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August 07, 2017
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Heatstruck Italy starts harvesting its thirsty vines



Rome (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Italy's annual wine harvest, the biggest in the world, is off to its earliest start in a decade as the country swelters in a heatwave following months of drought. Winemakers have also had to contend with spring frosts and hailstorms this year and the country's agri-food agency Coldiretti is anticipating a 10-15 percent fall in volumes. But producers say a good year for drinkers is still on the cards at the start of a harvest that will not be completed until around the end of October. Traditi ... read more

WATER WORLD
Climate plays role in decline of critical Asian water resources
Manhattan KS (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Climate variability - rather than the presence of a major dam - is most likely the primary cause for a water supply decline in East Asia's largest floodplain lake system, according to a Kansas State ... more
FARM NEWS
Paris's urban rooftop hives hope to preserve honeybees
Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
To check the beehives he has set up on the roof of the sprawling Monnaie de Paris on the banks of the River Seine, Audric de Campeau slips on a harness over tan-coloured trousers. ... more
FARM NEWS
Alkaline soil, sensible sensor
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Producers sometimes face challenges that go deep into the soil. They need answers to help the soil, on site. A portable field sensor can accurately measure minerals in soils more easily and efficien ... more
WATER WORLD
Loss of 350 miles of Great Plains streams causing changes in aquatic food web
Manhattan, KS (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
The food web in Great Plains streams could be unraveling, according to a Kansas State University ecologist. Keith Gido, professor of biology, and Josh Perkin, a Kansas State University alumnus ... more
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New system could remove two water pollutants from ag fields
Urbana IL (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico use up the majority of the oxygen in the water, leading to massive "dead zones" that cannot support fish or other wildlife. The culprit? Nitrate, running off agric ... more
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3 lions shot after escaping from South Africa's Kruger Park
Johannesburg (AFP) July 13, 2017
Three male lions that escaped over the weekend from South Africa's Kruger National Park have been shot dead after a farmer found them eating his cattle, officials said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand
Los Angeles (AFP) July 13, 2017
Over nearly a century Disney has exported US culture across the globe, but the company was astonished to find one slice of Americana wildly popular in China - the turkey leg. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Floods in Thailand's northeast kill 23
Bangkok (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Heavy rains have brought some of the worst floods in years to Thailand's rural northeast where 23 people have died over the past month, officials said Wednesday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Global warming reduces protein in key crops: study
Miami (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at risk of growth stunting and early death, experts warned Wednesday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Adjusting fertilizers vital in claypan ag soils
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
All soils are not equal. Rich loams support the world's most productive agricultural regions, including swaths of the American Midwest. But in some parts of the Midwest, including areas in Missouri ... more


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FARM NEWS
Neolithic farmers practiced specialized methods of cattle farming
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Swiss farmers practiced various different methods of animal farming as early as 5,400 years ago, as demonstrated by a study by researchers from the University of Basel, as well as research instituti ... more
FARM NEWS
One plant at a time is precise
Paris (ESA) Jul 27, 2017
Precision farming is set to become even more precise with a new camera drawing on satellite imaging. Thanks to research with ESA on new cameras, hyperspectral cameras flying on drones are now ... more
WATER WORLD
Health risk alarm over water rationing in Rome
Rome (AFP) July 26, 2017
Plans to ration water in drought-hit Rome could have serious consequences for public health, Italy's health minister warned Wednesday. ... more
WATER WORLD
A 50-year Indian dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come
Boston MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
An MIT study published in Nature Climate Change finds that the Indian summer monsoons, which bring rainfall to the country each year between June and September, have strengthened in the last 15 year ... more



NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T satellites coming together
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Progress continues on the development of NOAA's GOES-S and GOES-T spacecraft that will follow the successful launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite or GOES-R, renamed GOES-16 upon reaching geostationary orbit. The GOES-S satellite is fully integrated and is currently undergoing its final functional testing to confirm it successfully passed mechanical and thermal en ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 13, 2017
Nickel key to Earth's magnetic field, research shows
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Aug 01, 2017
Aalto-1 satellite sends first image back to VTT Finland
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Aug 01, 2017
Vega orbits two Earth observation satellites
IAI, Honeywell Aerospace team for GPS anti-jam system
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
An advance GPS anti-jam navigation system is to be jointly developed and manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries and Honeywell Aerospace, the companies announced on Monday. The technology, covered under a recent memorandum of understanding between the two companies, will combine IAI's existing ADA GPS Anti-Jamming system together with Honeywell's embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Sys ... more
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 21, 2017
Russia, China to Set Up Pilot Zone to Test National Navigation Systems
New Delhi (Sputnik) Jul 07, 2017
India Plans to Roll Out National GPS Next Year
Washington (UPI) Jul 7, 2017
Orbital Alliance Techsystems receives contract for GPS artillery
EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forest
Brussels (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
The EU warned Poland Wednesday to obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, saying it would add any breach to a broader Brussels case against Warsaw over democratic standards. Poland's right-wing government vowed on Monday that logging would continue in the ancient Bialowieza forest despite an injunction issued last week by the European Court of Justice, the bloc's top court. ... more
Jena, Germany (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years
Sao Paulo, Brazil (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Study reinforces the Amazon forest's importance in regulating atmospheric chemistry
Columbia, MO (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Financial incentives could conserve tropical forest diversity
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers. Rice researchers in Earth science, economics and environmental engineering have determined that widespread use of biochar in agriculture could reduce health care costs, especially for those who live in urban areas close to farmland ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
New light-activated catalyst grabs CO2 to make ingredients for fuel
Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels
Amherst MA (SPX) Jul 25, 2017
Fungi that evolved to eat wood offer new biomass conversion tool
India facing renewable energy challenges
(UPI) Jul 31, 2017
An effort in India, one of the world's strongest economies, to improve the renewable energy sector could face headwinds, Moody's Investors Service said. India aims to triple its renewable power capacity by 2022 to 175 gigawatts by drawing on new solar and wind energy sources. The country is No. 4 in the world in terms of new solar power, No. 4 in the world based on cumulative wind power ... more
Washington (UPI) Aug 1, 2017
Chinese renewable energy capacity growing rapidly
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
A new picture emerges on the origins of photosynthesis in a sun-loving bacteria
Washington (UPI) Jul 31, 2017
World Bank tries to make Pacific solar power decisions easier
U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy projects under construction or advancing through the development sta ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2017
Shale-rich Oklahoma to host mega-wind farm
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
GE's renewables not enough to boost overall revenue
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Scientists uncover biogeochemical controls on occurrence and distribution of PACs in coals
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 24, 2017
The organic matter in coal contains polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) of varying quantities in diverse soluble and insoluble forms. PACs in coal are of special interest for organic geochemical studies as they have been successfully used as biological marker compounds (biomarkers) and indicators of thermal maturity. However, challenges exist when applying PACs in understanding the organi ... more
Beijing (AFP) July 5, 2017
China backs hundreds of global coal power projects
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Rio prefers Yancoal to Glencore in Australia coal sale
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets
Chinese man pays $10,000 for whisky shot at Swiss bar
Geneva (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Have you heard the one about the guy who walked into a bar and ordered a $10,000 shot of whisky? A young Chinese man paid 9,999 Swiss francs ($10,000, 8,733 euros) last week at a Swiss hotel for a glass of whisky made in 1878 by the revered Scotch maker Macallan, the 20Minuten website said. The report was confirmed by an employee of the luxury Waldhaus Hotel in St. Moritz, northeast Swit ... more
Beijing (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
China accused of 'enforced disappearance' of Liu Xiaobo's widow
Hong Kong (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hong Kong bishop says church could be 'bridge' with China
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Mishap doesn't dampen enthusiasm for security robots
Washington (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
On his first day at work as a security guard, Steve was greeted warmly, drawing attention from passersby, including some taking selfies with him at the tony retail-residential complex he patrolled. Then he fell into the fountain. Steve was a security robot employed by the Washington Harbour center in the Georgetown district of the US capital. According to some tech watchers, robots like ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Why humans find faulty robots more likeable
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 31, 2017
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Nagoya, Japan (AFP) July 30, 2017
Watch out Messi, here come the footballers at RoboCup
Russia's Lake Baikal 'extremely polluted', Putin warns
Moscow (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Russia's Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake, has extremely high pollution levels, President Vladimir Putin warned Friday while visiting the Siberian lake. Lake Baikal is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the world's deepest lake at 1,700 metres (5,580 feet) and also the oldest at 25 million years. Tourists flock there to enjoy the unique wildlife and clear waters. Putin, while ... more
Banjul, Gambia (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
Gambian environmentalists to sue 'polluting' Chinese firm
Phnom Penh (AFP) July 13, 2017
Cambodia bans overseas exports of coastal sand
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2017
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Tunisia loses swathes of forest in fires
Tunis (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Around 2,000 hectares of forest in Tunisia have gone up in flames over the past week, with some of the fires probably started deliberately, the authorities said on Saturday. Many of the blazes have been put down to a heatwave gripping the North African country, but arson has also been blamed in some cases. "Since July 29 we have experienced a wave of forest fires - 94 outbreaks across e ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 28, 2017
Sikorksy to supply Black Hawks for Australian firefighting
Marseille (AFP) July 25, 2017
France battles raging fires on Cote d'Azur
Macao, Portugal (AFP) July 27, 2017
Portugal battles raging forest fires
Coral disease outbreaks fluctuate with El Nino years
Melbourne, FL (SPX) Aug 03, 2017
Occurrences of three common diseases affecting Caribbean corals spike during El Nino years, an alarming association given how climate change may boost the intensity of El Ninos. The findings from Florida Institute of Technology research associate Carly Randall and biology professor Rob van Woesik, published earlier this month in the journal Scientific Reports, are based on an analysis of 1 ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Current threats to our oceans are revealed
Manhattan KS (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
Climate plays role in decline of critical Asian water resources
Luanda (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Angolan leader opens nation's largest hydro plant
European heatwave deaths could skyrocket: climate study
Paris (AFP) Aug 4, 2017
Deaths due to extreme weather in Europe could increase fifty-fold from an estimated 3,000 per year recently to 152,000 by century's end if global warming is not reined in, researchers warned Saturday. The toll would be especially high in temperate southern Europe, where deaths due to warming are projected to rise from 11 per million people per year to about 700 per million per year, they wro ... more
Rome (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Sizzling summer gives Europe's south taste of the future
Rome (AFP) Aug 6, 2017
Three dead as storms ravage Italy's north
Boston MA (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
Deadly heat waves could hit South Asia this century
China factory activity gathers steam in July: Caixin
Beijing (AFP) Aug 1, 2017
China's manufacturing activity increased last month as both production and new order rates grew rapidly, independent figures showed Tuesday, but analysts warned the economy still faces headwinds from policy tightening. The Caixin Purchasing Manager's Index - an indicator of conditions at small manufacturers - came in at 51.1 in the month, up from 50.4 in June as it marked a four-month high ... more
Panama City (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
'Clear' risk of trade war from protectionist policies: WTO chief
Beijing (AFP) July 31, 2017
China orders Anbang to sell Waldorf Astoria, other foreign assets: report
Washington (UPI) Aug 4, 2017
Canada to protect national interests during NAFTA talks
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New clue to solving the mystery of the sun's hot atmosphere
London, UK (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
The elemental composition of the Sun's hot atmosphere known as the 'corona' is strongly linked to the 11-year solar magnetic activity cycle, a team of scientists from UCL, George Mason University and Naval Research Laboratory has revealed for the first time. The study, published in Nature Communications and funded by the NASA Hinode program, shows that an increase in magnetic activity goes ... more
Paris (ESA) Aug 02, 2017
Gravity waves detected in Sun's interior reveal rapidly rotating core
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 07, 2017
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Washington DC (SPX) Aug 04, 2017
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Idle spiders' epic sea journey from Africa to Australia
Sydney (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
A species of spider that usually travels no further than a few feet from where it was hatched, likely made an epic sea journey on a "land raft" from South Africa to call Australia home, a study said Thursday. The Australian trapdoor spider, known scientifically as Moggridgea rainbow, is only found on Kangaroo Island off the south Australian coast and lives a sedentary land-based lifestyle, r ... more
Saint-Aignan-Sur-Cher, France (AFP) Aug 5, 2017
Surviving baby panda in 'perfect health' says French zoo
New York (AFP) Aug 3, 2017
US crushes nearly two tons of ivory in NY Central Park
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Malaysia seizes rare animal parts worth almost $1 mn


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