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June 12, 2017
WATER WORLD
NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected



Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 12, 2017
A new study suggests that most global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in Earth's tropical regions as our planet continues to warm. That's because these models underestimate decreases in high clouds over the tropics seen in recent NASA observations, according to research led by scientist Hui Su of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Wait a minute: how can fewer clouds lead to more rainfall? Globally, rainfall isn't related just to the clouds ... read more

FARM NEWS
Spain's 'jamon' conquers China
Jabugo, Spain (AFP) June 11, 2017
The aroma is so extraordinary it's like "a punch in your mouth" says Luqi Wu, one of several Chinese businessmen standing in a cellar in southwestern Spain surrounded by thousands of hanging ham legs. ... more
FARM NEWS
Scientists design laser to kill weeds
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
In a quest to become heroes to yard workers everywhere, a team of German researchers are developing a laser gun to kill weeds. ... more
FARM NEWS
Culls, poultry transport ban as S. Korea fights bird flu outbreak
Seoul (AFP) June 7, 2017
South Korea has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on poultry transportation as it struggles to contain an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 virus, which has led to the slaughter of some 190,000 birds. ... more
FARM NEWS
Study predicts where global warming is likely to spark food violence
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Global warming is likely to trigger a higher frequency of extreme weather - longer, hotter droughts and more intense flooding. Regions of Africa and the Middle East are expected to become too hot and dry to sustain large human populations. ... more
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New ceramic nanofiber 'sponges' could be used for flexible insulation, water purification
Providence RI (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
Researchers have found a way to make ultralight sponge-like materials from nanoscale ceramic fibers. The highly porous, compressible and heat-resistant sponges could have numerous uses, from water p ... more
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Scientists discover plant 'brain' controlling seed development
Birmingham UK (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Birmingham has revealed a group of cells that function as a 'brain' for plant embryos, capable of assessing environmental conditions and dictating when ... more
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Understanding a river's 'thermal landscape' may be the key to saving it
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 05, 2017
River temperatures have long been an area of study, but until recently, the field has been hampered by technological constraints. Fine-scale measurements over large distances and long time periods h ... more
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Slovenia's 'eco-hero' who crushed a cement giant
Trbovlje, Slovenia (AFP) June 4, 2017
When he saw swallows nesting in the barn for the first time in almost two decades, Slovenian farmer Uros Macerl felt vindicated. His exhausting battle against a polluting industrial giant had been worthwhile. ... more
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As temperatures rise, plants take up more carbon
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
New research suggests plants begin to take up more carbon once they're acclimated to warmer temperatures. ... more
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Myanmar's edible bird nest industry comes home to roost
Bokpyin, Myanmar (AFP) June 6, 2017
The cries of amorous swiftlets echo around the dark room, an unlikely gold mine for traders in southern Myanmar who are cashing in on rising demand for the edible nests from China's growing middle class. ... more


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Blockchain seen as tool in food safety
New York (AFP) June 4, 2017
The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops from farm to table. ... more
WATER WORLD
Bacteria may supercharge the future of wastewater treatment
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Wastewater treatment plants have a PR problem: People don't like to think about what happens to the waste they flush down their toilets. But for many engineers and microbiologists, these plants are ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Cape Town cuts back to survive worst drought in 100 years
Cape Town (AFP) June 1, 2017
As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents have been told to restrict showers to two minutes and flush toilets only when "absolutely necessary". ... more
WATER WORLD
Historical rainfall levels are significant in carbon emissions from soil
Austin TX (SPX) May 30, 2017
Scientists have known that microbes living in the ground can play a major role in producing atmospheric carbon that can accelerate climate change, but now researchers from The University of Texas at ... more



NASA satellites image, measure Florida's extreme rainfall
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
New satellite images from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission offers a visualization of the extreme rainfall that has accumulated in Florida over the past week. GPM is a joint mission between NASA and Japan's space agency JAXA. It consists of a GPM core observatory satellite and a constellation of cooperating probes. As the GPM core observatory satellite passed above Sou ... more
Paris (ESA) Jun 02, 2017
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GIS is a powerful tool that should be used with caution
Washington DC (SPX) May 30, 2017
Although computer models of archaeological sites are ideal software tools for managing spatially referenced data and commonly used to yield insights which contribute to the protection of heritage materials, some scientists question their credibility, calling for these long-term trends be 'ground truthed' in order to ensure that calculated rates of change reflect observed phenomena 'in the field' ... more
Tokyo (AFP) June 1, 2017
Japan launches satellite in bid for super accurate GPS system
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Jun 02, 2017
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Activists block logging in Poland's ancient forest
Czerlonka, Pologne (AFP) June 8, 2017
Activists chained themselves to logging equipment in Poland's ancient Bialowieza forest on Thursday to stop authorities from felling trees in Europe's last primeval woodland. Starting at dawn, several of the 30 activists present attached themselves to wood-cutting equipment to stop it from leaving a nearby car park. Others from Greenpeace and fellow environmental group Dzika Polska (Wild ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Decomposing leaves are surprising source of greenhouse gases
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 2, 2017
Forensic analysis of wood's chemical signatures could curb illegal logging
Ottawa (AFP) June 1, 2017
Canada provides Can$867 mn to beleaguered softwood sector
Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Recycling can encompass more than just materials like plastics and paper. Important chemicals can also be recovered and reused. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new technique for recycling plant material into stock chemicals, or commodity chemicals. When recycling plant materials, the target is lignin, a complex organic polymer that provides structure to ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials
Madison WI (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Newly identified gene helps time spring flowering in vital grass crops
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
Cold conversion of food waste into renewable energy and fertilizer
US official backs clean energy cooperation with China
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for Sino-US cooperation on clean energy during a visit to Beijing Thursday, a week after President Donald Trump's much-criticised withdrawal from the Paris climate pact. Trump's decision has jolted the international community and could put China, the world's top carbon emitter, in a position to fill the leadership void on curbing global warming. But ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
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Cayce SC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
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ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
The largest regional investor in renewable energy, the Asian Development Bank said Monday it was pegging clean energy to development in Pacific economies. In an annual regional update, the ADB said it was working to promote renewable energy strategies in the Pacific region by helping to drive the low-carbon economy forward. The ADB's current portfolio of energy sector projects in the re ... more
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
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Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
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Researchers compute their way toward cleaner coal plants
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
When you think of turbulence, you might think of a bumpy plane ride. Turbulence, however, is far more ubiquitous to our lives than just air travel. Ocean waves, smoke from fire, even noise coming from jet engines or wind turbines are all related to turbulence. A team of researchers at RWTH Aachen University's Institute of Aerodynamics (AIA) has long been interested in using computation to ... more
Sydney (AFP) June 11, 2017
Foreign bidding war for Rio's Australia coal mines
Sydney (AFP) June 6, 2017
India's Adani to start work on mine near Great Barrier Reef
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2017
From coal miner to writer of China's hit TV show
Hong Kong wealth gap hits 46-year high
Hong Kong (AFP) June 9, 2017
Hong Kong's wealth gap was on Friday revealed to be at its highest in nearly 50 years, with living conditions fuelling discontent in the city as it prepares to mark two decades under Chinese rule. Sky-high prices and the cost of living outstrip many ordinary residents' salaries in Hong Kong, with apartments becoming increasingly cramped and generations of families forced to share. In a r ... more
Beijing (AFP) June 9, 2017
Chinese firm tied to Communist Party critic stands trial
Beijing (AFP) June 5, 2017
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Fangshan, China (AFP) June 5, 2017
Chinese skinny-dippers defy public morals
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple's new HomePod speaker may be music to the ears of its loyal fans, but how much it can crank up volume in the smart speaker market remains to be heard. Apple unveiled its long-awaited HomePod at its annual developers conference taking place this week in the heart of Silicon Valley, enticing lovers of its products with a high-end offering in a market dominated by lower-priced devices fro ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
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Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study
The Hague (AFP) June 8, 2017
Plastic that is dumped in rivers and then ends up in the world's oceans is one of the major sources of marine pollution, a new study said this week, with Asian waterways the main culprits. Researchers at The Ocean Cleanup - a Dutch foundation developing new technologies for ridding the oceans of plastic - say rivers carry an estimated 1.15-2.41 million tonnes of plastic into the sea every ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
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Paris (AFP) June 7, 2017
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Austin TX (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
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Thousands evacuated in South Africa as storm fans fires
Cape Town (AFP) June 8, 2017
p to ten thousand people were evacuated from their homes as fires continued to ravage South Africa's Western Cape region on Thursday, fanned by a ferocious winter storm. Worst-hit was Knysna, a town of 77,000 people 500 kilometres (310 miles) east of Cape Town on South Africa's famed Garden Route, as firefighters battled to quell 26 fires along the tourist trail. The intense storm has c ... more
Cape Town (AFP) June 8, 2017
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Moscow (AFP) May 25, 2017
Three die in raging Siberia wildfires in Russia
Fort Mcmurray, Canada (AFP) April 30, 2017
Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along
One Man's Shoes Help NASA Explain Water Clarity
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
Wearing white sneakers, a cowboy hat and overalls, Bernie Fowler walks into Maryland's Patuxent River every June to see how deep he can go and still see the tops of his shoes. As a young man he could see his feet on the river bottom as he stood chest-deep to net blue crabs. Now in his nineties, he ventures into the river to assess the water clarity. Fowler has been collecting this data point for ... more
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United Nations, United States (AFP) June 7, 2017
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Storm destroys 1,000 refugee homes in Nigeria
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) June 4, 2017
Torrential rains and wind destroyed 1,000 makeshift homes in northeast Nigeria over the weekend, aggravating conditions for the thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram violence, the United Nations said. At least 4,300 people have been affected by violent storms that swept the state of Borno, the heart of the eight-year jihadist insurrection, said the International Organization for Migra ... more
Moscow (AFP) May 30, 2017
Death toll from Moscow storm rises to 15
Moscow (AFP) May 29, 2017
Violent storm kills 13 in Moscow area
Dhaka (AFP) May 25, 2017
'Panic' in Bangladesh factories as workers collapse in heatwave
Chinese exports, imports beat forecasts but analysts wary
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
China on Thursday posted a forecast-busting surge in exports and imports in May, signalling improvement in the world's number two economy, but there were warnings Beijing would struggle to maintain its momentum. The readings will come as a relief after a series of weak readings suggesting a recent pick-up could be fizzling, while there are also lingering concerns about US President Donald Tr ... more
Beijing (AFP) June 10, 2017
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Beijing (AFP) June 9, 2017
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Hong Kong (AFP) June 7, 2017
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NASA's SDO sees partial eclipse in space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 30, 2017
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