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March 13, 2017
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46



Addis Ababa (AFP) March 12, 2017
At least 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia's largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby. Saturday's landslide flattened dozens of homes of people living in the Koshe dump when part of the largest pile of rubbish collapsed, an AFP journalist said. Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau, said 46 people had died - 32 female and 14 male, including some children. ... read more

CLIMATE SCIENCE
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
More than half of schoolchildren have quit class in some parts of Niger due to drought which is forcing entire families of farmers to move to seek better pastures, the UN said Friday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Cyclone kills 50, affects 176,000 in Madagascar
Antananarivo (AFP) March 11, 2017
Cyclone Enawo killed at least 50 people and affected 176,000 people after it hit Madagascar earlier this week, the national disaster management agency said Saturday, with thousands forced into emergency shelters. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
.africa joins the internet
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 10, 2017
In the beginning was .com, followed by a host of other .somethings, but on Friday, 32 years after the world's first domain name was registered, the African Union has launched .africa for the continent. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
10,000 displaced as cyclone pounds Madagascar
Antananarivo (AFP) March 9, 2017
More than 10,000 Madagascans have been forced out of their homes over the past 48 hours as tropical cyclone Enawo battered the island, with the death toll rising to five, officials said Thursday. ... more
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Light rail fails to fix Ethiopia's traffic troubles
Addis Ababa (AFP) March 12, 2017
Electric light railway tracks soar over Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, a rare example of mass transit infrastructure on a continent ruled by ramshackle, diesel-spewing buses. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
SolarReserve Helps Netcare Lower Their Energy Costs
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
SolarReserve, a leading global energy developer with 246 megawatts of solar capacity already on-line in South Africa, has worked with Netcare Limited to roll out commercial sized solar PV rooftop in ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Nigerian military to probe rights abuse claims
Abuja (AFP) March 8, 2017
Nigeria's military on Wednesday announced it would look into alleged human rights abuses by troops, including in the fight against Boko Haram, despite having previously dismissed such claims. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Three killed as cyclone Enawo batters Madagascar
Antananarivo (AFP) March 7, 2017
Tropical cyclone Enawo slammed into Madagascar on Tuesday, killing three people and displacing hundreds as it buffeted the island with hurricane-force winds and pounding rain. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Cyclone kills four, heading towards Madagascar capital
Antananarivo (AFP) March 8, 2017
At least four people have been killed by tropical cyclone Enawo in Madagascar, the prime minister said Wednesday, as the storm tracked towards the capital Antananarivo threatening severe flooding. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Senegal and Gambia announce new era of ties
Dakar (AFP) March 4, 2017
Senegal and The Gambia on Saturday affirmed a "new dynamic" between the two countries since the fall of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, and vowed to strengthen economic and military co-operation. ... more


Poachers kill rare giant elephant in Kenya

AFRICA NEWS
11 Malian soldiers killed in attack on border base
Bamako (AFP) March 5, 2017
At least 11 soldiers were killed in Mali on Sunday in an attack on an army base near the border with Burkina Faso, as rival armed factions surrounded the flashpoint city of Timbuktu. ... more
OIL AND GAS
More oil progress offshore Senegal
Dakar (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
A Scottish energy company focused on reserves offshore Africa said it's assessing data from a reservoir estimated to hold more than 2 billion barrels of oil. ... more
OIL AND GAS
NATO allies fret over security of Libya's oil
Brussels (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
The escalation of violence in and around the oil installations of Libya are cause for growing international concern, a joint statement from NATO allies said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
PM hails Ben Guerdane battle as Tunisia 'turning point'
Ben Guerdane, Tunisia (AFP) March 7, 2017
The battle against jihadists in Ben Guerdane a year ago was a "turning point" for Tunisia, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said on Tuesday during a visit to commemorate the anniversary. ... more

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Researchers develop equation that helps to explain plant growth
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
It is rare in biology that a single trait can answer questions spanning several fields of research. One such trait is plant biology's "leaf mass per area," a simple measurement calculated by weighing a dried leaf and dividing by its original fresh area. Leaf mass per area, or LMA, which has been measured in thousands of studies, is used in nearly every field of plant biology to make predictions ... more
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This small molecule could have a big future in global food security
London, UK (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Future climate change will affect plants and soil differently
Leioa, Spain (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stabilizing soils with sulfates to improve their constructional properties
Underwater mountains help ocean water rise from abyss
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
At high latitudes, such as near Antarctica and the Arctic Circle, the ocean's surface waters are cooled by frigid temperatures and become so dense that they sink a few thousand meters into the ocean's abyss. Ocean waters are thought to flow along a sort of conveyor belt that transports them between the surface and the deep in a never-ending loop. However, it remains unclear where the deep ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Why did rainfall over Asian inland plateau region undergo abrupt decrease around 1999
Stanford CA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Stanford biologists identify ancient stress response in corals
Sydney (AFP) March 9, 2017
Aussie lake turns vivid pink
US desert songbirds at risk in a warming climate
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Projected increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves in the desert of the southwestern United States are putting songbirds at greater risk for death by dehydration and mass die-offs, according to a new study. Researchers used hourly temperature maps and other data produced by the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) - a land-surface modeling effort main ... more
Paris (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Investment vital to adapting to climate change in West Africa
Niamey (AFP) March 10, 2017
Niger drought leaves schools closed
Berkeley CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Soils could release much more carbon than expected as climate warms
U.S. solar market set new record in 2016
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
The solar market in the United States had its best year on record in 2016, according to researchers with the Solar Energy Industries Association. In a study published by the industry group, researchers note the solar market nearly doubled its previous record, and added more electric generating capacity than any other source for the first time in history. The report, called the U. ... more
Baton Rouge LA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
New study shines light on photosynthesis
Los Alamos NM (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
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Tree growth model assists breeding for more wood
Pullman WA (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
A meeting in a forest between a biologist and a mathematician could lead to thicker, faster growing trees. "Mathematicians like translating biological processes into numbers," said Andrei Smertenko, assistant professor in Washington State University's Institute of Biological Chemistry. "I'm a biologist, and I want to help grow stronger, better trees." Breeding trees is a time-consuming and ... more
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Petrol and jet fuel alternatives are produced by yeast cell factories
University Park PA (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases
Washington (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Yeast cell factories make gas, jet fuel alternatives
Tired but happy, Iraqis finally escape Mosul jihadists
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 9, 2017
Civilians rush down a hillside on the outskirts of Mosul to waiting Iraqi forces, tired but happy after finally being able to flee the clutches of the Islamic State group. Trapped for years inside the jihadist-ruled city, escaping residents say IS fighters are growing increasingly desperate as Iraqi forces advance on their last bastions in west Mosul. Civilians are being forced from thei ... more
Tokyo (AFP) March 10, 2017
Japan 'piggyback' official steps down
Prague (AFP) March 10, 2017
Giant Ai Weiwei refugee installation to go on display in Prague
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) March 12, 2017
Priceless remains lie in ruins at Mosul museum
Argonne invents reusable sponge that soaks up oil
Lemont IL (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in U.S. history, those in charge of the recovery discovered a new wrinkle: the millions of gallons of oil bubbling from the sea floor weren't all collecting on the surface where it could be skimmed or burned. Some of it was forming a plume and drifting through the ocean under the surface. Now, ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Researchers link methane in groundwater in Parker and Hood counties to natural sources
Dallas (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Oil falls to below $49 per barrel in selloff
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Low-cost monitoring device uses light to quickly detect oil spills
Silk Road evolved as 'grass-routes' movement
St. Louis MO (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Nearly 5,000 years ago, long before the vast east-west trade routes of the Great Silk Road were traversed by Marco Polo, the foundations for these trans-Asian interaction networks were being carved by nomads moving herds to lush mountain pastures, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. "Our model shows that long-term strategies of mobility by highland nomadic herder ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2017
China warns of 'trade war' if WTO ignored
Beijing (AFP) March 11, 2017
China says industrial policy not aimed at foreign firms
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2017
China producer prices jump 7.8% in February: govt
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Philippines seeks US, China help to combat sea pirates
Manila (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
The Philippines is seeking US and Chinese help to guard a major sea lane as Islamic militants shift attacks to international shipping, officials said Wednesday. Manila does not want the Sibutu Passage between Malaysia's Sabah state and the southern Philippines to turn into a Somalia-style pirate haven, coast guard officials said. The deep-water channel, used by 13,000 vessels each year, ... more
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French, Spanish companies set for more wind power off coast of France
Paris (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
French and Spanish energy companies said Monday they were setting their sights on building up the wind energy potential off the coast of France. French energy company ENGIE counts an installed wind power capacity of more than 1,700 megawatts in France and is now teaming up with its Spanish counterpart, EDPR, on plans to install as much as 750 MW of wind power offshore. According ... more
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 07, 2017
Wind energy gaining traction, U.S. trade group says
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A light rain can spread soil bacteria far and wide
Boston MA (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A good rain can have a cleansing effect on the land. But an MIT study published this week in Nature Communications reports that, under just the right conditions, rain can also be a means of spreading bacteria. Using high-resolution imaging, researchers from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering observed the effect of raindrops falling on dry soil laden with bacteria. When falling at s ... more
Mainz, Germany (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
A backup copy in the central brain
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
How big brains evolved could be revealed by new mathematical model
Paris (AFP) March 8, 2017
Bird-slaying snakes ravage island forests
Putin, Erdogan hail mended ties
Moscow (AFP) March 10, 2017
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday announced the "normalisation" of ties between their nations, damaged by Ankara downing one of Moscow's warplanes in 2015. "We can state with confidence that our countries have returned to the path of a true multi-tiered cooperation between partners," Putin told a press conference after the two strong ... more
Beijing (AFP) March 9, 2017
China slams US election 'farce' in annual rights report
Manila (AFP) March 9, 2017
Chinese ships enter Philippine waters; Sri Lanka scales back China port
Tokyo (AFP) March 10, 2017
Japan, US navies drill in East China Sea
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China's elderly live longer, but are less fit: study
Paris (AFP) March 9, 2017
The number and proportion of people in China over 80 are growing, but their mental and physical fitness appear to be declining, scientists reported Friday. Comparing medical data and surveys from 1998 and 2008 of nearly 20,000 people aged 80 to 105, researchers found that the ranks of China's 'oldest old' had expanded since the turn of the century. For octogenarians and nonagenarians, mo ... more
Columbia SC (SPX) Mar 13, 2017
Widespread platinum may help solve Clovis people mystery
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Mar 09, 2017
Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country
Hanover NH (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Dartmouth study finds modern hunter-gathers relocate to maximize foraging efficiency
January raid in Yemen killed 4 to 12 civilians: US
Washington (AFP) March 10, 2017
Up to a dozen civilians died during a controversial January raid against Al Qaeda in Yemen, but an investigation did not uncover "bad judgment" during the operation, the head of US forces in the Middle East said Thursday. Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joe Votel said "somewhere between four and 12 casualties" resulted from the US raid, which was authorized by US ... more
Washington (AFP) March 8, 2017
IS hopes to hold onto shreds of 'caliphate': US official
Istanbul (AFP) March 8, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs seek better coordination against IS
Istanbul (AFP) March 7, 2017
Turkey, Russia, US military chiefs weigh anti-IS steps
How nature creates forest diversity
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Mar 07, 2017
Forests, especially tropical forests, are home to thousands of species of trees - sometimes tens to hundreds of tree species in the same forest - a level of biodiversity ecologists have struggled to explain. In a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and thei ... more
Bangkok (AFP) March 2, 2017
The battle to save Bangkok's 'Green Lung'
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 03, 2017
Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest
Tegucigalpa (AFP) March 1, 2017
Indigenous protest in Honduras marks activist's murder
Royal Navy names new offshore patrol vessel
London (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
Britain's Royal Navy has officially named the first ship in the second batch of updated River-class offshore patrol vessels from BAE Systems. HMS Forth is about 295 feet long and displaces 2,204 tons of water. It has a top speed of about 24 knots and is equipped with a 30mm cannon and a helicopter flight deck. The ship was named Thursday at a BAE Systems shipyard in Glasgow, Scot ... more
Bogota (UPI) Mar 8, 2017
DCNS opens representative office in Colombia
Adelaide (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
New Australian destroyer completes acceptance trials
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 06, 2017
U.S. Navy buys new submarine sonar systems


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