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Drones Are Taking Pictures That Could Demystify A Malaria Surge

Four hundred feet above a Malaysian forest, a three-foot eBee drone hovers and takes pictures with a 16-megapixel camera every 10 to 20 seconds. But it's not gathering images of the mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Even today's best drones aren't capable of such a photographic marvel. Rather, the drone is looking at a changing landscape that holds clues to the disease's spread.

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

Norway Wants to Be Europe’s Battery

A new HVDC line will let Europe store more wind energy in Norway’s hydropower system.

Posted on October 22nd, 2014

How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?

What we can learn from the boot leather, organization and quick response times that stopped Ebola from spreading in this African nation

Posted on October 21st, 2014
EO for Health

US Has Test That Can Detect Ebola Virus In Seconds (But It’s Stuck In A Lab)

Researchers at a government lab have developed a minimally invasive test for Ebola that could cut the time it takes to diagnose cases of the lethal virus from days and hours to minutes or even seconds, International Business Times has learned.

Posted on October 20th, 2014

Interview: A Call for Climate Goals Other Than Two Degrees Celsius

When international delegates meet in Paris next year to negotiate a new climate agreement, they'll be aiming to keep the global average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees.

Posted on October 16th, 2014

Satellite eye on Earth: September 2014 in pictures

Smoking volcanoes of Iceland, dust storms of Sahara and parched basin of the Aral Sea are among the images captured by ESA and Nasa satellites last month.

Posted on October 14th, 2014
Earth Observation

Stanford scientists create a ‘smart’ lithium-ion battery that warns of fire hazard

(Stanford University) Stanford University scientists have developed a 'smart' lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices, as well as a growing number of cars and airplanes.

Posted on October 13th, 2014
Earth Observation

China pollution levels hit 20 times safe levels

Visibility dropped dramatically as small pollutant particles reached dangerous levels in northern Chinas Hebei province.

Posted on October 10th, 2014

Virgin Galactic: Space could finally be getting closer

Originally Published on BBC - Is Virgin Galactic any closer to realising dream of commercial spaceflight?

Posted on October 8th, 2014
Earth Observation

Smog in India Damaged Enough Crops to Feed 94 Million, Study Says

Originally Published by Yale 360 - Ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, damaged 6.7 million tons of Indian crops worth an estimated $1.3 billion in a single year, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters. That's enough wheat, rice and other staple crops to feed 94 million people — roughly one-third of the country's impoverished population. Arising from a combination of vehicle emissions, cooking stoves, and industrial sources, plant-damaging ozone has left many of India's fast-developing cities among the most polluted in the world, according to the country's Air Monitoring Center. The number of vehicles there has nearly tripled in the past 10 years, rising from 50 million in 2003 to 130 million in 2013, and the country currently has no air quality standards to protect crops from ozone pollution. The researchers say the findings should be used to guide new ozone emission standards for the country.

Posted on October 6th, 2014
Ecosystems, Sustainability