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July 11, 2017
OUTER PLANETS
New Mysteries Surround New Horizons' Next Flyby Target



Laurel MD (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft doesn't zoom past its next science target until New Year's Day 2019, but the Kuiper Belt object, known as 2014 MU69, is already revealing surprises. Scientists have been sifting through data gathered from observing the object's quick pass in front of a star - an astronomical event known as an occultation - on June 3. More than 50 mission team members and collaborators set up telescopes across South Africa and Argentina, along a predicted track of the narrow shadow o ... read more

STELLAR CHEMISTRY
SKA South Africa sees first light with addition of Ghana baseline antenna
Johannesburg, South Africa (SPX) Jul 06, 2017
The Ministries of Ghana and South Africa have announced the combination of 'first light' science observations which confirms the conversion of the Ghana communications antenna from a redundant telec ... more
TERROR WARS
Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for jihadists
Niamey (AFP) July 6, 2017
An air strike by Niger's army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, regional officials said Thursday. ... more
NUKEWARS
UN set to adopt treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
United Nations, United States (AFP) July 7, 2017
A global treaty banning nuclear weapons is set to be adopted at the United Nations on Friday despite opposition from the United States, Britain, France and other nuclear powers that boycotted negotiations. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
Gambian army 'hostile elements' working against government
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) July 7, 2017
The head of a West African force maintaining security in The Gambia told AFP Friday that army officials loyal to veteran former leader Yahya Jammeh were plotting against the new government. ... more
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AFRICA NEWS
3 killed in north Mali clashes as UN condemns violence
Bamako (AFP) July 6, 2017
Clashes between armed groups killed three people in northeastern Mali on Thursday, a security source told AFP, as the United Nations condemned repeated ceasefire violations by the combatants. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
AU chair questions US stance on African peacekeeping
Addis Ababa (AFP) July 5, 2017
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. ... more
WIND DAILY
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria is ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable energy potential in Africa and General Electric aims to ride that momentum, a regional manager said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
China, diplomacy and oil part of the mix in South Sudan
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Invested in the country's energy sector, China's emerging role as a peacemaker is being put to the test in South Sudan, the International Crisis Group said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
OPEC supply concerns drag oil prices lower
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Persistent concerns about the effectiveness of an arrangement by OPEC and other producers to balance the market left oil prices bruised in early Monday trading. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Apache Corp. leaves Canadian energy sector behind
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
U.S-based energy company Apache Corp. said it freed up capital to direct at strategic parts of its portfolio after leaving the Canadian market. ... more


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TERROR WARS
US conducts air strikes on Shabaab militants in Somalia
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
The US military conducted an airstrike against a group of Shabaab militants in Somalia early Wednesday, officials said, the third such action in a month. ... more
OIL AND GAS
More oil possible from Libya, Nigeria, a report finds
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2017
A report Thursday from oil pricing group Platts stated that more production is possible from OPEC members Libya and Nigeria, adding to supply-side concerns. ... more
FROTH AND BUBBLE
Herbicide boost for tadpoles: study
Paris (AFP) July 4, 2017
Maligned as a bee-killer and possibly cancer-causing, a common herbicide has turned out to be a boon for tadpoles making them more toxic to predators, researchers said Wednesday. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
I.Coast's Comoe park no longer endangered: UNESCO
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
UNESCO said Tuesday that it had decided to remove Ivory Coast's Comoe National Park from its list of endangered world heritage sites after more than a decade of conservation efforts. ... more



Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees
Madrid (AFP) July 6, 2017
A deadly bacteria that infected thousands of olive trees in Italy has been detected for the first time in mainland Spain, the world's top producer of olive oil, a regional government official said Thursday. The Xylella fastidiosa pathogen, which dries out trees leaving their leaves looking scorched, was found in June in almond trees near the town of Guadalest in the eastern region of Valenci ... more
The Hague (AFP) July 6, 2017
Customs grab 122 tonnes of fake pesticide: Europol
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Warmer Arctic harms crops in US, Canada: study
Champaign IL (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Incremental discovery may one day lead to photosynthetic breakthrough
From dry to wet: Rainfall might abruptly increase in Africa's Sahel
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Climate change could turn one of Africa's driest regions into a very wet one by suddenly switching on a Monsoon circulation. For the first time, scientists find evidence in computer simulations for a possible abrupt change to heavy seasonal rainfall in the Sahel, a region that so far has been characterized by extreme dryness. They detect a self-amplifying mechanism which might kick-in beyo ... more
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
New data shows extreme coastal sea levels more likely
Warsaw (AFP) July 6, 2017
UNESCO keeps Great Barrier Reef off 'in danger' list
G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
Hamburg (AFP) July 9, 2017
G20 countries have managed to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement - but at the cost of risky concessions. After the US president decided last month to pull out of the hard-fought deal to combat global warming, climate change was always going to be centre-stage at this week's gathering of the G20 - ... more
Paris (AFP) July 5, 2017
Climate change could make Sahel wet: study
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord
Hamburg (AFP) July 7, 2017
G20 draft statement shows 19-against-US split on climate
Environmental groups say G20 paying lip service to clean energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
The world's leading economies are skewing their financial strength toward fossil fuels even as the rhetoric shifts to renewables, environmental groups said. More than 20 heads of state and government representatives arrive Friday in Hamburg for the 12th summit for members of the G20 economic bloc. In the past, members endorsed a toolkit for renewable energy development, energy efficienc ... more
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
The Last Day of Net-Metering Brings Memories of Fighting for Every Solar Watt
Los Angeles (AFP) July 2, 2017
Californians take a shine to solar power
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Could cellulosic biofuels - or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood - become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center say yes, but with a few important caveats. "The climate benefit of cellulosic biofuels is actually much grea ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
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New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
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Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
In IS-held Raqa, parched civilians risk lives for water
Beirut (AFP) July 8, 2017
Syria's Raqa once thrived on the banks of the gushing Euphrates River, but dire shortages in the Islamic State group stronghold are forcing desperate civilians to risk their lives for water. The northern city has been without steady running water for several weeks after damage to pipelines by heavy bombardment, including suspected strikes by the US-led coalition. Civilians dehydrated by ... more
Tallinn (AFP) July 6, 2017
EU ministers pledge steps to tackle migrant flood
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
Holiday weekend leaves more than 100 gunfire victims in Chicago
Tokyo (AFP) June 30, 2017
Ex-bosses stand trial over 2011 Fukushima crisis in Japan
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Russian gas at play in U.S.-Ukrainian diplomacy
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Ukraine appreciates the U.S. efforts to block the expansion of a Russian natural gas pipeline running through the Baltic Sea, the country's president said. Ukrainian President Petro Poreshenko hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the weekend, as U.S. President Donald Trump met with international leaders at a summit in Hamburg for the Group of 20 economies. Poreshen ... more
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Russia committed to oil price stability effort
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Oil spills disrupt entire food webs, new study shows
(UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Oil under pressure from OPEC, U.S. output
Stormy G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate, trade
Hamburg (AFP) July 8, 2017
World leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies. In a departure from final summit declarations that tend to outline consensus on issues that range from fighting terrorism to financial governa ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 3, 2017
Xi raises 'negative factors' in call with Trump
Shanghai (AFP) July 3, 2017
China opens up $10 trillion bond market in liberalisation step
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
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US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
President Donald Trump's administration hit China Tuesday over its rights record, placing the country alongside Sudan and North Korea on a list of the world's worst human trafficking offenders. The State Department downgraded China in its annual "Trafficking in Persons Report," saying Beijing is doing little to combat the phenomenon or protect its victims. It pointed to ethnic Uighurs, ... more
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
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
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria is ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable energy potential in Africa and General Electric aims to ride that momentum, a regional manager said. GE sponsored a conference on renewable energy in the African sector, highlighting Algeria's lead in wind and solar power developments. By 2030, the government aims to install about 22,000 megawatts of renewable power, which would b ... more
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
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
Praying mantises all over the world hunt and eat birds
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Insects and spiders provide praying mantises with most of their sustenance, but mantises have also been observed feeding on amphibians and reptiles, including small frogs, lizards, salamanders and snakes. New research suggests the long-armed insects also hunt and eat birds. And their taste for the mammals isn't geographically isolated, but present across the globe - wherever mantises a ... more
Zalipie, Poland (AFP) June 30, 2017
The legacy of all-year blooms in Poland's painted village
Orono, ME (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
The big ecological roles of small natural features
Hanoi (AFP) July 9, 2017
Three tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam
NATO vows support for Ukraine against Russia's 'aggressive actions'
Kiev (AFP) July 10, 2017
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg pledged support for Ukraine during a visit to Kiev on Monday, as the ex-Soviet republic battles a bloody insurgency by pro-Russian separatists in the east. More than 10,000 people have been killed since a Russian-backed rebellion against the pro-EU government in Kiev erupted in April 2014. Ukraine and the West accuse Moscow of smuggling weapons and troops acro ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 7, 2017
US warplanes fly over disputed South China Sea
Berlin (AFP) July 5, 2017
Trump, world leaders head into stormy G20 summit
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
Indian troop withdrawal 'precondition' for peace: China
Researchers document early, permanent human settlement in Andes
Laramie WY (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Using five different scientific approaches, a team including University of Wyoming researchers has given considerable support to the idea that humans lived year-round in the Andean highlands of South America over 7,000 years ago. Examining human remains and other archaeological evidence from a site at nearly 12,500 feet above sea level in Peru, the scientists show that intrepid hunter-gath ... more
Lawrence KS (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Analysis of Neanderthal teeth grooves uncovers evidence of prehistoric dentistry
Washington (UPI) Jun 29, 2017
Study: Potentially no limit to human lifespan
Pittsburgh PA (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Beyond bananas: 'Mind reading' technology decodes complex thoughts
Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for jihadists
Niamey (AFP) July 6, 2017
An air strike by Niger's army has killed 14 displaced people who were mistaken for jihadists in the restive southeast where Boko Haram Islamists have staged regular attacks, regional officials said Thursday. The victims were farmers who had fled the area around the village of Abadam on the Nigerian border due to the raging insurgency. They were killed in an air strike Wednesday as they retur ... more
Baghdad (AFP) July 9, 2017
Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 8, 2017
Mosul becomes 'graveyard' for foreign jihadists
Washington (AFP) July 5, 2017
US conducts air strikes on Shabaab militants in Somalia
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Ancient fungi could help Canada's future northern forests
Okanagan, Canada (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As Canada's vast boreal and tundra ecosystems experience dramatic warming due to climate change, trees are rapidly spreading north. New research from UBC's Okanagan Campus suggests some of these trees could be getting help from a surprising source: fungi that have lain dormant underground for thousands of years. "The idea that long-dormant, symbiotic fungi could help trees migrate during p ... more
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