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  • Crab walk: Millions migrate on Australia’s Christmas Island

    December 2, 2013 10:15 PM 40

    Crabs crowd the streets on Australia's Christmas Island. (Photo: Di Masters)Watch where you're driving, folks: Australia's Christmas Island annual crab migration can start any time between now and the end of the year. As the rainy season begins, more than 40 million of the adult red crabs begin the 9-kilometer trek (about 5.5 miles) from the middle of the island

  • Salt Lake City will dry as temperatures rise

    December 2, 2013 5:27 PM 49

    It’s just one aspect of the future for just one city among hundreds: researchers have calculated that, for every extra notch on the temperature scale, Salt Lake City in the state of Utah, USA, will face a serious drop in the annual flow of fresh stream and river water to its people. The fall in flow could be anything from 1.8 to 6.5%. The measure of temperature

  • Geoengineering could disrupt monsoons say scientists

    December 2, 2013 12:03 PM 43

    Last updated on 2 December 2013, 12:02 pm Geoengineering – the confident technocrat’s last resort solution to catastrophic climate change – could create damaging conditions of its own, according to new research. Simone Tilmes of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, in the US and an international team of colleagues report

  • Smartphone app to give earthquake warning

    November 30, 2013 3:12 AM 43

    RIO DE JANEIRO - A smartphone app designed to give early warning of earthquakes could be ready as early as next year, according to scientists at the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro. Researchers from the University of California showed off the project this week at a conference on how to use technology to ward off natural disasters. The app is based

  • UK waters grow cooler – and more acid

    November 29, 2013 5:40 AM 42

    Dipping your toes in the waters around Britain has grown marginally less inviting: in the last few years the seas have grown slightly colder. Against the background of a continued warming trend, this blip is explained by scientists as an example of the climate’s tendency sometimes to go “off trend”, and to show clear variations from the norm. UK researchers

  • S.Korea aims to land on moon by 2020

    November 27, 2013 7:40 AM 37

    S.Korea aims to land on moon by 2020 South Korea is looking to put an unmanned space vehicle on the moon by 2020 with its own rocket, the government announced Tuesday. In January, Korea successfully launched a scientific satellite into orbit from its own soil with a locally assembled space rocket, the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, built in cooperation

  • Congo s forest giraffe on brink of extinction

    November 26, 2013 5:39 PM 79

    The Switzerland-based group says the population of the okapi, also known as the "forest giraffe," has dwindled because of poaching and habitat loss. IUCN's Red List of endangered species, updated twice a year, rates it as endangered — two steps away from extinction in the wild. The update published Tuesday also labels the sub-Saharan white-winged flufftail

  • China destroys 500 barbecues to tame Beijing pollution

    November 26, 2013 4:33 PM 82

    Source: Reuters - Tue, 26 Nov 2013 04:32 PM BEIJING, Nov 26 (Reuters) - More than 500 illegal outdoor barbecues, which Chinese state media say cause "serious air pollution", have been destroyed in Beijing as part of an emergency programme to alleviate the city's often hazardous pollution. The raids were part of a three-month operation to supervise the barbecues

  • Russian cargo ship lifts off with holiday goodies for space station

    November 25, 2013 9:58 PM 187

    An unmanned cargo-carrying spacecraft launched on its way toward the International Space Station on Monday for a post-Thanksgiving Day docking with the orbiting lab. The unmanned Russian Progress 53 ship launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:53 p.m. ET, loaded up with tons of food, fuel and other supplies — including some holiday goodies

  • UN envoys endorse first steps toward next pact on global warming / News Briefs / More news / Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times

    November 25, 2013 7:53 PM 200

    WARSAW, Poland — Diplomats from almost 190 nations endorsed a set of measures on global warming, laying the groundwork for a treaty to be adopted in 2015 that would limit pollution by all nations for the first time. The delegates at a United Nations conference called on those who are ready to make pledges on emissions by the first quarter of 2015. They authorized