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September 21, 2017
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Syngenta chief calls for debate on 'sustainable agriculture'



Paris (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Swiss agrochemicals giant Syngenta, recently taken over by ChemChina, said there should be a wide-scale debate on what constitutes "sustainable agriculture" in face of a number of current controversies over pesticides. "We have a lot of discussions about specific products. I think it's really important to step back and have a real discussion with the government, and with NGOs and academics about what is a sustainable agriculture," Syngenta chief executive Eryk Fyrwald told AFP in an interview. ... read more

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At Dubai expo, Chinese firms look to tap lucrative halal market
Dubai (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Standing behind her stall at a Dubai exhibition centre, Dai Dong He offered passersby what looked like carefully wrapped biscuits or chocolates. ... more
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Research finds roots use chemical 'photos' to coordinate growth
Melbourne FL (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Though it may look haphazard, the network of intertwining plant roots snaking through the soil actually represents a deliberate process. Root growth is guided by chemical snapshots taken by the youn ... more
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Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers
Washington (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns seed production could drop by nearly 90 percent by 2050. ... more
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Latvia tweets no room for mushroom hunters on army base
Riga (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Latvia's armed forces took to Twitter this weekend to warn sneaky mushroom-pickers against venturing onto restricted training ranges where they run the risk of getting shot or even blown up while seeking the perfect fungi. ... more
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EU chamber urges China to lift cheese ban
Beijing (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
China should reconsider its decision to suspend imports of some types of cheese, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said Monday. ... more
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Parched Jordan starts growing vegetables in
Aqaba, Jordan (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Jordan, a water-poor country that is 90-percent desert, on Thursday launched a project to turn its sand dunes into farming land to produce food using sun and sea water. ... more
WATER WORLD
130-tonne 'monster fatberg' clogs London sewer
London (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Sewage workers have found a 130-tonne ball of congealed fat - dubbed a "monster fatberg" - clogging a Victorian-era sewer in London, utility company Thames Water said Tuesday. ... more
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Foodies cheesed off as China says 'non' to France's finest
Beijing (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Fans of French cheeses in China have received news they may find hard to digest: the country's food hygiene authorities have turned their noses up at some people's favourite fare, blocking imports of Camembert, Brie and Roquefort. ... more
WATER WORLD
Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, according to a study published Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries. ... more
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Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'
Krasnoyarsk, Russia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
According to the head of the works Tatiana Volova, Professor of SibFU and the Head of Laboratory in the Institute of Biophysics KSC of SB RAS, development of a new generation of drugs with the use o ... more


Italy's drought seen from space

WATER WORLD
Don't be salty - tiny tubes desalinate water one molecule at a time
Chicago IL (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Earth is 70 percent water, but only a tiny portion - 0.007 percent - is available to drink. As potable water sources dwindle, global population increases every year. One potential solution to ... more
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Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn
Paris (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries. ... more
FARM NEWS
prices jump as Irma approaches Florida
New York (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
Orange juice prices jumped in New York on Tuesday as Hurricane Irma's approach cast a shadow over the citrus-producing US state of Florida. ... more
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Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night
Hanover NH (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
Researchers have identified a set of genes that help control early drought response in a popular global crop. The pioneering study, conducted by Dartmouth College, the University of Wyoming, and the ... more



Scientists Produce Best Estimate of Earth's Composition
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have produced the best estimate of Earth's elemental composition which will help them understand how the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago. The solar system began as a dense blob in a molecular cloud of hydrogen gas and dust that collapsed under its own gravity, forming the early Sun, Earth and other planets. Co-researcher Assoc ... more
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 18, 2017
Dust devils contribute large amount of particulate matter to atmospheres of Earth, Mars
El Segundo CA (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing to Design and Build Seven Medium Earth Orbit Satellites for SES
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips
Beijing (XNA) Sep 19, 2017
A new chip for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was unveiled on Saturday by the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location Based Service (GNSS and LBS) Association of China (GLAC). The chip supports the new generation of BeiDou-3 satellites for high-precision navigation and positioning. The positioning accuracy of the chip reaches the sub-meter level without ground-based a ... more
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Arianespace to orbit four Galileo satellites on two Ariane 62 launches
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Sep 18, 2017
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Forest fires are not limited to hot or temperate climates
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Forest fires and wildland fires are common in summer in the temperate boreal forest, rarer at high altitudes, and unheard of in an ice age at high altitudes - until now. Evidence of wildfires dating back 20,000 years was recently discovered in the Massif du Queyras, in the heart of the French Alps, 2,240 metres above sea level. The news comes in a joint Canada-France study published in New ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Harvard report details the threats faced by New England forests
Porto-Novoa Benin (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Restored forest now shelters dozens of endangered species
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Researchers discover new tree genus in the Andes
New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution. Completely compostable, the material - a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex - is comprised of nearly equal parts of treated cellulose pulp from wood or ... more
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
A new way to directly convert methane to methanol using gold-palladium nanoparticles
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
China aims to extend ethanol fuel usage countrywide by 2020
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
How well electron transport works in furfural biogas
NREL investigates coatings needed for concentrating solar power
Golden CO (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Next-generation concentrating solar power (CSP) plants require high-temperature fluids, like molten salts, in the range of 550-750 degrees Celsius to store heat and generate electricity. At those high temperatures, however, the molten salts eat away at common alloys used in the heat exchangers, piping, and storage vessels of CSP systems. New research at the U.S. Department of Energy's National R ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Chinese solar panel manufacturer claims a quarter of India's market
Chicago IL (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists make atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits
(UPI) Sep 19, 2017
French company Total steps into solar energy market
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company ENGIE said it teamed up with an investment group to help develop a wind energy program in India, one of the world's fastest growing economies. The company formed a partnership with the Abraaj investment group to develop as much as 1 gigawatt of wind power in the Indian energy sector. "Energy demand is growing tremendously in India, and ENGIE is investing in ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Kimberly-Clark next U.S. company to draw more on renewables
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First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
The first batch of U.S. coal sent to Ukraine could open additional doors for bilateral energy trade, the Ukrainian minister of infrastructure said. Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said Friday that, after declaring a state of emergency because of coal blockades in eastern Ukraine, his country was supported with the arrival of U.S. coal. "My dream is that other ships coming from United ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
Washington (UPI) Aug 14, 2017
China to strictly control new coal-fired power capacity
China cracks down on pyramid scams after deaths
Beijing (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
China's latest crackdown on pyramid schemes was prompted by three shocking deaths: one young man who was beaten, another who was found dead in a pond, a third left to die on a road. Like elsewhere in the world, the scams have proliferated in China as fraudsters trick people into thinking they can become rich quickly. Members are charged a joining fee and required to recruit new investors wit ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 16, 2017
New wave of leaders step into breach for jailed HK democracy activists
Beijing (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
China tightens restrictions on religious freedom
Beijing (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Pregnant woman's suicide roils China
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Scientists create world's first 'molecular robot' capable of building molecules
Manchester UK (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm. Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Artificial 'skin' gives robotic hand a sense of touch
Dulles VA (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
Orbital ATK Begins Assembly of Industry's First Commercial In-Space Satellite Servicing System
Palo Alto, CA (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
NASA awards SSL new funding for Dragonfly on-orbit assembly program
Canada's Eldorado Gold to suspend investment in Greece
Athens (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Canada's Eldorado Gold announced early Monday it would suspend investment in mining operations in Greece due to what it said were delays by the Greek government in issuing permits. Despite repeated attempts by the company and its Greek subsidiary to talk to the government, "delays continue in issuing routine permits and licences for the construction and development of the Skouries and Olympi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 14, 2017
Brexit a step away from pollution commitments, U.N. envoy says
London (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
UN slams UK government over 'plague' of air pollution
Colombo (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis
Portuguese ex-firefighter jailed for starting 2016 forest fires
Lisbon (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
A Portuguese former firefighter has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for having started forest fires in central Portugal last year, a regional court announced Tuesday. He was found guilty of arson for igniting nine fires between July and September 2016 in the Castelo Branco region with its forests of eucalyptus trees, which are particularly flammable. The biggest blaze in ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States
Marseille (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Arson suspected as fire in southeast France brought under control
Montreal (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
State of emergency extended in western Canada over wildfires
Lockheed invests in Ocean Aero, in greater focus on unmanned maritime systems
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Lockheed Martin Ventures is making a strategic investment in Ocean Aero, the developer of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle. This is Lockheed Martin Ventures' third investment this year, and it will create opportunities for both companies to grow their maritime capabilities, with a focus on multi-domain Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissan ... more
Tetiaroa, France (AFP) Sept 20, 2017
The godfather of eco-bling: Brando's Tahitian paradise
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2017
Rogue wave could have downed El Faro cargo ship, research shows
Seattle WA (SPX) Sep 15, 2017
Climate change challenges the survival of fish across the world
Powerful wind storm kills eight in Romania
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
A storm packing powerful winds ripped off roofs and toppled trees in Romania on Sunday, killing eight people and injuring dozens more, authorities and witnesses said. With gusts that reached nearly 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour, the storm pounded the area around the western city of Timisoara before heading north toward Ukraine. Most of the victims were outside when the winds swept in ... more
Manila (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
At least three dead, six missing, as storm hits Philippines
Berlin (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Storm kills three people in Germany
Rome (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Family drowns as violent storms thrash Italy
Landmark EU, Canada trade deal enters into force
Brussels (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
A landmark free trade deal linking EU and Canada went into effect on Thursday despite lingering opposition from activists worried about the pact's consequences on the environment and health. The EU is hailing the deal as one of its most ambitious ever that will set a new standard for future deals, including with Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Observers have said the Comprehensive Econ ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
EU firms want 'concrete action' from China on access
Beijing (AFP) Sept 19, 2017
Beijing, Shanghai shut down bitcoin exchanges: media
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
China bank loans rebound in August
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NASA captures significant solar flare
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured dramatic images of a significant solar flare that peaked at 12:06 p.m. EDT Sunday. The space agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory watches the sun on a constant basis and captured the significant solar flare classified as X8.2-class. X-class identifies the most intense solar flares and the number provides additional information about its s ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
NASA captures images of strong solar flares
Paris (ESA) Sep 01, 2017
Space-inspired Star Storm to premiere next month
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
NASA's Lunar mission captures solar eclipse as seen from the moon
Study finds wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Scientists from the Wolf Science Center of the Vetmeduni Vienna have shown that wolves understand the connection between cause and effect better than dogs. The study, published today in Scientific Reports, found that domesticated dogs could not make the connection between cause and effect when tested with an object that contained food made noise when shaken, but wolves could. Res ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction
Boston MA (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
Imagining a world without species
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Monarch butterflies disappearing from western US


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