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September 07, 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

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
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
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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
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
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
DISASTER MANAGEMENT
Anxious Houston storm victims come home, dig out
Houston (AFP) Sept 2, 2017
Maline Johnney knew it was going to be bad when she returned to her Houston home after Hurricane Harvey. But she was unprepared for the mess - and the stench - when she opened the door. ... more
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


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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
OIL AND GAS
Libya's economic recovery hurt by attacks on oil centers
Washington (UPI) Aug 31, 2017
With a loss from missing oil revenue, the closure of Libyan oil fields by militants is thwarting economic progress in the country, an oil director said. ... more
AFRICA NEWS
DRCongo troops chasing reporter 'force entry' at UN base
Kinshasa (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
The UN said Tuesday that soldiers "forced entry" into its base in the volatile Kasai region of DR Congo aiming to arrest a journalist critical of President Joseph Kabila. ... more



Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
According to the head of the works Tatiana Volova, Professor of SibFU and the Head of Laboratory in the Institute of Biophysics KSC of SB RAS, development of a new generation of drugs with the use of bio-decomposable materials which decompose under the influence of the microflora to innocuous products and provide a gradual release of the active principle into the soil, is the newest area of rese ... more
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
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
More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals
London, UK (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
A new study of the marine invertebrates living in the seas around Antarctica reveals there will be more 'losers' than 'winners' over the next century as the Antarctic seafloor warms. The results are published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week (Monday 4 September). A team at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) examined the potential distribution of over 900 species of shelf-dwelling ... 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
Italy's drought seen from space
Paris (ESA) Sep 07, 2017
Despite the welcome showers at the weekend, abnormally low soil-moisture conditions persist in central Italy. Scientists are using satellite data to monitor the drought that has gripped the country. Wildfires, water scarcity and billions of euros worth of damage to agriculture are just some of the effects of this summer's drought in Italy - not to mention the relentless heat. News of potential w ... more
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Periodic table of ecological niches could aid in predicting effects of climate change
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
New records for the solar cell of tomorrow
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), CSEM and EPFL have taken an important symbolic step forward. Working together, they were able to demonstrate the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells: they raised the one-sun record conversion efficiency of III-V/Si solar cells to 32.8% for two junctions and 35.9% for three junctions. These ac ... more
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NREL, Swiss scientists power past solar efficiency records
Stanford CA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design from Stanford
Gandhinagar, India (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Air pollution throws shade on India's solar success
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
Ames IA (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals introduces idea for new molecules,
Lincoln NE (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Technique could aid mass production of biodegradable plastic
Champaign IL (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
Researchers identify cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst
US House of Representatives approves Harvey emergency relief
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
The US House of Representatives Wednesday approved in a nearly unanimous vote $7.85-billion in emergency aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey, a rare show of unity by the bitterly divided chamber. Lawmakers in the lower house of Congress voted 419-3 in favor of releasing the funds, which will mostly go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The House also approved $450 millio ... more
Chicago (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
'Dreamer' died rescuing Houston flood victims
Miami (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Shelves stripped bare as Irma barrels towards Miami
Houston (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Texas chemical plant area declared safe after controlled blaze
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Study quantifies potential for water reuse in permian basin oil production
Austin TX (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Hydraulic fracturing has once again made the Permian Basin that stretches across western Texas and New Mexico one of the richest oil fields in the world. But the improved reserves come with some serious water management issues. Drilling for oil uses water upfront, and brings up large volumes of water that needs to be managed. New research led by The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Shell opens its first retail gas station in Mexico
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Energy sector recovery slow post-Harvey
Saint Petersburg (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Russian ecologists say Nord Stream 2 damages precious refuge
Goldman Sachs halts advising work on HNA unit: source
New York (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Goldman Sachs suspended work for an affiliate of Chinese conglomerate HNA that has been under increased scrutiny by the Chinese government, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The US investment bank had been enlisted in August to manage a stock offering of HNA outsourcing business Pactera. But Goldman Sachs concluded the financial structure of the Pactera business was too o ... more
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Trump's turn on S.Korea risks alliance: analysts
Managua (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Nicaraguan anti-canal activist says held without charge
Managua (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Nicaragua renews environmental permit for Chinese canal project
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
Texas makes wind energy strides
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Two wind farms in Texas will become the second- and third-largest facilities with extra storage capacity installed so far, a German power company said. German energy company E.ON said it started construction on a 20 megawatt storage facility to service its Inadale and Pyron wind facilities in the west of Texas. "With both the industrial-scale 10 MW plants, E.ON is expanding its r ... more
Riyadh (AFP) Aug 29, 2017
Saudi Arabia shortlists 25 bidders for major wind plant
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
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Invasive plants change ecosystems from the bottom up
Kingston RI (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a common garden at the University of Rhode Island, Laura Meyerson has been growing specimens of Phragmites - also known as the common reed - that she has collected from around the world. And while they are all the same species, each plant lineage exhibits unique traits. Now Meyerson, a professor of natural resources sciences, and Northeastern University Professor Jennifer Bowen have rev ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Scientists prolong life, slow aging in fruit flies
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Dogs help conservationists track, protect endangered jaguars, pumas in Argentina
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Tasmanian DNA to aid bandicoot reboot in Victoria
Russia-linked Facebook accounts stoked US divisions
San Francisco (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Facebook said Wednesday an internal review showed that hundreds of Russia-linked fake accounts were used to buy ads aimed at inflaming political tensions ahead of and following the 2016 US presidential election. The review triggered by concerns about organized efforts to deceptively use the leading social network to influence US politics uncovered accounts that may have been part of an orche ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
India's army chief says China 'testing limits' after stand-off
Beijing (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
China holds military drill as North Korea tensions rise
Tapa, Estonia (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
NATO on guard ahead of major Russian war games
Large-scale study of genetic data shows humans still evolving
New York NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
In a study analyzing the genomes of 210,000 people in the United States and Britain, researchers at Columbia University find that the genetic variants linked to Alzheimer's disease and heavy smoking are less frequent in people with longer lifespans, suggesting that natural selection is weeding out these unfavorable variants in both populations. Researchers further find that sets of genetic ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Groups are more likely to lie than individuals, new study shows
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Human settlement in the Americas may have occurred in the late Pleistocene
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Humans are still evolving, study suggests
Israel hits Syria site reportedly used for chemical weapons
Damascus (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Syria said Israeli air strikes hit a military facility in the country's west on Thursday, killing two people at a site where the regime has been accused of developing chemical weapons. The site near the Syrian town of Masyaf, between the central city of Hama and a port used by the Russian navy, includes a training camp and a branch of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC). Th ... more
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
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
Daily Newsletters - Space - Military - Environment - Energy
Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change
Ithaca NY (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pasture, especially in tropical regions, contribute more to climate change than previously thought. The new paper, "Are the Impacts of Land Us ... more
Raleigh NC (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Expanding tropical forest spells disaster for conservation
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
Ex-minister questioned as Israel submarine graft probe widens
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
Israeli police questioned a former minister and a political advisor Monday as a probe widened over suspected corruption in the purchase of submarines for Israel's navy from Germany's ThyssenKrupp. The remand of Eliezer Sandberg, who was science minister in 2003 and served as infrastructure minister in 2004, was extended till Wednesday after questioning, police said. Rami Tayeb, an adviso ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2017
NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Kongsberg gains Norwegian, South Korean contracts
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2017
Damen lays keel for Mexican naval ship


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