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June 15, 2017
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Flint water scandal prompts manslaughter charge for health chief



Chicago (AFP) June 14, 2017
The chief of Michigan state's health department and four others were charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday over the Flint water contamination scandal, the most serious criminal offenses leveled so far. In what has become a notorious case, Flint's drinking water was contaminated three years ago, when in a cost-saving effort, officials switched to a more corrosive source that had not been properly treated to keep old underground pipes from leaching lead. The contamination, initially deni ... read more

WATER WORLD
NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 15, 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 unde ... more
WOOD PILE
Tropical peat forests risk turning from carbon "drains" to emitters
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Peat bogs in tropical forests, long key outlets for greenhouse gases, could dry up due to farming and global warming, further accelerating climate change and putting more pressure on wetlands, a study out Monday found. ... more
FARM NEWS
Dairy dispute sours Belarus-Russia relations
Minsk (AFP) June 14, 2017
A spat between Russia and Belarus seems to have spilt over into the dairy sector, as Moscow has whipped up a conflict that is pushing its neighbour to export its products to China. ... more
FARM NEWS
Bee buzzes could help determine how to save their decreasing population
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwi ... more
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WATER WORLD
New-generation material removes iodine from water
Hanover NH (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a new material that scrubs iodine from water for the first time. The breakthrough could hold the key to cleaning radioactive waste in nuclear reactors ... more
WATER WORLD
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 coul ... 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


Scientists discover plant 'brain' controlling seed development

WATER WORLD
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
WATER WORLD
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
FROTH AND BUBBLE
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
FARM NEWS
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



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
The heat is on for Sentinel-3B
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) May 31, 2017
exactEarth Launches Revolutionary Global Real-Time Maritime Tracking and Information Service
Paris (AFP) May 30, 2017
Earth is a jewel, says astronaut after six months away
Galileo grows: two more satellites join working constellation
Paris (ESA) Jun 09, 2017
Two further satellites have formally become part of Europe's Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet. These are the 15th and 16th satellites to join the network, two of the four Galileos that were launched together by Ariane 5 on 17 November, and the first additions to the working constellation since ... more
Beijing (XNA) Jun 14, 2017
BDS Precise Service System covers over 300 Chinese cities
Washington DC (SPX) May 30, 2017
GIS is a powerful tool that should be used with caution
Tokyo (AFP) June 1, 2017
Japan launches satellite in bid for super accurate GPS system
Tropical peat forests risk turning from carbon "drains" to emitters
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Peat bogs in tropical forests, long key outlets for greenhouse gases, could dry up due to farming and global warming, further accelerating climate change and putting more pressure on wetlands, a study out Monday found. The vast swamplands, located largely in southeast Asia, have long helped store atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and put a brake on global warming. The forested peat bogs ... more
Czerlonka, Pologne (AFP) June 8, 2017
Activists block logging in Poland's ancient forest
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
Turning car plastics into foams with coconut oil
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
End-of-life vehicles, with their plastic, metal and rubber components, are responsible for millions of tons of waste around the world each year. Now, one team reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering that the plastic components in these vehicles can be recycled with coconut oil and re-used as foams for the construction, packaging and automotive industries. Recycled polycarbonat ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 7, 2017
Scientists use new technique to recycle plant material into stock chemicals
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
Urban Solar lands UL approval for entire product line
Beaverton OR (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Urban Solar is proud to announce that all of our solar powered LED systems are now UL Listed. This listing covers all transit-related lighting products as well as all commercial solar LED lighting systems for applications including pathways, roadways, parking lots, and general illumination. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a global independent safety science company with more than a ... more
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor
Huddersfield UK (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
New technology will enable properties to share solar energy
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Solar material for producing clean hydrogen fuel
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
There might be a better way to use wind power, according to a recent paper in IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS), a joint publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Chinese Association of Automation. Scientists from the University of Rhode Island, Florida Atlantic University, USA, and Wuhan University, China, teamed up to find a way to optim ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
GE Energy Financial Services Surpasses $15 Billion in Renewable Energy Investments
Washington (UPI) May 25, 2017
U.S. states taking up wind energy mantle
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Coal waste fuel may reduce anthropogenic emissions
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a technology for obtaining liquid fuel from coal wastes for thermal power stations (TPSs). This fuel is ten times more environmentally friendly that will make it possible to resolve two problems at once: to reduce the amount of anthropogenic emissions of TPSs and efficiently dispose wastes from coal processing and beneficiation. The res ... more
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Researchers compute their way toward cleaner coal plants
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
Hong Kong tycoon and ex-deputy leader lose graft appeal
Hong Kong (AFP) June 14, 2017
Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and ex-deputy leader Rafael Hui will serve out their jail terms after their final appeal bids against graft convictions were dismissed Wednesday. The pair were found guilty of corruption in 2014 after a blockbuster trial over a cash-for-favours scandal. In a written judgement, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that they had been "properly convicted o ... more
Beijing (AFP) June 15, 2017
Billionaire shakes China's elite with online theatrics
Dazu, China (AFP) June 15, 2017
Backpacks, books and life jackets: Time for school in China
Taipei (AFP) June 12, 2017
Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy
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Facebook gives bots ability to negotiate, compromise
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Facebook's artificial intelligence researchers announced Wednesday they had broken new ground by giving automated programs or "bots" the ability to negotiate, and make compromises. The new technology pushes forward the ability to create bots "that can reason, converse and negotiate, all key steps in building a personalized digital assistant," said researchers Mike Lewis and Dhruv Batra in a ... more
San Francisco (AFP) June 7, 2017
Apple wants to rock the market with HomePod, faces challenges
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Autonomous machines edge towards greater independence
Beijing (AFP) June 8, 2017
AI gets so-so grade in Chinese university entrance exam
'Green police' to battle Tunisia trash scourge
Tunis (AFP) June 13, 2017
Tunisia on Tuesday launched a special "green police" unit aimed at dealing with the proliferation of waste, a scourge that has worsened dramatically since the 2011 revolution. "May God help you - it's a very difficult mission," Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said at the launch of the unit, with their new uniforms and GPS-equipped pick-ups. The North African country's rubbish woes have wo ... more
Beirut (AFP) June 13, 2017
Garbage dumped in sea off Lebanon sparks outrage
The Hague (AFP) June 8, 2017
Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study
Austin TX (SPX) Jun 07, 2017
A new hyper-local air pollution map
Kazakh man dies in fire following Russian rocket launch: govt.
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) June 15, 2017
A Kazakh man died and another was hospitalised after they were caught in a fire on the steppes triggered by falling debris from a Russian space launch, emergency services said on Thursday. The blaze, reaching 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) across, was unleashed by parts of a rocket that fell to earth on Wednesday after launch from the nearby Baikonur cosmodrome, emergency situations committee spo ... more
Cape Town (AFP) June 8, 2017
Thousands evacuated in South Africa as storm fans fires
Cape Town (AFP) June 8, 2017
Thousands evacuated in South Africa as storm fans fires
Moscow (AFP) May 25, 2017
Three die in raging Siberia wildfires in Russia
NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 15, 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. W ... more
Istanbul (AFP) June 14, 2017
'Plankton explosion' turns Istanbul's Bosphorus turquoise
Hanover NH (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
New-generation material removes iodine from water
New York NY (SPX) Jun 15, 2017
Seeing inside coral
Heavy rain, landslides kill at least 134 in Bangladesh
Chittagong, Bangladesh (AFP) June 13, 2017
Heavy monsoon rains and landslides have killed at least 134 people in southeast Bangladesh, burying many in their homes as they slept, authorities said Tuesday. Three young children from the same family were among those killed in the disaster, which comes just weeks after a cyclone battered the region and destroyed camps housing thousands of Rohingya refugees. Police warned the death tol ... more
Irvine CA (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Small climb in mean temperatures linked to far higher chance of deadly heat waves
Dhaka (AFP) June 13, 2017
Heavy rains kill at least 35 in Bangladesh
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) June 4, 2017
Storm destroys 1,000 refugee homes in Nigeria
Britain can stay in EU but perks will end: Verhofstadt
Strasbourg, France (AFP) June 14, 2017
The EU will keep the door open for Britain to return, but only on worse terms than it currently has, European Parliament Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt said Wednesday. A day after France and Germany both said Britain could reverse Brexit if it wanted, Verhofstadt said Britain's budget rebates and opt outs from EU rules would disappear if it did so. "Yesterday Emmanuel Macron, the new ... more
Beijing (AFP) June 14, 2017
China factory output rises in May but officials guarded
Beijing (AFP) June 14, 2017
IMF raises China growth forecast, urges faster reforms
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) June 13, 2017
ECB swaps some dollar reserves for renminbi
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NASA's SDO sees partial eclipse in space
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 30, 2017
On May 25, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The lunar transit lasted almost an hour, between 2:24 and 3:17 p.m. EDT, with the moon covering about 89 percent of the sun at the peak of its journey across the sun's face. The moon's crisp horizon can be seen from this view because the moon has n ... more
Miami (AFP) May 31, 2017
A real scorcher: NASA probe to fly into sun's atmosphere
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 01, 2017
NASA renames Solar mission to honor Eugene Parker
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 24, 2017
CLASP Sounding Rocket Mission Opens New Research Window in Solar Physics
Hong Kong launches ivory ban bill
Hong Kong (AFP) June 14, 2017
Hong Kong launched a landmark bill to ban its ivory trade Wednesday, describing it as an effort to "eradicate" the illegal poaching of elephants. The southern Chinese city is a major hub for ivory sales and announced last year that it would ban the import and export of the goods, but later clarified it would only completely abolish the trade by 2021. Critics say authorities are dragging ... more
Berlin (AFP) June 14, 2017
Germany to welcome two giant pandas
Bucharest (AFP) June 13, 2017
Romania to ban wild animals in circuses
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Mussels add muscle to biocompatible fibers


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