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Queensland flood victims win class action over dam mismanagement

Queensland flood victims win class action over dam mismanagement Nearly 7,000 Queenslanders have won a class action over the state's devastating 2011 floods, with a judge finding they were victims of negligence. Justice Beech-Jones said the main argument in the class action was that calculations regarding the release of water from the Wivenhoe Dam were based "on the level of water in the dam and not the amount of rain forecast". [Full Article...]

Massive Attack swap Blue Lines for green as tour’s carbon toll mapped

Massive Attack swap Blue Lines for green as tour’s carbon toll mapped MASSIVE Attack have teamed up with climate scientists to map their carbon footprint while on tour. By referencing the recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and their own research, they claim that carbon offsetting is not effective enough. [Full Article...]

Video Shows SpaceX New NASA Spaceship Exploding During Safety Test

Video Shows SpaceX New NASA Spaceship Exploding During Safety Test The SuperDraco engines power the capsule's launch abort system, which is created to propel astronauts away from the rocket in the case of a catastrophic launch failure. Although initial tests were completed successfully, "the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand", SpaceX said in the statement. " The NASA and SpaceX teams are assessing the anomaly that occurred today ", NASA Administ... [Full Article...]

China's Lunar Probe Lands Safely on Far Side of Moon

That side has been observed many times from lunar orbit, but never up close. A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain on Friday in the world's first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. NASA administrators have said people could be put on Mars by as soon as the mid-2030s, with the agency having landed eight spacecraft there, the most recent in November. [Full Article...]

China Says It Exchanged Data with NASA on Far Side Landing

China Says It Exchanged Data with NASA on Far Side Landing The 1.3-ton robotic lander contains an airtight container filled with silkworm eggs, potato and cotton seeds, rapeseeds, yeast, fruit flies, and a small plant, which is expected to produce the first flower on the moon, according to State news agency Xinhua . [Full Article...]

China probe set to land on dark side of the moon

The Chang'e-4 probe, including a lander and a rover, was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket on December 8 from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. It is planning to launch construction of its own manned space station next year. The moon's far side has a different composition than sites where missions have been conducted on the near side of the moon. [Full Article...]

Single-use plastic: Some supermarkets are using even more than a year ago

Single-use plastic: Some supermarkets are using even more than a year ago The three supermarkets with the lowest scores were Lidl, Asda and Aldi . Morrisons came second and was praised for setting a quantified target to increase reusable and refillable packaging, as well as making its loose and refillable products 10% cheaper than packaged alternatives. [Full Article...]

Climate science: Amazon fires may enhance Andean glacier melting

Climate science: Amazon fires may enhance Andean glacier melting How can fires within the rainforest have an label on glaciers tons of of miles away? Atmospheric data showed that smoke from those fires - particularly particles of black carbon - were carried on wind and deposited on mountain glaciers. The area that was "darkened" develops an increased process of absorption of the sun's energy, which identifies melting. Fires burning in the Amazon rain fores... [Full Article...]


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