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Scientists find superbugs in Delhi drinking water

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KATE KELLAND
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A gene that makes bugs highly resistant to almost all known antibiotics has been found in bacteria in water supplies in New Delhi used by local people for drinking, washing and cooking, scientists said on Thursday.

The NDM 1 gene, which creates what some experts describe as “super superbugs“, has spread to germs that cause cholera and dysentery, and is circulating freely in other bacteria in the Indian city capital of 14 million people, the researchers said. ... Read more about Scientists find superbugs in Delhi drinking water

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CHINA DEVOURING THE UNITED STATES IN CLEAN ENERGY FINANCING

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EBOOM STAFF
CHINA DEVOURING THE UNITED STATES IN CLEAN ENERGY FINANCING
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It is no secret China is currently beating the United States in the race to be the global leader of the new energy economy.  However, with each passing month the gap between the two nations appears to be growing. ... Read more about CHINA DEVOURING THE UNITED STATES IN CLEAN ENERGY FINANCING

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The World of Geographically Referenced Information is Facing a Paradigm Shift

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Erik Kjems
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One of the biggest issues or discussion subject within the whole geographic information domain at the moment is the ever-changing demands for handling information in a better and more efficient way. The domain is expanding in all kinds of directions. What remains is geo-referenced information handled with a computer. We are seeing applications and demonstrators showing off in 3D and the wonderful things one can experience here. We are seeing an ever-growing number of applications that handle online information for example traffic or flight control. ... Read more about The World of Geographically Referenced Information is Facing a Paradigm Shift

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Drought In Amazon Could Lead To Accelerated Global Warming

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A new study reveals a drought last year in the Amazon basin caused the forest to lose significant levels of vegetation, which in turn could accelerate the pace of global warming. ... Read more about Drought In Amazon Could Lead To Accelerated Global Warming

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Food Prices Continue to Rise, Worsening the Food Crisis

Food Prices Continue to Rise, Worsening the Food Crisis
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The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization reported in early March that food prices reached another record high, as the price of basic food staples continued to soar.  The Index indicated that wheat and coffee prices have doubled in the past 12 months, while cocoa jumped 25 percent in just two months.  Dairy prices were also up sharply.  The FAO warned that food prices could continue to rise unless crop conditions improve.  The food crisis, which has contributed to the political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, has raised renewed concerns about global hunger.  John Bongaarts, ... Read more about Food Prices Continue to Rise, Worsening the Food Crisis

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Desalination Without the Ocean -- Tapered flow techniques can dramatically cut the cost of turning brackish water into something drinkable.

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MICHAEL KANELLOS
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Seder Boqer, Israel --- Desalination is increasingly seen as one of the main techniques for extricating the world from a water crisis. Australia, China, and some nations in southern Europe have laid plans to build utility-scale plants. Israel already gets 20 percent of its water from desalination and may move toward getting 100 percent of its fresh water from recycling and desalination in a few decades' time. ... Read more about Desalination Without the Ocean -- Tapered flow techniques can dramatically cut the cost of turning brackish water into something drinkable.

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Multitude of Species Face Climate Threat

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CARL ZIMMER
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Over the past 540 million years, life on Earth has passed through five great mass extinctions. In each of those catastrophes, an estimated 75 percent or more of all species disappeared in a few million years or less.

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A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables

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Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi
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In December leaders from around the world will meet in Copenhagen to try to agree on cutting back greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come. The most effective step to implement that goal would be a massive shift away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources. If leaders can have confidence that such a transformation is possible, they might commit to an historic agreement. We think they can. ... Read more about A Plan to Power 100 Percent of the Planet with Renewables

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India's population hits 1.21 billion

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India's new national census puts the population at about 1.21 billion people, or 17 per cent of the world population, the census commissioner says.

The increase of 181 million over the last decade is near what officials had estimated, C. Chandramauli said Thursday. While it is a 17.6 per cent increase from the 2001 census, population growth is slower than the previous count that showed 21.5 per cent growth. ... Read more about India's population hits 1.21 billion

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