w ... more

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Less radiation in inner Van Allen belt than previously believed
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The inner Van Allen belt has less radiation than previously believed, according to a recent study in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Observations from NASA's Van Allen probes show the fastest, most energetic electrons in the inner radiation belt are actually much rarer and harder to find than scientists expected. This is good news for spacecraft that are orbiting in the region and can ... more
Paris (ESA) Mar 23, 2017
Unravelling Earth's magnetic field
Paris (ESA) Mar 21, 2017
Beautiful science with astronaut aurora
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
SAGE III Achieves First Light from Space Station Perch
Satnavs 'switch off' parts of the brain
London, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new UCL research. The study, published in Nature Communications and funded by Wellcome, involved 24 volunteers navigating a simulation of Soho in central London while undergoing brain scans. The researchers investigated activity in the hippocampus, ... more
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Technology can reduce GPS outages from Northern Lights, researchers say
Los Angeles CA (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
DevOps process reduces GPS OCX development time for Raytheon
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
Reconsider the impact of trees on water cycles and climate, scientists ask
Bogor, Indonesia (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Forests and trees play a major role on water cycles and cooler temperatures, contributing to food security and climate change adaptation. In recent decades, the climate change discourse has looked at forests and trees mostly as carbon stocks and carbon sinks, but now scientists are calling for more attention on the relation between trees and water in climate change. Scientists suggest that ... more
Santiago (AFP) March 18, 2017
Late US billionaire's record land gift lays Chile row to rest
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Did humans create the Sahara desert?
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Louisiana wetlands hurting from accelerated sea level rise
Community in chaotic Jakarta goes green to fight eviction
Jakarta (AFP) March 20, 2017
Brightly coloured wooden and brick houses line a clean riverside path amid trees and vegetable gardens, a tranquil scene in the normally chaotic Indonesian capital Jakarta. Residents have transformed the "kampung", as traditional neighbourhoods are known in Indonesia, into a model of clean and green living in an effort to fight off the threat of eviction. Tongkol kampung was once much ... more
Upton NY (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Study IDs link between sugar signaling and regulation of oil production in plants
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
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Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
A material with the perovskite crystal structure has become very popular for solar cells. While most perovskites are inorganic compounds, this new material is a hybrid of relatively inexpensive organic and inorganic materials. In just a few short years, researchers have achieved remarkable power conversion efficiency with these perovskites, comparable with the best photovoltaic materials availab ... more
Dubai (AFP) March 20, 2017
Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant
London, UK (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
New solar energy plant to be installed on Barbuda
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Sea change needed for low-carbon economy
North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator
Washington (UPI) Mar 17, 2017
The results of an auction for the right to develop wind energy offshore North Carolina makes it a major low-carbon economic stimulus, a trade group said. Avangrid Renewables was the winner of an auction for a lease area offshore Kitty Hawk with a $9 million bid to develop wind energy in federal waters. Nancy Sopko, director of offshore issues for the American Wind Energy Association, pr ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Adani to begin work on Australia mine by August: report
Mumbai (AFP) March 19, 2017
India's Adani Enterprises says work on a giant coal mine near Australia's Great Barrier Reef will begin in August despite mounting opposition to the long-delayed project, local media reported Sunday. The controversial $16 billion Carmichael mine - destined to be one of the world's biggest - has encountered numerous regulatory and legal hurdles, leading to over six years of delays. Comp ... more
Prague (AFP) March 19, 2017
Czech energy group bucks green trend with bet on coal
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2017
World Bank indirectly backs harmful SE Asian projects: report
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
17 killed in China coal mine accident: state media
Young Chinese jet set shop at Hong Kong's Art Basel
Hong Kong (AFP) March 23, 2017
Huang Xiaoshuai and his wife last year splashed out $70,000 for a large painting of fish by Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody - part of a growing clique of young, affluent Chinese art enthusiasts building their own high-end collections. The picture now hangs in their Shanghai home and the couple, along with other mainland collectors, have flown in to attend VIP events at this week's Art Bas ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) March 21, 2017
Distraught Hong Kong villagers battle to save their homes
Hong Kong (AFP) March 23, 2017
China watches Hong Kong vote as protests threatened
Hong Kong (AFP) March 22, 2017
Hong Kong leader must cooperate with China: Li Ka-shing
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Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 21, 2017
The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout. The Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) in development at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, was inspired by origami. Its lightweight design is capable of flattening itself, tucking in its wheels and crawling into places rovers can't fit. Over the past year and a half, PUFFER has been tested ... more
Sendai, Japan (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Quadruped robot exhibits spontaneous changes in step with speed
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Kraken Sonar Systems gains funding for robotics project
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
'Tree-on-a-chip' passively pumps water for days
'Super sponge' promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more
Minneapolis, MN (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences (CFANS) Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds. Thanks to the application of nanotechnology ... more
Jakarta (AFP) March 22, 2017
Indonesia increases estimate for cruise ship reef damage
Punta Gorda, United States (AFP) March 22, 2017
Florida eco-friendly town opens for business
Jakarta (AFP) March 17, 2017
Indonesia summons UK envoy over coral reef destruction
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Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire
Santiago (AFP) March 13, 2017
Some 6,000 people began returning home Monday after a forest fire forced their evacuation over the weekend, sweeping through central Chile and destroying more than a dozen dwellings, local authorities said. The blaze began in forested areas of Vina del Mar, a popular resort area in the Valparaiso region, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of Santiago, where hundreds of poor families live i ... more
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades
Beijing (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
China detains 24 after deadly hotel fire
Sydney (AFP) Feb 13, 2017
Australia fires ease as damage mounts after record heat
India grants sacred rivers status of 'legal persons'
Dehradun, India (AFP) March 21, 2017
Two of India's holiest but most polluted rivers have been recognised as a "legal person" in a landmark court ruling that could see the sacred waterways restored to health. The decision to bestow legal standing to the Ganges and the Yamuna, one of its major tributaries, comes just days after New Zealand awarded similar rights to its own spiritual river in a move described as a world first. ... more
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
Study of non-rainfall water in Namib Desert reveals unexpected origins
Exeter, UK (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
The foundation of aquatic life can rapidly adapt to global warming
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide
InterDrone 2017 Las Vegas - Sept 6-8
A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
With tornado season fast approaching or already underway in vulnerable states throughout the U.S., new supercomputer simulations are giving meteorologists unprecedented insight into the structure of monstrous thunderstorms and tornadoes. One such recent simulation recreates a tornado-producing supercell thunderstorm that left a path of destruction over the Central Great Plains in 2011. The ... more
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
French storm Zeus leaves two dead, 600,000 homes without power
London (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
One dead as Storm Doris hits British Isles
Los Angeles (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Four dead as 'worse storm in years' buffets California
China asks WTO to weigh in on EU anti-dumping measures
Geneva (AFP) March 21, 2017
China on Tuesday asked the World Trade Organization to create an expert panel to examine the so-called "surrogate country" approach used by the European Union to calculate anti-dumping measures applied to Chinese exports. When China joined the WTO in 2001, it was written into the terms of the deal that member states could treat it as a non-market economy for 15 years. The deadline passe ... more
Tangiers, Morocco (AFP) March 20, 2017
Morocco's Tangiers to host Chinese industrial city
Sydney (AFP) March 24, 2017
China inks $4.6 billion deal for Australia mine project
Newark DE (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
Unforeseen impacts of the fair trade movement
NASA Satellites Ready When Stars and Planets Align
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
The movements of the stars and the planets have almost no impact on life on Earth, but a few times per year, the alignment of celestial bodies has a visible effect. One of these geometric events - the spring equinox - is just around the corner, and another major alignment - a total solar eclipse - will be visible across America on Aug. 21, with a fleet of NASA satellites viewing it from space an ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
NASA's SDO sees a stretch of spotless Sun
Ithaca NY (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Cornell's FOTON studies 'space weather' to improve satellite communication
Bath, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research on northern lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy
Wild chimpanzees have surprisingly long life spans
New Haven CT (SPX) Mar 21, 2017
A 20-year demographic study of a large chimpanzee community in Uganda's Kibale National Park has revealed that, under the right ecological conditions, our close primate relatives can lead surprisingly long lives in the wild. The study, published March 19 in the Journal of Human Evolution, establishes an average life expectancy of about 33 years in its sample of 306 chimpanzees, nearly twic ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Microbes adapt to colonize different body parts
San Salvador (AFP) March 21, 2017
Bone surgery for El Salvador's last male jaguar
Millbrook NY (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
It's a fish eat tree world


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