[Associated Press, May 31, 2011]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Their work in orbit complete, Endeavour's six astronauts on Tuesday checked the systems they need to bring NASA's second-to-last space shuttle flight to a close.
[Reuters, August 18, 2008]
LOS ANGELES - The amino acid glycine, a fundamental building block of proteins, has been found in a comet for the first time, bolstering the theory that raw ingredients of life arrived on Earth from outer space, scientists said on Monday.
[space.com, July 28, 2009]
The recent bruising Jupiter received from a cosmic impact is a violent reminder that our solar system is a shooting gallery that sometimes blasts Earth.
[Associated Press, July 6, 2009]
JERUSALEM – Israeli archaeologists have uncovered an ancient quarry where they believe King Herod extracted stones for the construction of the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Monday. The archaeologists believe the 1,000-square-foot (100-square-meter) quarry was part of a much larger network of quarries used by Herod in the city.
[Associated Press, April 6, 2009]
L'AQUILA, Italy – A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing more than 70 people in the country's deadliest quake in nearly three decades. Tens of thousands were homeless and 1,500 were injured.
[Reuters, March 16, 2009]
BRUSSELS - Europe's farmers must think how to adapt to climate change in coming decades, altering their practices to cut greenhouse gas emissions, make agriculture more resilient and keep land in use, a European Commission paper said.
[Reuters, March 2, 2009]
CANBERRA - Rescuers were trying on Monday to save dozens of pilot whales after almost 200 beached themselves on an island near Australia's southern state of Tasmania, with many already dead.
[Reuters, February 2, 2009]
TOKYO - A volcano near Tokyo erupted on Monday, spewing hot rocks, ash and a plume of smoke up to 2 km (1.2 miles) into the air and covering parts of the Japanese capital in a light dusting of ash.
[AFP, January 25, 2009]
BRUSSELS (AFP) – Eager to take the lead on climate change, the European Union aims to pile pressure on the United States and big emerging countries to sign up to an ambitious strategy to reduce greenhouse gases.
[The Associated Press, January 13, 2009]
LAGOS (AFP) – A global environmental group said Tuesday it has launched a campaign to push the Nigerian authorities to effectively ban gas flaring after the expiry of another government deadline.
[The Associated Press, December 22, 2008]
Many reptiles have no sex chromosomes. Instead, their gender is determined by temperature. In crocodiles, for example, males are hot: eggs incubated in sand above a certain 'pivotal temperature' almost always hatch males. That could spell trouble, because Earth is warming so fast that natural selection may not have time to adjust pivotal temperatures. Female crocodiles may become scarce.
[NCPA.org, December 10, 2008]
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will soon ban the most common light bulbs in the United States. New efficiency standards will require manufacturers to produce incandescent bulbs that use less energy per unit of light produced, starting with 100-watt incandescent bulbs in 2012, down to 40-watt bulbs in 2014.
[Reuters, December 1, 2008]
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Heavy rains and high winds left Venice almost completely flooded on Monday after surrounding sea levels rose to their highest in 22 years.
[Reuters, November 23, 2008]
BUAN, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea is betting a multi-billion dollar land reclamation project about seven times the size of Manhattan will lift the economy but environmentalists say it could be one of the country's biggest ecological blunders.
Reuters, November 10, 2008]
NEW YORK - A rock found mostly in Oman can be harnessed to soak up the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide at a rate that could help slow global warming, scientists say.
[Reuters, October 29, 2008]
NEW YORK- First Solar is entering the U.S. residential market with a five-year deal to supply 100 megawatts of thin-film solar modules to installer SolarCity, the manufacturer said on Wednesday.
First Solar, which produces the lowest-cost solar cells in the industry, will also take a minority stake in SolarCity with a $25 million equity investment in the privately held company, which installs clean-power systems in California, Arizona and Oregon.
[Reuters, October 9, 2008]
NEW YORK - Climate taxes, not cap and trade markets alone, will lead to the vast technological changes the world's energy system needs to fight global warming, a top U.S. economist said on Thursday...
[Reuters, October 7, 2008]
BARCELONA - The Alpine edelweiss flower may hold clues to making better sun creams, while oyster shells could give hints about storing greenhouse gases in an emerging industrial revolution that mimics nature...
[Reuters, September 25, 2008]
WASHINGTON - A pinkish tract of bedrock on the eastern shore of Canada's Hudson Bay contains the oldest known rocks on Earth, formed 4.28 billion years ago, not long after the planet was formed, scientists said...
[Reuters, September 18, 2008]
WASHINGTON - Plants stressed by drought or unseasonable temperatures squirt out an aspirin-like chemical, researchers reported on Thursday in a finding that may some day help farmers watch for trouble.
The chemical, methyl salicylate, may help plants resist the damage and may help them signal danger to one another, the team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado said.
[Reuters, September 20, 2008]
MUMBAI, - India will host the next Live Earth concert to raise funds for lighting homes with solar energy in places where people do not have access to electricity, organisers said.
The December event will see U.S. rocker Jon Bon Jovi and Bollywood's biggest superstar, Amitabh Bachchan share the stage, and is described by organisers as one of the biggest events held in India.
[Reuters, September 12, 2008]
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's vice president said on Friday the government had given up all hope of halting a mud volcano in East Java which has displaced thousands of people, hurt businesses, and destroyed the local environment.
The disastrous mud volcano, which started erupting in May 2006 near Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya, has proved a huge problem for the government..
[Reuters, September 11, 2008]
MADHEPURA, India (Reuters) - Most years, the Kosi river of eastern India is a tranquil stream that flows gently into the Ganges. But every few years it becomes a raging torrent, wreaking disaster on everything in its path.
That's what happened in August when after monsoon rains the Kosi burst its banks and flooded half of Bihar state, wiping out villages and farms and displacing more than 3 million people...
[WorldNetDaily.com, September 1, 2008]
A European court says the idea a new supercollider project could create a 'celestial vacuum' and eventually consume the Earth is worth discussing, but the project can move forward on schedule anyway.
At dispute is what could happen should planned experiments at the supercollider built near Geneva by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, go awry when the massive atomic particle smasher is fired up about this time next week.
[Reuters, August 22, 2008]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A nuclear power plant that lies within commuting distance of New York City is more likely to be shaken by an earthquake than previously thought because it sits atop a newly identified intersection of two active seismic zones, scientists said.
The Indian Point nuclear reactor is within a mile or two
of both a seismic zone running from Stamford, Connecticut, to Peekskill, New York, and the Ramapo seismic line, said the study by seismologists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
[independent.co.uk, May 18, 2008]
Study of 13,000 children exposes link between use of handsets and later behavioural problems
Women who use mobile phones when pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with behavioural problems, according to authoritative research.
[WorldNetDaily.com, May 11, 2008]
May we live long and die out - is the unofficial motto of a movement that seeks to improve the Earth's ecosystem by ensuring that the human species does not survive.
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, or VHEMT, consists of volunteers who have made active life decisions to remain childless for the benefit of the Earth, thereby preventing the extinction of millions of species of plants and animals.
Bliss & Fire opinion:
Can you imagine how the Devil is revealing himself through people.
This what God say: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. - Genesis 1:28 (KJV)
[WorldNetDaily.com Inc., April 4, 2008]
After three years of clandestine development, a Georgia company is now going public with a simple, natural way to convert anything that grows out of the Earth into oil.
J.C. Bell, an agricultural researcher and CEO of Bell Bio-Energy, says he's isolated and modified specific bacteria that will, on a very large scale, naturally change plant material – including the leftovers from food – into hydrocarbons to fuel cars and trucks.
[Reuters, Mar 10, 2008] VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.
[Investor's Business Daily,Feb 08, 2008]Climate Change: Not every scientist is part of Al Gore's mythical "consensus." Scientists worried about a new ice age seek funding to better observe something bigger than your SUV — the sun.
[The Jerusalem Post, Jan 15, 2008]
In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO.