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September 06, 2017
FLORA AND FAUNA
Tales of murder and suffering in Hong Kong ban debate



Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
A Kenyan park ranger who said his closest friend was shot dead while protecting elephants urged Hong Kong not to compensate the city's ivory traders in an emotive speech to lawmakers on Wednesday. Hong Kong is a major hub for ivory sales and last year announced that it would introduce a total ban on the trade. But authorities later clarified they would only completely abolish the trade by 2021, drawing criticism they were dragging their feet and trailing China, where officials last year pledged ... read more

WEATHER REPORT
Eight killed as lightning strikes goldmine in DR Congo
Bunia, Dr Congo (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
At least eight people have died after a bolt of lightning struck a small-scale goldmine in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said Monday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Mexico, Russia eye energy trade relations
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Structural reforms in the energy sector could lead to greater bilateral trade between Mexico and Russia, Mexico's president said from a regional summit. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Good first half of 2017 for West African explorer FAR Ltd.
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
FAR Ltd., an Australian energy company with a focus offshore West Africa, reported a strong first half, adding it expected positive cash for the next year. ... more
CHIP TECH
In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smell
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 28, 2017
Nigerian neuroscientist Oshiorenoya Agabi may have found a way to solve one of life's puzzling dilemmas: how to make air travel pleasant again. ... more
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INTERNET SPACE
In smartphone age, the hajj is for sharing
Mecca, Saudi Arabia (AFP) Aug 30, 2017
Arm outstretched, Abdul Rahman sweeps his mobile phone across the vista of Mecca, the Great Mosque dazzling in the sun, so his son in Tanzania can experience the pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites. ... more
MARSDAILY
Tributes to wetter times on Mars
Paris (ESA) Jul 14, 2017
A dried-out river valley with numerous tributaries is seen in this recent view of the Red Planet captured by ESA's Mars Express. This section of the Libya Montes region, which sits on the equator a ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Villagers in Niger 'massacre' 27 hippos
Niamey (AFP) July 13, 2017
At least 27 hippos have been slaughtered in a touristy zone in western Niger by villagers who blame them for destroying crops and harming livestock, local authorities said on Thursday. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
One dead as heavy flooding displaces thousands in Nigeria
Lagos (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
At least one person has been killed after heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks in southeast Nigeria, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes, an NGO said Friday. ... more
TRADE WARS
Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
The five BRICS nations hold their annual summit in China on Monday under the shadow of a Sino-Indian border spat and growing questions about the grouping's relevance. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
No change in status for Libyan oil production, OMV says
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
There's been no change in the Libyan production status since conflict sidelined hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil capacity, Austria's OMV said Friday. ... more
UAV NEWS
TED: Phones and drones transforming healthcare
Arusha, Tanzania (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
In the developing world, basic healthcare is often a challenge - let alone expensive medical screening or tests for easily treatable, preventable illnesses. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Nigeria floods displace more than 100,000
Lagos (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
More than 100,000 people have had to flee their homes after heavy rains and flooding in Nigeria's southeastern Benue state, President Muhammadu Buhari said late Thursday. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
'Tsunami-sunk' Roman ruins discovered in Tunisia
Nabeul, Tunisia (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Vast underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off northeast Tunisia, apparently confirming a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD. ... more



prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Orange juice prices jumped in New York on Tuesday as Hurricane Irma's approach cast a shadow over the citrus-producing US state of Florida. Irma has become a "potentially catastrophic" Category Five hurricane, the most ferocious category of storm, the National Hurricane Center said. Its likely path shows it hitting the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and ... more
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong's sweet obsession
Los Angeles (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Getting well-oiled: booze in the age of the robo-barman
Don't be salty - tiny tubes desalinate water one molecule at a time
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Earth is 70 percent water, but only a tiny portion - 0.007 percent - is available to drink. As potable water sources dwindle, global population increases every year. One potential solution to quenching the planet's thirst is through desalinization - the process of removing salt from seawater. While tantalizing, this approach has always been too expensive and energy intensive for large-scal ... more
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Pacific corals in 'worrying' state: researchers
Brisbane, Australia (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
New research delivers hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
A group of ecologists has started creating a periodic table of ecological niches similar to chemistry's periodic table. And just as chemists have used their periodic table as a point of reference to understand relationships among elements, the emerging table for ecologists shows relationships over time among animals, plants and their environments - acting as a critical resource for scientists se ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Australia has hottest winter on record
Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria
Corvallis OR (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period
Moscow gets its first traffic signals powered by renewable energy
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2017
The Russian capital, Moscow, now has its first traffic signals ever to be powered by renewable energy, the nation's Center for Traffic Organization announced. "Traffic lights of the new system have two independent sources of energy: a wind generator and a solar battery," Vadim Yuryev, the head of the Russian Center for Traffic Organization, was quoted by the Tass news agency as saying. ... more
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NREL, Swiss scientists power past solar efficiency records
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Aug 29, 2017
Solar hydrogen production by artificial leaves
Reusable ruthenium-based catalyst could be a game-changer for the biomass industry
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Known for their outstanding versatility, primary amines (derivatives of ammonia) are industrially important compounds used in the preparation of a wide range of dyes, detergents and medicines. Although many attempts have been made to improve their synthesis using catalysts containing nickel, palladium and platinum, for example, few have succeeded in reducing the formation of secondary and ... more
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
Texas chemical plant area declared safe after controlled blaze
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
A fire at a chemical plant in Crosby, Texas has been put out and authorities have lifted an evacuation order after declaring it safe, the company said in a statement Monday. The remaining chemical containers at the Arkema plant were deliberately ignited on Sunday and burned themselves out, it said. "The Crosby Fire Department and unified command has determined it is safe for residents to ... more
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Houston faithful offer hope, help for Harvey amid aid appeal
Chicago (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
'Dreamer' died rescuing Houston flood victims
Houston (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Flooded Texas plant will deliberately ignite remaining chemicals
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Russian ecologists say Nord Stream 2 damages precious refuge
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Russian environmentalists on Tuesday said the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will funnel Russian gas to Europe threatens a coastal Baltic refuge that is home to rare animals and birds. "The Nord Stream 2 project through the Kurgalsky reserve is unacceptable. Construction is impossible without inflicting environmental damage," Mikhail Kreindlin, an ecologist with Greenpeace Russia, told ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
Oil prices bounce back after Harvey downgraded to tropical depression
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Mexico, Russia eye energy trade relations
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Report: Oil fading as an energy source because of electric vehicles
Trump's turn on S.Korea risks alliance: analysts
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Donald Trump is playing into North Korea's hands by turning on the South, accusing it of appeasement, snubbing its leader and threatening to end their trade deal in moves that analysts say risk weakening a decades-long alliance. More than 24 hours after Pyongyang shook the ground and the world with what it said was a hydrogen bomb test, the US president had yet to speak to his South Korean c ... more
Managua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Nicaraguan anti-canal activist says held without charge
Beijing (AFP) July 18, 2017
China's Xi calls for more imports and more 'open economy'
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Common ground in short supply as China hosts BRICS
Huge Australia-bound cocaine haul siezed by French navy
Sydney (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
A massive cocaine haul bound for Australia in the hull of a yacht has been intercepted by the French navy in the Pacific, officials said on Friday. The 1.46 tonnes of the drug with an estimated street value of Aus$322 million (US$256 million) was seized in the South Pacific and four crew members, believed to be Lithuanian and Latvian nationals, arrested. The vessel "Afalina", which set s ... more
Jakarta (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Indonesia to deport 153 Chinese for $450 million scam
Washington (AFP) June 28, 2017
US lists China among worst human trafficking offenders
Bangkok (AFP) June 1, 2017
Golden Triangle narco-gangs churning out new highs, UN warns
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids Tuesday from 25 shortlisted companies to build a 400 megawatt wind power project, as the world's top oil exporter pushes for renewable sources to diversify its energy mix. The plant in northern Al-Jouf province is the first utility-scale wind project as part of the government's reform plan to wean the kingdom off oil, which has set a target of 9.5 gigawatts of renew ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
First foundations set for Baltic Sea wind farm
La Ventosa, Mexico (AFP) Aug 19, 2017
Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 21, 2017
U.S. extends wind energy taproots into Zambia
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Scientists prolong life, slow aging in fruit flies
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Researchers in California are helping fruit flies live longer. A team of biologists at UCLA have developed a way to repair damaged mitochondria in fruit fly cells, thus delaying the aging process. The mitochondria is the engine room of the cell - the powerhouse. They dictate the lifespan of a cell. In humans, older mitochondria malfunction and damaged cells can accumulate and tu ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Romania to kill bears, wolves after rise in attacks
Ticuantepe, Nicaragua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
In Nicaragua, a fight to save endangered tapirs
Russia may reduce US diplomatic personnel by 155: Putin
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened Tuesday to expel up to 155 more US diplomatic personnel from his country as the diplomatic feud between Washington and Moscow rumbled on. "We reserve the right to make a decision on how many American diplomats there are in Moscow. But we will not do that for the moment," Putin told a press conference after a summit of BRICS nations in southern Chi ... more
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Putin wants force sent to 'ensure safety' of Ukraine monitors
Hanoi (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Vietnam slams China over military drills in disputed sea
Xiamen, China (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Putin backs sending force to protect Ukraine monitors
Human settlement in the Americas may have occurred in the late Pleistocene
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Analysis of a skeleton found in the Chan Hol cave near Tulum, Mexico suggests human settlement in the Americas occurred in the late Pleistocene era, according to a study published August 30, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Wolfgang Stinnesbeck from Universitat Heidelberg, Germany, and colleagues. Scientists have long debated about when humans first settled in the Americas. Whil ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Grammatical patterns survive extreme social upheaval
Uppsala, Sweden (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Fossil footprints challenge established theories of human evolution
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Moscow on Monday said it was struggling to confirm if the leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead or alive, a month after reporting his possible demise. The Russian army said in June that it was trying to verify information that its jets killed Baghdadi during a bombing raid near the IS stronghold of Raqa in Syria. But over a month after the announcement Kremlin s ... more
Moscow (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Chechen leader evacuates 8 children and mothers from Iraq
Washington (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Islamic State chief Baghdadi likely still alive: US general
Santiago (AFP) Aug 23, 2017
Chile ex-general jailed at 91 for dictatorship crimes
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
A North Carolina State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative consequences for the plants and animals that live there. Expanding forests suck up CO2 from the atmosphere, but the plants and animals from savannas struggle to cope in the leafier environments. Encroaching forest resulted in major loss ... more
Panama City, Panama (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Panama's native tree species excel in infertile tropical soils
Warsaw (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Greenpeace steps up protest against Polish forest logging
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
Ancient trees reveal relationship between climate change, wildfires
Kongsberg gains Norwegian, South Korean contracts
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Kongsberg Defense Systems will maintain gear boxes on Norway's Sea King helicopters, under a deal with the Norwegian Defense Logistics organization. The framework agreement, which could cost as much as $37.9 million, is in effect until 2020 and has a three-year option. "This framework agreement secures a continued operation of the Norwegian Sea King helicopters until the new AW10 ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Damen lays keel for Mexican naval ship
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Ex-minister questioned as Israel submarine graft probe widens
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
BAE receives $76M contract for Naval Air Warfare Center equipment


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