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- Climate change could force millions of people to move within countries
While conflict and economic reasons are often the biggest factors for people moving within countries, climate change will soon have its own part to play. By 2050, 140 million people could be forced to migrate internally as the effects of global warming exacerbate problems like water scarcity, crop failure, rising sea levels and storm surges, according to a new report. SEE ALSO: What you learn by giving 200 Senate speeches on climate change World Bank report Groundswell: Preparing for Internal Climate Migration analyses the effects climate change will have on three regions: Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, a group that represents 55 percent of the world's developing population. It warns that a lack of action on climate could intensify the global refugee crisis in the future, and that governments need to plan for communities and populations that will inevitably have to move from their homes because of climate-induced problems. "Without the right planning and support, people migrating from rural areas into cities could be facing new and even more dangerous risks," the report’s team lead Kanta Kumari Rigaud said in a statement. "We could see increased tensions and conflict as a result of pressure on scarce resources. But that doesn’t have to be the future. While internal climate migration is becoming a reality, it won't be a crisis if we plan for it now." The hotspots for climate migration The report identifies "hotspots" where people are likely going to move or settle within Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Mexico because of climate change. In Ethiopia, people are predicted to move away from the northern highlands due to declines in crop productivity, as well as from its capital Addis Ababa, due to rapidly diminishing water availability. It's likely migrants will move to the southern highlands or secondary cities in the east. People are projected to move away from Bangladesh's northeast and around Dhaka, with heat stress and flooding already a problem for the latter. The most urbanised country of the three, Mexico, is predicted to have people moving from low-lying, flood-threatened areas on the southern coast, as well as from the arid north, to the country's central plateau, where Mexico City and other urban areas lie. The report comes following studies which have tied Syria's civil war to climate change — a preview of things to come with regards to climate change-induced immigration. WATCH: You can literally drink out of a stream with this water filter
- Wreckage of ship blown apart in WWII found, offering closure
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The recent discovery of the USS Juneau in the depths of the South Pacific has provided some closure to people with connections to the ship, which was blown apart during World War II. Hundreds died, including the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, whose story was chronicled in a 1944 movie.
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- If you want to find Nemo, you may need SoFi, the robotic fish
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When exploring marine environments, underwater robots tend to be a bull trout in a china shop, disturbing marine life with their bulk and disruptive propulsion. Enter SoFi, the soft, agile robotic fish with a delicate demeanor. Scientists said on Wednesday they have created a remote-controlled robot that swims quietly through coral reefs and schools of fish and uses a fisheye lens -- of course -- to capture high-resolution photos and video with a camera built into its nose.
- Idaho joins other red states with 'abortion reversal' law
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will become the latest conservative state to require women seeking abortions to be informed that the drug-induced procedures can be halted halfway, despite opposition from medical groups that say there is little evidence to support that claim.
- A Fox News Contributor Has Just Quit, Calling the Network a 'Propaganda Machine'
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- US, EU hardwood imports fuel Amazon destruction: Greenpeace
Scores of US and European companies selling the hardwood ipe for things like decks and garden furniture are fueling an illegal trade devastating the Amazon rainforest, Greenpeace said Tuesday. Greenpeace said Brazilian loggers and corrupt officials run sophisticated laundering scams that allow them to cut down far more of the majestic tree than allowed, yet still obtain the official documents needed to export at huge profits. "It is safe to say that it is almost impossible to guarantee if timber from the Brazilian Amazon can be assumed to have originated from legal operations," said Romulo Batista, Greenpeace Brazil's Amazon campaigner.
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- Bird populations in rural France 'collapsing'
Bird populations across an eerily quiet French countryside have collapsed, on average, by a third over the last decade-and-a-half, alarmed researchers reported on Tuesday. Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, the scientists detailed in a pair of studies, one national in scope and the other covering a large agricultural region in central France. "The situation is catastrophic," said Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist at France's National Museum of Natural History and co-author of one of the studies.
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- Scientists Are Studying Rotting Animal Carcasses to Understand Why Complete Dinosaur Fossils Are So Rare
Paleontologists rarely find a complete skeleton from a prehistoric beast. New research from the University of Leicester and the University College Cork published in the journal Paleontology will help paleontologists understand the environmental factors that affected dinosaur carcasses before they left the fossils that scientists see and study today. Since you can’t watch a dead nonbird dinosaur decompose anymore, the researchers observed the next best thing—modern animal carcasses.
- Family of Mexican Teen Shot and Killed by U.S. Agent Across Border Can't Sue, Court Rules
- A Passenger Bus in the Philippines Has Plunged off a Cliff and Killed 19 People
- US lab brews up hoppy beer... without the hops
Scientists in the US have created a more sustainable pint after discovering a way of getting the distinct hoppy taste into craft beer without the need for water-intensive hops. Researchers say the technique could reduce the beer industry's reliance on hops -- a thirsty and expensive crop -- and produce the consistent aroma and flavour all the rage among beer enthusiasts, including hipsters. In a paper published by the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, scientists from the University of California Berkeley showed how they used DNA-editing software to manipulate the genome of brewer's yeast, splicing in genes from mint and basil plants as well as two from normal yeast.
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- Scientists think they know where that bizarre ‘alien probe’ asteroid was born
Late last year scientists spotted a totally unexpected visitor speeding its way through our Solar System. A long, cigar-shaped object had flown through our little celestial neighborhood at a breakneck pace and flung itself around the sun before heading back out into deep space. Eventually determined to be an asteroid, the object was named Oumuamua which means "scout," and some in the scientific community wondered if it might actually be an alien probe surveying our Solar System in search of life.
The alien theory was eventually brushed off after researchers listening to the object found it was dead silent, but many questions about its origins still remained. Now, after a few months of crunching the data, scientists believe they may have an idea of where the asteroid was born, and it's a whole lot different than what we're used to.
In a paper published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers led by Dr Alan Jackson of the Centre for Planetary Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough suggest that Oumuamua is the product of a binary star system. Unlike our local star system, a binary star system features a pair of stars which orbit around a central point, constantly pulling on each other as they rotate.
The actual origin of Oumuamua is still totally unknown, but the team believes a binary star system is responsible for its creation due to simulations that demonstrate how effective that type of star system is at ejecting rocks at high speeds.
"It's remarkable that we've now seen for the first time a physical object from outside our Solar System," Jackson says. "It's really odd that the first object we would see from outside our system would be an asteroid, because a comet would be a lot easier to spot and the Solar System ejects many more comets than asteroids."
There was plenty of early speculation as to what type of body Oumuamua actually is, especially in the hours and days immediately following its detection. It was declared to be an asteroid, then a comet, and then an asteroid once again, but scientists seem to now have settled on it being a rocky body. Because of that, and because binary star systems would produce lots and lots of asteroids of varying shapes, chances are it was born in the grip of two stars, or at least that's the best guess thus far.
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- Scientists Say Mysterious Georgia Creature Is Likely Just a Rotting Fish or Shark
Scientists may have pinpointed the identity of a mysterious sea creature that washed up on a Georgia beach last week. Last Friday, Georgia resident Jeff Warren found the washed-up carcass of an unidentified creature on St. Simons Island beach in the southeast part of the state. As of yet, Warren has only released photographic evidence of the creature.The Georgia Department of National Resources is still trying to locate the actual carcass for closer examination, WJXT reported.
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