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May 29, 2017
WATER WORLD
LA lawns use 70 billion gallons of water a year



Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 28, 2017
In summer 2010, Los Angeles was losing about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through the evaporation and plant uptake of lawns and trees. Lawns accounted for 70 percent of the water loss, while trees accounted for 30 percent, according to a University of Utah study published in Water Resources Research. The results, based on measurements taken before Los Angeles enacted mandatory watering restrictions in 2014, shows a pattern of systemic overwatering in the city's lawns, ... read more

FARM NEWS
In China, maggots finish plates, and food waste
Pengshan, China (AFP) May 29, 2017
Thousands of voracious white maggots wiggle frenetically while tearing through trayfuls of leftover meat, vegetables and fruits in an unusual farm in southwestern China. ... more
FARM NEWS
Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom
Saint-Emilion, France (AFP) May 26, 2017
When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action. ... more
WATER WORLD
Water efficiency in rural areas is getting worse, even as it improves in urban centers
Raleigh NC (SPX) May 26, 2017
A nationwide analysis of water use over the past 30 years finds that there is a disconnect between rural and urban areas, with most urban areas becoming more water efficient and most rural areas bec ... more
FARM NEWS
Bordeaux pins hopes for ravaged vineyards on June bloom
Saint-Emilion, France (AFP) May 26, 2017
When a severe, unseasonal cold snap gripped Bordeaux vineyards in late April, winegrowers sprang into action. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Water is surprisingly ordered on the nanoscale
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 25, 2017
Nanometric-sized water drops are everywhere - in the air as droplets or aerosols, in our bodies as medication, and in the earth, within rocks and oil fields. To understand the behavior of these drop ... more
FARM NEWS
Helping plants pump iron
La Jolla CA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Just like people, plants need iron to grow and stay healthy. But some plants are better at getting this essential nutrient from the soil than others. Now, a study led by a researcher at the Salk Ins ... more
FARM NEWS
Blue and purple corn: Not just for tortilla chips anymore
Urbana IL (SPX) May 23, 2017
Consumers today insist on all-natural everything, and food dyes are no exception. Even if food manufacturers are willing to make the change, current sources of natural dyes are expensive and hard to ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Cape Town region declares drought disaster
Cape Town (AFP) May 22, 2017
South Africa's Western Cape region which includes Cape Town declared a drought disaster on Monday as the province battled its worst water shortages for 113 years. ... more
FARM NEWS
Popular artificial sweetener also works as pesticide and insect birth control
Washington (UPI) May 23, 2017
According to a new study, a popular artificial sweetener could double as a pesticide and birth control for insects. ... more
WATER WORLD
NASA adds up record Australia rainfall
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 22, 2017
Over the week of May 15, extreme rainfall drenched northeastern Australia and NASA data provided a look at the record totals. The rainfall was the heaviest rainfall in that area since tropical ... more


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FARM NEWS
Norway to boost climate change defences of 'doomsday' seed vault
Stockholm (AFP) May 20, 2017
Norway on Saturday said it would boost protection of a seed storage vault designed to protect the world's crops from disaster, after soaring temperatures caused water to leak into its entrance. ... more
WATER WORLD
Invention produces cleaner water with less energy and no filter
Princeton NJ (SPX) May 18, 2017
The same technology that adds fizz to soda can now be used to remove particles from dirty water. Researchers at Princeton University have found a technique for using carbon dioxide in a low-cost wat ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Drought affects 1.4 million in Angola: UNICEF
Luanda (AFP) May 17, 2017
More than 1.4 million people in Angola, including many children, have been affected by a "chronic drought" that has increased the risk of disease, a UN report said Wednesday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Why did hunter-gatherers first begin farming?
Sheffield, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
The beginnings of agriculture changed human history and has fascinated scientists for centuries. Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield have shed ... more



NOAA's newest geostationary satellite will be positioned as GOES-East this fall
Washington DC (SPX) May 28, 2017
GOES-16, the most advanced weather satellite NOAA has ever developed, will be moved to the GOES-East position at 75 degrees west longitude, once it is declared operational in November. Top officials from NOAA announced the long-awaited decision at the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook news conference in College Park, Maryland. "As a Florida resident, I am particularly proud of the imp ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) May 26, 2017
Supercomputing helps researchers understand Earth's interior
Palmdale CA (SPX) May 22, 2017
NASA's CPEX tackles a weather fundamental
Seattle WA (SPX) May 19, 2017
Earth's atmosphere more chemically reactive in cold climates
2 SOPS says goodbye to GPS satellite
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
At 25-years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit before the 2nd Space Operations Squadron said goodbye via final command and disposal here April 18. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it performed more than triple its design life of 7.5 years. "The most interesting thing about this process for me, was the ability to do some experimentatio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
Activists protest logging in Poland's ancient forest
Warsaw (AFP) May 24, 2017
Activists chained themselves to logging equipment in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest on Wednesday, accusing authorities of felling trees in protected areas of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The move comes after a "final warning" by the European Commission sent to Warsaw in April saying it could take legal action to halt large-scale logging in Europe's last primeval woodland. Dawid K ... more
Banff, Canada (AFP) May 28, 2017
In Canada, parks thrive but conservationists cry foul
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) May 24, 2017
Planting trees cannot replace cutting CO2 emissions
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2017
Myanmar's extensive forests are declining rapidly due to political and economic change
Discovery of an alga's 'dictionary of genes' could lead to advances in biofuels, medicine
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 26, 2017
Plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis. Scientists have learned in the past decade that the tiny, single-celled organism could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and that it produces a substance called astaxanthin, which may be useful fo ... more
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) May 22, 2017
A full life cycle assessment of second-generation biofuels
Madison WI (SPX) May 22, 2017
Triple play boosting value of renewable fuel could tip market in favor of biomass
Los Alamos NM (SPX) May 22, 2017
Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costs
Solar cells more efficient thanks to new material standing on edge
Lund, Sweden (SPX) May 26, 2017
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden and from Fudan University in China have successfully designed a new structural organization using the promising solar cell material perovskite. The study shows that solar cells increase in efficiency thanks to the material's ability to self-organise by standing on edge. The current research study deals with perovskite, a new and promising material ... more
Moscow, Russia (SPX) May 26, 2017
How to obtain highly crystalline organic-inorganic perovskite films for solar cells
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) May 26, 2017
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Pennsauken NJ (SPX) May 26, 2017
Keystone lowers energy costs with rooftop solar installation in New Jersey
U.S. states taking up wind energy mantle
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
Gains in wind power in the United States are coming up from the state level, with California among the leaders, an industry report found. A report from the sidelines of a wind energy conference in California from the American Wind Energy Association finds the sector supports more than 100,000 jobs in the country. The state hosting the event is one of the national leaders in wind energy ... more
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
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Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
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From coal miner to writer of China's hit TV show
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2017
In the midst of China's Cultural Revolution, a 14-year-old coal miner bought a yellowing, torn copy of Honore de Balzac's biography from a book collector on the side of the street. He became engrossed in the text, and dreamt from then on that he would devote his life to literature - to become, as Balzac was, a "secretary transcribing history." Today Zhou Meisen is a celebrated 61-year- ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
Gas leak kills 18 miners in central China
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
India's coal plant plans conflict with climate commitments
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Coal power dropping as natural gas, renewables grow, U.S. report finds
Former top Chinese cop executed for murder
Beijing (AFP) May 26, 2017
A former regional police chief in China was executed for murder, state media said Friday, after reports described his victim as a lover more than three decades his junior. Zhao Liping, 65, was found guilty of murder, bribery and possession of firearms and explosives by a court in Taiyuan, the capital of the northern province of Shanxi, in November. China's supreme court announced Friday ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) May 26, 2017
Hong Kong independence duo plead not guilty over parliament chaos
Washington (AFP) May 22, 2017
Branstad, friend of Beijing, confirmed as US envoy to China
Beijing (AFP) May 24, 2017
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AI wins as Google algorithm beats No. 1 Go player
Shanghai (AFP) May 23, 2017
Google's computer algorithm AlphaGo narrowly beat the world's top-ranked player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go on Tuesday, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers tout as a ground-breaking new form of artificial intelligence. AlphaGo took the first of a scheduled three games against brash 19-year-old Chinese world number one Ke Jie, who after the match annointed the programme ... more
Boston MA (SPX) May 25, 2017
Robots help shed light on how humans walk
Tampa FL (SPX) May 22, 2017
Lockheed Martin exoskeleton helps soldiers carry heavy gear
New Haven CT (SPX) May 19, 2017
Building a better 'bot': Artificial intelligence helps human groups
Tough times for S.Africa town blighted by mine closure
Carletonville, South Africa (AFP) May 28, 2017
At the end of a narrow road stands the dilapidated husk of a golf clubhouse, now overrun with tall weeds and creepers. It stands as a reminder of better times for the once booming mining town of Blyvooruitzicht, an hour's drive southwest of Johannesburg. Joseph Rammusa, 53, was proud to have been the club's president - its last, because in 2013, the once-prosperous town suffered a drama ... more
Hobart, Australia (SPX) May 23, 2017
37 million bits of litter on remote islands
Beijing, China (SPX) May 19, 2017
Ozone and haze pollution weakens land carbon uptake in China
Surrey, UK (SPX) May 18, 2017
Cities need to 'green up' to reduce the impact of air pollution
Three die in raging Siberia wildfires in Russia
Moscow (AFP) May 25, 2017
Russia on Thursday launched a probe into the deaths of three people in Siberian wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced the authorities to impose a state of emergency. Two people were found dead in the town of Kansk in Russia's Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, according to investigators in the region, who said a fire spread in the area due to hot weather and strong wind. T ... more
Fort Mcmurray, Canada (AFP) April 30, 2017
Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Flammable floodplains are weak spot of Amazon forest
Santiago (AFP) March 13, 2017
Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire
Researchers untangle causes of differences in East Coast sea level rise
New York NY (SPX) May 28, 2017
For years, scientists have been warning of a so-called "hot spot" of accelerated sea-level rise along the northeastern U.S. coast. But accurately modeling this acceleration as well as variations in sea-level rise from one region to another has proven challenging. Now an upcoming paper in Geophysical Research Letters offers the first comprehensive model for understanding differences in sea ... more
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) May 28, 2017
LA lawns use 70 billion gallons of water a year
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
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Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) May 25, 2017
Water is surprisingly ordered on the nanoscale
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'Panic' in Bangladesh factories as workers collapse in heatwave
Dhaka (AFP) May 25, 2017
Panic broke out in more than a dozen factories in Bangladesh's capital as hundreds of garment workers fell ill in a heatwave, forcing the plants to close, police said Thursday. Police said 18 factories, which export clothes to Western retailers, had been shut since Wednesday after chaotic scenes saw some 30,000 workers leave in the middle of their shifts. "490 workers became sick (Thursd ... more
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) May 19, 2017
Seven dead, 19 missing in Haiti storms
Beijing (AFP) May 4, 2017
Dust storm blows across north China, flights cancelled
Norman, OK (SPX) May 02, 2017
SimRadar: A polarimetric radar time-series simulator for tornadic debris studies
Chinese tech firm LeEco reverses course in US, cuts 325 jobs
San Francisco (AFP) May 24, 2017
Cash-strapped Chinese tech firm LeEco on Wednesday confirmed that it is throttling back plans to invade the US market, cutting 325 jobs months after announcing a major expansion. The layoffs were reported represent about 70 percent of the company's US staff. "The challenges with raising new capital have made it difficult in the past few months to support all of our business priorities," ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 24, 2017
Germany calls for better EU market access to China
Beijing (AFP) May 24, 2017
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CLASP Sounding Rocket Mission Opens New Research Window in Solar Physics
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 24, 2017
A team of NASA scientists and international partners used data from the the high-precision science instrument CLASP - the Chromospheric Lyman-Alpha Spectro-Polarimeter - to provide the first-ever polarization measurements of ultraviolet light emitted from the sun's outer atmosphere. Previous polarization measurements were restricted to visible light that is emitted from the sun's surface. ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 19, 2017
UV Spectropolarimetry Opens a New Window for Solar Physics Research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 18, 2017
Space weather events linked to human activity
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 18, 2017
First direct exploration of magnetic fields in the upper solar atmosphere
How do blind cavefish find their way? The answer could be in their bones.
Cincinnati OH (SPX) May 25, 2017
Imagine living in perpetual darkness in an alien world where you have to find food quickly by touch or starve for months at a time. The limestone caverns of Mexico's Sierra del Abra Tanchipa rainforest contain deep cisterns cloaked in utter blackness. This is where researchers at the University of Cincinnati traveled to find a little fish (Astyanax mexicanus) that has evolved to feast or e ... more
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Genetic mutation trade-offs lead to parallel evolution
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