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May 16, 2017
WOOD PILE
The superhighway threatening Nigeria's tropical rainforest



Calabar, Nigeria (AFP) May 16, 2017
When bulldozers rolled into their forest at the start of last year, the Ekuri community in southeast Nigeria protested: "Indigenes say no!" They didn't want a superhighway that would wipe their ancestral lands in the Cross River National Park off the map. Under pressure, the earthmovers left to do their work elsewhere. But community spokesman Martin Egot said: "They destroyed all the crops, the source of our wealth: cassava, cocoa, plantain... ." The 800-billion-naira ($2.6-billion, 2.3 ... read more

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South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative
Madison WI (SPX) May 15, 2017
Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, a subterranian maze that last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of res ... more
EXO WORLDS
Oldest evidence of life on land found in 3.48-billion-year-old Australian rocks
Sydney, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2017
Fossil evidence of early life has been discovered by UNSW scientists in 3.48 billion year old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara of Western Australia - pushing back by 3 billion years the earliest k ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Gunfire as I.Coast troops resume protest despite 'apology'
Abidjan (AFP) May 12, 2017
Disgruntled Ivorian soldiers took to the streets of Abidjan and two other cities on Friday, firing angrily into the air a day after publicly apologising for a string of recent uprisings. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Ivory Coast's rebel soldiers apologise to president
Abidjan (AFP) May 12, 2017
Some 8,400 Ivory Coast soldiers who mutinied in January apologised to President Alassane Ouattara in an orchestrated ceremony that was aired on national television late Thursday. ... more
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Wounded author Kuki Gallmann vows return to Kenyan ranch
Nairobi (AFP) May 12, 2017
Blood was already pooling in the seat of her car when a second bullet tore through the driver's door and thumped into Kuki Gallmann's abdomen. ... more
CIVIL NUCLEAR
South Africa to restart nuclear power plans
Johannesburg (AFP) May 13, 2017
South Africa will relaunch plans to build nuclear power plants by signing new agreements with several countries, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said Saturday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Riyadh backs Equatorial Guinea as new OPEC member
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Equatorial Guinea has a role to play in oil market stabilization efforts and has support to become a member of OPEC, the Saudi Arabian government said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba
Juba (AFP) May 13, 2017
Sacked South Sudanese army chief Paul Malong, returned to the capital Juba on Saturday claiming he had been asked to return by the authorities and insisting that he'd never had any intention of rebelling. ... more
OIL AND GAS
OMV first quarter production at 10-year high
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Austrian energy group OMV said Thursday that net production during the first quarter hit a 10-year high on strong gains from Norway and Libya. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Army to protect Tunisia economy from protests: president
Tunis (AFP) May 10, 2017
President Beji Caid Essebsi said Wednesday that the army will protect Tunisia's main economic assets from being disrupted by protests over social and labour issues. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Libyan oil production has potential to cross 1 million barrels per day
Washington DC (UPI) May 10, 2017
Libya has the technical potential to produce as much as 1.2 million barrels of oil per day, though commercial and security issues interfere, an oil leader said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
UN chief condemns attack that killed four peacekeepers in C. Africa
United Nations, United States (AFP) May 10, 2017
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday strongly condemned an attack on a UN convoy that killed four peacekeepers in the Central African Republic. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Record haul of pangolin scales seized in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) May 8, 2017
Malaysian customs officers have seized more than 700 kilograms of pangolin scales, the country's largest haul of the scales considered by some to have medicinal properties, officials said Monday. ... more
WOOD PILE
DR Congo arrests 14 Chinese for wood smuggling
Lubumbashi, Dr Congo (AFP) May 5, 2017
Fourteen Chinese people suspected of illegally exporting red wood from the Democratic Republic of Congo were arrested Thursday, local officials said, as Beijing stressed Friday its commitment to tackling the illegal trade. ... more



Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 11, 2017
The digging, stirring and overturning of soil by conventional ploughing in tillage farming is severely damaging earthworm populations around the world, say scientists. The findings published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology show a systematic decline in earthworm populations in soils that are ploughed every year. The deeper the soil is disturbed the more harmful it is for the earth ... more
Zurich (AFP) May 5, 2017
Syngenta shareholders accept ChemChina offer
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
Conservation agriculture offers tired soil remedies
Washington (UPI) May 4, 2017
Can edible insects help curb global warming?
Robots may bring reef relief
Newark, DE (SPX) May 09, 2017
A study authored by University of Delaware Professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs - known as mesophotic reefs - near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. While coral reefs worldwide are in decline, the waters surrounding Bonaire comprise a marine park known as a scuba "diver's paradise" because it contains some of the most well-preserved co ... more
East Lansing MI (SPX) May 16, 2017
Fish should figure in to fate of nation's aging dams
Atescatempa, Guatemala (AFP) May 15, 2017
Dying Guatemala lake underlines climate change threat
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Teleconnection between the tropical Pacific and Antarctica
New scrutiny of poles as world braces for climate shifts: UN
Geneva (AFP) May 15, 2017
Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said a full year would be dedicated to improving polar forecasting capacities in the Arctic and another year would be spent doing the same in Antarc ... more
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
Tillerson: Trump will not rush US climate policy review
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) May 15, 2017
Shelf sediments reveal climate shifts through the eons
Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power isn't the best option for New Zealand compared with other renewables, but the opportunity could emerge as costs decline, a minister said. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced
College Station TX (SPX) May 15, 2017
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A and M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. In addition to sequencing the genome, ... more
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Biomass powering U.S. military base
Healthcare bill inspires road rage: Tenn. woman tries to run Congressman off road
Washington (UPI) May 14, 2017
Outrage over the GOP's healthcare bill spilled out of a town hall event and onto the roads in Tennessee over the weekend. On Saturday, Wendi Wright, a 35-year-old woman from Obion County, followed a car carrying Congressman David Kustoff, R-Tenn., and his aide. When Kustoff's ride finally stopped, Wright got out of her car, screamed at the politician and attacked his vehicle, banging on ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
New fiber-based sensor could quickly detect structural problems in bridges and dams
Paris (AFP) May 7, 2017
Marine Le Pen: far-right firebrand who has shaken up French politics
Beijing (AFP) May 6, 2017
20 sentenced to prison for deadly 2015 China landslide
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Ivory Coast disappoints for African Petroleum
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
An exploration and production company with a core focus on West Africa said it had a setback offshore Ivory Coast, but brushed off the poor results. West Africa has emerged as a bright spot for new oil and gas discoveries. African Petroleum, an independent oil and gas company with a strong regional portfolio, said an exploration well off the Ivorian coast found oil, but nothing signific ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Oil prices search for new ceiling on production agreement
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Oil export value up 30 percent for Norway in April
Washington DC (UPI) May 15, 2017
Eni starts gas production early in Indonesia
Red tape and taxes put brakes on 'Make In India' push
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2017
When Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a $600 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another $900 in taxes and bribes and waited three months for it to clear customs. "We lack in technology and industry to make the smallest things, so we have to import," Ahuja said as he listed the frustrations entrepreneurs still encounter since the government launched i ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
China decries protectionism, but some raise concerns
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2017
US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2017
China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of N.Korea missile
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UN counter-drug official kidnapped in Colombia: officials
Bogota (AFP) May 4, 2017
A UN official has been kidnapped in Colombia by renegade FARC rebels just ahead of a visit Thursday by the UN Security Council to review progress in a peace accord with the guerrillas, authorities said. The official, with the UN Office on Crime and Drugs, was kidnapped Wednesday in the southeastern department of Guaviare while on a tour to promote replacing coca with legal crops, according t ... more
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
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Cornell University and Duke University is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be impacted by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland. The new research offers insight into previously unknown ... more
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Building Energy celebrates the beginning of operations and electricity generation of its first wind farm
Indonesian rangers dismantle traps to save wildlife
Leuser, Indonesia (AFP) May 14, 2017
In the depths of Indonesia's dense Leuser rain forest, a group of rangers are searching for traps set by poachers which are endangering rare wildlife. Scientists and conservationists consider the Leuser Ecosystem, which falls mostly within Aceh province on Sumatra island, to be among the most important forests left in Southeast Asia. It is the last place of sufficient size and quality ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria first emerged at least 450 million years ago
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 11, 2017
In brain evolution, size matters most of the time
Golden CO (SPX) May 11, 2017
New method of microbial energy production discovered
Manila, Beijing to open South China Sea talks next week: envoy
Manila (AFP) May 13, 2017
The Philippines and China will open bilateral talks on their dispute over the South China Sea next week, Manila's ambassador to Beijing said on Saturday. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to deepen relations with China despite its extensive island-building in disputed parts of the South China Sea, in the hopes of securing billions of dollars' worth of investments from Beijing. ... more
Colombo (AFP) May 11, 2017
Sri Lanka refuse Chinese submarine docking: official
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
Putin the piano man plays Soviet-era tunes in Beijing
Brussels (AFP) May 12, 2017
Britain blocking EU military HQ: sources
South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative
Madison WI (SPX) May 15, 2017
Probing deeper into the South African cave system known as Rising Star, a subterranian maze that last year yielded the largest cache of hominin fossils known to science, an international team of researchers has discovered another chamber with more remains of a newfound human relative, Homo naledi. The discovery, announced May 9, 2017 with the publication of a series of papers in the journa ... more
Norwich UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Changes in Early Stone Age tool production have 'musical' ties
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) May 11, 2017
Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Modern DNA reveals ancient origins of Indian population
No US involvement in deal with IS fighters: Pentagon
Washington (AFP) May 12, 2017
The Pentagon said Friday it played no part in an unusual deal in which Islamic State jihadists were allowed to leave a key town in Syria - only for some of them to be killed anyway. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces had independently cut a deal with the jihadists that let a group of about 70 of them leave Tabqa, an important city by a dam near the IS stronghold of Raqa. But as soon ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) May 11, 2017
Dramatic terror drill ahead of China visit
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
Turkey to play role in Raqa fight: Mattis
Copenhagen (AFP) May 9, 2017
Anti-IS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign
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