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Curiosity sleeps as solar blast races toward Mars

Curiosity sleeps as solar blast races toward Mars

Curiosity hunkered down Wednesday after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars. While the hardy rover was designed to withstand punishing space weather, its handlers decided to power it down as a precaution since it suffered a recent computer problem. ‘We’re being more careful,’ said project manager Richard Cook of the NASA Jet […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Algae ‘island’ blooms off Western Australia

Algae ‘island’ blooms off Western Australia

An algal bloom the size of the southern Australian island of Tasmania has been stirred up in the wake of tropical cyclone Rusty, an expert said Wednesday. The powerful storm hit Western Australia last week, bringing torrential rains and wild seas to the major iron ore hub in the resource-rich Pilbara. In its wake it […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Indians facing worst drought in decades

Indians facing worst drought in decades

7 March 2013 Millions of people in western India are suffering their worst drought in more than four decades, with critics blaming official ineptitude and corruption for exacerbating the natural water shortage. Central areas of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, are facing a water shortage worse than the severe drought in 1972, […]

March 7, 2013 | By More
Scientists report big jump in heat-trapping CO2

Scientists report big jump in heat-trapping CO2

The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees (1.2 C) as many global leaders have hoped, new federal figures show. Scientists say the rise in CO2 reflects the world’s economy revving up and burning more fossil […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
80% of Indian sewage flows untreated into rivers

80% of Indian sewage flows untreated into rivers

Eighty percent of sewage in India is untreated and flows directly into the nation’s rivers, polluting the main sources of drinking water, a study by an environment watchdog showed Tuesday. Indian cities produce nearly 40,000 million litres of sewage every day and barely 20 percent of it is treated, according to “Excreta Does Matter”, a […]

March 6, 2013 | By More
Warmer climate to open new Arctic shipping routes

Warmer climate to open new Arctic shipping routes

The quickest way to get goods from Asia to the US East Coast in 2050 might well be straight across the Arctic, where a warming climate is expected to open new sea routes through what is now impenetrable ice, a study reported on Monday. Most shipping traffic between these two centres currently goes through the […]

March 5, 2013 | By More
World Bank chief vows more efforts to combat climate change

World Bank chief vows more efforts to combat climate change

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has pledged that the Bank was committed to tackling climate change “more than anything else “What we have to realize is that climate change is not a future threat. It is here with us today,” Kim said at a special event titled “Connect4Climate: Right Here, Right Now” to […]

March 4, 2013 | By More
Scientists spot birth of giant planet

Scientists spot birth of giant planet

Astronomers using a powerful telescope in southern Chile said they have captured the first direct image of a protoplanet forming around another star, still embedded in thick gas and dust. An international team of researchers said the disc of gas and dust surrounding the young star HD 100546, located 335 light years from Earth in […]

March 3, 2013 | By More
83,000 toxic chemicals pose unknown threats

83,000 toxic chemicals pose unknown threats

Some 83,000 synthetic chemicals circulate freely in water, soil, air, wildlife, food and manufactured goods, posing unknown threats to human and environmental health, scientists warn. The warning has been issued by one of most distinguished soil scientists, Ravi Naidu, professor at the University of South Australia and the CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of […]

March 3, 2013 | By More
Megadam Project Galvanizes Native Opposition in Malaysia

Megadam Project Galvanizes Native Opposition in Malaysia

Most villages along the Baram River in Malaysia cannot count on round-the-clock electricity. Diesel generators hum at night near longhouses in the northwestern corner of the island of Borneo. Mobile and Internet coverage are almost nonexistent. A plan to dam the Baram River would generate power far in excess of current demand in the rain […]

March 2, 2013 | By More