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World’s largest astronomical observatory in remote Atacama desert Chile

World’s largest astronomical observatory in remote Atacama desert Chile

Home to the world’s most powerful telescope, the Atacama Large millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the observatory is the result of a collaboration between Europe, the US, Japan and Chile, according to a press release. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera presided over the launch of the world’s largest astronomical observatory in the remote Atacama Desert of the northern […]

March 14, 2013 | By More
Asian countries affected by water crisis

Asian countries affected by water crisis

The study titled “Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) 2013” was jointly prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia Pacific-Water Forum (APWF). More than 75 percent of Asia-Pacific countries lack water security, with many of them facing an imminent water crisis unless immediate steps are taken to improve the management of water resources, […]

March 13, 2013 | By More
Illegal logging to be curbed, Nations intensifies efforts

Illegal logging to be curbed, Nations intensifies efforts

The 178-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed at a major wildlife conference in Bangkok to restrict cross-border trade in ebony from Madagascar as well as rosewoods from the same island, Southeast Asia and Central America. Governments agreed Tuesday to step up efforts to protect threatened tree species from illegal loggers amid […]

March 13, 2013 | By More
Greenland’s ice is washing; it might aid marine life in a rare positive side-effect of climate change

Greenland’s ice is washing; it might aid marine life in a rare positive side-effect of climate change

A melt of Greenland’s ice is washing large amounts of the nutrient iron into the Atlantic Ocean where it might aid marine life in a rare positive side-effect of climate change, a study showed on Sunday. Greenland’s thaw, which is raising world sea levels, is also adding about 300,000 tonnes of iron a year to […]

March 12, 2013 | By More
Seabed gas, extracts ‘fire ice’ in Japan

Seabed gas, extracts ‘fire ice’ in Japan

In what they are claiming as a world first, a consortium is drilling for the hydrate, a fossil fuel that looks like ice but consists of very densely-packed methane surrounded by water molecules, one kilometre (3,300 feet) below sea level. The solid white substance burns with a pale flame, leaving nothing but water. One cubic […]

March 12, 2013 | By More
Anger over secrecy on environment in China

Anger over secrecy on environment in China

11 March 2013 When China’s environment ministry told attorney Dong Zhengwei he couldn’t have access to two-year old data about soil pollution because it was a ‘state secret’, it added to mounting public outrage over the worsening environment. Microbloggers, state media and even delegates to this week’s session of the National People’s Congress, the largely […]

March 11, 2013 | By More
Why Are Europeans Better at Predicting Weather?

Why Are Europeans Better at Predicting Weather?

The Europeans got it right again. The big snow storm predicted to hit Washington, D.C., yesterday—up to ten inches, American forecasters said—never materialized. It was too warm, as European predictors had expected, for snow to accumulate in the nation’s capital, which mostly saw rain, even as some suburbs got six inches or more of the […]

March 10, 2013 | By More
Two asteroids to pass near Earth

Two asteroids to pass near Earth

Two asteroids, one of them bigger in size than the celestial body that burst over Russia last month, will fly by the Earth on Saturday, though not as close as to threaten collision. The 2013 EC20 was discovered Thursday by the Catalina Sky Survey project, which estimated it size at between 3 and 12 metres. […]

March 9, 2013 | By More
Russia finds ‘new bacteria’ in Antarctic lake

Russia finds ‘new bacteria’ in Antarctic lake

Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May 2012 contained a bacteria which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the genetics laboratory […]

March 8, 2013 | By More
Floating tsunami trash to be a headache

Floating tsunami trash to be a headache

The tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan in March 2011 created the biggest single dumping of rubbish, sweeping some five million tonnes of shattered buildings, cars, household goods and other rubble into the sea. About three-and-a-half million tonnes, according to official Japanese estimates, sank immediately, leaving some 1.5 million tonnes of plastic, timber, fishing nets, shipping […]

March 8, 2013 | By More