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October 05, 2017
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Win-win strategies for climate and food security



Vienna, Austria (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Climate policies that target agriculture and forests could lead to increased food prices, but reducing deforestation and increasing soil carbon sequestration in agriculture could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while avoiding risk to food security, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. As countries look to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, many see potential in their forests and farms. The land-use sector, which includes agriculture a ... read more

FARM NEWS
Earliest evidence for a native African cultigen discovered in Eastern Sudan
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Archaeologists examining plant impressions within broken pottery have discovered the earliest evidence for domesticated sorghum in Africa. The evidence comes from an archaeological site (known ... more
FARM NEWS
Setback for EU deal on hormone-disrupting chemicals
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The EU's efforts to regulate chemicals which can potentially disrupt the body's hormones suffered a setback on Wednesday when MEPs blocked a key proposal. ... more
FARM NEWS
Biodegradable microsensors for food monitoring
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
Nowadays microsensors are already used in many different applications, such as the detection of poisonous gases. They are also integrated into miniaturised transmitter/receiver systems, such as the ... more
FARM NEWS
Land grabs cause lingering SE Asia conflicts: report
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Three-quarters of around 50 conflicts that have erupted in Southeast Asia since 2001 pitting mining, logging or agribusiness giants against indigenous peoples protesting land grabs are still lingering today, researchers reported Tuesday. ... more
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WATER WORLD
Big rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America
Guatemala City (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
An unusually intense rainy season in Central America has left dozens dead and thousands more affected by damaged or destroyed homes and roads. ... more
FARM NEWS
EU battle heats up over controversial weedkiller
Brussels (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
A battle is heating up over whether the European Union will renew at year-end the licence for glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers that some fear causes cancer. ... more
FARM NEWS
First global pact backing indigenous land rights launched
Stockholm (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Indigenous peoples could soon regain some control of their native forests with the creation of a new global institution dedicated to securing their land rights. ... more
FARM NEWS
Chinese buyers fleeced in Australian wool scam
Sydney (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The theft of high-end Australian wool destined for China is under investigation, authorities said Wednesday, as customers end up with lower-grade produce in a scam threatening the industry's reputation. ... more
FARM NEWS
Artificial light device boosts cows' milk yields by 9 percent
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A new artificial light device developed in Ireland promises to increase cows' milk yields by 9 percent. In the latest tests, the technology, a mask, increased milk production among lactating bovines. ... more
FARM NEWS
Global methane emissions from agriculture possibly much larger
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Global methane emissions from agriculture are larger than estimated due to the previous use of out-of-date data on carbon emissions generated by livestock, according to a study published in the open ... more


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FARM NEWS
Planet-warming methane from livestock underestimated: study
Paris (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from livestock are larger than previously thought, posing an additional challenge in the fight to curb global warming, scientists said Friday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Global network of botanical gardens contain a third of all known plant species
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
The world's botanic gardens contain at least 30% of all known plant species, including 41% of all those classed as 'threatened', according to the most comprehensive analysis to date of diversity in ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Drought not dingos behind mainland Australia tiger extinction: study
Sydney (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
The mystery loss of Tasmanian tigers from mainland Australia was likely caused by climate change and not wild dogs or hunting by Aborigines, scientists said Thursday. ... more
FARM NEWS
Climate insurance is rarely well thought out in agriculture
Leipzig, Germany (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Internationally subsidised agricultural insurance is intended to protect farmers in developing countries from the effects of climate change. However, it can also lead to undesirable ecological and s ... more



Public Invited to Analyze Photos Taken by International Space Station Astronauts
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
CosmoQuest's Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS). Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. CosmoQuest is ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Global Airborne Mission to Make Ozone Hole Detour
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
New Radar Sensor Provides Clear Vision in Any Weather
Buffalo NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Scientists monitor Silicon Valley's underground water reserves - from space
exactEarth Announces Agreement with Alltek Marine to Expand Small Vessel Tracking Service Offering
Cambridge, Canada (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
exactEarth Ltd. reports that its exactTrax small vessel monitoring technology is now incorporated into Alltek Marine Electronic Corp's (AMEC) AIS Tracking Beacon (TB560). The AMEC TB560 is a simplified Class B AIS device that offers an efficient and cost-effective vessel monitoring solution within AIS VHF transmission range. Now outfitted with exactTrax technology from exactEarth, which ex ... more
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
BeiDou navigation to cover Belt and Road countries by 2018
Beijing (XNA) Sep 19, 2017
China's BeiDou-3 satellites get new chips
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 13, 2017
US Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract
Poland rejects EU evidence on primeval forest dispute
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 29, 2017
Poland on Friday rejected evidence put before the European Court of Justice to prove illegal logging in the Bialowieza forest, a protected UNESCO site that includes Europe's last primeval woodland. During a court hearing in Luxembourg on September 11, the European Commission's representative showed satellite images of Bialowieza to show that Warsaw is defying the court's temporary injunctio ... more
Miami (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Forest loss means tropics emit more carbon than they trap: study
Brasilia (AFP) Sept 26, 2017
Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 21, 2017
American oaks share a common northern ancestor
Olive mill wastewater transformed: From pollutant to bio-fertilizer, biofuel
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Olive oil has long been a popular kitchen staple. Yet producing the oil creates a vast stream of wastewater that can foul waterways, reduce soil fertility and trigger extensive damage to nearby ecosystems. Now in a study appearing in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, scientists report on the development of an environmentally friendly process that could transform this pollutant int ... more
Ithica NY (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Bioreactors on a chip renew promises for algal biofuels
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 02, 2017
Algae with light switch
Upton, NY (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
With extra sugar, leaves get fat too
Saudi Arabia opens bid for 'utility scale' solar project
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Saudi Arabia invited bids on Tuesday for a "utility-scale" 300-megawatt solar project, a first for the world's top oil exporter. "Today's bid opening represents a significant milestone for the National Renewable Energy Programme, and an important step on the way to diversifying Saudi Arabia's domestic energy mix and building a cutting edge domestic renewable energy sector," Energy Minister K ... more
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
DOE should take steps toward facilitating energy development on its public lands
Cambridge UK (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Researchers set time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells
Paris (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables: IEA
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
With the start of construction of a new wind farm off the coast of Germany, officials said the nation's economy was supported through low-carbon efforts. German energy company E.ON, with support from Norway's Statoil, hosted a ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Arkona offshore wind farm, which formally started in late August. Christian Pegel, a regional Germany en ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
Finding better wind energy potential with the new European Wind Atlas
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Last of the 67 turbines for a British wind farm installed
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Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio Tinto will return $2.5 billion to shareholders in a buyback after selling most of its Australian coal assets to China-backed Yancoal, the mining giant said Friday. The world's second-largest miner sold Coal & Allied to Yancoal, majority-controlled by China's Yanzhou Coal, earlier this month in a divestment drive analysts expect will lead to a complete exit from the sector. The buybac ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
Former Hong Kong leader appears in court over sandwich 'attack'
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Unpopular former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying testified Wednesday in a case involving a sandwich thrown at him by a pro-democracy activist. The sandwich was aimed at Leung, the city's then leader, as he was on his way to vote in the September 2016 legislative election - but it missed and hit a police officer. In court, a stern-looking Leung occasionally smiled as he was questioned b ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
Hong Kong democracy activist in court for throwing 'smelly' sandwich
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Hong Kong migrant mothers sing for their distant children
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
The making of Hong Kong's famous 'fire dragon'
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Servosila introduces Mobile Robots equipped with Software Defined Radio payloads
Hong Kong (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Servosila introduces a new member of the family of Servosila "Engineer" robots, a UGV called "Radio Engineer". This new variant of the well-known backpack-transportable robot features a Software Defined Radio (SDR) payload module integrated into the robotic vehicle. "Several of our key customers had asked us to enable an Electronic Warfare (EW) or Cognitive Radio applications in our robots ... more
Washington (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
DeepMind forms ethics unit for AI; Google unveils $49 mini assistant
Cleveland OH (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Researchers design soft, flexible origami-inspired robot
Chiba, Japan (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Looking tired and haggard, William Coronado pulls up before dawn with a boat full of fish on the muddy shore of Nicaragua's Lake Managua, a dumping ground for trash and waste. "The lake is so polluted. They throw all sorts of crap into it," said the 56-year-old. "Containers, old buckets, all sorts of bags - all the junk they throw away in Managua. It's a disgrace." Coronado spent two da ... more
Gonda City, India (AFP) Oct 2, 2017
Mountains of garbage and despair in India's dirtiest city
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted
Amsterdam (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
I.Coast toxic spill victims launch new Dutch court bid
Papua New Guinea supermarket fire kills 10: reports
Sydney (AFP) Sept 25, 2017
Ten people believed to be Chinese died when a supermarket caught fire in Papua New Guinea while they were sleeping, reports and officials said Monday. The disaster at the Splendid Star shop was made worse by the lack of any proper fire-fighting equipment in Manus province in the impoverished Pacific nation's north, where the blaze started early Friday. The dead included six women and fou ... more
Lisbon (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Portuguese ex-firefighter jailed for starting 2016 forest fires
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States
Marseille (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Arson suspected as fire in southeast France brought under control
Big rainy season leaves dozens dead in Central America
Guatemala City (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
An unusually intense rainy season in Central America has left dozens dead and thousands more affected by damaged or destroyed homes and roads. Weather observatories said precipitation in September and October - usually the wettest period of the five-month-long season - were 25 to 50 percent heavier than average in the rainiest zones. The worst-hit country in the region was Honduras, wh ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone
Onna, Japan (SPX) Sep 25, 2017
A sustainable future powered by sea
Cambridge UK (SPX) Sep 26, 2017
Getting the measure of mud
Sydney, Melbourne warned to prepare for 50-degree days
Sydney (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sydney and Melbourne could regularly face 50 degree Celsius (122F) days within 25 years even if Australia meets its Paris global warming targets, a new study warned Wednesday. Other areas across the country should also prepare for extreme heat, said the research led by the Australian National University (ANU) and supported by the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, an internatio ... more
Paris (AFP) Sept 27, 2017
Searing summers becoming the new normal in Europe: study
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 17, 2017
Powerful wind storm kills eight in Romania
Manila (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
At least three dead, six missing, as storm hits Philippines
Chinese manufacturing accelerates for second straight month
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2017
China's manufacturing activity accelerated for a second straight month in September, official figures showed Saturday, although an independent indicator was less positive about the world's second largest economy. The sector expanded at its fastest pace since 2012 after rebounding in August, official data showed. "The indicator showed a steady upward trend in the manufacturing sector," n ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
$37.7 million bowl sets Chinese ceramic auction record
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Oct 3, 2017
EU targets China with tough rules on cheap imports
Hong Kong, China (AFP) Oct 1, 2017
Macau casino scion rolls dice on Japan venture
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Scientists model magnetic storm that inspired red aurora over Kyoto
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017
Scientists have modeled the extreme storm that triggered a vibrant red aurora atop Kyoto, Japan, in 1770. Researchers used historic accounts of the electromagnetic light show to estimate the storm's strength. Recently, scientists at Tokyo's National Institute of Japanese Literature and National Institute for Polar Research got the opportunity to analyze an ancient painting of a red auro ... more
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
A RAVAN in the sun
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Parker Solar Probe Gets Its Revolutionary Heat Shield
Paris (ESA) Sep 21, 2017
Solar antics
Cats kill more than one million birds per day in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Cats in Australia kill more than 1 million birds every day, according to a new study. The study, a survey of 100 studies conducted across the continent, was published this week in the journal Biological Conservation. Data pooled from the dozens of studies showed some 316 million birds are killed by feral cats every year in Australia. Another 61 million birds are killed by pet cats. ... more
Pekanbaru, Indonesia (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Sun bear attacks couple in Indonesia; Giant python attacks man
Brasília (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Activists condemn craze for wild animal selfies
Jakarta (AFP) Sept 28, 2017
Panda diplomacy: Two giant pandas from China land in Indonesia


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