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April 27, 2017
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When Nature vents her wrath on grapes



Vienna (AFP) April 26, 2017
Making wine is a tough job in most places, what with frost, hail, drought and bushfires to contend with. But nowhere is the task bigger than in Argentina's Mendoza region, where vintners duel "the whole gamut of natural hazards" - not least frequent earthquakes, according to research unveiled on Wednesday. The region tops a new index of wine areas most targeted by Nature's wrath. "We see that Mendoza in Argentina, which has earthquakes, hail, floods, the whole gamut of natural hazards... is ... read more

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Rivers of blood orange: Juice floods Russian town
Moscow (AFP) April 26, 2017
Russian authorities on Wednesday were probing an accident at a beverage factory that saw fruit juice flood the streets of a town south of Moscow. ... more
WATER WORLD
Humans threaten 'fossil' groundwater: study
Vienna (AFP) April 25, 2017
Human activity risks contaminating pristine water stockpiled deep underground since the age of the mammoths, said a study Tuesday that warns of a looming threat to a critical life source. ... more
WATER WORLD
In Mexico City, water a rare commodity
Mexico City (AFP) April 26, 2017
In a teeming, hardscrabble neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City, Virginia Solis spends a big part of her day hauling sloshing buckets to her home - one of tens of thousands in the capital without running water. ... more
FARM NEWS
A novel form of iron for fortification of foods
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Around 1.2 billion people worldwide suffer from iron deficiency, with women worse affected than men. In Europe, one in five women around the age of 20 suffers from iron deficiency. Typical symptoms ... more
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Indian minister ridiculed as bizarre drought plot backfires
New Delhi (AFP) April 24, 2017
An Indian politician who attempted to cover a dam in sheets of polystyrene has been left red-faced after his bizarre water-saving scheme backfired. ... more
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Syngenta sales slip as ChemChina takeover looms
Geneva (AFP) April 24, 2017
Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta said Monday its sales slumped one percent in the first quarter, but said its planned takeover by ChemChina was on track for completion in May. ... more
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'Eating with the eyes' is hard-wired in the brain
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Have you ever wondered why just seeing food can make your mouth start to water? By visualizing neuronal activity in specific areas of the zebrafish brain, scientists at the National Institute of Gen ... more
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New data unearths pesticide peril in beehives
Ithaca NY (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Honeybees - employed to pollinate crops during the blooming season - encounter danger due to lingering and wandering pesticides, according to a new Cornell University study that analyzed the bee's o ... more
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Sunflower seeds traced as source of toxic mold, potent liver carcinogen
East Lansing MI (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Michigan State University researchers have shown that sunflower seeds are frequently contaminated with a toxin produced by molds and pose an increased health risk in many low-income countries worldw ... more
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A better way to predict the environmental impacts of agricultural production
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Consumer goods companies often rely on life-cycle assessments (LCA) to figure out the potential consequences of how they design products and source ingredients. This kind of assessment, while sophis ... more


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Police block farmers' protest against planned Nicaragua canal
Juigalpa, Nicaragua (AFP) April 23, 2017
Police in Nicaragua on Saturday blocked thousands of farmers and rural residents from holding a march against a government plan to build a canal across the country, potentially carving up their land. ... more
WATER WORLD
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the viru ... more
FARM NEWS
Cold snap threatens French vines
Paris (AFP) April 21, 2017
A late spring frost that hit French vineyards is threatening the harvest in Champagne and Burgundy, winegrowers warn. ... more
FARM NEWS
Nearly two billion people depend on imported food
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Researchers show empirically: when population pressure increases, food is imported. The Earth's capacity to feed its growing population is limited - and unevenly distributed. An increase in cultivat ... more

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Heavy precipitation speeds carbon exchange in tropics
Missoula MT (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
New research by the University of Montana and its partner institutions gives insight into how forests globally will respond to long-term climate change. Cory Cleveland, a UM professor of terrestrial ecosystem ecology, said that previous research in the wet tropics - where much of global forest productivity occurs - indicates that the increased rainfall that may occur with climate change wo ... more
Paris (ESA) Apr 24, 2017
When Swarm met Steve
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 18, 2017
'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes
Bristol, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Banned industrial solvent sheds new light on methane mystery
2 SOPS says goodbye to GPS satellite
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
At 25-years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit before the 2nd Space Operations Squadron said goodbye via final command and disposal here April 18. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it performed more than triple its design life of 7.5 years. "The most interesting thing about this process for me, was the ability to do some experimentatio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Paris (ESA) Apr 10, 2017
Galileo's search and rescue service in the spotlight
Managua (AFP) April 7, 2017
Russia inaugurates GPS-type satellite station in Nicaragua
Trump looks to lift protections on America's vast nature preserves
Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017
After moving to unstitch climate change rules, US President Donald Trump is turning his sights on America's vast nature preserves, with a view to possibly lifting federal protections brought in over the past two decades. On Wednesday, he is to sign an executive order reviewing decisions by predecessors Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to designate public land a "national monumen ... more
Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017
Trump moves to review status of America's nature preserves
Pemba, Mozambique (AFP) April 26, 2017
Mozambique battles illegal logging to save tropical forests
Alexandria VA (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Application of statistical method shows promise mitigating climate change effects on pine
The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins fight against plastic pollution
Paris (AFP) April 24, 2017
A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic, scientists reported Monday, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution. "This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans," said Cambridge University professor P ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Degradable electronic components created from corn starch
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Towards more efficient biofuels by making oil from algae
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Algal residue - an alternative carbon resource for pharmaceuticals and polyesters
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Indian Space Agency Comes Up With an App Indicating Solar Power Potential
New Delhi (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2017
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed an Android app that will show the solar potential of a given location in any part of the country. The app was developed to support the clean energy target of generating 175,000 MW power through non-fossil fuel energy. The computation of solar energy potential is essential for selecting locations for solar photovoltaic (PV) thermal ... more
London, UK (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Ancala and Anesco deploy large scale battery at UK solar farm
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance
Orlando FL (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air
Norwegian company envisions wind energy role for oil production
Washington (UPI) Apr 19, 2017
A Norwegian energy company said it was moving to the next phase of testing for a project that would use wind power to facilitate offshore oil production. DNV GL is leading a joint research project that includes the Norwegian Research Council, the regional subsidiary of Italian energy company ENI and U.S. supermajor Exxon Mobil as its partners. The partnership is testing whether or not w ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
German power company examining new wind energy options.
Washington (UPI) Apr 6, 2017
Canada sees emerging role for wind energy
India's coal plant plans conflict with climate commitments
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
India will not be able to meet its Paris climate agreement commitments in the coming years if it carries through with plans to build nearly 370 coal-fired power plants, a new study finds. "India is facing a dilemma of its own making," said Steve Davis, associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California Irvine and coauthor of a new study published this week in Earth ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Coal power dropping as natural gas, renewables grow, U.S. report finds
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
US environmental groups file suit to block new coal mining on public lands
Mumbai (AFP) March 19, 2017
Adani to begin work on Australia mine by August: report
Pro-independence activists arrested in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) April 26, 2017
Two Hong Kong independence activists who were barred from taking up their seats as lawmakers last year were arrested and charged Wednesday over chaos at the city's parliament. Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching were arrested at their apartments Wednesday morning and were charged with illegal assembly and attempted forceful entry into the legislative chamber, Yau told reporters. The pair be ... more
Changsha, China (AFP) April 25, 2017
Trial of China human rights lawyer delayed: supporters
Beijing (AFP) April 20, 2017
Chinese tycoon accuses Beijing of meddling in interview
Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2017
For Chinese fans, popular teen band are mama's boys
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Synthetic two-sided gecko's foot could enable underwater robotics
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Geckos are well known for effortlessly scrambling up walls and upside down across ceilings. Even in slippery rain forests, the lizards maintain their grip. Now scientists have created a double-sided adhesive that copies this reversible ability to stick and unstick to surfaces even in wet conditions. They say their development, reported in ACS' Journal of Physical Chemistry C, could be usef ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
The rise of automated art
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Mystery of the missing mercury at the Great Salt Lake
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
Around 2010, the deep waters of Utah's Great Salt Lake contained high levels of toxic methylmercury. Mercury measurements in waterfowl surrounding the lake led to a rare human consumption advisory for ducks. But by 2015, 90 percent of the deep mercury was gone. The disappearance of the mercury was not due to aggressive environmental policies or a wide-ranging cleanup effort. Instead, it's ... more
Rabat (AFP) April 26, 2017
Morocco seizes 420 tonnes of plastic bags in year since ban
London (AFP) April 24, 2017
UK could face legal battle over air pollution delay
Paris (ESA) Apr 18, 2017
ESA helps faster cleaner shipping
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Flammable floodplains are weak spot of Amazon forest
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Peripheral parts of the Amazon forest were long thought to be most vulnerable to climate-induced collapse. Now, a study by an international team of scientists reveals in the scientific journal PNAS that seasonally inundated areas in the heart of the forest may be an unexpected Achilles' heel. Those floodplains turn out to be particularly prone to fire which may subsequently spread into the surro ... more
Santiago (AFP) March 13, 2017
Thousands return home after fleeing Chile forest fire
Boulder CO (SPX) Feb 28, 2017
Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades
Beijing (AFP) Feb 26, 2017
China detains 24 after deadly hotel fire
Humans threaten 'fossil' groundwater: study
Vienna (AFP) April 25, 2017
Human activity risks contaminating pristine water stockpiled deep underground since the age of the mammoths, said a study Tuesday that warns of a looming threat to a critical life source. So-called "fossil" groundwater - more than 12,000 years old - trickled into sub-surface aquifers long before it could be tarnished by pollution from farming and factory chemicals. Generally stored at ... more
Bloomington IN (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Research sheds new light on forces that threaten sensitive coastlines
Mexico City (AFP) April 26, 2017
In Mexico City, water a rare commodity
Karlovac, Croatia (AFP) April 19, 2017
Croatian rivers face hydroelectric peril
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Australian cyclone aftermath hits New Zealand
Wellington (AFP) April 6, 2017
The remnants of a deadly Australian cyclone caused havoc as it passed over New Zealand Thursday, causing "one-in-500-year" flooding that forced an entire town to be evacuated. The former Tropical Cyclone Debbie continued to pack a punch despite being downgraded to a low pressure system after crossing the Tasman Sea, dumping a month's worth of rain on some areas of the North Island in less th ... more
Madrid (AFP) March 30, 2017
Two dead in Tenerife after giant wave sweeps them away
Madison WI (SPX) Mar 15, 2017
A scientist and a supercomputer re-create a tornado
Paris (AFP) March 6, 2017
French storm Zeus leaves two dead, 600,000 homes without power
Canada's Trudeau says will stand up to Trump on trade
Ottawa (AFP) April 25, 2017
Canada will respond firmly to Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday after the United States announced new tariffs on its softwood and vowed to also target Canadian milk. "I'm polite, but I'm also very firm in defending Canada's interests," Trudeau said in an interview with broadcaster CTV. After targeting Canadian lumber Monday, the US president threatened retaliation ... more
Juigalpa, Nicaragua (AFP) April 23, 2017
Police block farmers' protest against planned Nicaragua canal
Washington (AFP) April 20, 2017
Trump invokes national security to probe US steel imports
Jerusalem (AFP) April 23, 2017
Israel signs deal to bring in 6,000 Chinese labourers
Sun's Eruptions Might All Have Same Trigger
Durham, UK (SPX) Apr 27, 2017
Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity. Researchers at Durham University, UK, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, USA, used 3D computer simulations to show a theoretical link between large- and small-scale eruptions that were previously thought to be driven by differe ... more
Beijing CA (SPX) Apr 25, 2017
Interdisciplinary studies reveal relationship between solar activity and climate change
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
NASA and Partners Survey Space Weather Science
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
How Venus flytrap triggers digestion
Wurzburg, Germany (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is a carnivorous plant. Catching its prey, mainly insects, with a trapping structure formed by its leaves, the plants' glands secrete an enzyme to decompose the prey and take up the nutrients released. Although postulated since Darwin's pioneering studies, these secretory events have not been measured and analysed until now: An international team of resear ... more
Colombo (AFP) April 26, 2017
Sri Lanka overturns ban on adopting elephants
Vienna (AFP) April 26, 2017
Humans alter Earth's chemistry from beyond the grave
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
Mammoths suffered from diseases that are typical for people


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