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April 15, 2014
Oyster aquaculture could significantly improve Potomac River estuary water quality
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 15, 2014
Oyster aquaculture in the Potomac River estuary could result in significant improvements to water quality, according to a new NOAA and U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Aquatic Geochemistry. All of the nitrogen currently polluting the Potomac River estuary could be removed if 40 percent of its river bed were used for shellfish cultivation, according to the joint study. The researchers determined that a combination of aquaculture and restored oyster reefs may provide even larger ... read more
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GM crops under the microscope at international debate
One of the world's most contentious food issues - Genetically Modified (GM) crops - will be debated by some of the world's leading authorities on the subject at Queen's University Belfast today (Wed ... more

Farming for improved ecosystem services seen as economically feasible
By changing row-crop management practices in economically and environmentally stable ways, US farms could contribute to improved water quality, biological diversity, pest suppression, and soil ferti ... more

Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak
Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday. ... more


Camels emit less methane than cows or sheep
Ruminant cows and sheep account for a major proportion of the methane produced around the world. Currently around 20 percent of global methane emissions stem from ruminants. In the atmosphere methan ... more


Climate: Farming emissions to rise 30% by 2050
Greenhouse gases emitted by agriculture are on track to rise by 30 percent by mid-century, driven especially by livestock and use of fertiliser, a UN agency reported on Friday. ... more
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Unity is strength in the marketing of smallholder farm produce
Smallholder farmers often face the challenge of accessing markets and selling their produce at competitive prices because they produce in small quantities that may not be commercially viable. ... more

Chinese man covered with 460,000 bees for honey stunt
A Chinese beekeeper covered his semi-naked body in more than 460,000 bees for a publicity stunt aimed at selling more of his honey, he told AFP Thursday, using a technique known as "bee bearding". ... more
24/7 Energy News Coverage
Iran ready to help Europe with natural gas

Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells

Group to spearhead German wind farm program

GDF Suez optimizes LNG deliveries

Shale oil, gas production to increase, says

Areva says in line to build British nuclear waste plant

Gulfstream announces 60-plane deal for China


UC Geographers Develop a System to Track the Dynamics of Drought
University of Cincinnati researchers are at work tracking drought patterns across the United States. Qiusheng Wu, a doctoral student and research assistant for the UC Department of Geography, and Ho ... more

Tracking Sugar Movement in Plants
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by scientists at the University of Queensland, Australia, overturns a long-held theory in plant science. Researchers at t ... more

Chinese pork firm $5.3 bn IPO set to be the biggest in a year
Chinese pork producer WH Group hopes to raise more than $5 billion in what would be the world's biggest initial public offering for a year as it plans to list in Hong Kong, giving a boost to the city's IPO market. ... more
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International Conference on Protection of Materials and Structures From Space Environment
Nuclear Supply Chain Summit - April 28-29 Greenville SC
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Field study shows why food quality will suffer with rising CO2
For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops ... more

The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters
Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. A new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Xi urges China to build up joint space and air power

Russia launches its new ICBM from Plesetsk space centre

Raytheon awarded first international contract for Paveway IV

DPRK vows self-defense measures against US hostility

Russia should be ready for non-contact war

China's maritime area being carved up

Fire aboard US missile cruiser, no one hurt


UN warns of drought crisis in Syria
The UN's food aid agency warned on Tuesday that Syria was facing a drought that could put millions of people's lives at risk, compounding the impact of years of war. ... more

Cyprus opens sewage plant in rare cross-communal effort
The mayors of north and south Nicosia opened a new sewage plant for Europe's last divided capital on Tuesday, renewing a rare joint infrastructure project between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. ... more

Not so dirty: Methane fuels life in pristine chalk rivers
Scientists from Queen Mary University of London have found that naturally high concentrations of the greenhouse gas methane contributes to energy production in chalk rivers, in a new study published ... more
China uses satellite, drones to fight pollution

Mitsubishi Electric Begins Developing GOSAT-2 Satellite System

DMCii help Dutch company eLEAF provide much needed crop information to African farmers

Fifth Boeing GPS IIF Satellite Joins Global Positioning System

Satellite Navigation Failure Confirms Urgent Need for Backup

USAF Awards Lockheed Martin Full Production Contracts For Next Two GPS 3 Satellites

Warming Climate Has Consequences for Michigan's Forests

Forest fires and warming planet could accelerate deforestation in Amazon

Sage grouse losing habitat to fire as endangered species decision looms

Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

Trees go high-tech: process turns cellulose into energy storage devices

US Navy 'game-changer': converting seawater into fuel


Taking action to deliver agriculture growth, jobs, food security in face of climate change
The influential Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released this week, concluded that climate change is already damaging food production and increasing food prices, and will ha ... more

Urban gardeners may be unaware of how best to manage contaminants in soil
Consuming foods grown in urban gardens may offer a variety of health benefits, but a lack of knowledge about the soil used for planting, could pose a health threat for both consumers and gardeners. ... more

Scientists say new computer model amounts to a lot more than a hill of beans
Crops that produce more while using less water seem like a dream for a world with a burgeoning population and already strained food and water resources. This dream is coming closer to reality for Un ... more

Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road
Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000 years ago at campsites in the high plains of Kazakhstan show that nomadic sheepherders played a surprisingly important role in the e ... more
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Meteorite studies suggest hidden water on Mars

Dragon Cargo Craft Launch Scrubbed; Station Crew Preps for Spacewalk

Better climate predictions within grasp

Russia will continue rocket engines supplies to US

Egypt to launch new satellite from Kazakhstan

Saturn's hexagon: An amazing phenomenon

MEASAT-3b shipped to launch base


Crop feasibility should be investigated before promoted to farmers


US diners gorge on oysters as polluted bay revives


The science of champagne fizz: How many bubbles are in your bubbly?


Meeting climate targets may require reducing meat and dairy consumption


Using different scents to attract or repel insects


Calcium waves help the roots tell the shoots


Scientists ID Genes that Could Lead to Tough, Disease-Resistant Varieties of Rice


A new approach to detecting changes in GM foods


Damaging effects of biochar on plant defence casts doubt on geoengineering claims


Attracting wild bees to farms is a good insurance policy

Warming Climate May Spread Drying to a Third of Earth

Quarter of Europe's bumblebee species risk extinction: study

China's COFCO to acquire 51% of agri-firm Noble

Sri Lanka seeks divine help to avoid power cuts

Space tech provides Africa's first Islamic insurance for herders

Research Clarifies Health Costs of Air Pollution from Agriculture

Food insecurity a growing challenge in Canada's northern and remote Aboriginal communities

'Mama Kanga': Nigeria's 'well woman'

Invasive waterways species spread due to climate change

Ancient African cattle first domesticated in Middle East

Ancient African Cattle First Domesticated in Middle East

Pesticides make the life of earthworms miserable

Toxic water scandal hits Italian region

Diversity in UK gardens aiding fight to save threatened bumblebees

Recovering valuable substances from wastewater

NMSU teams study relationship between water, energy, environment

Chinese farmers make 'Transformers' out of used cars

Study finds forest corridors help isolated plants disperse their seeds

Violence, rains stoke food supply fears in Nigeria

Flood of dead pigs in China reservoir: report

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