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March 15, 2017
WATER WORLD
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced



Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Tens of thousands of people who fled Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria are facing a severe lack of water, compounding widespread food shortages and security fears, aid workers said Monday. For the past week supplies have been low at the Muna camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the city of Maiduguri after one of its five solar-powered water pumps broke down. "We are facing a serious water shortage in the camp," said camp coordinator Tijjani Lumani, adding that the four other pumps on the ... read more

WATER WORLD
More salt water in Egypt's Nile Delta putting millions at grave risk
Cairo (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Increased human activity over the last few decades has slowly created a fresh water crisis that now looms for nearly 100 million people in Egypt, a scenario that scientists say could ultimately make the entire region uninhabitable by the end of this century. ... more
FARM NEWS
This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
Tucson AZ (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food securi ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
More than half of schoolchildren have quit class in some parts of Niger due to drought which is forcing entire families of farmers to move to seek better pastures, the UN said Friday. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
'Traveling' droughts bring new possibilities for prediction
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A small subset of the most intense droughts move across continents in predictable patterns, according a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters by researchers in Austria and ... more
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More intense and frequent severe rainstorms likely; no drop off expected
Storrs CT (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A University of Connecticut climate scientist confirms that more intense and more frequent severe rainstorms will likely continue as temperatures rise due to global warming, despite some observation ... more
WATER WORLD
Why did rainfall over Asian inland plateau region undergo abrupt decrease around 1999
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
The Asian inland plateau (AIP) is located in the East Asian monsoon marginal areas and mainly includes Mongolia and part of northern China. Covering arid and semi-arid regions, the climate variabili ... more
FARM NEWS
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
The journal Applied Clay Science has recently published the paper 'Sulfate soils stabilization with magnesium-based bindersa', a piece of research led by Dr Andres Seco-Meneses on the stabilizing of ... more
FARM NEWS
Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
It is rare in biology that a single trait can answer questions spanning several fields of research. One such trait is plant biology's "leaf mass per area," a simple measurement calculated by weighin ... more
FARM NEWS
Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
London, UK (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A new European study has found that soil carbon loss is more sensitive to climate change compared to carbon taken up by plants. In drier regions, soil carbon loss decreased but in wetter regions soi ... more
WATER WORLD
Aussie lake turns vivid pink
Sydney (AFP) March 9, 2017
An Australian lake has turned a vivid pink thanks to extreme salt levels further exacerbated by hot weather in a startling natural phenomena that resembles a toxic spill. ... more


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WATER WORLD
General Electric sells water business to French utility
Paris (AFP) March 8, 2017
French utility Suez said Wednesday it had teamed up with a Canadian investment fund to buy General Electric unit GE Water, building an "unparalleled" new business at a time of worsening global water scarcity. ... more
WATER WORLD
Chicago waterways still flowing after over 100 years
Urbana IL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
As the city of Chicago has grown in population and industry since it was established more than 180 years ago, so has its need for clean water. Meeting that growing need has presented many challenges ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Uproar as Norway paves way for hunting wolves
Oslo (AFP) March 3, 2017
Norway's government on Friday paved the way for recreational hunting of wolves, a policy reversal that incensed green campaigners seeking to protect the endangered species. ... more
FARM NEWS
Hand-picked specialty crops 'ripe' for precision agriculture techniques
Champaign IL (SPX) Mar 06, 2017
Timing the harvest and transport of highly perishable, hand-picked crops such as strawberries so these delicate products reach consumers at peak flavor and freshness is an intricate dance that partn ... more

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How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
During the second week of February in 2015, the meandering jet stream slipped steadily southward, pulling down icy fingers of Arctic air. In Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 15 was the coldest day in 21 years, and record daily lows were recorded from the Great Lakes across the Eastern Seaboard. Nicknamed winter storm Neptune, the blizzard halted traffic with snowfall up to 2 feet, and winds in excess of 50 ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Cape Cod MA (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Taking earth's inner temperature
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
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Technology can reduce GPS outages from Northern Lights, researchers say
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Scientists studying the Northern Lights say they think their research will lead to new technology to reduce outages from satellite navigation systems. Researchers at the University of Bath in England found for the first time that turbulence does not take place within the Northern Lights and instead that unknown mechanisms are responsible for the outages of Global Navigation Satellite Sy ... more
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
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
Louisiana wetlands hurting from accelerated sea level rise
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Sea levels along the Louisiana coast are rising at four times the global average. New research suggests the state's already degraded wetlands are paying the price. Over the last decade, sea levels have risen roughly half an inch per year along Louisiana's coast. The future might not look so dire if the state's natural coastal buffer, its wetlands, was in better shape. Wetlands of ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 13, 2017
Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
How nature creates forest diversity
Bangkok (AFP) March 2, 2017
The battle to save Bangkok's 'Green Lung'
Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass. One of the challenges facing modern society is what it does with its waste products. As natural resources decline in abundance, using waste for energy is becoming more ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood
Nuera Solar Announces Partnership with The Solar Village Project
Barrington RI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nuera Solar has announced a partnership with the Solar Village Project, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that delivers light and power to communities in Africa, India, and Polynesia. The partnership is part of the Nuera Gives Initiative, and with the partnership Nuera Solar will provide a solar power system to the Solar Village Project for each solar system that the company installs. ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
The first turbines for the English Channel's Rampion wind farm, which will meet the demands of nearly 347,000 homes, are installed, a German company said. German energy company E.ON said the first of the 116 turbines were installed off the coast of Sussex during the weekend. With a peak capacity of 400 megawatts, the Rampion wind farm will meet the average demands of nearly 347,000 aver ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
Essen, Germany (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
German company to store US wind energy in batteries in Texas
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17 killed in China coal mine accident: state media
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
Seventeen Chinese coal miners were killed when a lift used to move workers fell down a shaft, state media reported, the latest deadly mishap in the country's accident-prone coal-mining industry. The accident occurred Thursday when a cable supporting a mining cage caught fire, causing the rig to tumble down into a state-operated coal mine in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Xinhua new ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
China says coal consumption falls for third year
Beijing (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
China halts N. Korea coal imports after missile test
Brussels (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
Tillerson to East Asia in shadow of North Korea threat
Washington (AFP) March 13, 2017
With North Korea's drive to field a nuclear-armed missile rapidly emerging as President Donald Trump's first foreign crisis, his top diplomat is heading to a nervous region. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former oil executive with no government experience, has yet to make an impact in Washington, where he has not even appointed a senior staff. But this week he will head as emissa ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 12, 2017
Punishment of rights lawyers top 2016 achievement: China
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
'Tell it like it is': China delegate rips meek Congress
Beijing (AFP) March 13, 2017
China lawmakers draft rules against defaming 'heroes'
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Songs that make robots cry
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Music, more than any art, is a beautiful mix of science and emotion. It follows a set of patterns almost mathematically to extract feelings from its audience. Machines that make music focus on these patterns, but give little consideration to the emotional response of their audience. An international research team led by Osaka University together with Tokyo Metropolitan University, imec in Belgiu ... more
Bethesda MD (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
DARPA robotic servicing program has become stalled
Tel Aviv (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
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Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
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Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans
Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina (AFP) March 15, 2017
Stuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe. "In a few years, it will be like Chernobyl here: houses without souls," said unemployed Goran Stojak. His father died last year of lung cancer, and he is afraid to undergo medical tests for fear of "bad news". His ... more
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 14, 2017
Death toll from Ethiopia landslide reaches 72
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 13, 2017
Ethiopia rubbish landslide death toll soars to 65
Geneva (AFP) March 6, 2017
Environmental risks kill 1.7mn kids under 5 a year: WHO
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
Boaty McBoatface prepares for first Antarctic mission
Hobart, Australia (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Boaty McBoatface, which received its unusual moniker in an online poll last year, is about to embark on its maiden voyage to conduct scientific research. The British National Environment Research Council in March 2016 invited voters in an online poll to name the $290 million scientific polar research ship last year. The RRS Boaty McBoatface was the top choice with 27,000 votes, 3,000 mo ... more
Sydney (AFP) March 10, 2017
Australia sees second year of Barrier Reef bleaching
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Could Leftover Heat from Last El Nino Fuel a New One
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French storm Zeus leaves two dead, 600,000 homes without power
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
Winds gusting up to hurricane force battered west and central France on Monday, leaving two people dead and 600,000 homes without electricity, authorities said. Storm Zeus - named after the paramount god in Greek mythology - hit the Atlantic coast before sweeping across to the centre and southeast of the country. Weather experts said they measured gusts of up to 193 kilometres (120 mil ... more
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
Albuquerque (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
Extreme heat threatens desert songbirds
Chinese premier warns US against 'trade war'
Beijing (AFP) March 15, 2017
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday warned the United States against starting a trade war while expressing optimism that the world's two largest economies could keep relations steady despite frictions in the Trump era. "We don't want to see any trade war breaking out between the two countries. That wouldn't make our trade fairer," Li told reporters at a press conference closing China's a ... more
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
China industrial output offers fresh sign of stability
Beijing (AFP) March 12, 2017
Ivanka Trump is exception to dad's 'Buy American' rule
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