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January 23, 2017
Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jan 20, 2017
Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists now ran an unprecedentedly comprehensive set of computer simulations of US crop yields. The simulations were shown to reproduce the observed strong reduction in past crop yields induced by high temperatures, thereby confirming that they capture one main mechani ... read more

Mighty river, mighty filter
Huckleberry Finn wouldn't recognize today's lower Mississippi River. Massive walls separate the river from low-lying lands along the bank, an area called the floodplain. Floodplains were once the sp ... more
Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses
A chemical that is thought to be safe and is, therefore, widely used on crops - such as almonds, wine grapes and tree fruits - to boost the performance of pesticides, makes honey bee larvae signific ... more
New plant opens in bid to head off Gaza water crisis
The largest desalination plant in the Gaza Strip partially opened Thursday with international help as the impoverished and blockaded Palestinian enclave seeks to prevent a water crisis. ... more
Syria regime encircles rebel area supplying Damascus water
Syrian government forces encircled a key rebel area northwest of Damascus on Thursday that serves as the capital's main water supply, a monitoring group said. ... more
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Norway spurs $400mn rainforest fund at Davos
Norway on Thursday said it will raise $400 million to encourage Brazil's farmers to stop destroying the rainforests, launching a fund also backed by food giants Unilever and Nestle. ... more
Nothing to eat but cactus in Madagascar's hunger capital
A black ribbon is strapped around Karaniteny's straw hat: a symbol of mourning after she lost her 10-year-old daughter Vahana to the devastation of severe drought in October. ... more
Drought may add famine to Somalia's humanitarian woes
A serious drought has left parts of Somalia at risk of famine and 320,000 children are already severely malnourished and in need of care, the UN humanitarian agency said Tuesday. ... more
Bay Area methane emissions may be double what we thought
Emissions of methane - a potent climate-warming gas - may be roughly twice as high as officially estimated for the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of the emissions come from biological sources, such as ... more
Tiny plants with huge potential
Wolffia globosa, a tiny, rootless duckweed, or water lens, apparently has what it takes to achieve great things. Researchers at the University of Jena (Germany), together with colleagues in In ... more

Anthropogenic groundwater extraction impacts climate

Can the 'greening' be greener?
The EU introduced the new "greening" instrument into the Common Agricultural Policy in 2015, with the intention to slow the rapid loss of biodiversity in agricultural areas. The idea is quite simple ... more
Affordable water in the US: A burgeoning crisis
If water rates continue rising at projected amounts, the number of U.S. households unable to afford water could triple in five years, to nearly 36 percent, finds new research by a Michigan State Uni ... more

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NASA's Terra Satellite Sees Alaskan Volcanic Eruption Wrapped in White
When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Alaska's erupting Bogoslof Volcano the MODIS instrument aboard captured an image of a large ash plume surrounded by clouds making it appear to be wrapped in white. The Bogoslof Volcano is located on Bogoslof Island at 53 55'38" north latitude and 168 2'4" west longitude, along the southern edge of the Bering Sea. It is about 35 miles northwest of Una ... more
World's First Weather-Cracking Wind Satellite Aeolus to Improve Future Forecasts

China to launch electromagnetic monitoring satellite for earthquake study

Study tracks 'memory' of soil moisture

Clocks 'failed' onboard Europe's navigation satellites: ESA
Europe's beleaguered Galileo satnav has suffered another setback, with clocks failing onboard a number of satellites in space, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. Designed to render Europe independent from America's GPS, the 10 billion-euro ($11 billion) project may experience further delays as the cause of the failure is investigated, ESA director general Jan Woerner told journalists in Paris. ... more
Russia, China Work on Joint High-Precision Satellite Navigation System

Raytheon completes qualification testing of next-gen GPS Launch and Checkout System

Oregon deploys DT Research Rugged Tablets for Construction Projects

Activists slam giant Indonesian mill for environmental damage
Green groups said Thursday that one of the world's biggest pulp mills which started production on Indonesia's Sumatra island last month was causing enormous environmental damage. The groups said the $3 billion mill belonging to industry giant Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) was sourcing raw materials mostly from trees grown on drained peatlands, where haze-belching fires occur every year. The ... more
How much drought can a forest take?

Norway spurs $400mn rainforest fund at Davos

Trade-offs between economic growth and deforestation

Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE's BioEnergy Scie ... more
Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

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Asia Pacific to gain edge in low-carbon growth
It will be the economies in the Asia Pacific region that could gain the global edge in clean energy technology in the age of protectionism, a consultant said. Donald Trump vowed to make the United States energy independent by unraveling what his advisors see as burdensome regulations enacted by his predecessor, Barak Obama. While making reference to a need for alternative options, most ... more
Rooftop Solar in the Spotlight at the World Future Energy Summit Solar Expo

Astronergy receives licence to import 100 MW of solar modules to Turkey

Report details how renewables can decarbonise the energy sector

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map
Thousands of acres offshore North Carolina are set aside for potential wind energy in one of the final moves under the Obama presidency, the government said. "This is a significant milestone for North Carolina and our country as we continue to make progress on diversifying our nation's energy portfolio," Walter Cruickshank, the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, s ... more
Renewables a big boost for GE's profits

Essen, Germany wins greenest city honors

DNV GL certifies new prototype of Siemens' 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

People aren't the only beneficiaries of power plant carbon standards
When the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 it exercised its authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions to protect public welfare. The Plan, now the focus of escalating debate, also put the nation on course to meet its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement. Given that other pollutants are emitted from power plants - along with carbon dioxide - research h ... more
China to cut coal capacity by 800 million tonnes by 2020

Norway fund blacklists more coal groups over climate concerns

Black coal, thin pickings: China's miners face decline

Hong Kong leader slams independence movement in final speech
Hong Kong's unpopular pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying faced protests Wednesday as he spoke out against the city's independence movement in his final policy address. Leung will step down in July after a four-year term marked by anti-Beijing rallies as fears grow that Chinese authorities are squeezing Hong Kong's freedoms. Frustration at lack of political reform has sparked movements s ... more
Hong Kong's 'Mr Pringles' announces leadership bid

Robert Chow: Hong Kong's pro-Beijing firebrand

Hong Kong activists declare 'war' after appeal bid snub

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For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution
If your job involves inputting reams of data for a company, you might want to think about retraining in a more specialised field. Or as a plumber. After industrial robots and international trade put paid to many manufacturing jobs in the West, millions of white-collar workers could now be under threat from new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI). The issue of how best to fa ... more
Scientists proposed a novel regional path tracking scheme for autonomous ground vehicles

Cheery robots may make creepy companions, but could be intelligent assistants

Robots need 'kill switches', warn Euro MPs

Advanced cookstoves provide environmental benefits, but less than expected
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have found that while advanced wood-burning cookstoves can provide benefits to the environment and climate, these benefits are less than expected due to higher emissions measured in the field compared to laboratory settings. The study, conducted in rural Malawi, found that pollutant emissions from thes ... more
China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy

Researchers develop environmentally friendly soy air filter

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'Catastrophe' declared as wildfires rage in central Chile
Authorities declared a state of catastrophe in central Chile as crews Saturday fought vast forest fires described as the worst in decades. More than 450 square kilometers (175 square miles) were ablaze in the O'Higgins region - an area roughly the size of Vienna or Tel Aviv. As fire and emergency crews were brought in, officials evacuated 200 people from the mostly rural area south of t ... more
Chile forest fire ravages 50 hectares, destroys homes

Satellite photo reveals multiple fires burning in Argentina

Hundreds flee wildfires near Jerusalem

Regional sea-level scenarios will help Northeast plan for faster-than-global rise
Sea level in the Northeast and in some other U.S. regions will rise significantly faster than the global average, according to a report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moreover, in a worst-case scenario, global sea level could rise by about 8 feet by 2100. Robert E. Kopp, an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rut ... more
U.S., Cuba sign maritime border treaty

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Ex-leader of Maldives plans return to save sinking nation

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Lightning kills six at Zimbabwe wake
Lightning killed six people at a funeral wake in Zimbabwe as they sheltered under a tree to escape torrential rain, police said Wednesday. Heavy rains have deluged Zimbabwe in recent days, causing floods and killing people who attempted to cross rivers that had burst their banks. The lightning struck the mourners Sunday in Binga in northwest Zimbabwe, near the border with Zambia. "T ... more
It's freezing inside... that tornado?

Beaches packed as Sydney swelters through heatwave

Large-scale tornado outbreaks increasing in frequency

Chinese growth slows in 2016 with outlook uncertain
Chinese growth hit its weakest rate for more than a quarter-century last year but while Friday's data pointed to stability in the world's number two economy, Beijing faces an uncertain outlook that could see a trade stand-off with Donald Trump. After a tumultuous start to 2016, a flood of stimulus ensured the government hit its annual growth target and even recorded a quarterly pick-up for t ... more
Alibaba's Ma makes star turn as Davos pivots to China

New UN chief at Davos seeks allies in business

China-backed trade pact gains as Trump threatens to ditch TPP

Extreme space weather-induced blackouts could cost US more than $40 billion daily
The daily U.S. economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study. Previous studies have focused on direct economic costs within the blackout zone, failing to take into account indirect domestic and international supply chain loss from ... more
ALMA starts observing the sun

Next-generation optics offer the widest real-time views of vast regions of the sun

NASA moon data provides more accurate 2017 eclipse path

Interpol opens new front in war against wildlife crimes
International police body Interpol announced a new project Friday that will identify and dismantle origanised crime networks between Africa and Asia that have devastated wildlife and made ivory a sought-after luxury. Interpol, headquartered in the eastern French city of Lyon, said the initiative will focus on providing increased resources to countries linked to the illegal wildlife trade - ... more
Limpets repair their damaged shells with biological materials

Humans, not climate, killed off Australia's big beasts

How ants navigate homeward - forward, backward, or sideward

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