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Cousteau's grandson to spend 31 days at undersea lab in Florida Keys

Miami, Apr 15 (EFE).- Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the late French aquanaut Jacques Cousteau, will take part in a 31-day mission this summer at the Aquarius undersea laboratory in the Florida Keys to study the effects of climate change, pollution and acidification on the oceans of the world. Florida International University, or FIU, which since 2013 has operated the world's only undersea research facility, located at a depth of 19.2 meters (40 feet) off Key West, said that scientists and students are joining Cousteau on "Mission 31."

Mini-sub deploys to scour ocean depths in MH370 hunt

Australia decided Monday to deploy a mini-submarine to scour the unmapped Indian Ocean seabed for Malaysian jet MH370 at a daunting depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet), ending the search for black-box signals. Angus Houston, who heads the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, also revealed that an oil slick had been sighted in the area of the search led by the Australian vessel Ocean Shield far off Perth.

Int'l seaweed expo kicks off on Wando island

WANDO, South Korea, April 11 (Yonhap) -- Nearly 5,000 tourists, government officials and businessmen from around the world gathered on this island off South Korea's southern coast Friday to attend the world's first international seaweed-themed expo. Under the theme of "seaweeds and their role in mankind's future," the Wando Seaweeds Expo 2014 kicked off its month-long run on Wando Island.

Beloved in antiquity, Greece's hot springs left untapped

Hercules used them to regain his strength after his legendary labours, Hippocrates lauded their beneficial properties and even a famous Roman general, Sulla, said he owed his health to them. Their praise was for hot springs, a medicinal resource known and appreciated in Greece since antiquity -- though regrettably less so nowadays. "Greece invented the therapeutic use of hot springs thousands of years before the birth of Jesus Christ," says Zisis Aggelidis, a professor of hydrogeology at Thessaloniki's Aristotelio University.

China to have nuclear missiles on subs soon: US admiral

China for the first time will likely have subs equipped with long-range nuclear missiles later this year, part of an increasingly potent submarine fleet, a top US officer said Tuesday, The head of US Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, said the latest class of Chinese subs would be armed with a new ballistic missile with an estimated range of 4,000 nautical miles (7,500 kilometers). "This will give China its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent, probably before the end of 2014," Locklear told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Water experts say it's too soon to predict if Alberta facing more flooding

CALGARY - A long and snowy winter in Alberta isn't necessarily a precursor to another year of flooding like the province suffered through in 2013, says a government official. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resources checks the snowpack each month and says the snowpack was only slightly above normal compared to last year in the last measurement March 1.

World faces 'water-energy' crisis

Surging populations and economies in the developing world will cause a double crunch in demand for water and energy in the coming decades, the UN said Friday. In a report published on the eve of World Water Day, it said the cravings for clean water and electricity were intertwined and could badly strain Earth's limited resources.

Canadians aware of flood risks but not protecting themselves; RBC survey

CALGARY - An RBC survey says Canadians may be fully aware of the risks of flooding brought on by extreme weather, but they aren't worried enough to protect themselves or their homes. Heavy rainstorms, snowfall and floods increasingly dominated news headlines in 2013, with extreme weather events directly affecting more than 3.5 million Canadians. Parts of southern Alberta, including Calgary, were particularly hard hit last June when flooding caused billions of dollars in damage and forced thousands from their homes.

Boil water order lifted, state of emergency over for Lethbridge and area

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Tap water is again safe to drink and the state of emergency has been lifted for the southern Alberta city of Lethbridge and area. The city announced just after noon today that water reserves have been mostly restored and it can now meet the fire protection needs of all communities. The city said residents and businesses helped with water conservation and water use is no longer restricted. It said drinking water may have a different taste or odour, but added it is safe. Arenas were to reopen later this afternoon, while pools are now open.

B.C. government refreshes century-old water law with new law expected in 2015

VICTORIA - Environment Minister Mary Polak has turned the taps on British Columbia's Water Act, refreshing the century-old law with new legislation and vowing to make the province a stewardship leader. Following years of consultations with First Nations, outdoor and recreational groups, Polak introduced the Water Sustainability Act in Victoria on Tuesday. Expected to come into effect in the in the spring of 2015, the new law will replace one that has been on the books since 1909 — a time when B.C.'s population was just 350,000, said Polak.
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