The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 399.72 parts per million (ppm) and is likely to pass the symbolically important 400ppm level for the first time in the next few days.
Iraqi authorities announced Sunday that they had revoked the operating licenses of pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera and nine other satellite TV channels, alleging that they are promoting a sectarian agenda as the country grapples with a wave of violence.
The move, effective immediately, comes as Baghdad tries to quell rising unrest in the country following clashes at a protest camp last week.
Militants shot dead five Iraqi soldiers in the Sunni Muslim stronghold province of Anbar on Saturday and protesters said they were forming an "army" after four days of unrest that raised fears of a return to widespread sectarian civil conflict.
Astronomers could one day create rough maps of far-away planets using information taken from starlight reflection, determining the balance of oceans, lands and overhanging clouds.
Volunteering is booming. David Cameron is putting social enterprises and charity projects on the G8 agenda. Today, we honour those who selflessly give back to our communities. They - in the age of cuts - are the true heart of Britain
Wealthy pensioners who do not need benefit payments should voluntarily hand back the money to the government, the work and pensions secretary has said.
Iain Duncan Smith encouraged better-off elderly people to pay back taxpayer-funded financial support that they do not need, such as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes and television licences.
A dog can walk again after he was fitted with prosthetics following frost bite injuries that cost him his paws.
Disappointing news on the science wires today, as new research indicates that a possible means of subverting the laws of physics to allow interstellar travel apparently doesn't work.
What is the longest possible sunset you can experience while driving, assuming we are obeying the speed limit and driving on paved roads?
Selection of photos documenting the moving of the A-12 from California to area 51. Spoiler, they did it with a massive lorry.
Many people think "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" is anti Semitic "hate literature" and a fraud.
Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote that the book exhibits "the mind of genius." This is pretty unusual for a fraud.
Using a delicious combination of particle accelerators, X-rays, high-intensity lasers, diamonds, and iron atoms, scientists have worked out that the inner core of the Earth is actually 6,000 degrees Celsius — some 1,000 degrees hotter than the previous scientific estimate. This means the core of our Earth is actually hotter than the surface of the Sun. This new data could generate repercussions in the fields of geophysics, seismology, geodynamics, and other Earth-oriented scientific disciplines.
Sectarian strife has returned to Iraq from elsewhere in the region, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Saturday, a likely reference to neighbouring war-torn Syria.
Armed drone aircraft have been operated remotely from Britain for the first time, the Ministry of Defence has said.
New York police say what appears to be part of the landing gear of one of the jets flown into the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001 has been found.
Over the past few days, more than 100 people have been killed and hundreds of others wounded in clashes between Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes in northern Iraqi provinces, including Salaheddin, Nineveh and Kirkuk.
Activist groups in eastern Syria asserted that the military airstrike, which hit the eastern city of Deir al-Zour, was carried out by a warplane that had flown across the border with Iraq. Some accused Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq, whose Shiite-dominated government is engrossed in a worsening conflict with Sunni militants, of ordering the strike. Others said the plane was a Syrian Air Force MiG that had crossed into Iraqi airspace before turning back into Syria for its bombing sortie.
The eastern command of the Free Syrian Army, a rebel group, issued a statement blaming the Maliki government: “This attack is a flagrant violation perpetrated by Maliki forces against our people in Deir al-Zour in collaboration with Assad gangs, and we will not forgive them this brutal, barbaric assault.”
“Brothers, dialogue and understanding can achieve what terror, violence and killing can’t,” Maliki said in a televised address late yesterday after three days of clashes between armed Sunni tribesmen and security forces in the north that police say left at least 100 people dead.
Tensions have been on the rise since Sunnis began anti- government protests in December and worsened on April 23 when troops backed by helicopters stormed a plaza in Hawija, killing at least 20 protesters. Armed tribesmen who lost family members then attacked a number of army checkpoints in the governorate.
more for the comments than anything.
The terrorist attack, or staged terrorist attack, in Boston, like the 9/11 attack before it, will result in the continued destruction of our constitutionally guaranteed liberty. The police state, led by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, are already spearheading the effort.
In Kreuzberg, Berlin, virtual currency Bitcoin has expanded off the internet into the local economy
I guess they have to be passionate about something...
Radical scaling back of pilot to include only most straightforward cases causes concern for charities and opposition parties. Only a few dozen people are expected to claim benefits using the government's flagship new universal credit scheme when it is launched on Monday and the total number who will qualify will be limited to 300 a month, in a radical scaling back of the pilot.
Monkeys are just as prone to peer group pressure as humans, according to new research.
Fox, seen as a standard bearer of the Tory right, will call for the party to fight the next general election on a radical Thatcherite platform of tax cuts, privatisation and deregulation
The so-called "big four" accountancy firms are using knowledge gained from staff seconded to the Treasury to help wealthy clients avoid paying UK taxes, a report by the influential Commons public accounts committee says.
IBM announced this past November that its Blue Gene/Q Sequoia supercomputer could clock 16 quadrillion calculations per second, and could crudely simulate more than 530 billion neurons. What they did not advertise though, is that to do this, Blue Gene consumes nearly 8 megawatts, enough to power 160,000 homes. Boahen has now developed a new computing platform he calls Neurogrid, that runs around 100,000 times more efficiently. Each Neurogrid board, running at 5 watts, can simulate detailed neuronal activity of one million neurons — and it can now do it in real time.