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U.N. talks approve roadmap for 2015 global climate pact

UN climate talks on Sunday approved a roadmap for a 2015 pact that for the first time will bring all major carbon emitters into a single legal accord. The deal was reached after nearly 14 days of bruising talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Under it, 194…

Strong earthquake rattles Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Guerrero state in southwest Mexico, rattling buildings as far away as the capital Mexico City. Reuters reporters in Mexico City said the earthquake seemed to go on for an unusually long period. There were no immediate reports of damage but…

Draft climate accord emerges, but problems remain

DURBAN (Reuters) – The chairwoman of U.N. climate talks urged delegates to approve a compromise package of accords on fighting global warming, telling delegates they should set aside national interests in order to save the planet. South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the four separate texts were not perfect…

African ancestors used insect-repellent beds: study

Prehistoric people who lived in what today is South Africa discovered certain plants’ medicinal properties and made bedding and mats from insect-repelling leaves, researchers said Friday. An international team, led by Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, discovered several fossilised beds in a well-known rock shelter on a cliff in Sibudu in…

Deadly Tasmanian Devil cancer found in ‘clean’ area

A deadly cancer riddling Australia’s Tasmanian Devil has been found in an area thought to be free of the disease, troubling officials struggling to keep the animal alive in the wild. The facial tumour disease has so far been confirmed across more than 60 percent of the small island state…

Deal looks distant as climate talks race against clock

Deep into an unscheduled 13th day, UN climate talks on Saturday struggled to agree on a proposed pact to roll back carbon emissions in a key decade for fighting global warming. Chances of a deal have receded given the pressure of the clock and an agonisingly slow process to untangle…

Private company to send unmanned capsule to space station

WASHINGTON — SpaceX will fly its Dragon capsule on an unmanned mission to the International Space Station in February, marking the first-ever bid by a private company to dock at the orbiting lab, NASA said Friday. The fly-by and berthing mission are scheduled for February 7, 2012, the US space…

Coalition growing for new deal on greenhouse gas cuts

DURBAN (Reuters) – Rich and poor nations at climate change talks are lining up behind an EU plan for achieving a global pact on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2015, but delegates said time was running out to reach a deal before talks end on Friday. Ministers made incremental progress…

Climate talks mean life or death for island states

DURBAN (Reuters) – Nature does not negotiate. So while climate change delegates haggle over deadlines, binding targets and finance, some of the world’s poorest states are warning that rising sea levels and storms will sweep them away unless the world agrees to tackle global warning. “We will be one of…

Hundreds of NASA’s moon rocks missing: audit

WASHINGTON — Researchers have sticky fingers when it comes to NASA’s moon rocks and meteorites, and hundreds of samples have gone missing after being loaned out by the US space agency, an audit said Thursday. NASA Inspector General Paul Martin issued a report detailing foibles such as the US space…

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