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August 20, 2017
AFRICA NEWS
Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441



Freetown (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
The death toll from a mudslide and flooding that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has reached 441, the government said on Saturday. "Four hundred and forty-one corpses (were) buried as at yesterday," the deputy minister of information and communication, Cornelius Deveaux, told AFP, adding that the number of missing was "still being calculated." A tally of deaths, issued on Friday by the Red Cross, had stood at more than 400, with around 600 others listed as missing. At Connaught Hospit ... read more

DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Mass burials begin for 400 Sierra Leone flood victims
Freetown (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Sierra Leone buried at least 300 victims of devastating floods on Thursday, as fears grew of more mudslides and accusations of government "inaction" over deforestation and poor urban planning mounted. ... more
WEATHER REPORT
Landslide kills 40 in northeast DR Congo
Bunia, DR Congo (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
A landslide has swept over a fishing village on the banks of a lake in the northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, killing 40 people, a regional official said Thursday. ... more
EPIDEMICS
Actress Charlize Theron dreams of AIDS-free S.Africa
Johannesburg (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Charlize Theron hopes to create an AIDS-free generation in her home country South Africa which has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. ... more
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Libyan marine rescue zone aims to 'organise' NGOs: navy
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Libya is not "preventing" NGOs from carrying out migrant rescue operations off its coast, but has set up a coastal search and rescue zone to "organise" their work, its navy said Wednesday. ... more
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MARSDAILY
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA's Mars Express. This section of the Libya Montes region, which sits on the equator a ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos
Niamey (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone in western Niger by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock, local authorities said on Thursday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods
Freetown (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Sierra Leone's president issued a desperate appeal for help, a day after flooding ravaged the country's capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds more missing. ... more
ABOUT US
New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, announced in the scientific journal Na ... more
AFRICA NEWS
UN says Nigeria relations 'intact' after unauthorised raid
Maiduguri, Nigeria (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
A UN humanitarian official said Saturday that relations with Nigeria remain "intact" following an unauthorised raid by Nigerian troops at a UN base in the country's conflict-torn northeast. ... more


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EARTH OBSERVATION
NASA airborne mission returns to Africa to study smoke, clouds
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 14, 2017
NASA's P-3 research plane begins flights this month through both clouds and smoke over the South Atlantic Ocean to understand how tiny airborne particles called aerosols change the properties of clo ... more
WEATHER REPORT
312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital
Freetown (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
At least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble and overwhelming the city's morgues. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Moscow backs peace efforts by Libya rivals
Moscow (AFP) Aug 14, 2017
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday backed the efforts of Libya's military strongman Khalifa Haftar and his rival UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to reach a peace agreement in the conflict-ridden country. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil prices edge lower on OPEC output
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Crude oil prices edged lower early Monday on signals of declining volatility and reports of a stronger position from OPEC-member Libya. ... more



Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range--from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The images and data they collect can be used to solve complex problems. For example, satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more compl ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Surprising two-way journey for apple on the Silk Road
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Oceans possess vast, untapped potential for sustainable aquaculture
Sediment research is a granular exercise at NRL
Stennis Space Center MS (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
It's an unseasonably warm February afternoon at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, where three men are tinkering with a 7-foot tall, four-legged instrument platform, preparing it for an upcoming research experiment off the coast of Virginia. The rugged apparatus known as a "quadpod," was built to withstand being on the bottom of the ocean for weeks ... more
Cambridge, UK (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Meadow of dancing brittle stars shows evolution at work
Tallahassee FL (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
Ancient ocean deoxygenation provides an urgent warning
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Japan launches study into suspected Chinese coral poaching
Incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
The amount of time it takes for an ecosystem to recover from a drought is an important measure of a drought's severity. During the 20th century, the total area of land affected by drought increased, and longer recovery times became more common, according to new research published by Nature by a group of scientists including Carnegie's Anna Michalak and Yuanyuan Fang. Scientists predict tha ... more
Paris (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
Study gives first proof that the Earth has a natural thermostat
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Asian Development Bank finds new climate finance stream
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Heat map showcases extreme temperatures in Southern Europe
Floating solar power: new frontier for green-leaning water utilities
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering water utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind: solar energy generation. Large-scale floating solar projects have been installed in Japan and China, as well as on ponds at California wineries. But solar energy has remained p ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017
Work begins in carbon-free site in Dubai
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of renewables in Germany
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Solar glasses generate solar power
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
University Park PA (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers. Using potato mash made from the ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?
Pasadena CA (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Additive selectively converts CO2 to multicarbon fuels
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Libyan marine rescue zone aims to 'organise' NGOs: navy
Tripoli (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Libya is not "preventing" NGOs from carrying out migrant rescue operations off its coast, but has set up a coastal search and rescue zone to "organise" their work, its navy said Wednesday. The navy last week ordered unauthorised foreign vessels to stay out of Libya's coastal zone, a measure it said targeted NGOs carrying out search and rescue missions for migrants headed towards Europe. ... more
Freetown (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Mass burials begin for 400 Sierra Leone flood victims
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
Urban flooding on the rise, as countryside dries up
New Delhi (AFP) Aug 12, 2017
Hunter fells elephant that killed 15 in India
Integrated Air and Missile Defense 2017 - Sept 27-29 - Washington DC
Effort mounts to expand U.S. offshore drilling
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
After a rebound in the value of high bids for oil and gas acreage in the Gulf of Mexico, industry supporters said it was time to push for greater access. "We have an opportunity in the next offshore leasing plan to truly embrace our nation's energy potential and ensure American consumers and businesses continue to benefit from the U.S. energy renaissance," Erik Milito, the director of e ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Minnesota starts new phase for Enbridge pipeline review
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Soft start for crude oil, but a ceiling appears in sight
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Mixed bag for July production from Norway
US launches formal trade investigation into China
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
The United States on Friday formally launched a trade investigation into China's intellectual property practices and forced transfer of American technology, which President Donald Trump had called for this week. "On Monday, President Trump instructed me to look into Chinese laws, policies, and practices which may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology dev ... more
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Warning from history: Could Japan-style crash hit China
Beijing (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
China's debt on a 'dangerous trajectory': IMF
Beijing (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe
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Huge Australia-bound cocaine haul siezed by French navy
Sydney (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
A massive cocaine haul bound for Australia in the hull of a yacht has been intercepted by the French navy in the Pacific, officials said on Friday. The 1.46 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$322 million (US$256 million) was seized in the South Pacific and four crew members, believed to be Lithuanian and Latvian nationals, arrested. The vessel "Afalina", which set s ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Indonesia to deport 153 Chinese for $450 million scam
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
Night vision for bird- and bat-friendly offshore wind power
Richland WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
The same technology that enables soldiers to see in the dark can also help protect birds and bats near offshore wind turbines. Night vision goggles use thermal imaging, which captures infrared light that's invisible to the human eye. Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using thermal imaging to help birds and bats near offshore wind farms. ... more
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Norway's Statoil reshapes hold of giant wind farm off the British coast
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity for urban and suburban areas
New bioimaging technique is fast and economical
Troy NY (SPX) Aug 21, 2017
A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue - such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing. The method, which is detailed in Nature Photonics, is capable of simultaneously tracking 16 colors ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 16, 2017
Hunter Island penguin species never actually existed, study says
Mexico City (AFP) July 19, 2017
Star chefs in Mexico to defend biodiversity
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
Bacteria passed from mom to offspring is most beneficial, study shows
India, China troops in high-altitude clash: officials
Srinagar, India (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long standoff between the two armies. Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of Ladakh on Tuesday, an Indian defence official said. He said Chinese so ... more
Eniwa, Japan (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Japan, US conduct live-fire drill amid regional tension
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
Top American general says attack on Japan same as on US
Washington (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Pentagon adjusts to life under unpredictable commander-in-chief
To teach kids morals, read books with humans not animals
Washington (UPI) Aug 18, 2017
Anthropomorphic, or human-like, animals are often the protagonists of children's books. But new research suggests parents who want their kids to pick up on a story's moral lessons should choose books featuring humans, not animals. Researchers in Canada found four to six-year-olds were more likely to share with their peers after being read a story with human characters. "Many peop ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Research reveals how neurons communicate
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
New 13-million-year-old infant skull sheds light on ape ancestry
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Aug 16, 2017
Arrival of modern humans in Southeast Asia questioned
World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack
Barcelona (AFP) Aug 18, 2017
As Spanish police on Friday hunted for the driver who rammed a van into pedestrians on an avenue crowded with tourists in Barcelona, world leaders have condemned the attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. - Spain - The Spanish royal family issued an unusually strongly-worded statement: "They are assassins, criminals who won't terrorise us. All of Spain is Barcelona." ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Iraq seeks UN resolution to investigate IS
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Beirut (AFP) Aug 13, 2017
Commandos kill 25 jihadists in central Syria: monitor
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Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials
Warsaw, Poland (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday. "We're dealing with what is undoubtedly the worst disaster in the history of Polish - and perhaps even European - forestry," Poland's chief forester, Konrad Tomaszewski, told reporters. The storms that hit Poland ove ... more
Brasilia (AFP) Aug 16, 2017
Brazilian tribes celebrate court ruling on land rights
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Aug 09, 2017
Drought-affected trees die from hydraulic failure and carbon starvation
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
USS John C. Stennis departs for sea trials early after overhaul
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier is underway for sea trials sooner than expected following a 6-month overhaul and upgrade at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. The ship has departed three days ahead of schedule despite the Stennis having a much larger overhaul then is normal for a carrier refit. "Overall, the work package was 140 percent above the normal amoun ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 17, 2017
TALONS tested on commissioned US Navy vessel for first time
Washington (UPI) Aug 17, 2017
Navy to commission expeditionary sea base Lewis B. Puller
Washington (AFP) Aug 17, 2017
Commander dismissed after US Navy ship crashed off Japan


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