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Honey bees under threat from emerging fly parasite

Western Farm Press – Honey bees can become the unwitting hosts of a fly parasite that causes them to abandon their hives and die after a bout of disoriented, “zombie-like” behavior, San Francisco State University researchers have found. The phenomenon, first observed on the SF State campus, may help scientists learn more about colony collapse disorder (CCD). This mysterious ailment has drastically increased honey bee colony losses across the United States since its discovery in 2006. Read article

Rallies held in America against Iran war

PressTV – The demonstrators censured any possible military action against Iran, saying that any such measure could result in dire consequences including escalated war in the Middle East and Northern Africa. The activists also demanded an end to sanctions against Tehran, referring to the embargoes as a war against the Iranian people. In Washington DC, dozens of protesters amassed in front of the White House, chanting “NO sanctions, No war” and “Iran is a sovereign state.” Read article

Related article: US media hype over Iran mirrors false claims on Iraq

Russian Strategic Subs to Resume Routine World Patrols

Ria Novosti – Russian strategic nuclear submarines will resume routine extended patrols in international waters around the world in June 2012, Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said. “On June 1 or a bit later we will resume constant patrolling of the world’s oceans by strategic nuclear submarines,” Vysotsky said at a meeting with naval personnel on Friday. The annual number of extended patrols performed by Russian strategic nuclear submarines and nuclear-powered attack submarines has dropped from more than 230 in 1984 to less than 10 today. Read Article

BASF stops GM crop development in Europe

Deutsche Welle – German chemical giant BASF is ceasing all its genetically modified plant development in Europe and moving it to the US. The relocation is a result of widespread political and popular opposition to GM foods in Europe. The headquarters of BASF’s plant sciences division will move from Limburgerhof in southwestern Germany to Raleigh, North Carolina in the US. Two smaller sites in Germany and Sweden will also close. View video

USA: Coroner Releases Details In Teen’s Taser Death

Cincinnati News – Authorities have released details on the death of a high school student at the University of Cincinnati that prompted an investigation by News 5. Everette Howard, 18, was stunned by a Taser gun deployed by officers at the University of Cincinnati six months ago. “One thing that runs through my mind often is if he didn’t get Tased, he wouldn’t be dead,” mentor Ekundayo Igeleke said. Read Article

Experts want suicide risk warning on ADHD drug

Reuters – Children who take a common drug for attention deficit disorder should be warned about the risk of suicidal thoughts, U.S. pediatric health advisers said on Monday. Several members of an advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration asked the agency to change the label for Focalin, an attention deficit medicine made by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, to reflect this risk. The drug is approved for children aged 6 or older. The FDA often follows the advice of its committees, although it is not required to. Read article

Russians stage rival protests over Putin

Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Russians defied bitter cold in Moscow on Saturday to demand fair elections in a march against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule, while supporters of the prime minister staged a rival rally drawing comparable numbers. Read article

NATO allies eye China in Afghan security cash crunch

Globe and Mail – NATO allies are debating how big an Afghan military they can afford, paring down targets, and looking to countries like China to pony up some of the cash, Defence Minister Peter MacKay says. The Canadian Forces are now playing a sizable role in efforts to train an expanded Afghan army, with 950 trainers posted in Kabul and some other centres until 2014. Read Article

Western Australian Corals Resilient to Global Warming

ABC – A study of long-lived porites coral in waters off the WA coast has found no effect from global warming, although the same species is being decimated in the warmer waters of the Great Barrier Reef. View video

Trade Gap in U.S. Probably Widened as Imports Increased More Than Exports

Bloomberg – The trade deficit in the U.S. probably widened in December to a six-month high as imports climbed faster than exports, economists said a report this week will show. The gap grew to $48.5 billion from the $47.8 billion shortfall in November, according to the median of 61 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey ahead of Commerce Department figures on Feb. 10. Consumer sentiment held close to a one-year high and firings were little changed, other reports may show. Read Article

Daily News Archive In Focus – Climate (1,892 articles)

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Climate Fact Of The Day – UAH global temperature anomaly goes negative

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The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly for January, 2012 took a precipitous plunge, not totally unexpected for a La Nina January

‘Separate laws for acid attacks needed’

Times of India – The brutal acid attack on 22-year-old Aarti Thakur has reignited the debate over whether acid-throwing offences merit more stringent provisions in the law given the brutality and premeditated nature of the crime. The Law Commission had, way back in 2008, recommended to the Supreme Court that a new provision be added to the Indian Penal Code to specifically tackle acid attacks. Read Article

Think you can’t get pregnant? Try again, study says

Reuters – Almost half of women who said they’d been struggling to get pregnant for at least a year ended up having a baby despite not getting fertility treatment, in a new study from Australia. That success rate was only slightly lower than in women who also reported trouble conceiving and opted for treatment with fertility hormones or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Read article

U.N. leaders consider world tax to fund social protection, services

DeseretNews – “No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.” These services were presented at the forum as basic human rights equal to the rights of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The money to fund these services may come from a new world tax. Read article

UK: Navy ‘sends submarine to Falklands’

Indpendent – The Royal Navy is sending a nuclear submarine to the Falkland Islands amid heightened tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands, it was reported today. The Trafalgar class vessel, thought to be either HMS Tireless or HMS Turbulent, is believed to be being deployed to protect the islands from Argentine military action. Read Article

Assad forces continue deadly assault on Homs

Guardian – Syrian forces persisted with one of the deadliest attacks of the 11-month uprising on Sunday, pounding parts of Homs even as residents combed through rubble looking for victims of a sustained barrage over the weekend that killed dozens, if not scores of people. Homs residents said the flashpoint area of Bab al-Amr was under sustained attack throughout the afternoon, with up to six people killed. There was also a renewed bombardment of the nearby neighbourhood of Khalidiyeh, centre on Friday night of one of the most violent assaults thus far by Bashar al-Assad’s forces. ” target=”_blank”>Read Article

Surveillance drone crashes in Somali capital

Fox – Witnesses say a surveillance drone has crashed into a refugee camp in the Somali capital. Drones have been used by the U.S. to attack or observe Al Qaeda-linked militants in the Horn of Africa nation. Refugees and soldiers in Mogadishu’s Badbado camp say they watched the drone crash Friday into a hut made of sticks, corrugated cans and plastic bags. Read Article

Jellyfish “Blooms” Not Caused By Global Warming And Overfishing Of Competitors, Study Suggests

Huffington Post – They’ve shut down power stations and terrorized beachgoers. But does a surge in stories about jellyfish wreaking havoc really point to a man-made surge in the creatures themselves? A new study in BioScience says it doesn’t. The study, by Robert H. Condon of Dauphin Island Sea Lab and 16 co-authors, denies the media’s now standard contention that jellyfish population booms (called blooms) are caused by humans. According to a BioScience statement, the study suggests that “the perception of an increase is the result of more scientific attention being paid to phenomena such as jellyfish blooms and media fascination with the topic.” Read article

Iran begins war games in Strait of Hormuz

DW – Iran has begun military exercises, planned weeks in advance, in the narrow Strait of Hormuz. The exercises come after the West sent more warships to the region amid on-going tensions over Iran’s nuclear program. The hard-line Iranian Revolutionary Guards began naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, more than a week after the western Allies dispatched more warships to the strategically critical choke point in the Persian Gulf. Read Article

Stocks jump on reports of strong January job growth; oil rises for first time in a week

Washington Post – A drop in the unemployment rate to its lowest level in three years propelled the Dow Jones industrial average Friday to its highest close since May 2008, before the financial meltdown later that year. The Nasdaq composite index hit an 11-year high. The Dow jumped 156.82 points to 12,862.23, its highest mark since May 19, 2008, about four months before Lehman Brothers investment bank collapsed. Read Article

Man accused of involvment in war crimes wins human rights claim

Telegraph – A man accused of being complicit in war crimes in the former Yugoslavia has been allowed to stay in Britain on the grounds of human rights. He looked like an innocent refugee, fleeing the ethnic tensions of former Yugoslavia for the safety and security of Britain. But when Dejan Tolic claimed asylum after coming to the UK in 1999, he made a surprising admission: he told the Home Office that he had been a member of the White Eagles, a Serbian paramilitary group linked to atrocities. Read Article

Revealed: Plans to secretly test 30,000 NHS blood transfusion patients as CJD fears escalate

Daily Mail – Thousands of NHS patients could be secretly monitored by the Government for symptoms of the human form of mad cow disease amid concerns that there could be another wave of infections. Experts advising the Department of Health believe patients who have received more than 80 blood transfusions are most at risk of developing the fatal brain disease because it can be passed on through infected blood. Read article

Syria resolution vetoed by Russia and China at United Nations

Guardian – All 13 other members of the council, including the US, France and Britain, voted in favour of the resolution, which backed an Arab peace plan aimed at stopping the violence in Syria. Russia and China blocked the resolution because of what they perceived to be a potential violation of Syria’s sovereignty, which could allow for military intervention or regime change. Read article

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