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Greenpeace slams crucial EU fishing policy talks

The European Union, the world’s third fishing power, came under sharp pressure from green groups and the EU executive to save the oceans from overfishing at key talks Tuesday to overhaul the sector. Angry Greenpeace activists waving giant fish bones and banners reading “Stop Overfishing” delayed the start of a much-awaited ministerial…

Breast cancer recurs in almost one in four patients

Almost one in four women who develop breast cancer will see the disease return within 10 years, according to the first British study of how many sufferers confront the UK’s commonest cancer twice. Research into 1,000 women who were first diagnosed with the disease between January 1999 and March 2002…

Cervical cancer find solves decades-long mystery

WASHINGTON — A scientific discovery about where and how cervical cancer takes root in the body has resolved a decades-long mystery and could lead to even better prevention in the future, experts say. Doctors have identified a peculiar population of stem-like cells in a part of the cervix that when…

Global investment in renewable energy at record high

Global investment in renewable energy surged to a new high last year, despite the widespread recession. But experts warned that the rate of growth was showing signs of slowing, and would need to speed up if the world’s economies are to be transformed on to a low-carbon footing. Last year,…

Greenish-yellow smog covers Chinese city of Wuhan

Young and old residents of the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan were advised to stay indoors on Monday after a thick haze blanketed the city of nine million people, official media said. Described by residents as opaque with yellowish and greenish tinges, the fog descended suddenly in the morning, prompting people…

Zoologists breed endangered turtle on artificial Bangladesh beach

Zoologists have for the first time bred a critically endangered turtle species using an artificial beach, Bangladeshi specialists announced on Monday. The northern river terrapin, scientific name Batagur baska, is extinct in the wild in Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam, and survives only in tiny numbers in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and…

Virginia Republican forces scientists to stop using ‘climate change’ terminology

Virginia House Delegate Christopher Stolle (R) might be on the right-wing fringe when it comes to climate science, but at least he’s helping fellow lawmakers temper the tea party’s reaction to costly government studies on the matter. In a legislative dust-up earlier this year, according to reporter Scott Harper, writing…

Is the secret to great wine under the sea?

Does the sea hold the secret to truly great wines? To find out a trio of French wine lovers — a vineyard manager, a barrel maker and an oyster farmer — teamed up to test the myth, above and below water. “I had heard a bunch of stories about wines…

Revealed: Secret of HIV’s natural born killers

PARIS — Scientists on Sunday said they had found a key piece in the puzzle as to why a tiny minority of individuals infected with HIV have a natural ability to fight off the deadly AIDS virus. In a study they said holds promise for an HIV vaccine, researchers from…

Amelia Earhart mystery may be solved in Pacific

WASHINGTON — Seventy-five years after Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific, a research team is setting off July 2 with high hopes of resolving the mystery surrounding the pioneering aviatrix. For the tenth time in 23 years, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) will set off for Nikumaroro…

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