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Heavy rain and floods that hit Bangladesh this year have hurt prospects for rice area and production in the nation, forcing the country to brace itself for another season of highly probable less productive rice season. Bangladesh, once major rice produced, has become a major rice importer. According to data provided by Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN), the Foreign
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Using hundreds of satellite radar images the team, working with Geomatic Ventures Limited (GVL), an innovative University spin-out company, created a complete map of mainland Scotland. The map covers a two-year period from 2015 to 2017 and was created using Intermittent Small Baseline (ISBAS) analysis, a novel satellite remote sensing technique. It showed that small
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East Asian summer monsoon (EASM) is one of the most dominant climate systems in East Asia. The anomalous EASM can cause extremely high temperatures, floods or drought. And the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the dominating mode in the tropical Pacific, is the most important factor affecting EASM. Understanding the processes for interannual to interdecadal variability
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Researchers from the University of Calgary and their international colleagues have discovered the meteorite remnants from a large fireball that illuminated British Columbia, Canada at 05:11 UTC on September 5, 2017 (22:11 PDT, September 4). The size of this object was about 1 meter (3.3 feet) and its weight between 1 to 2 tonnes. Experts expect that interested people will
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Heavy rains have been affecting northern and central Kenya since November 1, causing floods, casualties, and damage. As of early November 10, four people were reported dead and 70 families have been displaced in Marsabit County. In addition, 200 families were affected and dozens of homes damaged both in Marsabit and Meru counties. According to
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A bright fireball streaked across the sky over Arizona and California at 09:21 UTC (01:21 PST) on November 8, 2017. The event lasted some 3 seconds. The American Meteor Society received 17 reports by 13:00 UTC on November 10. The fireball was primarily seen from California, but users from Arizona and southern Nevada also reported
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Several networks monitoring atmospheric radioactive contamination in Europe have detected Ruthenium 106, a radionuclide of artificial origin, at levels of a few milliBecquerels per cubic meter of air late September 2017. The news was widely reported by MSM across the world and by French IRSN, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, who immediately started an
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Tropical Storm “Haikui”, known in the Philippines as Salome, formed 15:00 UTC, November 9, 2017, while traversing Batangas – Cavite area, Philippines, PAGASA reports. This storm is a heavy rain producer and residents are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides. After exiting PAR, Haikui is expected to strengthen into a typhoon while
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New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between November 1 and 7, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 19 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Aoba, Vanuatu | Kirishimayama, Kyushu (Japan). Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) |
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A very bright fireball exploded over northern Germany around 20:56 UTC (21:56 CET) on November 6, 2017. The event lasted between 3 and 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS), received 23 reports by 13:00 UTC, November 8. The event was seen from Germany, Sweeden, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, and France.  Video courtesy T. Nielsen, AMS Nobody
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The Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, as toxic smog engulfed Indian capital Delhi. In some areas, Air Quality Index (AQI) reached a maximum of 999 and went beyond what instruments could measure. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the smoke-laden air from Punjab and Haryana, and moisture-heavy winds
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Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi to waspada (Level II) on Monday, November 5, 2017, amid increased volcanic activity detected under the volcano. Residents and visitors are prohibited from coming within 1.5 km (0.93 miles) from the crater on Monday, after increased seismic activity marked by tremors since