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Carbon Cycling Was Much Smaller During Last Ice Age Than in Today’s Climate

ScienceDaily— A reconstruction of plants’ productivity and the amount of carbon stored in the ocean and terrestrial biosphere at the last ice age is published November 20 in Nature Geoscience. The research by an international team of scientists greatly increases our understanding of natural carbon cycle dynamics. Read article

Center-right roars to victory in Spain election

Reuters – Spain’s center-right opposition stormed to a crushing election victory Sunday as voters punished the outgoing Socialist government for the worst economic crisis in generations. Read article

What price the new democracy? Goldman Sachs conquers Europe

Independant – by putting a senior adviser at Goldman Sachs in charge of a Western nation, it has taken to new heights the political power of an investment bank that you might have thought was prohibitively politically toxic. This is the most remarkable thing of all: a giant leap forward for, or perhaps even the successful culmination of, the Goldman Sachs Project. Read article

Report: Russia warships to enter Syria waters in bid to stem foreign intervention

Haaretz – Russian warships are due to arrive at Syrian territorial waters, a Syrian news agency said on Thursday, indicating that the move represented a clear message to the West that Moscow would resist any foreign intervention in the country’s civil unrest. Also on Friday, a Syrian official said Damascus has agreed “in principle” to allow an Arab League observer mission into the country. Read Article

Chevron takes full responsibility for Brazil oil spill

BBC – US oil company Chevron says it accepts full responsibility for an oil spill off the coast of Brazil.  Chevron said it had underestimated the pressure of underwater oil deposits while drilling, causing oil to rush up the bore hole and seep into the surrounding seabed. Read article

‘Earliest’ evidence of human violence

BBC – A healed fracture discovered on an ancient skull from China may be the oldest documented evidence of violence between humans, a study has shown. The individual, who lived 150,000-200,000 years ago, suffered blunt force trauma to the right temple – possibly from being hit with a projectile. But the ancient hunter-gatherer – whose sex is unclear – survived to tell the tale: the injury was completely healed by the time of the person’s death. Read Article

El Hierro volcano (Canary Islands, Spain): intense volcanic tremor and speculations about possible new vents

Volcano Discovery – The volcanic tremor measured at El Hierro remains at very high levels and in sharp contrast to visible activity, feeding speculations and fear about new volcanic vents opening up somewhere on or near the island. Some fear such a new vent could be located in the El Golfo Bay, near Frontera, since most of the (deep) earthquakes in recent days are concentrated beneath the northern sector of the island. However, so far, these earthquakes are very deep (ca. 20 km) and do not point towards an immediate eruption in this area, rather are intrusions of dykes in the upper mantle beneath the island. Read article

Six arrests at Occupy Melbourne protest

Sky News – Another six people have been arrested in connection with on-going Occupy Melbourne protests in a city park. Protesters say they are furious at the operation, which saw dozens of officers enter Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens late last night to back council officers remove several tarpaulins. Read Article

Oceana: Atlantic sharks threatened by over fishing

Dawn – ANKARA: Half of the 48 countries that fish the Atlantic did not report any shark catches in 2009, a sign that they are failing to adequately assess the impact of fisheries on threatened shark species, an environmental advocacy group said Tuesday. Read article

Egypt protests: Death toll up in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

BBC – Thousands of Egyptian protesters remain in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after two days of clashes in which at least 13 people were killed and hundreds injured. On Sunday, police and troops made a violent attempt to evict the demonstrators, firing tear gas and beating them with truncheons. However, the protesters returned less than an hour later, chanting slogans against Egypt’s military rulers. Read Article

Shocking video as police pepper spray UC Davis students staging passive sitdown protest

Daily Mail – A shocking videotape of police forcefully pepper spraying a group of students staging a sit down protest has emerged. Footage of the tense standoff between police and Occupy demonstrators at the University of California, Davis, shows an officer using pepper spray on a group of protesters who appear to be sitting passively on the ground with their arms interlocked. Read Article

No Bone Benefit From Whole-Body Vibration

Medscape — Whole-body vibration (WBV) therapy shows no benefit to bone density and structure in postmenopausal women receiving calcium and vitamin D supplementation, according to a study published in the November 15 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read article

Several hundred Occupy Denver protesters march downtown

DenverPost – The diverse group gathered peacefully, some adorned in costumes and others carrying new or refurbished signs.
One man pushed a little girl in a stroller, with a sign attached to the back that read, “Please don’t pepper spray me.”
After maneuvering their way through downtown, protesters assembled in front of the west steps of the State Capitol. Read article

Occupy protesters march through Oakland


ABC – A few hundred people marched through downtown Oakland on Saturday, stopping at banks along the route to protest. Their final destination: Lakeview Elementary School for a “Save Our Schools” rally. Read article

Britain’s Hague to meet Syrian rebels Monday: ministry

AFP – British Foreign Secretary William Hague is to hold talks with Syrian rebel leaders in London on Monday, a Foreign Office spokeswoman told AFP. The leading opposition figures would also hold talks with senior officials from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Downing Street office, another government ministry source said. “The foreign secretary is meeting with the Syrian opposition,” said the Foreign Office spokeswoman. Hague would meet representatives from the Syrian National Council and the National Co-ordination Committee for Democratic Change following months of behind-the-scenes contacts, she added. Read Article

Assad says Syria will not bow down to ‘pressure’

BBC – Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has said his country will not bow down to “pressure” and predicted its bloody conflict would continue. Speaking to the UK’s Sunday Times, he said the unity and stability of Syria were at stake. An Arab League deadline for Syria to end its crackdown passed overnight with no sign of violence abating. There are reports of a grenade attack on a building of the ruling party in the capital Damascus. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Crimes Against Humanity (968 articles)

It is one of our duties at OYEN to inform you of offenses that are happening around our world that constitute a serious attack on human dignity. These are not necessarily isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a de-facto authority. A look at our Crimes Against Humanity archive shows the stories of today. Murder, extermination, torture, rape, persecution and other inhumane acts. Keep up to date with a look at our 968 articles on the topic CLICK HERE

Climate Fact Of The Day – Rising Air Pollution Worsens Drought, Flooding

University of Maryland – Increases in air pollution and other particulate matter in the atmosphere can strongly affect cloud development in ways that reduce precipitation in dry regions or seasons, while increasing rain, snowfall and the intensity of severe storms in wet regions or seasons, says a new study by a University of Maryland-led team of researchers.

The research provides the first clear evidence of how aerosols — soot, dust and other small particles in the atmosphere — can affect weather and climate; and the findings have important implications for the availability, management and use of water resources in regions across the United States and around the world, say the researchers and other scientists. Read Article

UK: New questions raised over Duggan shooting

Guardian – The investigation into the death of Mark Duggan has found no forensic evidence that he was carrying a gun when he was shot dead by police on 4 August, the Guardian has learned. A gun collected by Duggan earlier in the day was recovered 10 to 14 feet away, on the other side of a low fence from his body. He was killed outside the vehicle he was travelling in, after a police marksman fired twice. Read Article

Future cancers from Fukushima plant may be hidden

AP — Even if the worst nuclear accident in 25 years leads to many people developing cancer, we may never find out. Looking back on those early days of radiation horror, that may sound implausible. But the ordinary rate of cancer is so high, and our understanding of the effects of radiation exposure so limited, that any increase in cases from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster may be undetectable. Read article

Ex-Soviet states take first step to ‘Eurasian Union’

AFP – Three ex-Soviet states were Friday to agree the first steps towards creating a Eurasian economic union, a project backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to bind closer the former USSR. Read article

Wave Of Suicides Among Indian Farmers

Yahoo News – The record suicide rate among farmers in India continues to rise and is threatening the country’s stability and future development, according to campaigners. They are blaming the government’s policies for the agrarian crisis and are demanding it takes urgent action. Read Article

Death toll from Thailand’s floods tops 600

Independent – The death toll from Thailand’s worst flooding in more than half a century has passed 600. The floods began in late July, fed by heavy monsoon rains and a series of tropical storms. The floodwaters swamped entire towns as they moved south through the country’s central heartland to Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand. More than two-thirds of the country’s 77 provinces have been affected. Read Article

England ‘is world’s sixth most crowded country: High rate of immigration blame for population surge

Mail.com – U.S. births dropped for the third straight year — especially for young mothers — and experts think money worries are the reason. A federal report released Thursday showed declines in the birth rate for all races and most age groups. Teens and women in their early 20s had the most dramatic dip, to the lowest rates since record-keeping began in the 1940s. Also, the rate of cesarean sections stopped going up for the first time since 1996. Read Article

Shanghai Gold Exchange raises margin requirements

Gold Money – This morning the Shanghai Gold Exchange announced that it is raising the margin requirements for local silver contracts from 15 to 18%. China’s largest exchange for precious metals such as gold and silver based this decision on the increased volatility in the precious metal sector. According to Reuters, these new margin requirements will take effect next Monday. During this year, the CME Group, owners of the New York commodities exchange Comex, repeatedly introduced higher margin requirements for silver contracts at the futures and option markets. Read Article