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March 16, 2017
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Microbes measure ecological restoration success



Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
The success of ecological restoration projects around the world could be boosted using a potential new tool that monitors soil microbes. Published in the journal Molecular Ecology, University of Adelaide researchers have shown how the community of bacteria present in the soil of land that had been cleared and grazed for 100 years was returned to its natural state just eight years after revegetation with native plants. The researchers used next generation sequencing of the DNA in soil from samples ... read more

WATER WORLD
Seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers from Stanford and the University of Calgary have transformed pulses of electrical current sent 1,000 feet underground into a picture of where seawater has infiltrated freshwater aquifers ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Vicious circle of drought and forest loss in the Amazon
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could push the region into a vicious dieback circle. If dry seasons intensify with human-caused climate change, the ... more
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. ... 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
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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
WATER WORLD
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


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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
WATER WORLD
France's Jarre to play Israel in aid of Dead Sea
Jerusalem (AFP) March 9, 2017
Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre says he will perform in Israel next month in a concert to publicise the plight of the shrinking Dead Sea. ... more
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

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'Going deep' to measure Earth's rotational effects
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers in Italy hope to measure Earth's rotation using a laser-based gyroscope housed deep underground, with enough experimental precision to reveal measurable effects of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The ring laser gyroscope (RLG) technology enabling these Earth-based measurements provide, unlike those made by referencing celestial objects, inertial rotation information, reveali ... more
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
15 years of GRACE: Satellite mission flies thrice its planned time
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Additional Arctic weather data raises forecast accuracy of Japan cold waves
Washington (UPI) Mar 10, 2017
How Arctic weather can improve mid-latitude forecasts
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
Did humans create the Sahara desert?
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification. The desertification of the Sahara has long been a target for scientists trying to understand climate and ecological tipping points. A new paper published in Frontiers in Earth Sc ... more
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Louisiana wetlands hurting from accelerated sea level rise
Sydney (AFP) March 13, 2017
Huge swathe of Australian mangroves 'die of thirst'
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
How nature creates forest diversity
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
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EU close to 2020 renewable energy target
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Members of the European Union are about 3 percentage points away from meeting their 2020 objectives for renewable energy, its statistics office reported. Members of the EU agreed to a benchmark of 20 percent for a share of renewable energy on their grids by 2020. Eurostat, the bloc's record-keeping office, said the share of renewable energy in final consumption in 2015, the last full ye ... more
Barrington RI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Nuera Solar Announces Partnership with The Solar Village Project
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
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 14, 2017
'Tell it like it is': China delegate rips meek Congress
Beijing (AFP) March 13, 2017
China lawmakers draft rules against defaming 'heroes'
Hong Kong (AFP) March 14, 2017
Hong Kong leadership rivals clash ahead of 'unfair' vote
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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
Rafael completes test firing with Protector USV
Providence RI (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Robot uses social feedback to fetch objects intelligently
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 15, 2017
Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113
Sorong, Indonesia (AFP) March 14, 2017
UK cruise ship damages pristine Indonesian coral reef
Washington (AFP) March 15, 2017
Trump to undo Obama auto emission rules: official
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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
Paris (AFP) March 15, 2017
Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching: study
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) March 13, 2017
Nigeria water shortages hit Boko Haram displaced
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A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
With tornado season fast approaching or already underway in vulnerable states throughout the U.S., new supercomputer simulations are giving meteorologists unprecedented insight into the structure of monstrous thunderstorms and tornadoes. One such recent simulation recreates a tornado-producing supercell thunderstorm that left a path of destruction over the Central Great Plains in 2011. The ... more
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
French storm Zeus leaves two dead, 600,000 homes without power
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
Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company
Washington (AFP) March 14, 2017
A company owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is set to receive more than $400 million from a Chinese firm that is investing in its Manhattan office tower, Bloomberg reported Monday. The Kushner Companies deal with Anbang Insurance Group for the property at 666 Fifth Avenue is worth $4 billion, with real estate experts calling it an unusually favorable ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 15, 2017
Chinese premier warns US against 'trade war'
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
New research on northern lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy
Bath, UK (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Researchers at the University of Bath have gained new insights into the mechanisms of the Northern Lights, providing an opportunity to develop better satellite technology that can negate outages caused by this natural phenomenon. Previous research has shown that the natural lights of the Northern Lights - also known as or Aurora Borealis - interfere with Global Navigation Satellite Systems ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Studying magnetic space explosions with NASA missions
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Solar storms trigger surprising phenomena close to Earth
Copenhagen, Denmark (UPI) Mar 3, 2017
Solar storms remove electrons from large portions of Earth's atmosphere
Leap onto land saves fish from being eaten
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga have evolved the ability to survive out of water and leap about on the rocky shoreline because this helps them escape predators in the ocean, a ground-breaking new study shows. "Avoiding predators might be an explanation of why some animals move from their ancestral homes into starkly different environments, but evidence for this is rare becaus ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Milkweed losses may not fully explain monarch butterfly declines
Hanoi (AFP) March 14, 2017
Vietnam seizes 100 kgs of rhino horn from Kenya
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model


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