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December 01, 2017
WATER WORLD
The world needs to rethink the value of water



Oxford UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Research led by Oxford University highlights the accelerating pressure on measuring, monitoring and managing water locally and globally. A new four-part framework is proposed to value water for sustainable development to guide better policy and practice. The value of water for people, the environment, industry, agriculture and cultures has been long-recognised, not least because achieving safely-managed drinking water is essential for human life. The scale of the investment for universal and safel ... read more

FARM NEWS
Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, a fungal disease that is hampering wheat production throughout A ... more
FARM NEWS
Getting a better handle on methane emissions from livestock
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Cattle, swine and poultry contribute a hefty portion to the average American's diet, but raising all this livestock comes at a cost to the environment: The industry produces a lot of methane, a pote ... more
FARM NEWS
Genome of wheat ancestor sequenced
Davis CA (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Sequencing the bread wheat genome has long been considered an almost insurmountable task, due to its enormous size and complexity. Yet it is vitally important for the global food supply, providing m ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
German judges agree to hear Peruvian's climate case against RWE
Berlin (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
A German court ruled Thursday that it would hear a Peruvian farmer's case against energy giant RWE over climate change damage in the Andes, a decision labelled by campaigners as a "historic breakthrough". ... more
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Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
After half a century of fishing, 65-year-old Fuat, a retired Turkish civil servant, is nostalgic for the good old days when the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul teemed with fish. ... more
FARM NEWS
Japan, China dominate list of world's top restaurants
Paris (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Japan and China have more of the world's best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week. ... more
FARM NEWS
Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table
East Lansing (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop loss d ... more
FARM NEWS
Istanbul anglers keep up tradition despite stocks alarm
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
After half a century of fishing, 65-year-old Fuat, a retired Turkish civil servant, is nostalgic for the good old days when the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul teemed with fish. ... more
FARM NEWS
France to monitor air-borne farm chemicals
Paris (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
French air quality experts will begin monitoring the presence of air-borne pesticides and other chemicals at around 50 sites across France next year, their umbrella group ATMO France said Tuesday. ... more
BIO FUEL
Cleaning Okinawan pig farm wastewater with microbial fuel cells
Onna, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
One of the greatest threats to the environment today is wastewater left over from production activities. Agricultural practices, such as pig farming, produce a large amount of wastewater containing ... more


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FARM NEWS
EU deadlock over weedkiller goes to appeal
Brussels (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
The European Union will on Monday attempt to determine the future of glyphosate, a controversial weedkiller hugely relied on by farmers but which critics say causes cancer and whose use has been thrown into doubt. ... more
FARM NEWS
EU breaks stalemate to renew licence on controversial weedkiller
Brussels (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
EU countries broke months of deadlock on Monday when they voted to renew the licence for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years after heavyweight Germany surprisingly voted in favour despite health concerns. ... more
FARM NEWS
Scientists turn tofu whey into 'tasty' alcoholic drink
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
Meet sachi, the first alcoholic drink made from tofu whey. ... more
WATER WORLD
Children who avoid tap water have lower lead levels but more tooth decay
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
For American children, tap water's health benefits come with risks. ... more



Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
Beijing, China (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
It is very important to observe and study cloud properties because clouds play an important role in weather, climate, and the Earth's energy balance. Satellite remote sensing is commonly used to obtain a variety of cloud properties. Haze pollution can reduce human's vision, but will it also affect the accuracy of satellite cloud detection? In a paper published in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sc ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
Paris (ESA) Nov 29, 2017
Forty years of Meteosat
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China launches remote sensing satellites in multiple launches
Lockheed Martin assembles third US Air Force GPS 3 satellite
Denver CO (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The U.S. Air Force's third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin's advanced satellite manufacturing facility here is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle. GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (GPS III SV03) followed the first two GPS III satellites on a streamlined assembly and test production line. Technicians successfully integrated the satellite's major components - ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
DARPA digging for ideas to revolutionize subterranean mapping
Beijing (XNA) Nov 27, 2017
China's GPS network Beidou joins global rescue data network
Paris (ESA) Nov 22, 2017
Galileo quartet fuelled and ready to fly
NASA Survey Technique Estimates Congo Forest's Carbon
Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 29, 2017
The equivalent of 85 billion tons of carbon dioxide - a huge amount equal to three-quarters of the carbon stored in forests across the contiguous United States - is locked in the living vegetation of one African country that holds much of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, according to new research. The study conducted by NASA, UCLA and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Germ ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Greenpeace slams Indonesia palm oil industry on deforestation
Edinburgh UK (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Amazon's recovery from forest losses limited by climate change
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 21, 2017
Poland says compliant with EU court order against ancient forest logging
Convert methane to hydrogen without forming carbon dioxide at low-cost
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
As we work to toward more sustainable ways of powering our lifestyles, there is a quest to bridge the gap between the carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels we rely on for our most basic needs, and the cleaner, but not yet economically feasible alternative technologies. To that end, a group at UC Santa Barbara has explored methods by which currently cheap and abundant methane (CH4) can be re ... more
Onna, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Cleaning Okinawan pig farm wastewater with microbial fuel cells
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
Brazilian ethanol can replace 13 percent of global crude oil consumption
St. Louis MI (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
The water world of ancient photosynthetic organisms
Burkina, France launch W.Africa's biggest solar plant
Zagtouli, Burkina Faso (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
Burkina Faso and France on Wednesday launched West Africa's biggest solar farm, a 33-megawatt facility designed to power tens of thousands of households and ease dependence on imported energy. The 55-hectare (135-acre) outside the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, has an annual capacity equivalent to five percent of national production, according to the national power firm SONABEL. Its 47.5 ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 28, 2017
Improving solar cells by watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst
Saint Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Nov 21, 2017
Glass microparticles enhance solar cells efficiency
U.S. wind turbines getting taller and more efficient
Washington (UPI) Nov 30, 2017
U.S. federal data show installed wind turbines are taller and more efficient than in the past, though hydroelectric power still holds a slight edge. The U.S. Energy Information Administration found that the average height and power generating capacity for wind turbines installed in the country are taller and more efficient that in years past. "Since 2012, the average height of wi ... more
Washington (UPI) Nov 22, 2017
New wind farm in service off the British coast
Washington (UPI) Nov 15, 2017
End tax credits for wind energy, Tennessee Republican says
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
New York sets high bar for wind energy
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Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution. To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) - the planet-saving target in the 196-nation Paris Agreement - coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2030, and "by no later than 2050 in ... more
Bonn (AFP) Nov 16, 2017
Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Tibetan monk self-immolates in China: campaigners
Beijing (AFP) Dec 1, 2017
A 63-year-old Tibetan monk has self-immolated in southwest China in protest against Beijing's presence in Tibet, campaigners said, the fifth person to do so this year. Tenga, a popular monk and volunteer teacher of village children, died after setting himself ablaze Sunday in Sichuan province's Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, said the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), headquarter ... more
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Shanghai schools fly the flag for China's next generation
Beijing (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Chinese general kills himself after facing graft probe
Taipei (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Different strokes: Taiwan's creative campaign for traditional characters
With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots
Corvallis OR (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Robots as inconspicuous as they are ubiquitous represent the vision of researchers in the new and burgeoning field of material robotics. In an invited perspective paper published in Science Robotics, Oregon State University researcher Yi?it Menguc and three co-authors argue against looking at robotics as a "dichotomy of brain versus body." Menguc and collaborators from the University ... more
Washington (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
Amazon brings Alexa from the home to the office in a new AI push
San Francisco (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Facebook trains artificial intelligence to spot suicidal signs
San Diego CA (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Speedy collision detector could make robots better human assistants
99 percent of ocean microplastics could be identified with dye
Warwick UK (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
The smallest microplastics in our oceans - which go largely undetected and are potentially harmful - could be more effectively identified using an innovative and inexpensive new method, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. New research, led by Gabriel Erni-Cassola and Dr. Joseph A. Christie-Oleza from Warwick's School of Life Sciences, has established a pioneering way to ... more
Hanoi (AFP) Nov 27, 2017
Vietnam jails activist for 7 years over toxic leak protests
Tabarja, Lebanon (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Clean-up dives, recycling: Lebanese respond to garbage crisis
Omoa, Honduras (AFP) Nov 24, 2017
'Trash islands' off Central America indicate ocean pollution problem
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EU to re-think civil protection aid after Portugal fires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The European Union is re-thinking civil protection assistance, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Monday, after a request from Portugal which this year suffered several deadly forest fires. "We will consider, at Portugal's request, the reorganisation of civil protection in Europe," Juncker said at a press conference alongside Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. ... more
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Portuguese govt survives no confidence vote over forest fires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Portugal interior minister resigns after deadly wildfires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 43
Why are there no sea snakes in the Atlantic?
Gainesville FL (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Sea snakes are an evolutionary success story. With about 70 species, they're the most diverse reptile group in the ocean, outnumbering sea turtle species 10-to-1. They sport a range of physical adaptations for life at sea, including a flattened oar-like tail for paddling and the abilities to smell underwater, hold their breath for hours and go for months without a drink. And although they' ... more
Oxford UK (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
The world needs to rethink the value of water
Miami (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Scientists discover resilient 'heart' of Great Barrier Reef
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
Children who avoid tap water have lower lead levels but more tooth decay
At least 11 dead as floods and landslide hit Indonesia
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
At least 11 people have died in severe floods and landslides in the east of Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Tuesday. A landslide killed nine people at Pacitan in East Java province and two people died in floods triggered by heavy rain in the same area. Thousands of homes were flooded and 4,000 people forced to evacuate them, said a spokesman for the national disaster ... more
London, Canada (SPX) Nov 29, 2017
High-altitude turbulence data could add 20-minute warning window to tornados
Los Angeles (AFP) Nov 22, 2017
US southwest sizzles as experts predict record Thanksgiving
Honolulu HI (SPX) Nov 14, 2017
Heatwaves have at least 27 ways to kill you
China warns of retaliation after fresh US trade probe
Beijing (AFP) Nov 29, 2017
China on Wednesday warned it would take the "necessary measures" to protect its businesses after the United States launched a new trade probe into China's possible aluminium dumping. The investigation into imports of aluminium sheet worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year was an unusually aggressive move by the United States. For the first time since 1991, the US Commerce Department ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 30, 2017
China factory activity accelerates in November
Belfast (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
In Ireland, Brexit border risk awakens ghosts of the Troubles
Washington (AFP) Nov 28, 2017
Fresh US probe of Chinese aluminum imports ups ante with Beijing
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries - like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized - still remain. In a new type of collaborative study, scientists combined data from 16 separate NASA and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spacecraft to understand how a particle phenomeno ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 30, 2017
New NASA instrument continues measuring solar energy input to Earth
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Nov 22, 2017
Solar minimum surprisingly constant
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 20, 2017
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
The Yeti of the Himalayas is probably an Asian bear, DNA shows
Washington (UPI) Nov 29, 2017
New genetic analysis suggests Asian bears help explain the myth of the Yeti. Several museums and private collections hold what is claimed to be physical evidence of the Yeti, or Abominable Snowman, the mythical human-like creature believed to lurk among the peaks of the Himalayas. Recently, scientists collected and analyzed DNA from the evidence, which included bone, tooth, skin, hair a ... more
Exeter UK (SPX) Nov 27, 2017
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
Washington (UPI) Nov 27, 2017
New butterfly species with 46 chromosomes discovered in Russia
Jamestown (AFP) Nov 26, 2017
Jonathan, St. Helena's ancient tortoise, awaits visitors
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