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March 17, 2017
WATER WORLD
Syria regime bombed Damascus water source: UN



Geneva (AFP) March 14, 2017
The Syrian government intentionally bombed the Ain al-Fijeh spring in December, leaving more than five million people in Damascus without access to water, a UN probe said Tuesday, branding the strike a "war crime". "The information examined by the Commission confirms that the bombing of (the Ain al-Fijeh) spring was carried out by the Syrian Air Force," the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report. The report, which was presented to the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday, dismissed regime ... read more

FARM NEWS
Popular weedkiller doesn't cause cancer: EU agency
Brussels (AFP) March 15, 2017
The EU's chemicals agency said Wednesday that glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers, should not be classed as a carcinogen. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
13 killed in Kenya in drought-related violence
Nairobi (AFP) March 15, 2017
Thirteen people, mostly women and children, have been killed in central Kenya this week in a cycle of violence between rival farming tribes hit by drought, police and the Red Cross said. ... more
FARM NEWS
Study: Suburban bees prefer to forage on farms, not in the city
(UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Scientists at Ohio State University found honey bees living in the outer suburbs - where residential development transitions into agricultural land - tend to forage on farms, not in urban gardens. ... more
FARM NEWS
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 Ade ... more
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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
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
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


'Traveling' droughts bring new possibilities for prediction

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
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

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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
Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017
Scientists measure Earth's rotational forces with underground laser gyroscope
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
Hampton VA (SPX) Mar 16, 2017
NASA Study Confirms Biofuels Reduce Jet Engine Pollution
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
Lappeenranta, Finland (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Iran and Middle East could adopt fully renewable electricity systems
Brussels (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
EU funding renewable energy efforts in Algeria
North Carolina ready for offshore wind energy auction
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
More than 100,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina go on the auction block Thursday for potential wind energy development, the U.S. government said. The U.S. Department of Interior pounded the gavel to open the seventh offshore wind auction, putting 122,405 acres off the North Carolina coast on the block for commercial wind energy leasing. In August 2014, the Bureau of Ocean ... more
London (UPI) Mar 13, 2017
Flagship English Channel wind farm nears completion
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
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World Bank indirectly backs harmful SE Asian projects: report
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2017
World Bank investments in commercial financial institutions is indirectly allowing land-grabs, evictions and pollution in Southeast Asia, a watchdog group charged in a report Friday. By investing in banks and other so-called financial intermediaries, World Bank funds can increase poverty, social strife and promote projects which hasten climate change, according to a report by Inclusive Devel ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 14, 2017
17 killed in China coal mine accident: state media
Washington (AFP) March 17, 2017
World Bank indirectly backs harmful SE Asian projects: report
Beijing (AFP) Feb 28, 2017
China says coal consumption falls for third year
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
Hong Kong (AFP) March 14, 2017
Hong Kong leadership rivals clash ahead of 'unfair' vote
Beijing (AFP) March 13, 2017
China lawmakers draft rules against defaming 'heroes'
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
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 17, 2017
Toward Machines that Improve with Experience
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
Trump budget 'cripples' environment, science, critics say
Miami (AFP) March 16, 2017
US President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget would slash funding for science, health and environmental programs at home and abroad, sparking an outcry Thursday among experts who say the cuts would endanger the planet. The blueprint, which also includes sharp cuts in spending on the arts and foreign aid, has yet to undergo scrutiny in Congress and must be approved by lawmakers before it c ... more
Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina (AFP) March 15, 2017
Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled Balkans
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
Curbing pollution can prevent 3 mn Chinese deaths a year
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 15, 2017
Ethiopia rubbish dump landslide death toll soars to 113
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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
Great Barrier Reef may never recover from bleaching: study
Paris (AFP) March 15, 2017
Australia's Great Barrier Reef may never recover from last year's warming-driven coral bleaching, said a study Wednesday that called for urgent action in the face of ineffective conservation efforts. Record-high temperatures in 2015 and 2016 drove an unprecedented bleaching episode, which occurs when stressed corals expel the algae that live in their tissue and provide them with food. Bl ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
Seawater threat to California Central Coast aquifers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 15, 2017
Could Leftover Heat from Last El Nino Fuel a New One
Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017
Hawaiian biodiversity began declining before humans arrived
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'
Berlin (AFP) March 15, 2017
G20 finance ministers to meet under America First shadow
Berlin (AFP) March 16, 2017
Merkel, Xi defend free trade ahead of G20 meet
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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
Paris (AFP) March 14, 2017
Science unravels spiders' monstrous food web


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