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July 12, 2017
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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 be about eight times the level of natural gas consumption by today's standards. Touffik Fredj, the regio ... read 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
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
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 b ... more
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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
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
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
THE STANS
Egypt arrests dozens of Chinese Uighur students: HRW
New York (AFP) July 6, 2017
Egyptian authorities have arrested "dozens" of students from China's Uighur Muslim ethnic minority "apparently to deport them" following a request from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said. ... more


US conducts air strikes on Shabaab militants in Somalia

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
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



Study offers new approach to evaluating agricultural development programs
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
As the old saying goes, teaching someone to fish is far more helpful than just giving them a fish. Now, research from WorldFish and MIT takes that adage a step further: Better yet, the study found, is working with the fishermen to help develop better fishing methods. Involving local people in figuring out how to improve their farming and fishing methods provides more lasting and widespread ... more
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Warmer Arctic harms crops in US, Canada: study
Colombo, Sri Lanka (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Global use of wastewater to irrigate agriculture at least 50 percent greater than thought
Madrid (AFP) July 6, 2017
Spain hit by deadly bacteria threatening olive trees
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
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Strengthening of West African Monsoon during Green Sahara period may have affected ENSO
Columbus OH (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists make 'squarest' ice crystals ever
Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'
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
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jul 12, 2017
Scientists upgrade database tracking global temperatures across millennia
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Two significant warming intervals in southern China since 1850
Hamburg (AFP) July 6, 2017
US isolated over climate: G20 host Merkel
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
Atlanta GA (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Meniscus-assisted technique produces high efficiency perovskite PV films
Sydney (AFP) July 7, 2017
Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia
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
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Jul 10, 2017
Cutting the cost of ethanol, other biofuels and gasoline
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
A whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
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
DSI 4th Space Resiliency Summit November 28-29, 2017 Alexandria, VA
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
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Oil spills disrupt entire food webs, new study shows
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Norway's DNO financed for drilling in Kurdish region of Iraq
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
OPEC supply concerns drag oil prices lower
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
Hong Kong (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's COSCO in multi-billion buyout of Hong Kong rival
Brussels (AFP) July 6, 2017
Japan, EU seal landmark trade deal in challenge to Trump
Shanghai (AFP) July 10, 2017
China's Wanda agrees to mammoth asset sale to slash debt
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
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Owls' wings could hold the key to beating wind turbine noise A new study has revealed how inspiration from owls' wings could allow aircraft and wind turbines to become quieter. Researchers from Japan and China studied the serrations in the leading edge of owls' wings, gaining new insight into how they work to make the birds' flight silent. Their results, published in the journa ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Algeria seen as African leader for renewable energy
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
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The big ecological roles of small natural features
Orono, ME (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ecologists and conservationists have long recognized that keystone species have major ecological importance disproportionate to their abundance or size. Think beavers, sea stars and prairie dogs - species that keep a ecosystem balanced. Similarly across landscapes, the keystone concept of disproportionate importance extends to other ecological elements, such as salt marshes in estuaries. ... more
Hanoi (AFP) July 9, 2017
Three tonnes of ivory seized in Vietnam
Mexico City (AFP) July 7, 2017
Birth of wolf cubs in Mexico raises hopes for endangered species
Washington (UPI) Jul 10, 2017
Sea spiders use guts, not heart, to move oxygen
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
Hamburg (AFP) July 7, 2017
Trump, Putin hold first meeting at protest-marred G20 summit
New Delhi (AFP) July 10, 2017
India holds naval exercises with US, Japan
DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa
Jena, Germany (SPX) Jul 07, 2017
Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the femur of an archaic European hominin is helping to resolve the complicated relationship between modern humans and Neanderthals. The genetic data recovered by the research team, led by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Tubingen, provides a timeline for a proposed hominin migration out of Africa that o ... more
Laramie WY (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Researchers document early, permanent human settlement in Andes
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
Baghdadi 'The Ghost': world jihad's low-profile boss
Baghdad (AFP) July 9, 2017
Discreet in his youth and invisible as the world's most wanted man, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi rose through the ranks quietly and patiently to become global jihad's undisputed supremo. The reclusive jihadist chief made his only known public appearance as "caliph" at Friday prayers at the Grand Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, where on Sunday Iraq declared victory over Baghdadi's Islamic State group af ... more
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) July 8, 2017
Mosul becomes 'graveyard' for foreign jihadists
Niamey (AFP) July 6, 2017
Niger air strike kills 14 civilians mistaken for 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
Kraków, Poland (AFP) July 5, 2017
UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest
Krakow, Poland (AFP) July 4, 2017
Green activists, rangers face off over Poland's ancient forest
Missoula MT (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Slow-growing ponderosas survive mountain pine beetle outbreaks
Navy christens littoral combat ship USS Billings
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
The Navy has christened its latest Freedom-class littoral combat ship the USS Billings at a ceremony Saturday in Marinette, Wis. Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin gave the primary address and Sharla Tester, wife of ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Jon Tester, served as ships sponsor, breaking the ceremonial bottle of champagne across the ship's bow. "The christe ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 5, 2017
Future Navy LPD USS Portland completes Builder's Trials
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2017
Northrop Grumman to make torpedo Transducer arrays for Navy
Washington (UPI) Jul 6, 2017
USS Gabrielle Giffords completes maiden voyage


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