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July 05, 2015
Pact with devil? California farmers use oil firms' water
Bakersfield, United States (AFP) July 3, 2015
An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil? That's the question raised by California farmers who are irrigating their crops with waste water supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners. Driving into the parched region around Bakersfield, in the western US state's fertile Central Valley, it is evident how closely the agriculture and oil industries are related. Lines of orchards stand near fi ... read more
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A tale of 2 (soil) cities
As we walk along a forest path, the soil beneath our feet seems like a uniform substance. However, it is an intricate network of soil particles, pores, minerals, soil microbes, and more. It is awash ... more

Study reveals mechanism regulating methane emissions in wetlands
Though they occupy a small fraction of the Earth's surface, freshwater wetlands are the largest natural source of methane going into the atmosphere. New research from the University of Georgia ident ... more

Hacking the food chain, Silicon Valley style
A wave of Silicon Valley-style disruption is hitting the food industry. ... more


French pride fizzes as UNESCO lists Champagne and Burgundy vineyards
The historic vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses where the world's most famous sparkling wines are produced were listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO on Saturday. ... more


Watershed science calls for integrated research methods
A watershed is a basic unit of the land-surface system and also is a system that exchanges material, energy, and information with the external world while remaining relatively closed within a clear ... more
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Rapid authentication of edible oils and screening of gutter oils
The Food Safety and Technology Research Centre under the Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a new method for rapid au ... more

Firefighters forced to kill 20 million bees escaped from truck crash
It's been a rough couple decades for honeybees - pesticides, parasites, habitat loss, and now truck accidents and firefighters armed with deadly foam. ... more
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Californians struggle for 'normal life,' without water
A washing machine stands in the middle of Maria Jimenez's California yard, like a redundant relic of modern life. Nearby are several rented mobile toilets, no longer in use. ... more

Recycled water, salt-tolerant grass a water-saving pair
Plants need water. People need water. Unfortunately, there's only so much clean water to go around - and so the effort begins to find a solution. Luckily for people, some plants are able to make do ... more

The secret weapons of cabbages: Overcome by butterfly co-evolution
An international team of researchers has used the power of genomics to reveal the mechanisms of an ancient and ongoing arms-race between butterflies and plants, played out in countless gardens aroun ... more
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Alamo, French champagne vineyards vie for World Heritage status
The legendary Alamo battleground and the vineyards that produce France's beloved champagne are among the sites likely to get World Heritage status at a UNESCO meeting starting Sunday. ... more

Discovery in the US of the invasive New Guinea flatworm
The land planarian Platydemus manokwari, or New Guinea flatworm, is a highly invasive species, already reported in many territories in the Pacific area, and as well as in France. This is the only la ... more
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China has nearly finished runway on artifical island in South China Sea

Vietnam receives new Russian sub with Club-S missiles

Now is the time to strike Iran deal, Kerry warns


Genetic study of 'co-evolution' could provide clues to better food production
In 1964, renowned biologists Peter Raven and Paul Erhlich published a landmark study that introduced the concept of co-evolution. Using butterflies and plants as primary examples, the team determine ... more

El Nino-spawned dry spell to cut Philippine rainfall: official
The Philippines is facing an El Nino-spawned dry spell that will cut rainfall by as much as 80 percent and hit food production, a government weather forecaster warned Monday. ... more

Designer wheat fails anti-aphid field test
The scientific quest for pest-resistant crops suffered a blow Thursday when disappointed British researchers announced their designer wheat failed to repel aphids in the field. ... more

Oslo creates world's first 'highway' to protect endangered bees
From flower emblazoned cemeteries to rooftop gardens and balconies, Norway's capital Oslo is creating a "bee highway" to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production. ... more

Ecosystem services and food security: Facilitating decisions for sustainable rice production
Continuing global population growth requires an increase in food production. The LEGATO project looks at rice as key staple food for a majority of the human population and the ways in which knowledg ... more
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Decades-old frozen meat seized in China food scandal: report
Almost half a billion dollars worth of smuggled frozen meat - some of it rotting and more than 40 years old - has been seized in China, reports said Wednesday. ... more

Surprisingly few 'busy bees' make global crops grow
A major international study finds that surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the world's crops. The paper, published in Nature Communications, suggests that only two percent o ... more
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EU lawmakers back animal cloning ban

Canada requests sanctions against US over meat labelling spat

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Indigenous Panamanians seize highway to protest dam

France bans sale of Monsanto herbicide Roundup in nurseries

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