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Ignored warnings 'worsened' Myanmar cyclone disaster

9 years ago from SciDev

An inadequate response to early warnings and destruction of mangrove forests worsened the devastation of cyclone Nargis, say experts.

Ocean Carbon Cycle Research Gets Boost From Satellite Data

9 years ago from Science Daily

The Earth's oceans play a vital role in the carbon cycle, making it imperative that we understand marine biological activity enough to predict how our planet will react to the...

Lezza-brand water ice recall is expanded

9 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an expansion of the recall of Lezza-brand blue raspberry Italian ice caused by a labeling error

Feature: Is Western Australia heading for longer summers?

9 years ago from Science Alert

Researchers believe that warmer seas off Western Australia could result in longer summers and milder winters. Peter Terry investigates the quest to predict the future of water temperatures and seasonal...

Opinion: Make a stand for good science

9 years ago from Science Alert

Scientists must work harder at making the public aware of the stark difference between good science and denialist spin, believes Barry Brook.

65-million-year-old asteroid impact triggered a global hail of carbon beads

9 years ago from Science Blog

The asteroid presumed to have wiped out the dinosaurs struck the Earth with such force that carbon deep in the Earth's crust liquefied, rocketed skyward, and formed tiny airborne beads...

17 Elephants Butchered for Ivory in African Park

9 years ago from National Geographic

Poachers from several competing interests killed the rare mammals to cash in on continued demand for illegal ivory, wildlife officials announced. Warning: graphic images.

Dietary Choice Affects Climate More Than Food Miles

9 years ago from Science Blog

Despite the recent popular attention to the distance that food travels from farm to plate, a.k.a. "food miles," Carnegie Mellon researchers Christopher L. Weber and H. Scott Matthews argue in...

Volcano in 1600 caused global disruption

9 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The effects of a massive volcanic eruption in Peru more than 400 years ago might have significantly impacted societies and agriculture world-wide, according to a new study of historic records.

Science Weekly podcast: Lessons to be learned from past climate change; plus pixie dust fingers

9 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Alok Jha and guests discuss the Earth's past climate change; and regrowing fingers using pixie dust

Hungry fungus could unlock better biofuel production

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A fungus responsible for the rapid deterioration of military clothing and canvas tents during the Second World War could significantly improve the production of biofuels, say U.S. scientists.

Poland and ESA sign the Plan for European Cooperating State (PECS)

9 years ago from European Space Agency

On 28 April 2008 Poland reinforced its relations with ESA by signing the Plan for European Cooperating State Charter. This is a direct follow up to the signing of the...

Beetle-ravaged forests prompt campground closures in Rockies

9 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Vacationers will have fewer places to pitch their tents this summer in Colorado and Wyoming, and they can place the blame on bugs. The U.S. Forest Service...

A fish-eye view of a coral reef

9 years ago from LA Times - Science

Submersible cameras offer a close look at the struggling habitats, helping scientists gauge how best to protect them. ...

Earthwatch and HSBC Fight Climate Change--One 'Branch' at a Time

9 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Earthwatch kicks off a five-year global forest research program at the Smithsonian as part of the HSBC Climate Partnership. Over the next four years, hundreds of employees from the world's...

Soil can clean toxic waste

9 years ago from Science Alert

Research has found that microbes naturally present in Australian soil could be the most efficient way to break down contaminants and toxic waste in the environment.

At 107, Livermore lightbulb is still a real live wire

9 years ago from LA Times - Science

The low-watt firehouse bulb has been burning continuously since 1901. It's generated awe and respect, even among the backers of a Texas rival. ...

Feature: Targeting endocrine disruptors in Australia’s waterways

9 years ago from Science Alert

Australia has lagged behind Europe and North America in research and policy on endocrine disrupting chemicals in the country’s waterways. CSIRO has been working with Land Water Australia...

Opinion: The challenge of the 21st century - setting the real bottom line (part 2)

9 years ago from Science Alert

We have fallen into the trap of believing that economic growth forever is possible and necessary, according to David Suzuki.

Map predicts global warming hot spots

9 years ago from Science Alert

A new study has mapped out the vulnerability to climate change in Sydney's coastal regions, a forecast that will help councils accurately plan for the future.

Opinion: Algal farming - a new Agricultural Revolution?

9 years ago from Science Alert

Farming algae could provide a solution to the recent food riots and biofuel debates, says Damir Ibrisimovic.

Opinion: A 10,000 year misunderstanding

9 years ago from Science Alert

The current food crises cannot be solved until we accept that the Earth is well past its carrying capacity, argues Peter Salonius.

Feature: China - the rise of the green city

9 years ago from Science Alert

China’s rapid urbanisation is cause for concern, but remarkable initiatives in cities such as Rizhao, Wuhan and Beijing are leading to a broader endorsement of sustainability principles, write Matthew Levinson...

Opinion: 'You shall not murder'

9 years ago from Science Alert

Each year in Alaska fur bearing animals are killed in a 'glorious hunt' by people like the Mighty Trapper, writes Walt Brasch.

Opinion: Much needed due diligence on climate change

9 years ago from Science Alert

An 'Archimedean' Royal Commission might help us focus on real problems rather than global warming, according to Don Aitkin.

Two Discoveries Add To Giant Earthworm Science In Northwest

9 years ago from Science Daily

Native, possibly giant, earthworm science in the Pacific Northwest is advancing with the discovery of two new specimens from opposite sides of the interior Columbia River basin. University of Idaho...

Golden Wheat 'Greens' Kenya's Drylands

9 years ago from Science Daily

Hot and barren, Kenya's dry lands have long been unfit for agriculture, at best merely a grazing area for wild animals and livestock. Today, the landscape is more picturesque and...

Ross McManus on handling his hay fever

9 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Ross McManus: I assumed it was just a cold and would pass. But I realised I had hay fever and began taking antihistamine tablets