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May 16, 2017
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Tillage farming damaging earthworm populations



Dublin, Ireland (SPX) May 11, 2017
The digging, stirring and overturning of soil by conventional ploughing in tillage farming is severely damaging earthworm populations around the world, say scientists. The findings published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology show a systematic decline in earthworm populations in soils that are ploughed every year. The deeper the soil is disturbed the more harmful it is for the earthworms. The scientists from the University of Vigo, Spain, and University College Dublin, Ireland, analys ... read more

SPACE TRAVEL
Six-legged livestock - sustainable food production
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) May 15, 2017
Identifying areas of particular high impact is an important step to improving the environmental sustainability of production systems. Insects have been heralded as the foods of the future - and now ... more
WATER WORLD
Dying Guatemala lake underlines climate change threat
Atescatempa, Guatemala (AFP) May 15, 2017
The dried-out oyster shells lie on a landscape parched and cracked by the sun. ... more
WATER WORLD
As summer heat looms, post-IS Mosul faces water crisis
Sayramun, Iraq (AFP) May 12, 2017
In the battle against jihadists in northern Iraq, the village of Sayramun was recaptured in February but remains as isolated as ever and crucially still has no drinking water. ... more
WATER WORLD
Large storms can flood aging sewer systems with harmful bacteria, viruses
Washington (UPI) May 12, 2017
Researchers have discovered a worrying link between heavy rainfall and upticks in infections caused by bacteria and viruses carried by human waste. The correlation was identified in cities with aging sewer systems. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Warmer temperatures cause decline in key runoff measure
Boulder CO (SPX) May 15, 2017
Since the mid-1980s, the percentage of precipitation that becomes streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande watershed has fallen more steeply than at any point in at least 445 years, according to a new stu ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Rising temperatures threaten stability of Tibetan alpine grasslands
Atlanta GA (SPX) May 15, 2017
A warming climate could affect the stability of alpine grasslands in Asia's Tibetan Plateau, threatening the ability of farmers and herders to maintain the animals that are key to their existence, a ... more
WATER WORLD
As summer heat looms, post-IS Mosul faces water crisis
Sayramun, Iraq (AFP) May 12, 2017
In the battle against jihadists in northern Iraq, the village of Sayramun was recaptured in February but remains as isolated as ever and crucially still has no drinking water. ... more
WATER WORLD
New research could transform how we filter water
Limerick, Ireland (SPX) May 11, 2017
A new process for water filtration using carbon dioxide consumes one thousand times less energy than conventional methods, scientific research published recently has shown. The research was le ... more
WATER WORLD
New method can selectively remove micropollutants from water
Boston MA (SPX) May 11, 2017
When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed at MIT could provide ... more
WATER WORLD
Puerto Rico drinking water is worst in US: report
Miami (AFP) May 10, 2017
The US territory of Puerto Rico has the worst drinking water in the nation, and the majority of the island's water supply is in violation of federal standards, a report said Wednesday. ... more


Lake water recharged by atmospheric precipitation in the Badain Jaran Desert

FARM NEWS
Syngenta shareholders accept ChemChina offer
Zurich (AFP) May 5, 2017
Shareholders in Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta have accepted the company's takeover by state-owned ChemChina, the companies said Friday, which would be the biggest overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm. ... more
FARM NEWS
Can edible insects help curb global warming?
Washington (UPI) May 4, 2017
Livestock are responsible for a problematic amount of greenhouse emissions, and unfortunately, the demand for meat - particularly beef - is growing. ... more
FARM NEWS
Conservation agriculture offers tired soil remedies
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
When you are tired or hungry, you're not as productive. You may need to rest or eat. If you push yourself too far, you may get ill. Soil gets tired and hungry, too. How do growers know that? W ... more
FARM NEWS
Scientists say agriculture is good for honey bees
Jackson TN (SPX) May 04, 2017
While recent media reports have condemned a commonly used agricultural pesticide as detrimental to honey bee health, scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have found t ... more



How satellite data led to a breakthrough for Lake Erie toxic algal blooms
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
With the growing frequency and magnitude of toxic freshwater algal blooms becoming an increasingly worrisome public health concern, Carnegie scientists Jeff Ho and Anna Michalak, along with colleagues, have made new advances in understanding the drivers behind Lake Erie blooms and their implications for lake restoration. The work is published in two related studies. Using data from NASA's ... more
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 09, 2017
Is Climate Changing Cloud Heights? Too Soon to Say
Washington DC (SPX) May 16, 2017
Ice Particles in Earth's Atmosphere Create Bright Flashes Seen from Space
New Haven, CT (SPX) May 15, 2017
In measuring gas exchange between water and air, size matters
2 SOPS says goodbye to GPS satellite
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
At 25-years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit before the 2nd Space Operations Squadron said goodbye via final command and disposal here April 18. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it performed more than triple its design life of 7.5 years. "The most interesting thing about this process for me, was the ability to do some experimentatio ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
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
Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restoration
Berkeley CA (SPX) May 16, 2017
A study led by ecologists at UC Berkeley has found significant flaws in the research used to challenge the U.S. Forest Service plan to restore Sierra Nevada forests to less dense, and less fire-prone, environments. Until recently, the consensus among forest ecologists was that before European settlers arrived in the Sierra, the forests were mostly open conifer forests dominated by big tree ... more
Calabar, Nigeria (AFP) May 16, 2017
The superhighway threatening Nigeria's tropical rainforest
Knoxville TN (SPX) May 11, 2017
Microscopic soil creatures could orchestrate massive tree migrations
Washington DC (SPX) May 04, 2017
New look at satellite data questions scale of China's afforestation success
Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced
College Station TX (SPX) May 15, 2017
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A and M AgriLife Research. The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. In addition to sequencing the genome, ... more
Lancaster, UK (SPX) May 11, 2017
New breakthrough makes it easier to turn old coffee waste into cleaner biofuels
Hong Kong, China (SPX) May 11, 2017
Enhancing the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel production
Washington (UPI) May 9, 2017
Biomass powering U.S. military base
Solar power not a favorite for New Zealand
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Solar power isn't the best option for New Zealand compared with other renewables, but the opportunity could emerge as costs decline, a minister said. An annual review of the New Zealand energy sector from the International Energy Agency described the country as a "success story" for its ability to advance on low-carbon options like hydro-electric power and geothermal energy, all without ... more
Washington DC (UPI) May 11, 2017
Atomic-scale study could pave the way for better, longer-lasting solar cells
London, UK (SPX) May 15, 2017
Next-gen solar cells could be improved by atomic-scale redesign
Houghton MI (SPX) May 11, 2017
Installing solar to combat national security risks in the power grid
Scientists track porpoises to assess impact of offshore wind farms
Solomons MD (SPX) May 10, 2017
A new study by scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Cornell University and Duke University is the first in a series to understand how marine mammals like porpoises, whales, and dolphins may be impacted by the construction of wind farms off the coast of Maryland. The new research offers insight into previously unknown ... more
The Hague (AFP) May 8, 2017
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
London, UK (SPX) May 09, 2017
OX2 will manage a 45 MW wind farm owned by IKEA Group in Lithuania
Washington DC (SPX) May 10, 2017
Building Energy celebrates the beginning of operations and electricity generation of its first wind farm
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Gas leak kills 18 miners in central China
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
A gas leak has killed at least 18 people working in a coal mine in central China's Hunan province, state media reported on Monday. Another 37 miners were rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment following Sunday's accident at the Jilinqiao mine in Huangfengqiao township, according to Xinhua news agency, citing local authorities. Investigators are testing the gas while police have de ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
India's coal plant plans conflict with climate commitments
Washington (UPI) Apr 17, 2017
Coal power dropping as natural gas, renewables grow, U.S. report finds
Washington (AFP) March 30, 2017
US environmental groups file suit to block new coal mining on public lands
China frees human rights lawyer on bail: Amnesty
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China has freed a prominent human rights lawyer on bail, Amnesty International said Wednesday, after he admitted to his crimes in what critics called a show trial. Xie Yang, who had worked on cases considered politically sensitive by China's ruling Communist Party, was among hundreds of legal staff and activists detained in the so-called "709 crackdown" in 2015. He pleaded guilty Monday ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 10, 2017
China lawyer's wife seeks US asylum after brazen escape
Beijing (AFP) May 9, 2017
China wants its anthem sung, but maybe not at parties
Beijing (AFP) May 8, 2017
Chinese human rights lawyers seen as enemies of the state
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Robotic 'exoskeleton' prevents elderly falls: study
Paris (AFP) May 11, 2017
Scientists unveiled a lightweight, robotic, outer "skeleton" Thursday that can detect when someone loses their balance, correct their gait, and prevent their fall. Designed to limit stumbles among the elderly, the device has sensors that can discern in real time when a limb starts to buckle or flail, and lightweight motors which exert instant force on both legs to restore balance. "Weara ... more
Washington DC (SPX) May 15, 2017
Live interactions with robots increase their perceived human likeness
Minneapolis MN (SPX) May 11, 2017
3-D-printed 'bionic skin' could give robots the sense of touch
Washington (AFP) May 9, 2017
Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too
Vietnam arrests activist as MP resigns over mass fish deaths
Hanoi (AFP) May 15, 2017
Vietnam arrested another activist on Monday for organising protests over mass fish deaths caused by pollution from a steel plant, the same day a lawmaker resigned over the environmental scandal. Taiwanese steel firm Formosa was blamed for pollution last year which killed tonnes of fish, including rare species, and decimated livelihoods in coastal fishing communities in central Vietnam. T ... more
Miami (AFP) May 15, 2017
Plastic trash chokes remote South Pacific island
Antofagasta, Chile (AFP) May 15, 2017
Mining brings Chile city riches -- and fear of cancer
Paris (AFP) May 15, 2017
'Excess' car pollution killed 38,000 in 2015: study
Fort McMurray recovery from 2016 forest fire plods along
Fort Mcmurray, Canada (AFP) April 30, 2017
A few late-season snowflakes flutter over Fort McMurray, their whiteness contrasting against surrounding forests blackened one year ago by the most destructive wildfire in Canadian history. "You don't know how it feels until you lose it all", says Steven Menard, 53, holding up a charred pair of his grandson's first ice skates, plucked from the rubble of his home. On May 1, 2016, a brushf ... more
Wageningen, Netherlands (SPX) Apr 13, 2017
Flammable floodplains are weak spot of Amazon forest
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
Robots may bring reef relief
Newark, DE (SPX) May 09, 2017
A study authored by University of Delaware Professor Art Trembanis and colleagues reveals new details about deep sea reefs - known as mesophotic reefs - near the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. While coral reefs worldwide are in decline, the waters surrounding Bonaire comprise a marine park known as a scuba "diver's paradise" because it contains some of the most well-preserved co ... more
East Lansing MI (SPX) May 16, 2017
Fish should figure in to fate of nation's aging dams
Atescatempa, Guatemala (AFP) May 15, 2017
Dying Guatemala lake underlines climate change threat
Sapporo, Japan (SPX) May 16, 2017
Teleconnection between the tropical Pacific and Antarctica
Dust storm blows across north China, flights cancelled
Beijing (AFP) May 4, 2017
A major dust storm engulfed northern China and Beijing on Thursday, prompting authorities to cancel dozens of flights and urge children and the elderly to stay indoors. Buildings were shrouded by the greyish haze in the capital while residents who ventured out covered their mouths and noses with masks and bandanas. At least 48 flights were cancelled, including six international routes in ... more
Norman, OK (SPX) May 02, 2017
SimRadar: A polarimetric radar time-series simulator for tornadic debris studies
Washington (AFP) May 1, 2017
Storms in US South and Midwest kill at least 14
Wellington (AFP) April 6, 2017
Australian cyclone aftermath hits New Zealand
Red tape and taxes put brakes on 'Make In India' push
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2017
When Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a $600 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another $900 in taxes and bribes and waited three months for it to clear customs. "We lack in technology and industry to make the smallest things, so we have to import," Ahuja said as he listed the frustrations entrepreneurs still encounter since the government launched i ... more
Beijing (AFP) May 15, 2017
China decries protectionism, but some raise concerns
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2017
US-China trade pact: a Trump triumph or rehashed news?
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2017
China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of N.Korea missile
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UNH researcher identifies key differences in solar wind models
Durham NH (SPX) May 16, 2017
The challenge of predicting space weather, which can cause issues with telecommunications and other satellite operations on Earth, requires a detailed understanding of the solar wind (a stream of charged particles released from the sun) and sophisticated computer simulations. Research done at the University of New Hampshire has found that when choosing the right model to describe the solar ... more
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Indonesian rangers dismantle traps to save wildlife
Leuser, Indonesia (AFP) May 14, 2017
In the depths of Indonesia's dense Leuser rain forest, a group of rangers are searching for traps set by poachers which are endangering rare wildlife. Scientists and conservationists consider the Leuser Ecosystem, which falls mostly within Aceh province on Sumatra island, to be among the most important forests left in Southeast Asia. It is the last place of sufficient size and quality ... more
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Ithaca NY (SPX) May 11, 2017
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Golden CO (SPX) May 11, 2017
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