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September 13, 2007
SHAKE AND BLOW
+ Massive quake hits Indonesia
Jakarta (AFP) Sept 12, 2007 - A massive 8.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, toppling buildings and triggering a tsunami alert across the Indian Ocean region. There was no immediate word on the full extent of casualties and damage, but at least two people were reported killed and dozens injured in the quake, which split open buildings 300 kilometres (185 miles) ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
+ Indonesia raises alert status on Java volcano
Jakarta (AFP) Sept 12, 2007 - Scientists in Indonesia on Wednesday advised people to maintain a five-kilometre (three-mile) safety zone around a volcano that has become more active in densely-populated East Java. The alert status on Mount Kelud, considered one of the most dangerous on Java, was raised late Tuesday to "beware", the second of a four-level warning system, the vulcanology office said on its website. ... more
+ Air pollution causes bigger, more destructive hail
Trieste, Italy (AFP) Sept 12, 2007 - Air pollution hugely increases the size of hail, and thus the amount of damage it can cause to crops and property, according to a study presented Wednesday at the European Conference on Severe Storms. The interaction of man-made particles with airborne ice could also interfere with the way heat is distributed in the earth's atmosphere, with possible consequences for climate change, one of ... more
+ Ozone hole reappears over Antarctic: WMO
Geneva (AFP) Sept 12, 2007 - The hole in the protective ozone layer over the Antarctic is forming again but should remain just below the record size it reached last year, a scientist at the UN's weather agency said Wednesday. The gap in the ozone in the upper atmosphere, at altitudes of up to 25 kilometres (15 miles), has reached a size of about 23 million square kilometres (8.9 million square miles), said World ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
+ Auto Immune Response Creates Barrier To Fertility; Could Be A Step In Speciation
Chapel Hill NC (SPX) Sep 13, 2007 - Plant biologists at the Max Planck Institute of Developmental Biology and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered that an autoimmune response, triggered by a small number of genes, can be a barrier to producing a viable offspring. Studying Arabidopsis thaliana, sometimes called thale cress, the researchers identified a phenotype that, when paired together from a male and ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA:
'Global extinction crisis' predicted by conservation group
Slash global meat consumption to tackle climate change: Lancet paper
Walker's World: Dangerous times
Refugia Of The Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest Could Be The Basis For Its Regeneration
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+ Greener cars - a brief guide to the new terms
Frankfurt (AFP) Sept 12, 2007 - The Frankfurt motor show this week is showcasing environmentally-friendly cars. Along with the new models comes a fleet of terms for the new, greener technology. Here are the main ones: BLUEMOTION: Volkswagen's name for the fuel-saving versions of its Polo, Passat and Golf models. The savings are made thanks to narrower tyres and lighter bodywork. BLUETEC: Mercedes uses Bluetec to ... more
+ Analysis: Venezuela, China boost oil ties
Miami (UPI) Sep 12, 2007 - Venezuelan and Chinese state petroleum companies said they will spend more than $10 billion to develop the oil-rich Faja del Orinoco region, part of a continuing effort by Caracas to bolster ties between the two countries. Energy and Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said the project will produce up to 1 million barrels per day at full capacity. Speaking at an OPEC meeting in Vienna ... more
+ EU automakers reject 2012 deadline for CO2 cuts
Frankfurt (AFP) Sept 12, 2007 - European automakers demanded more time on Wednesday to meet mooted CO2 emissions targets but stressed they were on board and working hard to produce cleaner cars. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association agreed with a European Commission plan to cut CO2 emmissions to 120 grams per kilometre, but by 2015 at the earliest, ACEA president Sergio Marchionne told reporters at the ... more
+ Iranian FM, Russian nuclear chief hold talks on Bushehr
Moscow (AFP) Sept 12, 2007 - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Russia's nuclear chief, Sergei Kiriyenko, held talks in Moscow on Wednesday as the Islamic republic tried to salvage the stalled construction of its first atomic power station. Mottaki, who arrived in Moscow late Tuesday, met with Kiriyenko, the head of the state nuclear agency Rosatom, and Sergei Shmatko, chief of Russia's Atomstroiexport ... more
+ KC-30 Tanker's General Electric Power Plant Completes One Million Takeoff And Landing Cycles
Melbourne FL (SPX) Sep 13, 2007 - The General Electric CF6-80E1 engine destined for Northrop Grumman's KC-30 Tanker recently completed one million takeoff and landing cycles, illustrating the engine's reliability on the A330 aircraft. The CF6-80E1 engine, produced by GE Aviation, was designed specifically for the Airbus A330-200 and -300 platforms and powers more than 140 aircraft in operation today with 18 operators worldwide. ... more
Many roads lead to cleaner cars, GM and Toyota say
NCAR Teams With United Airlines To Pinpoint Turbulence In Clouds: Research Can Help Reduce Delays, Injuries, Costs
North Korea gives experts full access to nuclear facilities: US
UN nuclear watchdog reviewing Iran file
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