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February 25, 2017
Cultivating cool-for-cash-crop

Washington DC (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
When deciding what crops to grow during a season, growers look at several factors. Do the crops have a good yield in their area? Does the area currently have the resources - usually water - to grow that crop? Will the crop give a return on the investment? And, what are the future effects that growing that crop might have on the growers' fields? That's many factors! In California, growers usually choose warm season crops: ones that grow from March to October. But, extension agronomist Stephen ... read more

French Greens offer hair to highlight pesticide risks
Paris (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Seven top French environmentalists including a presidential candidate have had their hair tested to draw attention to the prevalence of pesticides and other pollutants in daily life. ... more
Study finds consumers willing to pay more for 'all-natural' labeled foods
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
A study published in the Journal of Food Science found that expectations of product quality, nutritional content and the amount of money consumers were willing to pay increased when consumers saw a ... more
Widely accepted vision for agriculture may be inaccurate, misleading
University Park PA (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
"Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers ... more
Researchers unravel powerful tool in maize breeding
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
A common strategy to create high-yielding plants is hybrid breeding - crossing two different inbred lines to obtain characteristics superior to each parent. However, getting the inbred lines in the ... more
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What's the buzz on bee parasites?
Liverpool, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Published in the open-access journal GigaScience is an article that presents the genome of a parasitic mite, Tropilaelaps mercedesae, that infects bee colonies, which are facing wide-spread devastat ... more
Mumbai's original inhabitants fear world's tallest statue
Mumbai (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
A fitting tribute to a local legend or a grotesque misuse of money? The decision to build the world's tallest statue just off Mumbai's coast has divided the city. ... more
Bee decline threatens US crop production
Burlington VT (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
The first-ever study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands - from California's Central Valley to the Midwest's corn belt and the Mississippi ... more
Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste
Edinburgh, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste, a study suggests. The world population consumes around 10 per cent more food than it needs, while alm ... more
Brazil's poorest region suffers worst drought in a century
Quixeramobim, Brazil (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
A cow's skull lies baking in the sun and nearby another dead cow rots, symbols of the desolation gripping northeastern Brazil during its worst drought in a century. ... more
New idea to fight billion-dollar threat to soybean production
Columbia MO (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Invisible to the naked eye, cyst nematodes are a major threat to agriculture, causing billions of dollars in global crop losses every year. A group of plant scientists, led by University of Missouri ... more

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Snap beans hard to grow in cover crop residue
Urbana IL (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
More no-till farmers are using cover crops to conserve soil and suppress weeds, but many vegetable producers are reluctant to get on board. That's because many small-seeded vegetable crops struggle ... more
Maize study finds genes that help crops adapt to change
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
Over many thousands of years, farmers have bred maize varieties so the crops are optimally adapted to local environments. A new study, published in Nature Genetics, analyzed close to 4,500 maize var ... more
Bioinvasion on the rise
Konstanz, Germany (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
"It had remained unclear whether or not the accumulation of alien species has already reached a point of slow-down", says Dr Hanno Seebens from the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Cent ... more
Cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro to privatize water utility
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Legislators for financially strapped Rio de Janeiro state voted Monday to approve privatization of the public water utility despite a strike by workers and threats of protests. ... more

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In Atmospheric River Storms, Wind Is a Risk, Too
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 22, 2017
Atmospheric river storms are hailed as drought-busters when they bring needed rain and snow, but they have a well-known dark side: damaging floods. A new NASA study documents a second destructive force in these storms: high winds. The study shows that atmospheric rivers were associated with almost half of the most extreme mid-latitude windstorms globally for the past 20 years, doing billio ... more
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
'Quartz' crystals at the Earth's core power its magnetic field
Ottobrunn, Germany (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Airbus to develop payload for first Franco-German Earth observation satellite
London, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
First-ever global view of transshipment in commercial fishing industry
Police in China's restive Xinjiang to track cars by GPS
Beijing (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
A prefecture in China's restive Xinjiang region has ordered all vehicles to be equipped with GPS-like tracking software, police and media reports said Tuesday, as authorities step up an "anti-terrorism" campaign. All drivers in the Bayingol Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture must install a China-developed satellite navigation system called Beidou "to prevent theft, but also primarily to maintai ... more
New Delhi (Sputnik) Feb 15, 2017
GLONASS station in India to expedite 'space centric' warfare command
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Australia and Lockheed field 2nd-Gen sat-based augmentation system
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 14, 2017
UK may lose access to EU Galileo GPS system after Brexit
Forests worldwide threatened by drought
Stirling, UK (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Forests around the world are at risk of death due to widespread drought, University of Stirling researchers have found. An analysis, published in the journal Ecology Letters, suggests that forests are at risk globally from the increased frequency and severity of droughts. The study found a similar response in trees across the world, where death increases consistently with increases in drou ... more
Syracuse, N.Y. (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
Study: The forest is getting farther away, especially in rural America
Yangon (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Myanmar makes record seizures of illegal timber
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Laissez-faire is not good enough for reforestation
Scientists use nanoparticles, ultraviolet light to turn CO2 into fuel
Durham, N.C. (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
Scientists at Duke University have developed a new method for catalyzing the conversion of carbon dioxide into methane, a component of many alternative fuels. The reaction is bolstered by the presence of rhodium nanoparticles and ultraviolet light. Rhodium is known to accelerate, or catalyze, a variety of reactions used for industrial processes, but the energy boost offered by the rare ... more
Edmonton, Alberta (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
Alberta backing bioenergy programs
Syracuse NY (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
A better way to farm algae
Leiden, The Netherlands (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
DuPont Industrial Biosciences to develop new high-efficiency biogas enzyme method
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Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology to embed the silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key eleme ... more
Bangkok, Thailand (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Prime Road and First Solar complete 18MW of Thai solar farms
Washington (UPI) Feb 22, 2017
U.S. renewables a job engine, trade groups say
Zug, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
meeco installed biggest solar energy plant in Zimbabwe
US grid can handle more offshore wind power
Newark DE (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Injecting large amounts of offshore wind power into the U.S. electrical grid is manageable, will cut electricity costs, and will reduce pollution compared to current fossil fuel sources, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University who have completed a first-of-its-kind simulation with the electric power industry. The researchers consulted with PJM Inte ... more
Lansing, Mich. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Michigan meets renewable energy targets
Stavanger, Norway (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
British grid drawing power from new offshore wind farm
Milan, Italy (SPX) Jan 31, 2017
Prysmian UK to supply land cable connections for East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm
China halts N. Korea coal imports after missile test
Beijing (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said Saturday, depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test. "(China) will temporarily stop its imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of this year (including coal for which customs applications have been made but not yet processed)," the commerce ... more
Brussels (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Feb 7, 2017
Do more to advance CCS, BHP Billiton says
Beijing (UPI) Feb 6, 2017
Beijing's mayor vows step away from coal
Over 30,000 gather to support jailed Hong Kong cops: reports
Hong Kong (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
More than 30,000 people gathered in Hong Kong Wednesday to show their support for seven police officers who were sentenced to two years in jail for beating up a pro-democracy activist in 2014, reports said. Television news footage showed long queues leading up to the packed football pitch of the Police Sports and Recreational Club in Kowloon, with off-duty and retired members of the force ma ... more
Beijing (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China jails safety boss who was sacked over huge blast
Beijing (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
China muzzles feminist group over anti-Trump posts
Shanghai (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
China selfie-app leader seeks to 'beautify the world'
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Study: Even 'benevolent bots' fight, sometimes for years
Oxford, England (UPI) Feb 23, 2017
An analysis of bot behavior over the course of a decades shows even "benevolent" bots bicker. In fact, researchers found evidence of bot-versus-bot fights lasting several years. The bots in question were employed by Wikipedia to perform a variety of editing and maintenance tasks. Editing bots repair vandalized text, enforce content and language bans, check and fix spelling, insert links ... more
Lausanne, Switzerland (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Scientists invent new, faster gait for six-legged robots
Chicago IL (SPX) Feb 14, 2017
Now you can 'build your own' bio-bot
Washington (AFP) Feb 11, 2017
How algorithms secretly run the world
Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
Manila (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. Lopez has in recent months moved global commodity markets with a campaign to close roughly two-thirds of the existing mines in the Philippines, which is the world's biggest supplier of nickel ore and ... more
Hanoi (AFP) Feb 22, 2017
Vietnam to punish officials over mass fish deaths
Geneva (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tyres clogging oceans: report
Ithaca NY (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
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Australia fires ease as damage mounts after record heat
Sydney (AFP) Feb 13, 2017
Australia was counting the cost to property and livestock Monday after firefighters battled weekend blazes in some of the hottest conditions on record. At least 19 homes were destroyed in eastern Australia as emergency teams were sent out to assess the damage after a "catastrophic" weekend saw over 100 fire outbreaks, with 2,500 firefighters deployed and thousands more on standby. About ... more
Albany CA (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
Vegetation resilient to salvage logging after severe wildfire
Hobart, Australia (SPX) Feb 07, 2017
Research predicts extreme fires will increasingly be part of our global landscape
Santiago (AFP) Jan 29, 2017
More than 40 detained in Chile for spreading forest fires
Marine ecologist offers suggestions for achieving a strong, lasting 'blue economy'
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Incentive-based solutions offer significant hope for addressing the myriad environmental challenges facing the world's oceans - that's the central message a leading marine ecologist delivered in Boston during a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jane Lubchenco, a distinguished professor in the Oregon State University College of Sc ... more
Exeter, UK (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Basking sharks seek out winter sun
Paris (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
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One dead as Storm Doris hits British Isles
London (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
One person was killed by falling debris on Thursday as Storm Doris slammed into the British Isles, also causing flight disruptions at Europe's busiest air hub and power outages. A 29-year-old woman suffered a fatal head injury from a piece of debris blowing down onto the street in Wolverhampton, central England. As the storm swept through London, police said a man was taken to hospital i ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Four dead as 'worse storm in years' buffets California
Albuquerque (UPI) Feb 14, 2017
Extreme heat threatens desert songbirds
University Park PA (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
Broader updrafts in severe storms may increase chance of damaging hail
Trump plots 'tough policies' to return jobs from China
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
President Donald Trump huddled with US manufacturing moguls at the White House Thursday, discussing "tough policies" to bring "our jobs back" from places like China and Mexico. Seeking to codify protectionist rhetoric that helped propel him to an historic election win, Trump renewed his promise to overhaul the way America does business with the world. Between banter with CEOs from two do ... more
Washington (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
US Treasury's Mnuchin dials back Trump economic promises
London (AFP) Feb 21, 2017
HSBC profits plunge as bank navigates political storms
Beijing (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
China's huge debt poses big headache for central bank
NSF to Fund a Nationwide Effort to Capture the Eclipse
Tucson AZ (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
The National Science Foundation to provide critical funding to nationwide eclipse data-gathering effort. The Citizen Continental America Telescopic Eclipse project, or Citizen CATE for short, will be deploying at least 56 identical telescopes across the path of totality thanks to the financial backing of the National Science Foundation. The NSF is providing the largest contribution for the ... more
Paris (ESA) Feb 17, 2017
Setting Sun on Space Station Solar research
Nagoya, Japan (SPX) Feb 08, 2017
What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago?
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 03, 2017
NASA Scientist Studies Whether Solar Storms Cause Animal Beachings
Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Termites and ants are mortal enemies, their predator-prey relationship dating back into the Miocene. Both armies, if they come into contact, will fight to the death. Yet termites, despite being sightless, carry out their work within millimetres of ant nests thanks to an incredible talent. University of New South Wales (Canberra) researchers Sebastian Oberst (now Senior Lecturer at the newl ... more
Utrecht, Germany (SPX) Feb 24, 2017
Wintering ducks connect isolated wetlands by dispersing plant seeds
Miami (AFP) Feb 23, 2017
Bees can learn to roll a ball for food: study
Lund, Sweden (SPX) Feb 22, 2017
Those who help each other can invade harsher environments

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