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Illegal emissions threaten to undermine UN's optimistic ozone report

Illegal emissions threaten to undermine UN's optimistic ozone report

Science
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Despite news reports of an improving ozone layer, uncertainty over the impacts of illegal chlorofluorocarbon emissions threatens to undermine the longterm success of the Montreal Protocol. Earlier this week, the United Nations issued a press release confirming the Earth's ozone layer continues to heal. The release called the news a "ray of hope" in the wake of urgent warnings about the risks of global warming. But the report itself revealed serious concerns -- concerns parties to the Montreal Protocol are discussing this week at meetings in Quito, Ecuador. Last year, reports revealed a surprising uptick in CFC-11 emissions, an ozone-depleting gas banned under the Montreal Protocol. Followup investigations suggested the Chinese foam industry is responsible for the rise in C...
NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

NovaSAR: UK radar satellite launches to track illegal shipping activity

Science
The first all-British radar satellite has launched to orbit on an Indian rocket. Called NovaSAR, it has the ability to take pictures of the surface of the Earth in every kind of weather, day or night. The spacecraft will assume a number of roles but its designers specifically want to see if it can help monitor suspicious shipping activity. Lift-off from the Satish Dhawan spaceport occurred at 17:38 BST. NovaSAR was joined on its rocket by a high-resolution optical satellite - that is, an imager that sees in ordinary light. Known as S1-4, this spacecraft will discern objects on the ground as small as 87cm across. Both it and NovaSAR were manufactured by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited of Guildford. ...
Bollywood star gets five years for illegal hunt

Bollywood star gets five years for illegal hunt

Entertainment
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been jailed for five years for killing an endangered species of antelope in a wildlife preserve two decades ago.The 52-year-old actor, who was at the hearing in Jodhpur, in Rajasthan state, was also handed a 10,000 rupee (£109) fine as he was led into custody.Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri reportedly described the star as an "habitual offender" as he was sentenced.Khan was driven away amid chaotic scenes outside court and is expected to start serving his sentence at a local prison."A warrant has been issued in his name and he will be sent to Central Jail," said Prosecutor Mahipal Bishnoi.Image:Indian blackbucks, also known as Indian antelopes. File picIndian media reports suggest it could take days for Khan's legal team to apply for bail and