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July 25, 2017
WATER WORLD
A 50-year Indian dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come



Boston MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
An MIT study published in Nature Climate Change finds that the Indian summer monsoons, which bring rainfall to the country each year between June and September, have strengthened in the last 15 years over north central India. This heightened monsoon activity has reversed a 50-year drying period during which the monsoon season brought relatively little rain to northern and central India. Since 2002, the researchers have found, this drying trend has given way to a much wetter pattern, with stronger ... read more

WATER WORLD
Mountain glaciers recharge vital aquifers
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Small mountain glaciers play a big role in recharging vital aquifers and in keeping rivers flowing during the winter, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Sea temperature changes contributing to droughts
Exeter UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Fluctuations in sea surface temperature are a factor in causing persistent droughts in North America and around the Mediterranean, new research suggests. A team from the universities of Exeter ... more
FARM NEWS
French grape harvest heading to historic low
Paris (AFP) July 22, 2017
Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically this year and could hit "a historic low", according to the agriculture ministry. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Cheap 3D printed prosthetics could be game changer for Nepal
Kathmandu (AFP) July 21, 2017
Ram's new hand was manufactured on a 3D printer in Nepal's capital for just $30, an innovation that could be a game changer for many in the impoverished Himalayan country. ... more
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3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Over nearly a century Disney has exported US culture across the globe, but the company was astonished to find one slice of Americana wildly popular in China - the turkey leg. ... more
FARM NEWS
Kenyan cattle herders defend 'necessary' land invasions
Crocodile Jaw Bridge, Kenya (AFP) July 20, 2017
Close by a narrow, rickety bridge in Kenya's central Laikipia highlands two herders sit on blistering hot rock next to the muddy trickle of the Ewaso Nyiro river to explain why they routinely break the law, invading private land to graze their cattle. ... more
WATER WORLD
Big Muddy Missouri river needs a plan
Urbana IL (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
As the Missouri River flows across the Great Plains to where it meets the Mississippi River at St. Louis, it accumulates such a large sediment load that it has earned the nickname "Big Muddy." A rec ... more
WATER WORLD
Trump envoy mediates water deal between Israel, Palestinians
Jerusalem (AFP) July 13, 2017
US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace envoy said Thursday Israel would supply the Palestinians with millions of cubic metres of water annually, as Washington seeks to build confidence for fresh negotiations. ... more
FARM NEWS
Using treated graywater for irrigation is better for arid environments
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Jul 13, 2017
Reusing graywater in dry areas may require treatment for more efficient irrigation in arid, sandy soils, according to a new study published in Chemosphere by researchers at the Ben-Gurion University ... more


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WATER WORLD
Scientists make 'squarest' ice crystals ever
Columbus OH (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
You won't find ice cubes like this in your freezer. An international team of scientists has set a new record for creating ice crystals that have a near-perfect cubic arrangement of water molecules - ... more
FARM NEWS
Warmer Arctic harms crops in US, Canada: study
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Exceptionally warm years in the Arctic have provoked extra-cold winters and springs further to the south, decreasing crop yields across central Canada and the United States, researchers said Monday. ... more
TERROR WARS
Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for jihadists
Niamey (AFP) July 6, 2017
An air strike by Niger's army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, regional officials said Thursday. ... more
WATER WORLD
Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Cornell University materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater. The research ... more



Manmade aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patterns
Miami FL (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
In a new study, scientists found that aerosol particles released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels are a primary driver of changes in rainfall patterns across the globe. The results of the climate system-model simulations conducted by researchers Brian Soden and Eui-Seok Chung from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science revealed ... more
Stevenage UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Airbus built Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 20, 2017
Early Airborne Results Address South Korean Air Quality
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
North American monsoon storms fewer but more extreme
Russia, China to Set Up Pilot Zone to Test National Navigation Systems
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia and China are set to establish a pilot zone to test the Russian GLONASS and Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation systems on passenger and freight transportation routes going through Kraskino - Hunchun and Poltavka - Dongning checkpoints on the border in Russia's Primorsky Territory, the Russian Transport Ministry said. The issue was discussed during a meeting of a bilateral working g ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
India Plans to Roll Out National GPS Next Year
Washington (UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Orbital Alliance Techsystems receives contract for GPS artillery
Paying farmers not to cut down trees in Uganda helps fight climate change
New Haven CT (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
A new study finds that simply paying landowners in the developing world to not cut down trees can significantly reduce carbon in the atmosphere. It may also be a very cost-effective way to help meet goals such as the Paris Accord targets. The study, published this week in the journal Science, found that in Uganda, offering small financial incentives to landowners cut deforestation in half. ... more
Lisbon (AFP) July 20, 2017
Eucalyptus gets the chop after deadly Portugal forest fires
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 18, 2017
Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season
Brussels (AFP) July 13, 2017
EU hauls Poland to top court over ancient forest logging
How enzymes produce hydrogen
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Researchers at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum and the Freie Universitat Berlin have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, efficiently turn electrons and protons into hydrogen. They are thus a candidate for the biotechnological production of the potential energy source. 'In order to produce hydrogen on an industrial ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
New biofuel technology significantly cuts production time
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cells
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Researchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells. The team of researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the United States, have used theoretical and experimental methods to show how bismuth - the so-called "green element" which sits next to lead on the periodic table, could be used in low-cost solar cells. T ... more
New Delhi (AFP) July 19, 2017
India's ageing trains get green makeover with solar panels
Albany, NY (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Solar Toolkit Developed to Help Municipalities Advance Solar Projects
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
More EU praise for progress on renewable energy
Unbalanced wind farm planning exacerbates fluctuations
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
The expansion of renewable energy has been widely criticised for increasing weather-dependent fluctuations in European electricity generation. A new study shows that this is due less to the variability of weather than from a failure to consider the large-scale weather conditions across the whole continent: many European countries are unilaterally following national strategies to expand wind ener ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
GE's renewables not enough to boost overall revenue
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
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Scientists uncover biogeochemical controls on occurrence and distribution of PACs in coals
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
The organic matter in coal contains polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) of varying quantities in diverse soluble and insoluble forms. PACs in coal are of special interest for organic geochemical studies as they have been successfully used as biological marker compounds (biomarkers) and indicators of thermal maturity. However, challenges exist when applying PACs in understanding the organi ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
China backs hundreds of global coal power projects
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Rio prefers Yancoal to Glencore in Australia coal sale
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets
Chinese city leadership shake-up signals Xi power play
Beijing (AFP) July 20, 2017
A sudden leadership change in one of China's biggest cities has highlighted President Xi Jinping's ambition to consolidate his grip on power at an upcoming major political gathering, analysts say. Former Xi aide Chen Miner was named Communist Party chief in Chongqing last weekend, abruptly replacing a politician who was once widely regarded as a contender for promotion to China's top politic ... more
New Delhi (AFP) July 23, 2017
Tibetan student dies after setting himself alight in India
Beijing (AFP) July 22, 2017
Chinese police guard late dissident's home, empty or not
Beijing (AFP) July 24, 2017
China anti-graft watchdog probes Politburo member
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A robot that grows
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
At first glance, robots would appear to have exactly nothing in common with sweet peas or other climbing vines. Yet thanks to some innovative scientists, they now share at least one trait: the ability to extend their reach. Inspired by the growing action of plants and other living things, researchers at UC Santa Barbara and Stanford University have developed a tubular robot that - much lik ... more
Paris (ESA) Jul 20, 2017
Rovers drive through Tenerife darkness
Stanford CA (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot
Bangalore, India (AFP) July 14, 2017
India's Infosys eyes artificial intelligence profits
Soil filters out some emerging contaminants before reaching groundwater
Uuniversity PA (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
There is considerable uncertainty surrounding emerging contaminants in aquatic ecosystems and groundwater, and a recent Penn State study of compounds from pharmaceuticals and personal care products didn't add much clarity. But it did provide insight into the transport of the chemicals, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The research, which was conducted at th ... more
Taipei (AFP) July 23, 2017
Thousands protest call to curb incense burning in Taiwan
Paris (AFP) July 24, 2017
Pioneering Paris canal swimming spot closed due to pollution
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Canada announces aid for evacuees as fires continue to blaze
Kamloops, Canada (AFP) July 19, 2017
As forest fires raged Wednesday in western Canada, the provincial government extended a state of emergency and announced aid for tens of thousands of people evacuated because of the disaster. Around 140 fires were burning in British Columbia on the Pacific coast, and more than half of them remained out of control, firefighting officials said. Four of those 140 - down from an earlier fi ... more
Lisbon (AFP) July 24, 2017
New blazes break out in fire-ravaged central Portugal
Podgorica, Montenegro (AFP) July 19, 2017
Montenegro wildfires rage but 'under control' in Croatia and Portugal
Zagreb (AFP) July 18, 2017
Wildfires rage in Europe from Croatia to Portugal
New algorithm, metrics improve autonomous underwater vehicles' energy efficiency
Corvallis OR (SPX) Jul 21, 2017
Robotics researchers have found a way for autonomous underwater vehicles to navigate strong currents with greater energy efficiency, which means the AUVs can gather data longer and better. AUVs such as underwater gliders are valuable research tools limited primarily by their energy budget - every bit of battery power wasted via inefficient trajectories cuts into the time they can spend wor ... more
University of New South Wales
A super-algae to save our seas
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
A 50-year Indian dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come
Fairbanks AK (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
Mountain glaciers recharge vital aquifers
Hottest day ever in Shanghai as heat wave bakes China
Shanghai (AFP) July 21, 2017
Shanghai sweltered under a new record high of 40.9 degrees Centigrade (105 F) on Friday, authorities said as they issued a weather "red alert" over a stubborn heat wave that has plagued much of the country. Hospitals in the city have reported increased numbers of patients suffering from heat-related illnesses, according to state media, and the Shanghai zoo said it was putting large blocks of ... more
Madrid (AFP) July 13, 2017
Spain heatwave breaks records and kills one
New Delhi (AFP) July 11, 2017
Five killed, 10 missing in landslide in remote India
Shanghai (AFP) July 6, 2017
At Ikea, Chinese shoppers make themselves at home
China cashing out as mobile payment soars
Beijing (AFP) July 23, 2017
Yang Qianqian holds out her smartphone to scan a barcode on the mobile of a vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables at a bustling outdoor market in Beijing. The dance student is part of an explosion in the use of mobile payment platforms in China as consumers increasingly take out phones instead of cash to pay for everything from a coffee to a language class or a gas bill. "Even though ... more
Washington (AFP) July 19, 2017
US says must have more 'fair, reciprocal' trade with China
Aspen, United States (AFP) July 18, 2017
Target CEO unfazed by Amazon-Whole Foods deal
Washington (AFP) July 19, 2017
US seeks to smooth trade relations with China in talks
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