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May 9, 2012

New Antarctic ice shelf threatened by warming

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists are predicting the disappearance of another vast ice shelf in Antarctica by the end of the century that will accelerate rising sea levels.

The Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf fringing the Weddell Sea on the eastern side of Antarctica has so far not seen ice loss from global warming and much of the observation of melting has focused on the western side of the continent around the Amundsen Sea. But new research from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany says the 450,000-sq-km ice shelf is under threat.

May 4, 2012

“Made in space” coming soon to a product near you

BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Space Agency is hatching plans for a branding campaign aimed at making people more aware of the benefits of spending their hard-earned taxes on the International Space Station (ISS).

The list of products and technologies that have their roots in space research is long, from memory foam to the in-ear thermometer, but in a world struggling to pay the bill from the financial crisis the billions of dollars spent on space exploration are increasingly hard to justify.

May 1, 2012

Silkworms and squid inspire smart materials

May 2 (Reuters) – Car panels made of silkworm cocoons,
clothing that can camouflage the wearer at the flick of a switch
and a “smart” shirt with a phone and power source embedded in
the fabric.

Scientists, some with funding from the U.S. Air Force, have
made breakthroughs that could eventually make all this reality.

Apr 25, 2012

Scientists call for rethink on consumption, population

LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have called for a radical rethink of our relationship with the planet to head off what they warn could be economic and environmental catastrophe.

In a report published on Thursday by the London-based Royal Society, an international group of 23 scientists chaired by Nobel laureate Sir John Sulston called for a rebalancing of consumption in favor of poor countries coupled with increased efforts to control population growth to lift the estimated 1.3 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day out of poverty.

Apr 20, 2012

Africa sitting on sea of groundwater reserves

LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) – Huge reserves of underground
water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a
buffer against the effects of climate change for years to come,
scientists said on Friday.

Researchers from the British Geological Survey and
University College London have for the first time mapped the
aquifers, or groundwater, across the continent and the amount
they hold.

Dec 14, 2011

American Airlines’ $30 mln London town house

LONDON (Reuters) – Buried deep in American Airlines’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is a striking asset — a town house in one of London’s most expensive residential streets that property experts say could be worth up to $30 million.

The five-bedroom house in London’s high-end Kensington district is a throwback to the airline’s expansion two decades ago and stands a 10 minute walk from the former home of Princess Diana, with gentry and diplomats as neighbours.

Dec 14, 2011

Exclusive: American Airlines’ $30 million London town house

LONDON (Reuters) – Buried deep in American Airlines’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing is a striking asset — a town house in one of London’s most expensive residential streets that property experts say could be worth up to $30 million.

The five-bedroom house in London’s high-end Kensington district is a throwback to the airline’s expansion two decades ago and stands a 10 minute walk from the former home of Princess Diana, with gentry and diplomats as neighbors.

Oct 28, 2009

Climate change is off the agenda in Dubai

The headline in the Gulf News English language daily reads ‘UAE tops world on per capita carbon footprint’.

For a place so reliably bathed in sunlight, the Dubai property explosion seems to have generated enough construction noise to drown out the environmental debate raging elsewhere in the world.