Hong Kong's leadership blames months of pro-democracy protests as the economy fell well short of predicted growth in 2014, and warns that "prolonged political bickering" could do more damage to investor confidence. (Cover photo: Reuters)
A freak sinkhole in South Korea's capital swallows two people as they step off bus.
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For the first time, a NASA satellite has quantified in three dimensions how much dust makes the trans-Atlantic journey from the Sahara Desert to the Amazon rainforest. Among this dust is phosphorus, an essential nutrient that acts like a fertilizer, which the Amazon depends on in order to flourish.
An average of 27.7 million tons of dust per year – enough to fill 104,908 semi trucks – fall to the surface over the Amazon basin. The phosphorus portion, an estimated 22,000 tons per year, is about the same amount as that lost from rain and flooding. The finding is part of a bigger research effort to understand the role of dust and aerosols in the environment and on local and global climate.