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July 10, 2017
WATER WORLD
From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel



Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which might kick-in beyond 1.5-2 degrees Celsius of global warming - which happens to be the limit for global temperature rise set in ... read more

FARM NEWS
Warmer Arctic harms crops in US, Canada: study
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Exceptionally warm years in the Arctic have provoked extra-cold winters and springs further to the south, decreasing crop yields across central Canada and the United States, researchers said Monday. ... more
WATER WORLD
Rivers do not have same rights as humans: India's top court
New Delhi (AFP) July 7, 2017
India's sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be considered "living entities", the country's top court ruled Friday, suspending an earlier order that granted them the same legal rights as humans. ... more
FARM NEWS
Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees
Madrid (AFP) July 6, 2017
A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Customs grab 122 tonnes of fake pesticide: Europol
The Hague (AFP) July 6, 2017
European customs have seized 122 tonnes of illegal pesticides, pouncing on shipments entering the continent through ports and airports, Europol said Thursday. ... more
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CLIMATE SCIENCE
Climate change could make Sahel wet: study
Paris (AFP) July 5, 2017
Climate change could transform one of Africa's driest regions, the Sahel, into a very wet one, a study showed Wednesday. But this is not necessarily good news. ... more
FARM NEWS
Incremental discovery may one day lead to photosynthetic breakthrough
Champaign IL (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Photosynthesis is one of the most complicated and important processes -responsible for kick-starting Earth's food chain. While we have modeled its more-than-100 major steps, scientists are still dis ... more
WATER WORLD
Calculating 'old' and 'new' water runoff
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Just ahead of a rainstorm, Cody Ross might run out to an agricultural research site as part of his graduate work. He'll need to get some dye into an injection well. The point? To evaluate the path t ... more
FARM NEWS
Industrial farming disrupts burn-regrowth cycle in grasslands
Irvine CA (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
The world's open grasslands and the beneficial fires that sustain them have shrunk rapidly over the past two decades, thanks to a massive increase in agriculture, according to a new study led by Uni ... more
FARM NEWS
New study links common pesticide to bee deaths
Washington (AFP) June 29, 2017
Two of the most extensive field studies conducted to date in Europe and Canada have confirmed the hypothesis that neonicotinoid insecticides are harmful to bees and other pollinating species. ... more
WATER WORLD
Small scale, big improvements
Newark DE (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Methods to improve water purification or build better batteries are problems that have challenged scientists for decades. Advances have inched forward, but rising demand moves the finish line furthe ... more


Water exists as two different liquids

FARM NEWS
Lake harvests are likely more fruitful than we knew
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Harvests from freshwater fisheries such as the Great Lakes could total more than 12 million tons a year globally and contribute more to global food supplies and economies than previous estimates ind ... more
WATER WORLD
Water exists in two distinct liquid phases
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Water differs from other liquids in a variety of ways, many of which make it essential for life. New research has identified another unusual property: water exists in two distinct liquid phases. ... more
FARM NEWS
Botswana bans export of donkey products
Gaborone, Botswana (AFP) June 29, 2017
Botswana's government has moved to crack down on the multi-billion dollar trade in donkey skins following a spate of killings of the animals across the country fuelled by soaring demand from China. ... more
FARM NEWS
Fighting a destructive crop disease with mathematics
Cambridge UK (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
An international team of researchers has used mathematical modelling to understand new ways of combating maize lethal necrosis, an emerging disease that poses a serious threat to food security in su ... more



SSL To Provide Next-Generation Imaging Satellite Constellation To Digitalglobe
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. reports that its subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) was selected to provide a next-generation satellite constellation for high-resolution Earth imaging to DigitalGlobe, the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. Called WorldView Legion, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites will more than double DigitalGlobe's hig ... more
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Sea spray losing its sparkle?
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 03, 2017
Russia's 'Sova' Atmospheric Satellite Starts Flight Tests - Research Fund
Paris (ESA) Jul 07, 2017
See our seasons change from space
Orbital Alliance Techsystems receives contract for GPS artillery
Washington (UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Orbital Alliance Techsystems Operations has been awarded a $53.6 million modification to an existing contract for procurement of M1156 presicion-guidance kits, the Department of Defense announced on Thursday. The modification will provide PGKs for converting standard Army unguided 155mm artillery shells into GPS-guided munitions used by conventional artillery. Work will be perfor ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
India Plans to Roll Out National GPS Next Year
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Europe's Galileo satnav identifies problems behind failing clocks
Paris (AFP) June 22, 2017
New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system
Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As Canada's vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north. New research from UBC's Okanagan Campus suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi that have lain dormant underground for thousands of years. "The idea that long-dormant, symbiotic fungi could help trees migrate during p ... more
Kraków, Poland (AFP) July 5, 2017
UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest
Missoula MT (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Slow-growing ponderosas survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks
Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Could cellulosic biofuels - or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood - become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center say yes, but with a few important caveats. "The climate benefit of cellulosic biofuels is actually much grea ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Sea shells for sale: A new source of sustainable biomaterials
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Environmental groups say G20 paying lip service to clean energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
The world's leading economies are skewing their financial strength toward fossil fuels even as the rhetoric shifts to renewables, environmental groups said. More than 20 heads of state and government representatives arrive Friday in Hamburg for the 12th summit for members of the G20 economic bloc. In the past, members endorsed a toolkit for renewable energy development, energy efficienc ... more
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
The Last Day of Net-Metering Brings Memories of Fighting for Every Solar Watt
Los Angeles (AFP) July 2, 2017
Californians take a shine to solar power
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria is ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable energy potential in Africa and General Electric aims to ride that momentum, a regional manager said. GE sponsored a conference on renewable energy in the African sector, highlighting Algeria's lead in wind and solar power developments. By 2030, the government aims to install about 22,000 megawatts of renewable power, which would b ... more
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
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China backs hundreds of global coal power projects
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
Chinese companies are planning or constructing hundreds of coal-fired power projects around the world, data show, even as Beijing talks up its commitment to fighting climate change. The report by German environmental lobby group Urgewald comes as China seeks to fill a vacuum left by the United States following President Donald Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate agreement. Urgewal ... more
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Rio prefers Yancoal to Glencore in Australia coal sale
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets
Sydney (AFP) June 20, 2017
Rio backs Yancoal over Glencore for Australia coal minesw
Chinese court jails author of Tiananmen report: lawyer
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
A prominent Chinese labour activist was sentenced Friday to four and a half years in prison for "inciting subversion" through a written account of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown, his lawyer told AFP. Liu Shaoming, a former factory worker, was detained in southern Guangdong province in May 2015 after describing his involvement in the pro-democracy movement on a US website. Liu's lawyer, Wu ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's ailing Nobel laureate in 'critical condition'
Sertar, China (AFP) July 6, 2017
With demolitions, China squeezes Buddhist academy
Beijing (AFP) July 6, 2017
Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's health deteriorates
South Korea develops self-propelled howitzer
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
South Korea has developed an upgraded a self-propelled 105mm howitzer and is preparing to mass produce it beginning next year. According to the Yonhap news agency, the weapon features an advanced GPS device and automated fire control for enhanced shoot-and-scoot capability. The number of its operating personnel is also reduced from nine soldiers to five. The weapon, an im ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Scientists design robot to aid visually impaired schoolchildren
Multan, Pakistan (AFP) July 6, 2017
Pizza bytes! Pakistan enchanted by first robot waitresses
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jun 26, 2017
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Human activities worsen air quality in Dunhuang, a desert basin in China
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Dunhuang is a typical desert basin in western China, with the Qilian mountains to the south, Kumtag desert and Lop-Nur to the west, Beisai mountain to the north, and Sanwei mountain to the east. Besides, the famous Taklimakan and Tengger deserts are also located in the west and east of Dunhuang region, respectively. Dunhuang is also a world-famous scenic spot, encompassing Mogao Caves, Cre ... more
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline
West Tabir, Indonesia (AFP) June 21, 2017
Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom
Wildfires rage as California sizzles
Los Angeles (AFP) July 8, 2017
The first major wildfires after the end of California's five-year drought raged across the state Saturday, as the state was gripped by a record-breaking heatwave. Around 2,300 firefighters were battling several blazes with triple-digit temperatures recorded in valleys and inland areas. A wildfire in the Sierra Nevada foothills north of Sacramento was only five percent contained by late a ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) July 10, 2017
Thousands flee California fires, state of emergency in British Columbia
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
NASA detects drop in global fires
Lisbon (AFP) July 3, 2017
Ten people injured in new Portugal forest fires
From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which might kick-in beyo ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
New data shows extreme coastal sea levels more likely
Warsaw (AFP) July 6, 2017
UNESCO keeps Great Barrier Reef off 'in danger' list
At Ikea, Chinese shoppers make themselves at home
Shanghai (AFP) July 6, 2017
When it's sweltering in Shanghai, do as the locals do and settle down for a nap at Ikea - if you can find an open bed. Chinese have a peculiar penchant for making themselves at home in the Swedish retailer's airconditioned showrooms, snoozing on beds, dozing on couches, and eating at dinner tables - and the phenomenon is on full display as the sweltering summer sets in. With the mercur ... more
Istanbul (AFP) July 2, 2017
Turkey, Greece swelter under soaring temperatures
Sofia (AFP) July 1, 2017
Five dead as heatwave hits Bulgarian capital
Berlin (AFP) June 22, 2017
Two dead as rain storms lash Germany, spark rail chaos
Stormy G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate, trade
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. In a departure from final summit declarations that tend to outline consensus on issues that range from fighting terrorism to financial governa ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 3, 2017
Xi raises 'negative factors' in call with Trump
Shanghai (AFP) July 3, 2017
China opens up $10 trillion bond market in liberalisation step
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
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