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April 20, 2017
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Busy harvest time in China's bamboo forests



Linan, China (AFP) April 20, 2017
It's springtime in the bamboo-forested hills surrounding eastern China's Lin'an city, and that means busy mornings of harvesting, packing and selling tonnes of the edible bamboo shoots that the region is famous for. Lin'an is in an area of eastern Zhejiang province whose rich forests are estimated to supply up to two-thirds of China's bamboo shoots, plus a range of other products derived from the fast-growing plant that are produced both for domestic and overseas markets. Harvesting takes severa ... read 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
A better way to manage phosphorus?
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
All living things - from bacteria and fungi to plants and animals - need phosphorus. But extra phosphorus in the wrong place can harm the environment. For example, when too much phosphorus enters a ... more
WATER WORLD
Migrating fish leave behind a trail of DNA
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
Wherever fish go, they leave behind traces of DNA. As new research shows, scientists can track fish migrations by following their trail of DNA. ... more
WATER WORLD
India likely to receive normal monsoon rains this year
New Delhi (AFP) April 18, 2017
India's crucial monsoon rains are forecast to be normal this year, the weather office said Tuesday, bringing hope to the agricultural sector which employs 60 percent of the population and has been hit by drought in recent years. ... more
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Overpumping Reduces California's Groundwater Storage
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 17, 2017
Decades of overpumping groundwater have irreversibly altered layers of clay beneath California's Central Valley, permanently reducing the aquifer's ability to store water, finds a new satellite remo ... more
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Organic cover crop methods examined for weed control
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
To grow crops organically, farmers fight weeds with chemical-free weapons. One of the most common is a disk. Farmers rip out weeds and churn them into the soil with these disks. But it takes heavy t ... more
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People's tribunal accuses Monsanto of possible 'ecocide'
The Hague (AFP) April 18, 2017
An informal people's tribunal headed by five professional international judges Tuesday accused US seeds firm Monsanto of harming the environment and possible "ecocide". ... more
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Ag scientists using electronics to control plant growth
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
A drug delivery ion pump constructed from organic electronic components also works in plants. Researchers from the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linkoping University and from the Umea Plant S ... more
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Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change
University Park PA (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigat ... more
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Can Prosecco help Italy unlock China wine market?
Verona, Italy (AFP) April 16, 2017
On paper it seems as obvious a pairing as a glass of spicy Gewurztraminer with crispy duck and pancakes. ... more


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Termite gut holds a secret to breaking down plant biomass
Madison WI (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
In the Microbial Sciences Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the incredibly efficient eating habits of a fungus-cultivating termite are surprising even to those well acquainted with th ... more
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Researchers find mushrooms may hold clues to effect of CO2 on lawns
Durham NH (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
Since the Industrial Revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has rapidly increased. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire set out to determine how rising carbon dioxide c ... more
WATER WORLD
New England's glacial upland soils provide major groundwater storage reservoir
Amherst MA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
A recent study of natural groundwater storage reservoirs in New England by hydrologist David Boutt at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that upland aquifer systems dominated by thin depo ... more
FARM NEWS
New rice fights off drought
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Scientists at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have developed strains of rice that are resistant to drought in real-world situations. Published in Plant Biotechnology Journal ... more

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New Full-hemisphere Views of Earth at Night
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 17, 2017
NASA scientists are releasing new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet. This composite image, one of three new full-hemisphere views, provides a view of the Americas at night. The clouds and sun glint - added here for aesthetic effect - are derived from MODIS instrument land surface and cloud cover products ... more
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017
New map reveals Earth's magnetic field in high resolution
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data
Denver CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
NOAA's GOES-S Satellite in Thermal Vacuum Testing
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Rice University computer scientists are mapping a new solution for interior navigational location detection by linking it to existing sensors in mobile devices. Their results were presented in a paper at last month's 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. Six months ago, the same researchers published a paper on their first technology for a n ... more
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
Washington (UPI) Apr 7, 2017
Northrop Grumman, Honeywell receive EGI-M contracts
Greenhouse gas effect caused by mangrove forest conversion is quite significant
Corvallis OR (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Clear-cutting of tropical mangrove forests to create shrimp ponds and cattle pastures contributes significantly to the greenhouse gas effect, one of the leading causes of global warming, new research suggests. A seven-year study, led by Oregon State University and the Center for International Forestry Research, spanned five countries across the topics from Indonesia to the Dominican Republic. ... more
Stanford CA (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Stanford study explores risk of deforestation as agriculture expands in Africa
Beijing, China (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
A new parameterization of canopy radiative transfer for land surface radiation models
Burlington, VT (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
When old growth beats old school
Degradable electronic components created from corn starch
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
As consumers upgrade their gadgets at an increasing pace, the amount of electronic waste we generate continues to mount. To help combat this environmental problem, researchers have modified a degradable bioplastic derived from corn starch or other natural sources for use in more eco-friendly electronic components. They report their development in ACS' journal Industrial and Engineering Chemistry ... more
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
Dahriya (AFP) April 12, 2017
For Palestinian family, an udder-ly unique power source
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Center for Sustainable Energy Partners with EnergySage to Offer an Online Multifamily Solar Marketplace
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is collaborating with EnergySage, an online solar marketplace, to promote and simplify installations of solar electric power systems at multifamily residences in California. The partnership has resulted in the development of an easy-to-use, online comparison-shopping tool that provides information about the unique opportunities for shared solar proje ... more
San Diego CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Powerpedia Forms Nonprofit to Provide Free Solar Systems to Orphanages Throughout Baja Mexico and Beyond
Kobe, Japan (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
Mechanism behind the electric charges generated by photosynthesis
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
Swedish leading solar energy technology provider Midsummer offers complete BIPV metal roof systems
Oklahoma to end tax credits for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Oklahoma is resting on its laurels in the renewable energy sector by signing legislation ending tax credits for the wind industry, the state's governor said. Gov. Mary Fallin put her signature on a bill that ends tax credits for wind power, effective July 1. In a statement, the governor said the tax credits were part of a comprehensive energy strategy that left wind accounting for more ... more
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
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
U.N. says low-carbon economy not a "pipe dream"
Coal power dropping as natural gas, renewables grow, U.S. report finds
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
The amount of electricity generated by coal since 2007 is down 40 percent as natural gas and renewable power capacity grows, the U.S. government reported. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a daily brief that coal accounted for about 30 percent of all of the electricity generated in the country last year. "As natural gas and renewables have increased their market ... more
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
Prague (AFP) March 19, 2017
Czech energy group bucks green trend with bet on coal
Dutch panda mania as giant bears arrive from China
The Hague (AFP) April 12, 2017
Two giant pandas arrived by plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport Wednesday after a marathon 8,000 kilometre journey from China, the first breeding pair on Dutch soil in three decades. Female panda Wu Wen (Beautiful Powerful Cloud) and her male companion Xing Ya (Elegant Star) touched down at Schiphol at around 1730 GMT after leaving Chengdu in central China more than 10 hours earlier. ... more
Beijing (AFP) April 10, 2017
Beijing hutongs: village life in the city
Beijing (AFP) April 11, 2017
Hong Kong's Carrie Lam officially accepts role as chief executive
Hong Kong (AFP) April 12, 2017
Hong Kong lawmaker charged for upending Chinese flag
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Human prejudices sneak into artificial intelligence systems
Princeton NJ (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
In debates over the future of artificial intelligence, many experts think of the new systems as coldly logical and objectively rational. But in a new study, researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us, their creators, in potentially problematic ways. Common machine learning programs, when trained with ordinary human language available online, can acquire cultural bi ... more
El Segundo CA (SPX) Apr 12, 2017
Brane Craft Proposal Awarded Phase 2 by NASA
Washington (UPI) Apr 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin gets license for military exoskeleton tech
Washington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Facebook launches digital assistant 'M' in US
The bus mafia controlling Nepal's smog-choked capital
Kathmandu (AFP) April 16, 2017
Nepal's government is trying to tackle rising pollution levels in the smog-choked Kathmandu Valley, but standing in the way is a powerful bus mafia that controls the capital's roads. The rulers of Kathmandu's streets are a web of transport syndicates made up of private bus owners who have repeatedly blocked official attempts to modernise the highly inefficient bus network. Critics say th ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants
Cologne, Germany (AFP) April 13, 2017
Recycling-mad Germans turn to sharing to battle waste
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 19, 2017
System to turn deadly chemicals into harmless dirt makes advances
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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
General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics has secured a contract to provide a battery to power the U.S. military's developing Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle. Under the contract, awarded Monday, General Atomics will supply its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant battery system, also known as LiFT. The Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle, or SAHRV, is a project intended to develop a pla ... more
Sede Boqer, Israel (SPX) Apr 20, 2017
New membranes can remove viruses from drinking water
Karlovac, Croatia (AFP) April 19, 2017
Croatian rivers face hydroelectric peril
Athens GA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland
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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
US: China, Germany must do more to cut trade surpluses
Washington (AFP) April 14, 2017
China and Germany are not manipulating the value of their currencies to gain an unfair trade advantage, but both should do more to reduce their large trade surpluses with the United States, the Treasury Department said Friday. The decision was expected after President Donald Trump this week reversed himself and said China was not a currency manipulator. And although the administration's ... more
Kenosha, United States (AFP) April 18, 2017
Trump seeks headway on 'Buy American, Hire American' pledge
Beijing (AFP) April 18, 2017
IMF raises China growth forecast to 6.6% this year, 6.2% in 2018
Xiongan, China (AFP) April 16, 2017
Tears and cheers greet China's new economic zone
Hawaii-built Infrared Instrument for World's Largest Solar Telescope Catches its First Rays
Honolulu HI (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), currently under construction on Haleakala, Maui, is expected to start observing the Sun in 2020. When it does, it will rely on two complex infrared instruments being built by the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA). Their goal is to measure the Sun's weak magnetic field. The first of these to be completed is called the Cryogenic ... more
Kyoto, Japan (SPX) Apr 10, 2017
Charting the skies of history
Plainsboro NJ (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Discovery of a source of fast magnetic reconnection
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Apr 02, 2017
Waves on sun give NASA new insight into space weather forecasting
Invading 'rat of the sky' irks Algerians
Algiers (AFP) April 13, 2017
"It's not a bird, it's a rat - and it's squatting on my terrace," Ali says of his new neighbour, a yellow-legged gull - a pest ubiquitous in the Algerian capital. The 60-year-old is not alone in despising this versatile scavenger, whose Mediterranean population has boomed in recent decades. The "rat of the sky" has taken advantage of human waste to supplement its normal marine diet, br ... more
Geneva (AFP) April 18, 2017
Endangered species poached in protected areas: WWF
Washington (AFP) April 13, 2017
Hunting behind steep drop in animal numbers in tropics: report
Paris, France (AFP) April 19, 2017
Key leopard population 'crashing', study warns


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