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Climate change damage to oceans to cost $2 trillion

Greenhouse gases are likely to result in annual costs of nearly $2 trillion in damage to the oceans by 2100, according to a new Swedish study. The estimate by the Stockholm Environment Institute is based on the assumption that climate-altering carbon emissions continue their upward spiral without a pause. Warmer seas will lead…

China firms knock U.S. duties on solar products

Chinese firms have accused the United States of setting up trade barriers after Washington slapped duties on their solar products in the latest trade row between the two countries. Washington said Tuesday it would collect duties of between 2.9 and 4.7 percent on Chinese solar cells and panels, in a preliminary ruling following an investigation over…

Crocodile skull found on Jurassic coast is from a previously unknown species

The prehistoric creature – a forerunner of modern saltwater crocodiles – would have measured 3.5 metres from nose to tail. The fossilised skull of an ancient beast that snapped at dinosaurs from the swamps of Swanage belongs to a previously unknown species of crocodile. A passing expert chanced upon the…

MIT scientists have built a camera that can peer around corners

New technology could lead to devices that can spot people hidden from view or inspect components deep inside machines. Scientists at MIT have built a camera that can peer around corners and see objects that would otherwise be hidden from sight. By overcoming a major challenge in optics and image…

Physicists look for changes in Earth’s gravity through gnome

Physicists looking at anomalies in Earth’s gravity have turned to agarden gnome named Kern, which has been shipped around the globe to have himself weighed at locations ranging from Lima, Mumbai and Mexico to Sydney, New Caledonia and the South Pole. The experiment is a twist on the “travelling gnome” prank, in…

Cigarette firms’ interference slowing anti-tobacco fight

Alleged “interference” by cigarette firms in public health policies is slowing down a UN-backed global campaign against tobacco use and its related health risks, a report said Tuesday. The report by the civil society group Framework Convention Alliance said major cigarette firms continue to run circles around key provisions of…

Energy companies pledge to measure impacts of large dam projects

Critics say new scorecard to evaluate social and environmental impacts of hydropower projects serves dam builders not local communities. Two of the world’s largest energy companies committed last week to assess the impacts of their hydropower projects using new voluntary guidelines to evaluate the economic, social, and environmental consequences of…

Women charged $1 billion more than men for health care: report

The National Women’s Law Center released a report Monday morning that found health insurance companies have charged women $1 billion more than men for the same premium coverage, leading to the organization launching a campaign for women to fight against discriminatory practices. The report, Turning to Fairness: Insurance discrimination against…

Stem cells: Blood from healthy babies’ umbilical cords is already saving lives

Stem cell science is still in its infancy, but blood donated from healthy babies’ umbilical cords is already saving lives, hears Joanna Moorhead It is mid-morning in the delivery suite at King’s College hospital in London, and midwife Terie Duffy is cooing over the contents of a stainless-steel bowl. “Isn’t…

Poachers may wipe out rhinos in South Africa

MOKOPANE, South Africa — Rhinos will be wiped out from South Africa’s wildlife parks by 2015 if poaching continues at its current rate, a campaigner fighting to save the beasts has warned. And corruption among officials is contributing to the ongoing slaughter, said veterinary nurse Karen Trendler. In a career…

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