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May 15, 2017
WATER WORLD
As summer heat looms, post-IS Mosul faces water crisis



Sayramun, Iraq (AFP) May 12, 2017
In the battle against jihadists in northern Iraq, the village of Sayramun was recaptured in February but remains as isolated as ever and crucially still has no drinking water. "There's no water in the area," Said Ahmed Fathi, a resident of the village nestled in a picturesque meander of the Tigris River but marooned in a key military staging area on the edge of the targeted city of Mosul. The nearest water treatment plant has not functioned in months and restrictions on civilian movement in this ... read more

WATER WORLD
Large storms can flood aging sewer systems with harmful bacteria, viruses
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Researchers have discovered a worrying link between heavy rainfall and upticks in infections caused by bacteria and viruses carried by human waste. The correlation was identified in cities with aging sewer systems. ... more
WATER WORLD
Warmer temperatures cause decline in key runoff measure
Boulder CO (SPX) May 15, 2017
Since the mid-1980s, the percentage of precipitation that becomes streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande watershed has fallen more steeply than at any point in at least 445 years, according to a new stu ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
A warming climate could affect the stability of alpine grasslands in Asia's Tibetan Plateau, threatening the ability of farmers and herders to maintain the animals that are key to their existence, a ... more
WATER WORLD
As summer heat looms, post-IS Mosul faces water crisis
Sayramun, Iraq (AFP) May 12, 2017
In the battle against jihadists in northern Iraq, the village of Sayramun was recaptured in February but remains as isolated as ever and crucially still has no drinking water. ... more
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Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 11, 2017
The digging, stirring and overturning of soil by conventional ploughing in tillage farming is severely damaging earthworm populations around the world, say scientists. The findings published in the ... more
WATER WORLD
Puerto Rico drinking water is worst in US: report
Miami (AFP) May 10, 2017
The US territory of Puerto Rico has the worst drinking water in the nation, and the majority of the island's water supply is in violation of federal standards, a report said Wednesday. ... more
WATER WORLD
New research could transform how we filter water
Limerick, Ireland (SPX) May 11, 2017
A new process for water filtration using carbon dioxide consumes one thousand times less energy than conventional methods, scientific research published recently has shown. The research was le ... more
WATER WORLD
New method can selectively remove micropollutants from water
Boston MA (SPX) May 11, 2017
When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at MIT could provide ... more
WATER WORLD
Lake water recharged by atmospheric precipitation in the Badain Jaran Desert
Beijing, China (SPX) May 09, 2017
The Badain Jaran Desert is located in the arid region of northwest China, and is a unique landscape characterised by more than 140 lakes as well as extensive megadunes (Figure 1), including the high ... more
FARM NEWS
Syngenta shareholders accept ChemChina offer
Zurich (AFP) May 5, 2017
Shareholders in Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta have accepted the company's takeover by state-owned ChemChina, the companies said Friday, which would be the biggest overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm. ... more


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FARM NEWS
Conservation agriculture offers tired soil remedies
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
When you are tired or hungry, you're not as productive. You may need to rest or eat. If you push yourself too far, you may get ill. Soil gets tired and hungry, too. How do growers know that? W ... more
FARM NEWS
Scientists say agriculture is good for honey bees
Jackson TN (SPX) May 04, 2017
While recent media reports have condemned a commonly used agricultural pesticide as detrimental to honey bee health, scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have found t ... more
FARM NEWS
Researchers track impact of Brazil's 'Soy Moratorium'
Lawrence KS (SPX) May 03, 2017
The Brazilian state of Mato Grosso produces enough soybeans to be the equivalent of Iowa and Illinois put together. But it also plays home to lush Amazon rain forest, one of the richest, and most vu ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
1.4 million children acutely malnourished in Somalia this year: UN
Geneva (AFP) May 2, 2017
Somalia, hit by drought and on the verge of famine, will count 1.4 million acutely malnourished children by the end of the year, up 50 percent from late 2016, the UN said Tuesday. ... more



Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 09, 2017
A new analysis of 15 years of NASA satellite cloud measurements finds that clouds worldwide show no definitive trend during this period toward decreasing or increasing in height. The new study updates an earlier analysis of the first 10 years of the same data that suggested cloud heights might be getting lower. Clouds are both Earth's cooling sunshade and its insulating blanket. Currently ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
NASA team pursues blobs and bubbles with new PetitSat mission
New Haven, CT (SPX) May 15, 2017
In measuring gas exchange between water and air, size matters
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) May 09, 2017
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2 SOPS says goodbye to GPS satellite
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
At 25-years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit before the 2nd Space Operations Squadron said goodbye via final command and disposal here April 18. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it performed more than triple its design life of 7.5 years. "The most interesting thing about this process for me, was the ability to do some experimentatio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree migrations
Knoxville TN (SPX) May 11, 2017
Warming temperatures are prompting some tree species in the Rocky Mountains to "migrate" to higher elevations in order to survive. Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have discovered that tiny below-ground organisms play a role in this phenomenon - and could be used to encourage tree migration in order to preserve heat-sensitive species. Their work shows how these invisi ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
New look at satellite data questions scale of China's afforestation success
Warsaw (AFP) May 5, 2017
Poland EU row over ancient forest heats up
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 5, 2017
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
Future Americano, cappuccino and latte drinkers could help produce the raw material for a greener biofuel that would reduce our reliance on diesel from fossil fuels. Purpose-grown feedstocks (used to extract oils) for biodiesels are controversial because of their cost and the demand they place on land and water. However, spent coffee grounds, which have a high calorific value, offer a good ... more
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Biomass powering U.S. military base
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel
Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power isn't the best option for New Zealand compared with other renewables, but the opportunity could emerge as costs decline, a minister said. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without ... more
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
Leuven, Belgium (SPX) May 11, 2017
New technology generates power from polluted air
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Cornell University and Duke University is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be impacted by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland. The new research offers insight into previously unknown ... more
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Building Energy celebrates the beginning of operations and electricity generation of its first wind farm
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Gas leak kills 18 miners in central China
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
A gas leak has killed at least 18 people working in a coal mine in central China's Hunan province, state media reported on Monday. Another 37 miners were rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment following Sunday's accident at the Jilinqiao mine in Huangfengqiao township, according to Xinhua news agency, citing local authorities. Investigators are testing the gas while police have de ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
India's coal plant plans conflict with climate commitments
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Coal power dropping as natural gas, renewables grow, U.S. report finds
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
US environmental groups file suit to block new coal mining on public lands
China frees human rights lawyer on bail: Amnesty
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China has freed a prominent human rights lawyer on bail, Amnesty International said Wednesday, after he admitted to his crimes in what critics called a show trial. Xie Yang, who had worked on cases considered politically sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party, was among hundreds of legal staff and activists detained in the so-called "709 crackdown" in 2015. He pleaded guilty Monday ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China lawyer's wife seeks US asylum after brazen escape
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2017
China wants its anthem sung, but maybe not at parties
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
Chinese human rights lawyers seen as enemies of the state
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Chefs, robotics engineers, sailboat racers team up to tackle lionfish problem
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Lionfish populations are rapidly expanding along the East Coast of the United States and in the Caribbean, decimating native species and depleting the ecological diversity surrounding already vulnerable coral reefs. A variety of groups are working on curbing the spread of the invasive species, but a pair of conservation teams are taking a unique problem-solving approach - an approach t ... more
Paris (AFP) May 11, 2017
Robotic 'exoskeleton' prevents elderly falls: study
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 11, 2017
3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch
Noise created by humans is pervasive in US protected areas
Fort Collins CO (SPX) May 09, 2017
Protected areas in the United States, representing 14 percent of the land mass, provide places for respite, recreation, and natural resource conservation. However, noise pollution poses novel threats to these protected areas, according to a first-of-its-kind study from scientists at Colorado State University and the U.S. National Park Service. Researchers found that noise pollution was twi ... more
Oslo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Norway wealth fund drops Indian group over environment concerns
Coatzacoalcos, Mexico (AFP) May 7, 2017
Human rights, environment activist killed in Mexico
London (AFP) May 5, 2017
Britain publishes long-awaited air pollution plan
Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along
Fort Mcmurray, Canada (AFP) April 30, 2017
A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian history. "You don't know how it feels until you lose it all", says Steven Menard, 53, holding up a charred pair of his grandson's first ice skates, plucked from the rubble of his home. On May 1, 2016, a brushf ... more
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Flammable floodplains are weak spot of Amazon forest
Santiago (AFP) March 13, 2017
Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades
Robots may bring reef relief
Newark, DE (SPX) May 09, 2017
A study authored by University of Delaware Professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs - known as mesophotic reefs - near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. While coral reefs worldwide are in decline, the waters surrounding Bonaire comprise a marine park known as a scuba "diver's paradise" because it contains some of the most well-preserved co ... more
Miami (AFP) May 10, 2017
Puerto Rico drinking water is worst in US: report
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Large storms can flood aging sewer systems with harmful bacteria, viruses
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Dust storm blows across north China, flights cancelled
Beijing (AFP) May 4, 2017
A major dust storm engulfed northern China and Beijing on Thursday, prompting authorities to cancel dozens of flights and urge children and the elderly to stay indoors. Buildings were shrouded by the greyish haze in the capital while residents who ventured out covered their mouths and noses with masks and bandanas. At least 48 flights were cancelled, including six international routes in ... more
Norman, OK (SPX) May 02, 2017
SimRadar: A polarimetric radar time-series simulator for tornadic debris studies
Washington (AFP) May 1, 2017
Storms in US South and Midwest kill at least 14
Wellington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Australian cyclone aftermath hits New Zealand
Red tape and taxes put brakes on 'Make In India' push
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2017
When Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a $600 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another $900 in taxes and bribes and waited three months for it to clear customs. "We lack in technology and industry to make the smallest things, so we have to import," Ahuja said as he listed the frustrations entrepreneurs still encounter since the government launched i ... more
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2017
US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2017
China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of N.Korea missile
Kathmandu (AFP) May 12, 2017
Nepal signs up to China's new Silk Road plan
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