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Extra layer of tectonic plates discovered within Earth's mantle, scientists say

Preliminary findings suggest that a mysterious series of earthquakes in the Pacific could be down to previously undetected plates<p>Scientists say they have found a possible layer of tectonic plates within the Earth’s mantle which could explain a mysterious series of earthquakes in the Pacific.<p>For …

Earth Science

Migrant crisis: Italy sees record arrivals from North Africa

<b>The number of migrants arriving in Italy from North Africa has risen to its highest-ever level.</b><p>This year's total is now more than 171,000, the interior ministry said, beating the previous record of 170,100 in 2014.<p>About 4,690 migrants have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean in …

African migrants sold in Libya 'slave markets', IOM says

<b>Africans trying to reach Europe are being sold by their captors in "slave markets" in Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.</b><p>Victims told IOM that after being detained by people smugglers or militia groups, they were taken to town squares or car parks to be sold.<p>Migrants …

'Push' factor drives migrants away from Libya to Europe

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1243000/1243582_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524762932_72f6903b90acf2614c82cdb98eab82ef<p><b>It is a fool's game trying to cross the Mediterranean in a rubber boat - even as summer beckons, the days are longer and the weather supposedly</b> …

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ON A trolley in a government clinic in rural Ethiopia lies Debalke Jemberu. As a medic and a nurse winkle the sperm-carrying tubes out of his …

Geography

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Italy migrant crisis: Charities 'colluding' with smugglers

<b>An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers.</b><p>Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels.<p>Organisations involved in rescue operations have …

Europe Or Die Full Documentary

No wonder they still try

“GET free or die trying,” runs a graffito in English on the wall of a migrants’ detention centre on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya’s capital. The …

Africa

Sahel villagers fleeing climate change must not be ignored | Alice Thomas

Migration and development,Food security,Pastoralism,Global development,Climate change,Environment,Sahel,Africa,Refugees,Internally displaced people,World news<p>Those displaced by climate change are not granted refugee status or protection. Their plight should not be overlooked<p>Migration has always …

16 million In Africa's Sahel At Risk Of Hunger Due To Conflicts, Rapid Population Growth

By Misha Hussain<p>DAKAR, Dec 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Around 16 million people are at risk of hunger across Africa's Sahel belt next year due to conflicts and rapid population growth despite good harvests and rainfall, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.<p>Violence in northern Nigeria, …

Call for urgent action in Sahel to prevent humanitarian emergency

The food crisis in the Sahel will turn into a humanitarian emergency unless urgent action is taken, said the NGO Oxfam as it launched a $36.3m (£23m) emergency appeal for west Africa on Friday.<p>Levels of malnutrition in areas of Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and northern Senegal are …

Ban Ki-moon: development aid decline a cause for concern

There is an urgent need to reverse the fall in official development assistance (ODA), said Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, as he set out key elements for a development agenda beyond 2015.<p>In a progress report to the UN general assembly on the millennium development goals (MDGs), Ban expressed …

Sustainability must be at core of development, says EU

Two EU commissioners put strong emphasis on environmental issues at a Brussels round-table discussion on proposed measures to replace the millennium development goals (MDGs). The event, held at the European commission on 9 July with the participation of NGO representatives and MEPs, took stock of …

Record high sea levels threaten China's coasts

Sea levels are rising at China's coasts by more than 3mm a year.<p>China's State Oceanic Administration announced that sea levels in 2016 were …

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.<p>One problem with framing the goal this way, …

Fossil Fuels

11 New Cloud Types Named—First in 30 Years

Without personal technology, such as smart phones, these new clouds might have never been added to the International Cloud Atlas.<p>When satellites first began taking photos of our Earth it revolutionized the way we saw our atmosphere, providing images on a grand scale from above. Now the advent of …

The Giant Hole In Earth’s Ozone Layer Is Finally Closing Up

Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarctic ozone layer, published in the journal …

Ozone

A Spark Of Hope For Climate Change Reality

When it comes to facing the reality of climate change, the Republican Party, now led by the Trump Administration, has been slipping ever farther from its roots as a champion of American science.<p>Last week brought further evidence of this disconnect — but it also held out a glimmer of hope that the …

Climate

Japan earthquake: Aerial footage show damaged landscape

Drone footage shows the devastation to the remote towns of Minamiaso and Mashiki caused by last week's earthquakes that hit southern Japan.

Earth Observatory Water Cycle Overview | Precipitation Education

Viewed from space, one of the most striking features of our home planet is the water, in both liquid and frozen forms, that covers approximately 75% …

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8 facts about fog

Fog is essentially a cloud at ground level, a collection of suspended water droplets which is most notable for the impact it has on our vision.<p>It is …

The Earth Has Lungs. Watch Them Breathe.

What a difference a leaf makes! Well, not one leaf. We have 3.1 trillion trees on our planet—that’s 422 trees per person. If we count all the leaves on all those trees and take a look at what they do collectively to the air around us, the effect—and I do not exaggerate—is stunning. I’ve got a video …

Mount St. Helens shakes 120 times within a week as volcano recharges, scientists say

In less than a week, four swarms of more than 120 earthquakes shook Mount St. Helens in late November. Although they were too small to be felt even …

Geology

Earth has a brand-new continent called Zealandia, and it's been hiding in plain sight for ages

Kids are frequently taught that seven continents exist: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.<p>Geologists, who look at the rocks (and tend to ignore the humans), group Europe and Asia into a supercontinent — Eurasia— making for a total of six geologic …

Scientists say there's actually an eighth continent out there, and it’s not Atlantis

The legend of a lost continent submerged under the ocean may not actually be a myth — kind of.<p>According to research published by the Geology Society …

Superbugs, Climate Chaos Have Bill Gates and the UN Worried

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates joined the United Nations to warn world leaders about a new series of threats shaping up as megatrends, led by global …

Recruiting prawns to fight river parasite

<b>Making sure certain rivers are fully stocked with prawns could prove to be an important contribution to fighting schistosomiasis.</b><p>The parasitic worm disease is endemic in many parts of the tropics and sub-tropics. Africa is a hotspot.<p>But it has been shown that prawns will avidly eat the water snails …

Syria conflict: The biblical river at the heart of a water war

<b>The flashpoint for Syria's war, six years old this March, has in recent days taken the form of an elemental struggle over water.</b><p>The drinking water supply to some 5 million residents in the Syrian capital, Damascus, was cut on 23 December by the Damascus Water Authority, who say rebels have …