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June 25, 2017
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Cotonou (AFP) June 18, 2017
In Benin's economic capital of Cotonou, as in many other African cities, finding a house, office or restaurant is often like a treasure hunt. Luck, if not a miracle, is required as easy clues such as street names, even where they exist, are usually not posted and address numbers are rarely marked. Most people in Cotonou formulate complex combinations of landmarks and directions to navigate around town. Typical directions might be: "My office is after the big market, past the apartment blo ... read more

SUPERPOWERS
In blow to Britain, UN votes to seek legal opinion on Chagos fate
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 22, 2017
In a diplomatic blow to Britain, the United Nations voted Thursday to ask the International Court of Justice to rule on the fate of the British-ruled Chagos islands, which host an important military base. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Mali relaunches beleagured peace process
Bamako (AFP) June 24, 2017
Mali's government and armed groups which signed a 2015 peace deal have relaunched talks aimed at speeding up its implementation after several delays, they told AFP Saturday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Zimbabwe begins mass transfer of animals to Mozambique
Harare (AFP) June 22, 2017
The animals won't travel two-by-two, but thousands of safari stalwarts will soon begin their journeys from Zimbabwe to Mozambique in one of Africa's largest ever wildlife transfers. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia
Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
The Somali people of Ethiopia's southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means "equalised". ... more
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World population to reach 9.8 bln in 2050, UN says
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 21, 2017
The world's current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India's numbers to surpass China's in just seven years, a UN report said Wednesday. ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia
Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
The Somali people of Ethiopia's southeast have a name for the drought that has killed livestock, dried up wells and forced hundreds of thousands into camps: sima, which means "equalised". ... more
FARM NEWS
Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output
Paris (AFP) June 19, 2017
Climate change could wipe out more than half of Ethiopia's coffee production unless farmers move to higher ground, scientists warned Monday. ... more
INTERN DAILY
Ancient prosthesis: Scientists are studying a 3,000-year-old wooden big toe
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
Researchers in Switzerland are in the process of analyzing what may be the world's oldest prosthetic device. The 3,000-year-old artificial wooden big toe is offering insights into skills of ancient artisans, as well as the anatomical and medical know how of early physicians. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Mali ex-rebels reject national charter on peace deal anniversary; Dozens killedw/l
Bamako (AFP) June 20, 2017
Mali's former rebel alliance on Tuesday rejected a national reconciliation charter unveiled on the second anniversary of the signing a peace deal with the government, underscoring the country's fraying peace process. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Anger in Nigeria's south over oil spill clean-up delay
Bodo, Nigeria (AFP) June 22, 2017
Under a leaden sky in oil-rich southern Nigeria, young men hang around with nothing to do, covering their noses from the noxious fumes of the polluted swamp. ... more


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FLORA AND FAUNA
Mass wildebeest drownings bolster Mara River ecosystem
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
Scientists have quantified the ecological impact of mass wildebeest drownings in the Kenyan reach of the Mara River. Drowned wildebeest provide a dramatic boost to the Mara River ecosystem, they say. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Woodside: No merit to spat over Senegalese oil
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
After an Australian rival issued a plea to an international court, Woodside Petroleum said its claims to an oil basin offshore Senegal were validated. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Claims over emerging oil basin in Senegal grow heatedw
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Australian energy company FAR Ltd. said it was taking a dispute over the sale of emerging oil prospects offshore Senegal to the international courts. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Libya reviews oil production stimulus with Norway's Statoil
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
After resolving issues with German energy company Wintershall, Libya's state oil company said it reviewed raising production during talks with Norway's Statoil. ... more



China 'backyard' pig farmers squeezed as sector scales up
Beijing (AFP) June 18, 2017
Walking through swarms of flies at his piggery on the outskirts of Beijing, Liu Jin shows off 1,500 hormone-free black hogs raised for China's growing organic meat market. Liu employs a dozen people to look after the swine that are kept in indoor sties and outdoor pens - the type of large-scale operation China hopes will one day replace the millions of "backyard" farms across the country. ... more
Bordeaux (AFP) June 22, 2017
Bubbling Chinese market centre-stage at world wine fest
Paris (AFP) June 19, 2017
Climate imperils Ethiopia's coffee output
Beijing (AFP) June 21, 2017
China opens gates to US beef imports
Algae The final frontier
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
Algae dominate the oceans that cover nearly three-quarters of our planet, and produce half of the oxygen that we breathe. And yet fewer than 10 percent of the algae have been formally described in the scientific literature, as noted in a new review co-authored by Carnegie's Arthur Grossman in Trends in Plant Science. Algae are everywhere. They are part of crusts on desert surfaces and form ... more
Tucson AZ (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
Amazonia's future will be jeopardized by dams
Los Angeles (AFP) June 18, 2017
Hawaiian canoe comes home after epic round-the-world odyssey
Washington (AFP) June 20, 2017
Global coral bleaching may be ending, US agency says
NASA-MIT Study Evaluates Efficiency of Oceans as Heat Sink, Atmospheric Gases Sponge
New York NY (SPX) Jun 20, 2017
The world's oceans are like brakes slowing down the full effects of greenhouse gas warming of the atmosphere. Over the last ten years, one-fourth of human-emissions of carbon dioxide as well as 90 percent of additional warming due to the greenhouse effect have been absorbed by the oceans. Acting like a massive sponge, the oceans pull from the atmosphere heat, carbon dioxide and other gases, such ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
OECD: Air pollution, urbanization offsetting gains in renewables
Paris (AFP) June 24, 2017
Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger
Warder, Ethiopia (AFP) June 22, 2017
Starvation looms as food runs out in drought-hit Ethiopia
Photopower for microlabs
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Miniaturized devices such as microsensors often require an independent, equally miniaturized power supply. Searching for suitable systems, Japanese scientists have now developed a fully integrated microfluidic device that produces hydrogen fuel and converts it into electrical energy based on photocatalysis. As they report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, it works fully autonomously and delivers ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Using sunlight to the max
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 23, 2017
NRL Issued Patent for Solar Microbial Fuel Cell
Corn better used as food than biofuel
Champaign IL (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Corn is grown not only for food, it is also an important renewable energy source. Renewable biofuels can come with hidden economic and environmental issues, and the question of whether corn is better utilized as food or as a biofuel has persisted since ethanol came into use. For the first time, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of econom ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Discovery could lead to sustainable ethanol made from carbon dioxide
Bochum, Germany (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Researchers produce biofuel for conventional diesel engines
Bath UK (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Scientists make plastic from sugar and carbon dioxide
FLIR awarded $17.9 million contract for Coast Guard surveillance systems
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
FLIR Surveillance has been awarded a $17.9 million for the procurement of Forward Looking Infra-red SAFIRE 380 systems for the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense announced Monday. The contract includes parts, control units, installation, software, engineering and logistical support for the systems. 19 FLIRs will be procured for the Coast Guard's HC-27J surveillance plane fleet. ... more
Paris (AFP) June 23, 2017
Kurdish designers bring fight with IS to Paris catwalk
Diexi, China (AFP) June 25, 2017
Hopes dim in search for 118 buried by China landslide
Lisbon (AFP) June 18, 2017
Portugal forest fire kills 24, injures 20
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Dallas Fed upbeat, but sees risk from lower oil prices
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
Despite the recent downturn in crude oil prices, a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said the state economy is growing at a moderate pace. "The manufacturing and energy sectors saw continued job gains in May, as oil prices stabilized and the effect of the strong dollar on exports abated somewhat," the bank's latest report read. "The energy sector continues to make significa ... more
Bodo, Nigeria (AFP) June 22, 2017
Anger in Nigeria's south over oil spill clean-up delay
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
Alaska critical to U.S. energy strategy, federal government says
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
Oil prices showing clear signs of daily gains
Macron faces EU summit pushback on Chinese investments
Brussels (AFP) June 22, 2017
A push by French President Emmanuel Macron to hand Brussels more powers to control Chinese investments in Europe's key industries faced a setback on Thursday from EU partners who fear a rise of protectionism. European leaders will discuss the thorny topic of international trade on the second day of an EU summit on Friday, as Europe seeks to champion free trade against the protectionist polic ... more
Tokyo (AFP) June 19, 2017
Japan logs surprise trade deficit in May as energy costs expand
Washington (AFP) June 22, 2017
US aluminum makers point finger at China, call for tariffs
The Hague (AFP) June 22, 2017
China, Hong Kong top hubs for fake goods: Europol
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Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Southeast Asian drug cartels are diversifying the narcotics they produce, the UN's crime agency warned Wednesday, with more than 160 new highs hitting the market in the last eight years. The Golden Triangle - where Laos, southern China, Thailand and Myanmar intersect - is the world's second largest drug producer after Latin America. It is notorious for churning out heroin and methamphe ... more
Bogota (AFP) May 4, 2017
UN counter-drug official kidnapped in Colombia: officials
New Delhi (AFP) April 9, 2017
Indian, Chinese navies rescue ship hijacked by Somali pirates
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
With over 20 years in sustainable investment, Thrive Renewables, (previously Triodos Renewables) has provided mezzanine loans for two wind farms in Scotland that will have a combined total capacity of 11.5MW which will generate and deliver clean, smart energy to the UK grid. Once built, these projects will be able to generate enough green electricity for 7,760[1] homes. In partnership with ... more
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
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
GE Energy Financial Services Surpasses $15 Billion in Renewable Energy Investments
Panda mania hits Germany as China's cuddly envoys arrive
Berlin (AFP) June 24, 2017
Germany had its first taste of panda mania on Saturday as two furry ambassadors arrived from China to begin a new life as stars of Berlin's premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, jetted in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo's chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. A crowd of journalists and officials on hand to welcom ... more
Harare (AFP) June 22, 2017
Zimbabwe begins mass transfer of animals to Mozambique
Washington (UPI) Jun 19, 2017
Mass wildebeest drownings bolster Mara River ecosystem
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) June 16, 2017
$1.2 million of pangolin scales seized in Malaysia
US defense contractor accused of spying for China
Washington (AFP) June 22, 2017
A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer was arrested by American counterintelligence officials on Thursday and charged with spying for China. The Justice Department said Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia had sold classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April. He could face up to life in prison if found guilty. ... more
Washington (AFP) June 22, 2017
US heavily armed, but many ambivalent about it: survey
Moscow (AFP) June 21, 2017
NATO jet approaches Russian defence minister's plane
Washington (AFP) June 20, 2017
Russian jet conducts 'unsafe' intercept of US plane
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Blue Brain team discovers a multi-dimensional universe in brain networks
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
For most people, it is a stretch of the imagination to understand the world in four dimensions but a new study has discovered structures in the brain with up to eleven dimensions - ground-breaking work that is beginning to reveal the brain's deepest architectural secrets. Using algebraic topology in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a team from the Blue Brain Projec ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) June 21, 2017
World population to reach 9.8 bln in 2050, UN says
Shanghai (AFP) June 17, 2017
Chinese gays hear wedding bells as Taiwan move fuels hope
Washington (UPI) Jun 15, 2017
Too much brain activity may contribute to memory, attention impairments
Syria regime penetrates IS-held eastern province: monitor
Beirut (AFP) June 23, 2017
Syrian regime forces on Friday broke into the eastern Deir Ezzor province for the first time since 2014, a monitor said, after seizing territory from Islamic State group jihadists. Government forces control part of Deir Ezzor city and the adjacent military airport, but IS holds the vast desert province and most of the provincial capital. "Backed by Iranian, Lebanese and Iraqi fighters, ... more
Marawi, Philippines (AFP) June 25, 2017
Philippine forces declare Eid truce in war-torn city
Washington (AFP) June 19, 2017
Google steps up efforts to block extremism, following Facebook
Bamako (AFP) June 19, 2017
Two dead as suspected jihadists attack Mali tourist resort
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Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site
Warsaw (AFP) June 21, 2017
Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, on Wednesday called for the vast woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, which bans any human intervention. Bialowieza, straddling Poland's eastern border with Belarus, includes one of the largest surviving parts of the primeval ... more
Oslo (AFP) June 19, 2017
Religious leaders join forces to protect rainforests
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
Peatlands, already dwindling, could face further losses
Washington (AFP) June 14, 2017
Tropical peat forests risk turning from carbon "drains" to emitters
Electric Boat receives $203 million Trident II missile tube contract
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017
Electric Boat has been awarded a $203 million modification to an existing contract to increase design support for the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine. The contract applies to the joint U.S. Navy-United Kingdom Common Missile Compartment program. The work will be undertaken at Groton, Conn., Newport News, Va., and several other sites, the Department of Defense announced Thursd ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Leidos receives anti-submarine warfare system contract
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
Royal Australian Navy receives first Hobart-class destroyer
Washington (UPI) Jun 20, 2017
New Navy transport launched


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