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May 17, 2017
FLORA AND FAUNA
Malaysia seizes smuggled tortoises worth $300,000



Kuala Lumpur (AFP) May 15, 2017
Malaysian customs foiled an attempt to smuggle hundreds of the world's most endangered tortoises into the country from Madagascar, a senior official said Monday. The 330 ploughshare and radiated tortoises seized at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Sunday were worth $276,784, Abdul Wahid Sulong, deputy director of the customs department told AFP. All of the reptiles were found alive, he added. "It is a big haul. It could be for the local market or for re-export. We are investigating," the ... read more

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!" ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Nigeria army chief warns troops about 'politicking'
Abuja (AFP) May 16, 2017
Nigerian troops have been told not to get involved in politics, the army said Tuesday, in a warning likely to resonate given the country's history of coups and with the president currently abroad and ailing. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
I.Coast rebel troops end mutiny as deal inked
Bouake, Ivory Coast (AFP) May 16, 2017
Rebel soldiers in Ivory Coast said Tuesday they were ending a four-day mutiny which drew in troops from across the country after reaching agreement with the government over a wages dispute. ... 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
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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
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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
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
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
AFRICA NEWS
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


Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba

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
OIL AND GAS
South Sudan president sacks controversial army chief
Juba (AFP) May 9, 2017
South Sudan President Salva Kiir sacked his powerful, hardline army chief Paul Malong on Tuesday, a government spokesman said. ... more
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



Chinese exporting adulterated fish to Brazil: police
Brasilia (AFP) May 16, 2017
Brazilian police said Tuesday they have uncovered a ring that imported Chinese fish illegally adulterated to be heavier and as such, worth more when resold. Investigators from the agriculture ministry in the southern state of Santa Catarina found local businesses selling adulterated pollock, hake and other imported species, police said in a statement. The fish had been injected with "wat ... more
Paris (ESA) May 17, 2017
Novel use of satnav saves precious water
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 11, 2017
Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations
Zurich (AFP) May 5, 2017
Syngenta shareholders accept ChemChina offer
Fish should figure in to fate of nation's aging dams
East Lansing MI (SPX) May 16, 2017
As nearly 75 percent of the nation's largest dams approach the high maintenance years, safety and economics figure large in decisions to fix or replace. A recent study by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers makes a case to consider how those dams affect the streams and fish that live in them. Big dams - many approaching 50 years old - span the United States. In some areas, like the ... more
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
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Large storms can flood aging sewer systems with harmful bacteria, viruses
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
Paris (AFP) May 17, 2017
The EU: What happened to climate's poster child; Canada blocks audit change
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Fairbanks, United States (AFP) May 11, 2017
Tillerson: Trump will not rush US climate policy review
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
Hong Kong (AFP) May 15, 2017
Hong Kong 'Snowden refugees' face deportation: lawyer
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
BHP Billiton: Growth potential apparent
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Australian energy and mining giant BHP Billiton could see value increase by 50 percent under a variety of market scenarios, the company's CEO said Tuesday. The company in April dismissed a push by managers at hedge fund Elliot Associates and Elliot International, which hold minor shares in BHP Billiton, to split off its U.S. oil division in order to unlock tens of billions of U.S. dolla ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
U.S. gas prices stable despite market headwinds
Rome (AFP) May 16, 2017
Ancient olive trees make way for pipeline
Ottawa (AFP) May 16, 2017
Canada blocked climate change audit: official
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
Malaysia seizes smuggled tortoises worth $300,000
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) May 15, 2017
Malaysian customs foiled an attempt to smuggle hundreds of the world's most endangered tortoises into the country from Madagascar, a senior official said Monday. The 330 ploughshare and radiated tortoises seized at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Sunday were worth $276,784, Abdul Wahid Sulong, deputy director of the customs department told AFP. All of the reptiles were found alive, h ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
New Zealand's penguins facing extinction, scientists warn
Ithaca NY (SPX) May 17, 2017
Cornell researches black bear boom in New York
London, UK (SPX) May 17, 2017
The first microbial supertree from figure-mining thousands of papers
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
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Changes in Early Stone Age tool production have 'musical' ties
Norwich UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
New research suggests that advances in the production of Early Stone Age tools had less to do with the evolution of language and more to do with the brain networks involved in modern piano playing. Around 1.75 million years ago there was a revolutionary innovation in stone tool technology, when early humans moved from making simple Oldowan flake and pebble tools to producing two-sided, sha ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 16, 2017
Research suggests the ideal leader resembles his or her subordinates
Madison WI (SPX) May 15, 2017
South African cave yields yet more fossils of a newfound relative
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) May 11, 2017
Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from
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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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 th ... more
Montreal (AFP) May 16, 2017
Greenpeace says Canadian forestry lawsuit aims to silence critics
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration
Knoxville TN (SPX) May 11, 2017
Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree migrations
Italian shipyard delivers new Torado submarine
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
The attack submarine Romeo Romel, the fourth being build for the Naval Armament Unit of the Italian navy, was delivered at Italian defense contractor Fincantieri's shipyard at Muggiano, the company announced on Thursday. The vessel is the last of four submarines being built in the U212A Todaro-class. The previous ship, Pietro Venuti, a twin of the Romeo Romel, was delivered in Ju ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Austal opens new office in Australian contract bid
Washington DC (UPI) May 8, 2017
Nimitz-class carrier USS Ronald Reagan begins sea trials
Washington (UPI) May 5, 2017
DCNS to modernize three French navy frigates


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