Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Eco Breaking News - Eco Flash News - Eco Latest news [October 2014(B)]

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Η Κορώνεια υπήρξε από τις πιο παραγωγικές λίμνες της χώρας. Τα αλιεύματα των 45.000 στρεμμάτων της λίμνης έσωσαν τον ντόπιο πληθυσμό από το λιμό κατά τη διάρκεια της Κατοχής, αν και οι μεγαλύτερες ποσότητες κατάσχονταν για τις ανάγκες του κατοχικού στρατού............Επιθανάτιος Κορώνειας
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  1. UN convention agrees to double biodiversity funding, accelerate preservation measures...

    A United Nations conference in Republic of Korea wrapped up today with governments agreeing to double biodiversity-related international financial aid to developing countries, including small islands and transition economics, by 2015 and through the next five years.

    The decision was made at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-12) in Pyeongchang.

    Delegations attending the meeting, which opened 6 October in Republic of Korea’s key mountain and forest region, agreed on the so-called “Pyeongchang Road Map,” and “Gangwon Declaration”, both of which outline conservation initiatives and global sustainable development goals and initiatives................http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49104#.VEGDX1fQqt8
    17/10/14

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  2. Hurricane Gonzalo pounds Bermuda with strong storms...

    Hurricane Gonzalo has hit Bermuda with winds of about 175km/h (110mph).

    The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warned of high winds and "life-threatening storm surge" the after the eye of the hurricane passed the British Atlantic territory.

    Eighty per cent of the island chain has lost power because of the hurricane, Reuters quotes Bermuda Electric Light Company as saying.

    Bermuda, an affluent insurance hub, frequently sees strong tropical storms.

    "I wish everyone all the best for the next 24 hours. Good luck and look after each other," Governor George Ferguson said in an emergency broadcast ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo's arrival...............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-29669226
    18/10/14

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  3. L'ouragan Gonzalo a atteint les Bermudes...

    L'ouragan Gonzalo a touché vendredi soir dans l'Atlantique l'archipel des Bermudes, balayées par de fortes rafales et des pluies diluviennes, ont annoncé les météorologues américains.
    Les Bermudes se trouvent dans la portion nord de l'oeil, très large, de l'ouragan, qui est de catégorie 2 sur une échelle de 5 et est accompagné de vents de 175 km/h en moyenne, a précisé le Centre national américain des ouragans (NHC). Mais les rafales peuvent être encore plus fortes par endroits. Le vent a atteint 215 km/h sur un point élevé des Bermudes, a relevé le NHC. Les météorologues mettent en garde contre la "période calme" qui caractérise le passage de l'oeil. "Les gens ne doivent pas s'aventurer dehors pendant cette période calme (...), car des vents forts et dangereux reviendront rapidement après le passage de l'oeil au nord des Bermudes", insiste le NHC. L'ouragan devrait ensuite faiblir après avoir passé l'archipel dans la nuit. Outre les vents puissants, l'ouragan s'accompagne de montées des eaux qui provoquent des inondations dans les régions côtières, et de pluies qui peuvent atteindre entre 8 cm et 15 cm sur le sol des îles britanniques. (Belga)
    http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1133935/l-ouragan-gonzalo-a-atteint-les-bermudes
    18/10/14

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  4. Tornados Attacking in Swarms. Is Climate Change to Blame?...

    Tornados are among the most frightening storms, in part because of their destructive power but also because of their unpredictability. You can track and prepare for a hurricane, but tornados strike quickly and with little warning. And unlike hurricanes, tornados have no specific season.

    And if it seems to you that tornado incidents have been bigger and scarier recently, you’re right, says a team of researchers in a new study published today in Science. While it found that tornados haven’t increased in number and, in fact, the number of days on which tornados are occurring has decreased, the appearance of tornados in clusters has risen. That means if one tornado touches down, more are likely to occur in quick succession in the same geographic area. And scientists are asking if climate change is to blame..............http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/17/tornado-swarms-climate-change/
    17/10/14

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  5. Severe Hurricane Heads Towards Hawaii....

    A storm that was inching towards the Hawaiian islands has turned into a category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, the US National Weather Service said.

    Hurricane Ana is just 230 miles south of the island of Hilo, Hawaii and is expected to cause heavy rain Friday afternoon before passing over the rest of the islands through the weekend.

    Hawaii's Governor Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation on Wednesday that will allow Hawaii to use state funds for protective measures and permit the state to suspend certain laws if needed for emergency purposes.

    Large swells are expected to hit the eastern end of the Hawaiian island chain from Friday to Saturday and could cause rain between 6 and 12 inches high on the island of Hawaii.

    Back in August, Hurricane Iselle that was also headed towards the island of Hawaii, weakened to a tropical storm by the time it hit the island causing some damages.

    In 1992, a deadly category 4 Hurricane hit the island of Kauai that killed six people and destroyed thousands of homes.
    http://en.ria.ru/world/20141018/194237293/Severe-Hurricane-Heads-Towards-Hawaii.html
    18/10/14

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  6. Hurricane Gonzalo scores direct hit on Bermuda; Hawaii on alert...

    Hurricane Gonzalo slammed directly into Bermuda on Friday, knocking out most of the electricity there as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, torrential rains and howling winds.

    The strongest storm to sweep the subtropical British territory in a decade made full landfall at about 8:30 p.m. The Category 2 hurricane was packing sustained winds of up to 110 mph (175 kph).

    In the Pacific, a powerful storm churning toward Hawaii became a hurricane on Friday.

    The National Weather Service said Friday that Ana became a Category 1 hurricane about 230 miles (370 km) south of Hilo with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph).

    A tropical storm watch is in effect, but tourists and residents were making the most of sunny weather as the storm blew toward the islands.

    The Hawaiian islands’ south shores are expected to get large swells churned up by Ana, with waves as high 20 feet (6 meters).
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/18/world/hurricane-gonzalo-scores-direct-hit-on-bermuda-hawaii-on-alert/#.VEIMDFfQqt8
    18/10/14

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  7. Forecasters are warning residents of Bermuda to look out for more life-threatening weather as the eye of Hurricane Gonzalo passes over the Atlantic islands...

    The eye is usually the calm part of the storm in the center. But authorities are cautioning people not to venture out, saying dangerous waves and wind will return.

    Gonzalo approached Bermuda as a huge Category 4 storm, but weakened to a still powerful Category 2 as it struck the island with top winds of 175 kilometers per hour.

    The storm is predicted to weaken further as it moves out to sea.

    No deaths or injuries are reported from Bermuda so far, but Gonzalo killed one person on St. Maarten earlier this week.
    http://www.voanews.com/content/hurricane-gonzalo-pummels-bermuda/2487998.html
    18/10/14

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  8. Power out for thousands in Bermuda as hurricane moves away...

    Power was out for tens of thousands in Bermuda on Saturday morning after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the island with torrential rain and howling winds through the night, but there have been no reports of serious injuries.

    The eye of the strongest storm to sweep the subtropical British territory in a decade was 200 miles northeast of the island by early Saturday morning after making landfall the night before, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said..........http://www.todayonline.com/world/power-out-thousands-bermuda-hurricane-moves-away
    18/10/14

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  9. Some regions in north China, as well as areas along the Yellow and Huaihe rivers, will be once again shrouded by smog starting from Saturday, according to the national observatory....

    Most regions in central and east China will see haze or slight smog in the coming days, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said. But the condition will be short-lived as a cold front is in sight to help disperse the smog.

    Starting on Sunday, a cold front will sweep across China, bringing temperature drops and strong gales along the way to blow away the smog, the center said.

    Meanwhile, medium to heavy rainfalls will hit the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Hubei on Saturday, according to the NMC.
    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/887004.shtml
    18/10/14

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  10. New Evidence Links Earthquakes to Fracking...

    The evidence linking fracking to earthquakes continues to pile up.
    A study by seven researchers from California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio and the UK, The Environmental Costs and Benefits of Fracking, said “Unconventional oil and natural gas extraction enabled by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing [fracking] is driving an economic boom with consequences described from ‘revolutionary’ to ‘disastrous.’ The reality lies somewhere in between.”

    The studies findings were many, including that fracking “generates income and, done well, can reduce air pollution and even water use compared with other fossil fuels.” But it also found it can reduce investment in renewables and when done carelessly, can release toxic chemicals into the environment. It also agreed: fracking causes earthquakes................http://ecowatch.com/2014/10/16/evidence-fracking-earthquakes/
    18/10/14

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  11. Des milliers de manifestants contre la prospection pétrolière au large des Canaries...

    Des milliers de personnes ont manifesté samedi aux Canaries contre la prospection pétrolière autorisée par Madrid au large de l'archipel, à l'appel d'organisations écologistes et du gouvernement régional, selon les organisateurs.
    Les manifestants ont répondu au mot d'ordre des opposants au projet, en défilant à Santa Cruz de Tenerife, derrière une banderole appelant "l'Espagne et Repsol" à "retirer leurs mains sales des Canaries". D'autres manifestations ont également au lieu ailleurs dans l'archipel comptant huit îles dans l'océan Atlantique, au large du continent africain. Aux Canaries, le Parlement, le gouvernement, les scientifiques et des compagnies internationales intervenant notamment dans le secteur touristique parlent d'une même voix, a souligné l'ONG Action Globale. Fin mai le gouvernement de Mariano Rajoy a donné son feu vert à un projet présenté par la compagnie pétrolière Repsol, qui souhaite pouvoir explorer à quelque 60 km des côtes de Lanzarote et Fuerteventura grâce à des sondes qui iraient jusqu'à 7 km de profondeur. Selon les écologistes, ce projet est dangereux pour l'environnement, d'autant que la zone compte une forte activité sismique, et serait néfaste pour le tourisme. M. Rivero, leader du mouvement nationaliste de centre-droit Coalición Canaria, veut organiser un référendum sur le sujet le 23 novembre. Le gouvernement de Mariano Rajoy ne veut pas en entendre parler et estime qu'un tel référendum serait inconstitutionnel. Il voit, de son côté, dans les projets de Repsol une opportunité pour réduire la dépendance énergétique de l'Espagne, important 99% de son pétrole. Les défenseurs du projet assurent qu'à plus long terme le pétrole et le gaz extrait pourraient créer jusqu'à 260.000 emplois sur 20 ans, et chiffrent les réserves exploitables à 2 milliards de barils. (Belga)
    http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/europe/1134174/des-milliers-de-manifestants-contre-la-prospection-petroliere-au-large-des-canaries]
    19/10/14

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  12. Beijing marathoners don face masks to battle toxic PM2.5 smog...

    Despite heavy pollution blanketing Beijing on Sunday, an international marathon went ahead with face masks and sponges among the equipment used by competitors to battle the toxic smog.

    The 34th Beijing International Marathon began at Tiananmen Square with many of the tens of thousands of participants wearing face masks. The 42-km course ended at the city’s Olympic Park, on a day when buildings across Beijing disappeared into a gray-tinged mist.

    “Actually, on a normal day nobody would run in such conditions,” said participant Liu Zhenyu, a computer engineer. “But the event is happening today, so what can we do?”

    About 30,000 people were expected to take part in the marathon and the half-marathon. The organizing committee made 140,000 sponges available at supply stations along the marathon route so runners could “clean their skin that is exposed to the air,” the Beijing News reported.

    The men’s and women’s marathon winners were both from Ethiopia. Girmay Birhanu Gebru won the men’s race and Fatuma Sado Dergo the women’s event..............http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/19/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/beijing-marathoners-don-face-masks-to-battle-toxic-pm2-5-smog/#.VEPoc1fQqt8
    19/10/14

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  13. Nuova potente eruzione sul Sole ...

    Sul Sole il 19 ottobre c'è stata una forte eruzione di classe X1. Tuttavia, nonostante la potenza della radiazione, gli scienziati non prevedono una tempesta magnetica sulla Terra. Secondo gli esperti, la maggior parte del flusso passerà accanto al nostro pianeta.

    Tuttavia, non sono escluse difficoltà nelle trasmissioni radio. Gli esperti prevedono una tempesta magnetica nel caso in cui una simile espulsione di massa coronale si verifichi sul Sole entro una settimana. In quel caso, secondo gli scienziati, la Terra si troverà nella traiettoria.
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_19/Nuova-potente-eruzione-sul-Sole-0419/
    19/10/14

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  14. Lavrov non vede la necessità di una presenza NATO nell'Artico ...

    Il ministro degli Esteri russo Sergej Lavrov ha affermato di non vedere la necessità di una presenza della NATO nella regione artica.

    "Nelle dottrine e nelle analisi della NATO appare periodicamente il tema secondo cui il fattore militare nell'Artico aumenterà in un contesto di maggiore concorrenza e lotta per le risorse energetiche. Mosca parte dal presupposto che non esistono problemi nella regione artica che richiedano la presenza della NATO,"- ha sottolineato il capo della diplomazi russa.

    Secondo Lavrov, "Inoltre non ci sono controversie che richiedano una soluzione militare e l'Artico è una regione di dialogo."
    Per saperne di più: http://italian.ruvr.ru/2014_10_20/Lavrov-non-vede-la-necessita-di-una-presenza-NATO-nellArtico-9802/
    20/10/14

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  15. Nucléaire: incident de niveau 1 à l'usine de la Hague ...

    Un incident de niveau 1, consécutif à une "erreur de manipulation des vannes" lors d’un transfert d’une solution contenant de l'uranium, s'est produit lundi au centre de retraitement des déchets nucléaires à La Hague (Manche), a indiqué Areva dans un communiqué.

    Cet incident n'a eu aucune conséquence "pour le personnel, l’environnement et les installations concernées", a assuré l'entreprise nucléaire.

    Une partie du liquide, qui devait être transféré entre deux cuves de l'unité UP2 800, a en fait été dirigée vers un atelier d'une autre usine, l'UP2 400, en raison de cette erreur de manipulation, a expliqué Areva.

    "Les cuves concernées étant toutes conçues pour recevoir ce type de solution, cette situation est sans incidence vis-à-vis de la sûreté des installations", a précisé l'opérateur.
    AFP
    http://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_nucleaire-incident-de-niveau-1-a-l-usine-de-la-hague?id=8382649
    20/10/14

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  16. Turkey could become a natural gas hub with its LNG terminals at the border of Greece and Bulgaria, according to an official from BOTAŞ, Turkey’s state-run gas pipeline company...

    “The natural gas transmission pipelines of Turkey could be integrated with the EU if Greece does not build a new LNG terminal,” Hızır Hakan Ünal, a gas transmission expert for BOTAŞ, said in a new report, titled “Third Party Access to Turkey’s Natural Gas Transmission System 2007-2013.”

    “Turkey may receive a visa to EU’s energy market by letting Greece and Bulgaria use its LNG terminals,” Ünal added..................http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-aims-to-become-a-gas-hub-for-europe.aspx?pageID=238&nID=73298&NewsCatID=348
    21/10/14

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  17. Turkey plans to build third nuclear power plant ...

    "Turkey will build a third nuclear power plant by 2018-2019, when we have sufficiently qualified people to build it as a national project," Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday.

    Davutoglu was briefed on the recent studies of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. The three-hour presentation was closed to the press.

    He said after the meeting that the third nuclear power plant in Turkey will be built by Turkish experts by 2018-2019.

    Turkey already has two ongoing nuclear power plant projects.

    One is to be built in Mersin, the Mediterranean region of the country, by Akkuyu Nuclear. The agreement on the project was signed between the governments of Russia and Turkey in Ankara on May 12, 2010.

    The second project will be built through Japanese-Turkish cooperation in Sinop, in the Black Sea Region of the country. The deal for the project, based on a build-operate-transfer basis, was signed between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on May 3, 2013.
    http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/408186--turkey-plans-to-build-third-nuclear-power-plant
    21/10/14

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  18. Bulgaria, Romania to sign memorandum on two new bridges across the Danube ...

    Bulgaria and Romania are to sign a memorandum on beginning preparations for two new bridges over the Danube River, which forms the border between the two countries, Bulgaria’s caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on October 21 2014.

    The bridges will connect Bulgaria’s Nikopol with Turnu Măgurele and Silistra with Călărași in south-eastern Romania................http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/10/21/bulgaria-romania-to-sign-memorandum-on-two-new-bridges-across-the-danube/
    21/10/14

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  19. High Court suspends fracking in Golan Heights ...

    Environmentalists, local residents object to oil drilling in seismically sensitive area.

    The High Court of Justice on Tuesday issued an interim injunction against construction of an experimental oil drilling rig in the Golan Heights. The injunction comes after the High Court issued a temporary injunction three weeks ago against the work following a petition by the Israel Union for Environmental Defense......http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.622071
    22/10/14

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  20. EU leaders to discuss greenhouse gas emissions ...

    Europe wants to agree ambitious targets ahead of next year's UN climate summit in Paris.

    However, environmental groups have warned the targets will be seriously diluted because of conflicting national interests.

    In 2008 the EU agreed that by 2020 carbon emissions should be cut by one fifth, while renewables and energy efficiency increased by 20% by the same date.

    With the deadline expiring in six years, the EU wants new targets for 2030 and beyond so it can play a leading role at next year's critical climate change meeting.

    However, the debate is set to be tougher this time.

    The intervening financial crisis means there has been less investment in green energy, while Russia's involvement in Ukraine has meant that the use of natural gas is not the straightforward, cleaner option it once was...........................http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1023/654256-greenhouse-gas-emissions/
    23/10/14

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    1. Le climat et l'énergie sur la table du sommet européen à Bruxelles...

      Les dirigeants européens se retrouvent ce jeudi et vendredi à Bruxelles pour un sommet consacré aux ambitions européennes en matière de climat et d'énergie. Ce sera aussi un sommet de transition, le dernier présidé par Herman Van Rompuy, et où les 28 valideront la nouvelle Commission avec Jean-Claude Juncker à sa tête.

      Des enjeux oubliés reviennent sur la table des dirigeants. Les 28 doivent trouver un accord sur les objectifs proposés par la Commission pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. La Commission a proposé trois chiffres.

      Premièrement, une réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 40% en 2030 par rapport aux niveaux de référence, ceux de 1990. Deuxièmement, une proportion de 27% d'énergies renouvelables dans le mixte énergétique. Troisièmement, une amélioration de l'efficacité énergétique de 30%...............http://www.rtbf.be/info/dossier/euranetplus/detail_le-climat-et-l-energie-sur-la-table-du-sommet-europeen-a-bruxelles?id=8384679
      23/10/14

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    2. EU Leaders Seek Climate Deal, Clash Over Costs ...

      European leaders aimed to agree on a new decade of energy policy at an EU summit Thursday, but sharp differences over sharing the costs of cutting climate-warming gas emissions meant that securing a deal was likely to prove difficult.

      The 28 member states want to set the pace for a global pact to be drawn up in Paris next year with industrial powers from Asia, North America and the rest of the world. That pact would aim to improve on two decades of stuttering cooperation and rein in carbon dioxide emissions blamed for a disruptive rise in temperatures.

      There is broad acceptance for an overall EU goal of cutting carbon emissions from homes, power plants, cars, planes, farms and other sources by 40 percent by 2030, compared with the global benchmark year of 1990...................http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-eu-leaders-seek-climate-deal-clash-over-costs/2493987.html
      23/10/14

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  21. Older antibiotics could be used to fight against new bacteria resistances ...

    Older antibiotics whose patents have have often long expired and have been removed from the market due to resistance from bacteria or complex application procedures could once again become important, experts said in Vienna Wednesday.

    Meeting at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Conference on Reviving Old Antibiotics, the 300 experts from 45 countries and regions are discussing how the older antibiotics can offer help against new bacteria resistances.

    Vienna-based expert Ursula Theuretzbacher said in recent years it has been acknowledged that efforts must go toward extending the application of modern antibiotics, but also that older medications must not be forgotten, Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported.............http://english.cntv.cn/2014/10/23/ARTI1414023603430340.shtml
    23/10/14

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  22. A group of Chinese scientists says it has discovered and is testing a virus that could be used to kill cancer cells without harming normal ones....

    Chinese state media say the virus, known as M1, was extracted from a "certain kind of mosquito" found in the southern province of Hainan.

    The virus has been used to prevent growth in cancer cells of the liver, bladder, colon and rectum. So far, it has only been tested on mice.

    The state-run China Radio International reported Thursday that scientists plan to test the virus on monkeys starting next week.............http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-scientists-testing-possible-cancer-killing-virus/2493327.html
    23/10/14

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  23. Die Umweltschutzorganisation Greenpeace hat bei einem Test von Kinderkleidung aus dem Sortiment von Discountern zahlreiche gefährliche Chemikalien nachgewiesen.....

    In mehr als der Hälfte der Proben hätten Labore umwelt- und gesundheitsschädliche Chemikalien "oberhalb der Vergleichs- und Vorsorgewerte" gefunden, teilte die Organisation mit. Einige dieser Stoffe gelten demnach als krebserregend, schädigen die Fortpflanzungsfähigkeit oder die Leber. Untersucht wurden 26 Produkte von Aldi, Lidl, Rewe (Penny) und Tchibo........http://www.tagesschau.de/inland/chemie-in-kinderkleidung-101.html
    23/10/14

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  24. Statement by EU Commissionner Connie Hedegaard on 2030 agreement by European Council ...

    Commenting on the agreement, Connie Hedegaard said: ''The EU climate action commissioner is very proud that the 28 EU leaders, despite economic uncertainty and other severe international crises, were able to get their act together on this pressing climate challenge.

    A binding 40% CO2 reduction effort domestically in Europe is not an easy task. It can only be achieved through a major transformation in all parts of the society. That is why the EU leaders' decision to adopt the Commission's proposal is an ambitious and important step forward. Important not only to Europe and the Europeans, but also to the rest of the world. We have sent a strong signal to other big economies and all other countries: we have done our homework, now we urge you to follow Europe's example.

    In order to get Europe on the right track towards a low-carbon society, it is extremely important that the leaders also accepted the renewables target binding at the EU level just as the Commission proposed. And it is good that they agreed to do more on energy efficiency, although here the Commission wanted more ambition.

    But now the direction towards 2030 has been set. States, regions, municipalities, businesses, investors and citizens now all know where we are heading. This is a very good day for Europe's climate politics.''
    http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-337_en.htm?locale=en
    24/10/14

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  25. EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut ...

    EU leaders have reached a landmark deal to cut greenhouse emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.

    The binding decision came after heated discussions at a summit in Brussels, as some members had argued that their varied interests should be protected.

    Correspondents say it could make the EU a leader again in climate policy.

    The bloc also agreed to boost the use of renewable energy to 27% in the total energy mix and increase energy efficiency to at least 27%.

    There were deep divisions within the EU on emissions cuts.

    Poland, which is heavily reliant on coal, fears that the costs of decarbonising its economy will slow business growth. Its concerns at the summit were echoed by other central and east European members...................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29751064
    24/10/14

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  26. Accord européen "ambitieux" sur de nouveaux objectifs énergétiques...

    Les chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement européens ont trouvé un accord jeudi soir sur de nouveaux objectifs énergétiques et climatiques. Les émissions de CO2 seront réduites d'"au moins 40%" à l'horizon 2030, a indiqué le président du Conseil européen, Herman Van Rompuy, dans un tweet.

    Ils ont également convenu de faire passer la part des renouvelables à 27% et d'améliorer l'efficacité énergétique de 27%. Les interconnections énergétiques entre pays devront aussi être développées.

    "C'est une bonne nouvelle pour le climat, les citoyens, la santé et les négociations internationales sur le climat à Paris en 2015", a commenté le président du Conseil européen, Herman Van Rompuy, qui peut ainsi achever son mandat sur un succès. L'accord créera "des emplois durables" et de la "compétitivité", a-t-il dit..................http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_accord-sur-de-nouveaux-objectifs-energetiques-europeens?id=8385476
    24/10/14

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  27. Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit....

    The warning comes nearly a month after another volcano, Mt Ontake, erupted suddenly when crowded with hikers, killing 57 people in Japan's worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.

    Ioyama, a mountain on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has been shaken by small tremors and other signs of rising volcanic activity recently, including a tremor lasting as long as seven minutes, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency's volcano division said..........Reuters.......http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/us-japan-volcano-idUSKCN0ID0A320141024?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
    24/10/14

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  28. New industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Thursday he will try to persuade residents near the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture why its two reactors should no longer stand idle...

    “The first thing that I’d like to address is that the reactors have met the new safety standards created by the Nuclear Regulation Authority,” Miyazawa told reporters Thursday. “I’ll need to tell them that those safety standards are the strictest worldwide.”

    “My job is to get the understanding of the local communities on that,” he added.

    Miyazawa became industry minister Tuesday after predecessor Yuko Obuchi resigned the previous day over a political funds scandal.

    Miyazawa has said he is ready to visit communities near the plant as soon as possible, because the Kagoshima Prefectural Assembly was urging Obuchi to go and meet local residents during her short-lived term in office.

    On Thursday Miyazawa met with Hideo Iwakiri, the mayor of Satsumasendai, which hosts the Sendai plant, and told him that despite a change of ministers there will be no change in the policy of restarting the reactors.

    The Abe administration argues that any reactors that meet the beefed-up safety standards drawn up by the NRA should be fired up to reduce the expense of importing fuel for thermal power stations.
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/25/national/change-atomic-restart-policy-says-new-industry-minister/#.VEtFgFfm75M
    25/10/14

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  29. China to shut factories during APEC to curb Beijing pollution: Xinhua ...

    (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli ordered a temporary shutdown of factories to ensure air quality during a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Beijing next month, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Friday.

    It is the strongest measure yet to curb pollution for the Nov. 7-11 meeting in the capital, which has been enveloped by heavy smog over the past few days...............http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/25/us-china-pollution-idUSKCN0IE02L20141025?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
    24/10/14

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  30. Bulgarie/chute de neige : l'état d'urgence déclaré dans certaines régions ...

    Les autorités bulgares font face aux conséquences d'une forte chute de neige, ce qui a entraîné le barrage des routes et l’endommagement des lignes électriques dans certaines régions du pays. Le niveau rouge, le plus haut niveau de danger est déclenché dans cinq régions du Sud-ouest du pays.

    Environ 33 000 foyers restent actuellement sans électricité. L’équipement spécial n’arrive pas à déblayer la neige.

    Le port de Varna est fermé en raison de vents forts, une tempête importante fait rage dans la zone du port de Burgas.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_25/Bulgarie-chute-de-neige-letat-durgence-declare-dans-certaines-regions-5533/
    25/10/14

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  31. Le cargo spatial américain Dragon s’est séparé de Station spatiale internationale (ISS) et retourne sur Terre, indique le site de la NASA....

    Le vaisseau Dragon a été lancé de Cap Canaveral (Floride) le 21 septembre. Il a livré à l'ISS 2,3 tonnes de cargaison, y compris des aliments et de l'équipement scientifique.

    Dragon est actuellement le seul appareil qui peut renvoyer des marchandises de l'ISS sur Terre.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_25/Le-cargo-spatial-Dragon-retourne-sur-Terre-8512/
    25/10/14

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  32. La capsule Cygnus doit partir lundi pour ravitailler l'ISS...

    La capsule orbitale non habitée Cygnus doit décoller lundi pour ravitailler la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) avec 2,2 tonnes d'équipements, de matériels d'expérience ainsi que des vivres et autres fournitures pour les six membres d'équipage.

    La société privée Orbital Sciences Corporation, qui construit les capsules Cygnus, effectue à cette occasion sa troisième mission.

    Le décollage depuis le centre spatial des îles Wallops, sur la côte de Virginie (est), ne devrait pas poser de problèmes, avec "98% de chances de météo favorable", selon la Nasa.

    Le départ est prévu à 22H45 GMT et Cygnus s'amarrera à l'ISS le 2 novembre.

    Sur les 2,2 tonnes d'équipements, près de 700 kilos sont destinés à des expériences. L'une d'elles portera sur l'irrigation du cerveau et du coeur en l'absence de gravité. Elle devrait permettre d'atténuer les maux de tête auxquels peuvent être régulièrement sujets les astronautes dans l'ISS, a précisé la Nasa.

    Les résultats de cette expérience pourraient aussi avoir des répercussions sur Terre dans le traitement de maladies neurologiques comme Alzheimer.................http://www.rtl.be/info/monde/international/1136298/la-capsule-cygnus-doit-partir-lundi-pour-ravitailler-l-iss
    26/10/14

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  33. Residents of border town eating endangered animals ...

    Protected wild animals like macaques and the rare muntjac deer are openly being sold or slaughtered by restaurants in the border county of Jiangcheng, Pu'er, Yunnan Province, news portal thepaper.cn reported on Sunday.

    Endangered species including muntjacs and masked palm civets, as well as national-level protected animals such as silver pheasants and macaques, are being slaughtered or caged by some 20 Chinese restaurants around the No.3 boundary monument on the Sino-Vietnamese border, at the local markets on the 3rd, 13th and 23rd of every month.

    Most of the wild animals are brought from Vietnam, several locals told thepaper.cn on Thursday after a recent market fair.

    However, it remains unclear how sellers manage to evade border inspections and bring the wildlife into China.

    As the only county bordering Vietnam and Laos in Yunnan, Jiangcheng is a nine-hour drive away from the provincial capital Kunming, and the distance between the border and the county is more than 50 kilometers.

    The illegal trade attracts many people to drive from Kunming, Pu'er and even other provinces.

    Government vehicles were also spotted among the swarm of eaters, but it is unknown whether government employees also joined the crowd.............http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/888416.shtml
    27/10/14

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  34. A fragment of ancient Australia has been found under Vanuatu in the South Pacific, raising questions about how continents are formed, researchers say...

    Experts had believed that the volcanic islands, east of Australia, were isolated from continental influence.

    But a team from James Cook University says it has found tiny zircon crystals of the same age in rocks on Vanuatu and in northern Australia.

    Researcher Carl Spandler said the crystals "shouldn't be there".

    The tiny crystals were carried in volcanic magma, the Australian Associated Press reported, and by using the latest radiometric techniques they were dated at up to three billion years old.

    Mr Spandler said that the presence of the zircon had major implications for how scientists understand how continents are made..............http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-29797137
    27/10/14

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  35. Japan Nuclear Plant Gets Approval to Restart ...

    A town in southwest Japan on Tuesday approved the restart of a nuclear power station, another step forward in Japan's fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.

    Satsumasendai, a town of 100,000 that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power Co plant, is 1,000 km (600 miles) southwest of Tokyo and has long relied on the Sendai plant for government subsidies and jobs.

    Nineteen of the city's 26 assembly members voted in favor of restarting the plant while four members voted against and three abstained, a city assembly member told Reuters.

    The restart is unlikely until next year, as Kyushu Electric still needs to pass operational safety checks.

    All 48 of the country's nuclear reactors were gradually taken offline following Fukushima, the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986............http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-japan-nuclear-plants-gets-approval-to-restart/2498834.html
    28/10/14

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  36. Προσοχή στα κινέζικα φάρμακα για τον Έμπολα...

    Η κινεζική εταιρεία Sihuan Pharmaceutical φέρεται να έχει στείλει χιλιάδες σκευάσματα του φαρμάκου της JK-05 στην Αφρική. Ο Γερμανός ειδικός Γιόνας Σμιτ-Κανάσιτ συνιστά μεγάλη προσοχή.

    Ο Γιόνας Σμιτ-Κανάσιτ διευθύνει το Τμήμα Διάγνωσης Επιδημιών στο Ινστιτούτο Bernhard Nocht στο Αμβούργο και παραχώρησε συνέντευξη στην Deutsche Welle σχετικά με το σκεύασμα JK-05 της κινεζικής φαρμακοβιομηχανίας Sihuan Pharmaceutical, το οποίο φέρεται να καταπολεμά τον Έμπολα. Στην ερώτηση πώς εκτιμά το φάρμακο, απαντά:

    «Είναι πολύ δύσκολο να πει κανείς. Δεν έχουμε στοιχεία. Αυτά που γνωρίζουμε είναι από τον τύπο ή από ανακοινώσεις της Κίνας. Αλλά δεν υπάρχουν δημοσιεύσεις σε διεθνώς αναγνωρισμένα περιοδικά. Όλα όσα δημοσιεύονται τώρα είναι πολύ αμφιλεγόμενα. Δεν μπορούμε βέβαια να αποκλείσουμε ότι μπορεί να πρόκειται και για ένα αποτελεσματικό φάρμακο. Όσο όμως δεν υπάρχουν αξιόπιστες πληροφορίες, δεν μπορεί κανείς να το αξιολογήσει. Πρέπει να είμαστε πολύ προσεκτικοί. Δεν πιστεύω για παράδειγμα ότι η Κίνα έκανε πειράματα σε ζώα, κάτι που θα ήταν πολύ σημαντικό για να δούμε την αποτελεσματικότητα και τις παρενέργειες του φαρμάκου»...................http://dw.de/p/1Dd8O
    28/10/14

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  37. Μειωμένες οι εκπομπές αερίων το 2013 ...

    Η ΕΕ είναι ακόμη και σε θέση να υπερβεί τον στόχο του 2020.

    Το 2013 οι εκπομπές αερίων που προκαλούν το φαινόμενο του θερμοκηπίου στην ΕΕ μειώθηκαν κατά 1,8% σε σύγκριση με το 2012 με αποτέλεσμα να κυμανθούν στο χαμηλότερο επίπεδο από το 1990, σημειώνει η ετήσια έκθεση της Κομισιόν για την πρόοδο όσον αφορά τη δράση για το κλίμα.

    Σύμφωνα με την έκθεση, η ΕΕ όχι μόνον βρίσκεται σε καλό δρόμο για την επίτευξη του στόχου του 2020, αλλά είναι σε θέση ακόμα και να τον υπερβεί.

    Η έκθεση προόδου επίσης περιέχει για πρώτη φορά στοιχεία σχετικά με τη χρήση των δημοσιονομικών εσόδων από τους πλειστηριασμούς δικαιωμάτων στο πλαίσιο του συστήματος εμπορίας δικαιωμάτων εκπομπών της ΕΕ (ΣΕΔΕ). Το 2013 η νέα αυτή πηγή εσόδων για τα κράτη μέλη ανήλθε συνολικά σε 3,6 δισ. ευρώ. Από αυτά τα 3 δισ. ευρώ θα χρησιμοποιηθούν για σκοπούς που αφορούν το κλίμα και την ενέργεια- ποσό που υπερβαίνει κατά πολύ το επίπεδο του 50% που προτείνεται στην οδηγία της ΕΕ για το ΣΕΔΕ.............http://www.kathimerini.com.cy/index.php?pageaction=kat&modid=1&artid=187713
    28/10/14

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  38. Unmanned US rocket Antares explodes during launch ...

    An unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia.

    Antares, a 14-storey rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corp, combusted seconds after leaving the seaside launch pad at Wallops Flight Facility.

    The cause of the cargo ship malfunction has yet to be determined.

    The initial planned launch of the spacecraft on Monday was delayed due to a sailboat in nearby waters.

    The flight was expected to be the third contracted mission with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    The rocket was due to carry nearly 5,000 pounds (2,200kgs) of supplies to six astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

    "We will understand what happened, hopefully soon, and we'll get things back on track," said Frank Culbertson, executive vice-president of Orbital Sciences.

    "We've all seen this happen in our business before, and we've all seen the teams recover from this, and we will do the same."...........http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-29812139
    29/10/14

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  39. Sri Lanka landslide: Ten dead and 300 missing ...

    At least 10 people are dead and hundreds are missing following a landslide in central Sri Lanka, disaster officials tell the BBC.

    The landslide, which came after heavy monsoon rains, engulfed about 140 houses in Badulla district, officials said.

    Security forces have been mobilised in search and rescue operations.

    Mudslide warnings were issued after much of Sri Lanka was lashed by heavy rain in the past few weeks.................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29813981
    29/10/14

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    1. No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead ...

      All hopes of finding survivors under the mud and rubble of a landslide in south-central Sri Lanka had run out by first light on Thursday, though a government minister cut the estimated death toll to more than 100 from 300 the previous night.

      "I don't think there could be any survivors," Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told Reuters, after visiting the disaster site in the tea-plantation village of Haldummulla, 190 km (120 miles) from the capital, Colombo.

      "It is about 100 people who have been buried as there were some children and some estate workers who were not at their houses at the time of the disaster," he added, explaining why the death toll could be lower than feared the day before.

      However, the Disaster Management Center's last estimate for the number killed was still 300................http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/No-hope-for-survivors-in-Sri-Lanka-landslide-over-100-dead-380233
      30/10/14

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  40. Fukushima Reactor 1 dismantling to be delayed ...

    In the first-ever delay in the plans to dismantle reactor 1 at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government and the utility have agreed to postpone the removal of fuel rods from the spent-fuel pool by two years from the initial plans, NHK reported Thursday.

    The date of extracting the meltedfuel rods from the reactor core, which suffered a meltdown in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, will also be delayed by five years, the network said, without naming the source....................http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/30/national/reactor-1-dismantling-delayed/#.VFHCs1fm75M
    30/10/14

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  41. Russian government to support Yamal LNG project ...

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said the government will support the Yamal LNG project.

    On Thursday night, Novatek’s CEO Leonid Mikhelson reported to the president on the implementation of the project.

    “Due to the sanctions, of course, we have been experiencing limitations on financing the project, as Novatek is on the sanctions list,” the company’s head said. “Possible attraction of the financing from the National Wellbeing Fund will not be that large — it may make 18% of the required financing. But it is most important everyone may see the government is supporting the project.”

    “We have discussed outside financing with all banks, mostly with Chinese banks, with our banks. We hope by the end of the current year we shall be able to prepare all credit documents so that in the first, in the second year, about within first six months, we could open financing from abroad. Until then, the shareholders have sufficient financial opportunities to observe the timing. The target time — year 2017 — we confirm it and will follow the objective,” he said.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/economy/757561
    31/10/14

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  42. Πέφτει η στάθμη του Έβρου ...

    Κάτω από το όριο συναγερμού παραμένει από χθες το μεσημέρι η στάθμη του Έβρου.

    Στις 6:00 η στάθμη του ποταμού στο Πύθιο ήταν στα 5,50 μέτρα (με όριο συναγερμού τα 5,70 μέτρα), ενώ χθες στις 22:00 ήταν στα 5,55 μέτρα.

    Στο Πέταλο, στο νότιο τμήμα του Έβρου, η στάθμη του νερού στις 6:00 ήταν στα 5,35 μέτρα, ενώ χθες στις 22:00 ήταν στα 5,25 μέτρα.

    «Το φαινόμενο μετακυλίεται στο νότιο τμήμα του ποταμού, όπου αυξάνεται σταδιακά η στάθμη των υδάτων. Το φαινόμενο φαίνεται σταδιακά να ομαλοποιείται» είπε ο αντιπεριφερειάρχης Έβρου Δημήτρης Πέτροβιτς και πρόσθεσε ότι οι υπηρεσίες παραμένουν σε ετοιμότητα.
    Πηγή: ΑΜΠΕ
    31/10/14

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  43. Frankreich: Unbekannte Drohnen überfliegen Kernkraftwerke ...

    Frankreich ist alarmiert: Abermals haben Drohnen unbekannter Herkunft zwei französische Atomreaktoranlagen überflogen. Spezialeinheiten haben inzwischen die Order erhalten, die Flugobjekte „zu neutralisieren“.

    In der Nacht zum Freitag haben abermals Drohnen zwei französische Atomreaktoranlagen in Penly (Seine-et-Marne) und Golfech (Tarn-et-Garonne) überflogen. Erst am Vortag hatte der französische Elektrizitätskonzern EDF, der die 58 Reaktoren betreibt, Anzeige wegen Drohnenflügen über einem Dutzend eigentlich durch ein Überflugverbot geschützten Atomanlagen erstattet...............http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/frankreich-unbekannte-drohnen-ueberfliegen-kernkraftwerke-13241023.html
    31/10/14

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  44. Drones voltam a sobrevoar centrais nucleares em França ...

    Pequenos drones não identificados sobrevoaram duas centrais nucleares francesas, à semelhança do que aconteceu em outras sete no início do mês, suscitando receios sobre a segurança destes complexos, que produzem 80% da eletricidade em França.

    A polícia militarizada francesa e a empresa "Electricité de France" (EDF), que explora as 19 centrais nucleares francesas, confirmaram os sobrevoos dos aparelhos não tripulados cerca das 21.00 horas locais de quinta-feira (20.00 horas em Portugal continental) em Penly (noroeste) e em Golfech (sul).

    Os drones foram detetados por elementos da polícia militarizada responsáveis pela segurança das centrais, bem como por funcionários, mas não foram neutralizados porque "não representaram uma ameaça direta" para as instalações, de acordo com um porta-voz das forças de segurança.................http://www.jn.pt/PaginaInicial/Mundo/Interior.aspx?content_id=4212688&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JN-ULTIMAS+%28JN+-+Ultimas%29
    31/10/14

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  45. One person was killed and a second person seriously injured on Friday in the crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship during a test flight in the Mojave Desert in California, CNN and CNBC reported, citing the California Highway Patrol...

    At least two pilots were aboard the spacecraft, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January, according to the Mojave Air and Space Port.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/One-killed-another-injured-in-crash-of-Virgin-Galactic-spacecraft-380446
    31/10/14

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