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April 30, 2017
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Ethiopia drought creates food crisis for 7.7 million



Addis Ababa (AFP) April 28, 2017
The number of people in need of food aid in Ethiopia's drought-hit regions has surged to 7.7 million, over two million more than an estimate earlier this year, state media reported Friday. The National Disaster Risk Management Commission said in January that failed rains would leave 5.6 million people in need of emergency food this year in three of the country's nine regions: Oromia, Amhara and the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region. Public relations director Ababe Zewdie told t ... read more

FARM NEWS
China-bound illegal donkey hide haul seized in Pakistan
Karachi (AFP) April 27, 2017
Pakistani police have confiscated more than 4,000 donkey hides that were set to be illegally exported to China where they are highly sought after for their use in traditional medicine, officials said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
When Nature vents her wrath on grapes
Vienna (AFP) April 26, 2017
Making wine is a tough job in most places, what with frost, hail, drought and bushfires to contend with. ... more
FARM NEWS
Rivers of blood orange: Juice floods Russian town
Moscow (AFP) April 26, 2017
Russian authorities on Wednesday were probing an accident at a beverage factory that saw fruit juice flood the streets of a town south of Moscow. ... more
WATER WORLD
Humans threaten 'fossil' groundwater: study
Vienna (AFP) April 25, 2017
Human activity risks contaminating pristine water stockpiled deep underground since the age of the mammoths, said a study Tuesday that warns of a looming threat to a critical life source. ... more
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In Mexico City, water a rare commodity
Mexico City (AFP) April 26, 2017
In a teeming, hardscrabble neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City, Virginia Solis spends a big part of her day hauling sloshing buckets to her home - one of tens of thousands in the capital without running water. ... more
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A novel form of iron for fortification of foods
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Around 1.2 billion people worldwide suffer from iron deficiency, with women worse affected than men. In Europe, one in five women around the age of 20 suffers from iron deficiency. Typical symptoms ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Indian minister ridiculed as bizarre drought plot backfires
New Delhi (AFP) April 24, 2017
An Indian politician who attempted to cover a dam in sheets of polystyrene has been left red-faced after his bizarre water-saving scheme backfired. ... more
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Syngenta sales slip as ChemChina takeover looms
Geneva (AFP) April 24, 2017
Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta said Monday its sales slumped one percent in the first quarter, but said its planned takeover by ChemChina was on track for completion in May. ... more
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'Eating with the eyes' is hard-wired in the brain
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Have you ever wondered why just seeing food can make your mouth start to water? By visualizing neuronal activity in specific areas of the zebrafish brain, scientists at the National Institute of Gen ... more
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New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Honeybees - employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season - encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee's o ... more


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A better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Consumer goods companies often rely on life-cycle assessments (LCA) to figure out the potential consequences of how they design products and source ingredients. This kind of assessment, while sophis ... more
FARM NEWS
Climatic effect of irrigation over the Yellow River basin
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
As the sensitive areas of global climate change, Yellow River basin, situated in arid and semiarid regions, also plays an important role in food production. However, using water resources in the Yel ... more
WATER WORLD
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the viru ... more
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Cold snap threatens French vines
Paris (AFP) April 21, 2017
A late spring frost that hit French vineyards is threatening the harvest in Champagne and Burgundy, winegrowers warn. ... more

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NASA instrument looks sky high and to the future
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
On the rust-colored north flank of one of Earth's largest volcanoes, a backpack-sized instrument monitors our atmosphere and, at the same time, helps set the stage for possible human exploration of other worlds. Designed and built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the instrument tracks levels of methane and carbon dioxide, two gases crucial for studying the chem ... more
Missoula MT (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Heavy precipitation speeds carbon exchange in tropics
Washington (UPI) Apr 28, 2017
Beautiful Bering Strait image captured by Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite
Paris (ESA) Apr 24, 2017
When Swarm met Steve
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
Scientists examine impact of high-severity fires on conifer forests
Boston MA (SPX) May 01, 2017
The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Harvard Forest found in a new study published in Global Change Biology. Although most of these cone-bearing evergreen trees are well adapted to fire, the study examines whether tw ... more
Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017
Trump looks to lift protections on America's vast nature preserves
Brussels (AFP) April 27, 2017
Primeval forest risks sparking new EU-Poland clash
Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017
Trump moves to review status of America's nature preserves
The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins fight against plastic pollution
Paris (AFP) April 24, 2017
A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic, scientists reported Monday, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution. "This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans," said Cambridge University professor P ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Finding best combination for biofuel corn, soil protection
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Caterpillar found to eat shopping bags, suggesting biodegradable solution to plastic pollution
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Photosynthesis in the dark Unraveling the mystery of algae evolution
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Indian Space Agency Comes Up With an App Indicating Solar Power Potential
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an Android app that will show the solar potential of a given location in any part of the country. The app was developed to support the clean energy target of generating 175,000 MW power through non-fossil fuel energy. The computation of solar energy potential is essential for selecting locations for solar photovoltaic (PV) thermal ... more
London, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Ancala and Anesco deploy large scale battery at UK solar farm
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance
Golden CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Experts outline pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030
CEE Group acquires wind farm with a capacity of 27.6 megawatts in Brandenburg
Hamburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
CEE, the Hamburg-based private equity group, continues to expand its wind power portfolio in Germany. It has acquired eight wind turbines in the Vormark wind farm near to the municipality Gross Pankow (Prignitz) in Brandenburg. The seller is a consortium consisting of the Danish company European Energy A/S and the Berlin-based Green Wind Energy GmbH. The wind farm consists of eight turbine ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
Norwegian company envisions wind energy role for oil production
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
German power company examining new wind energy options.
India's coal plant plans conflict with climate commitments
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
India will not be able to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments in the coming years if it carries through with plans to build nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, a new study finds. "India is facing a dilemma of its own making," said Steve Davis, associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California Irvine and coauthor of a new study published this week in Earth ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Coal power dropping as natural gas, renewables grow, U.S. report finds
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
US environmental groups file suit to block new coal mining on public lands
Mumbai (AFP) March 19, 2017
Adani to begin work on Australia mine by August: report
Chinese court sentences rights lawyer in secret trial
Beijing (AFP) April 28, 2017
China sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to a three-year suspended sentence Friday following a secret trial, raising concerns the country is moving to further reduce transparency in high-profile, politically sensitive cases. Li Heping, best known for defending blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, was found guilty of "subverting state power," the Tianjin Second Intermediate Court said in a po ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 28, 2017
Chinese court sentences rights lawyer in secret trial
Hong Kong (AFP) April 26, 2017
Pro-independence activists arrested in Hong Kong
Changsha, China (AFP) April 25, 2017
Trial of China human rights lawyer delayed: supporters
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Synthetic two-sided gecko's foot could enable underwater robotics
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Geckos are well known for effortlessly scrambling up walls and upside down across ceilings. Even in slippery rain forests, the lizards maintain their grip. Now scientists have created a double-sided adhesive that copies this reversible ability to stick and unstick to surfaces even in wet conditions. They say their development, reported in ACS' Journal of Physical Chemistry C, could be usef ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
The rise of automated art
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Philippine minister bans new open-pit mines worth $8 bn
Manila (AFP) April 27, 2017
Philippine socialite-turned-environment minister Regina Lopez caused ire in the mining industry Thursday by announcing a ban on new open-pit mines, a move that threatens over eight billion dollars in investments. Lopez, who has already ordered the closure of 23 mines this year, told reporters she would not allow any new open-pit mines to operate, even those that gained government approval be ... more
Pensacola, FL (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Predicting the movement and impacts of microplastic pollution
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
New approach to improve detection of landfill-related pollution
London (AFP) April 27, 2017
British government loses court case over air pollution plans
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Flammable floodplains are weak spot of Amazon forest
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Peripheral parts of the Amazon forest were long thought to be most vulnerable to climate-induced collapse. Now, a study by an international team of scientists reveals in the scientific journal PNAS that seasonally inundated areas in the heart of the forest may be an unexpected Achilles' heel. Those floodplains turn out to be particularly prone to fire which may subsequently spread into the surro ... more
Santiago (AFP) March 13, 2017
Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire
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
Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle
Sydney (AFP) April 27, 2017
Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef. The predatory starfish is naturally-occurring but has proliferated due to pollution and run-off at the World Heritage-listed ecosystem, which is also reeling from two consecutive years of mass cor ... more
Tallahassee FL (SPX) May 01, 2017
Rising carbon dioxide levels, ocean acidity may change crucial marine process
Vienna (AFP) April 25, 2017
Humans threaten 'fossil' groundwater: study
Mexico City (AFP) April 26, 2017
In Mexico City, water a rare commodity
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Australian cyclone aftermath hits New Zealand
Wellington (AFP) April 6, 2017
The remnants of a deadly Australian cyclone caused havoc as it passed over New Zealand Thursday, causing "one-in-500-year" flooding that forced an entire town to be evacuated. The former Tropical Cyclone Debbie continued to pack a punch despite being downgraded to a low pressure system after crossing the Tasman Sea, dumping a month's worth of rain on some areas of the North Island in less th ... more
Madrid (AFP) March 30, 2017
Two dead in Tenerife after giant wave sweeps them away
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
French storm Zeus leaves two dead, 600,000 homes without power
Trump targets aluminum in week of trade tensions
Washington (AFP) April 27, 2017
In a week full of trade discord, US President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to take action to boost the American aluminum industry which has been "unfairly damaged" by imports. The industry is "critical" to the defense industry," Trump said at the White House. "We can't afford to become dependent on foreign nations for the aluminum that our military relies on." The Trump administration ... more
Ottawa (AFP) April 25, 2017
Canada's Trudeau says will stand up to Trump on trade
Jerusalem (AFP) April 23, 2017
Israel signs deal to bring in 6,000 Chinese labourers
Tokyo (AFP) April 20, 2017
Japan's exports jump in March
Sun's Eruptions Might All Have Same Trigger
Durham, UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity. Researchers at Durham University, UK, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, USA, used 3D computer simulations to show a theoretical link between large- and small-scale eruptions that were previously thought to be driven by differe ... more
Beijing CA (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Interdisciplinary studies reveal relationship between solar activity and climate change
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
Sri Lanka overturns ban on adopting elephants
Colombo (AFP) April 26, 2017
Sri Lanka said Wednesday it was overturning a ban on adopting baby elephants, drawing sharp criticism from the animal protection lobby. Elephants are revered as holy in the mainly Buddhist nation, where the high-maintenance beasts have become a status symbol for the wealthy elite. The animals are also kept by temples for use in religious ceremonies, and the ban had led to worries there ... more
Vienna (AFP) April 26, 2017
Humans alter Earth's chemistry from beyond the grave
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
How Venus flytrap triggers digestion
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Mammoths suffered from diseases that are typical for people


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