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November 13, 2017
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Weed-killer prompts angry divide among US farmers



Little Rock, United States (AFP) Nov 13, 2017
When it comes to the herbicide dicamba, farmers in the southern state of Arkansas are not lacking for strong opinions. "Farmers need it desperately," said Perry Galloway. "If I get dicamba on (my products), I can't sell anything," responded Shawn Peebles. The two men know each other well, living just miles apart in the towns of Gregory and Augusta, in a corner of the state where cotton and soybean fields reach to the horizon and homes are often miles from the nearest neighbor. But they ... read more

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Chinese farmer turned eco-warrior takes on big business
Yushutun, China (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Wang Enlin, an elderly farmer who left school when he was 10 years old and taught himself law armed with a single textbook and dictionary, makes for an unlikely eco-warrior. ... more
FARM NEWS
Chinese company offers lifetime of booze for $1,700 on Alibaba
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Feeling down on "Singles Day" this weekend? A Chinese white liquor maker wants to lift lonely spirits by offering a lifetime supply of booze for less than $1,700. ... more
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Sensors applied to plant leaves warn of water shortage
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Forgot to water that plant on your desk again? It may soon be able to send out an SOS. MIT engineers have created sensors that can be printed onto plant leaves and reveal when the plants are e ... more
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Cover crops shield soil from extreme temps
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil ... more
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Breeding highly productive corn has reduced its ability to adapt
Madison WI (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Stuck where they are, plants have to adapt to their environments, responding to stresses like drought or pests by changing how they grow. On a broader scale, crop breeders need to be able to d ... more
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WSU researcher sees huge carbon sink in soil minerals
Vancouver WA (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
A Washington State University researcher has discovered that vast amounts of carbon can be stored by soil minerals more than a foot below the surface. The finding could help offset the rising greenh ... more
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Fresh EU bid fails to renew controversial weedkiller
Brussels (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
The European Union on Thursday failed to win approval from members to renew a five-year licence for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate, which critics say causes cancer. ... more
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France to oppose EU's 5-year renewal for weedkiller glyphosate
Paris (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
France will oppose a European Commission proposal to renew authorisation for controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years instead of 10, saying Wednesday the new cutoff should be three years. ... more
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Together for more food safety in Europe and its neighboring countries
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Nov 09, 2017
"To protect consumers, the responsible public institutions have to be networked together all over the world," says Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, President of the German Federal Institute for Ris ... more
WATER WORLD
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Among the lines of small mud houses, plastic litter and piles of parched earth, children gaze skywards at a shiny blue tank perched on steel legs. ... more


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Black leaders who urged farmers to dump coca on run from Colombia gangs
Tumaco, Colombia (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
There is a price on their heads, and one of them has already been gunned down. Now, the leaders of a black community in Colombia who dared urge farmers to stop growing coca plants are "hiding like rats" from drug lords intent on maintaining their supply of narcotics. ... more
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Extreme dining in Shanghai: French chef's twist on haute cuisine
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
A van spirits ten guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a non-descript industrial building as Strauss's theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" fills the air. ... more
WATER WORLD
Climate change could decrease Sun's ability to disinfect lakes
Troy NY (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Increasing organic runoff as a result of climate change may be reducing the penetration of pathogen-killing ultraviolet (UV) sunlight in inland lakes, rivers, and coastal waters, according to a new ... more
WATER WORLD
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Filtration membranes are, at their core, sponge-like materials that have micro- or nanoscopically small pores. Unwanted chemicals, bacteria and even viruses are physically blocked by the maze of mes ... more



NASA CubeSat to Test Miniaturized Weather Satellite Technology
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Behind every weather forecast-from your local, five-day prediction to a late-breaking hurricane track update-are the satellites that make them possible. Government agencies depend on observations from weather satellites to inform forecast models that help us prepare for approaching storms and identify areas that need evacuating or emergency first responders. Weather satellites have traditi ... more
Seville, Spain (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
Green rooves to reduce the effects of climate change
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Warm Air Helped Make 2017 Ozone Hole Smallest Since 1988
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
NASA Satellite Tracks Ozone Pollution by Monitoring Its Key Ingredients
Harris develops fully digital navigation payload for future GPS III sats
Melbourne FL (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
Harris Corporation has completed development of the company's fully digital Mission Data Unit (MDU), which is at the heart of its navigation payload for Lockheed Martin's GPS III satellites 11 and beyond. The current Harris payload for GPS III space vehicles (SVs) 1-10 includes a greater than three times reduction in range error, up to eight times increase in anti-jamming power, added sign ... more
Beijing (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
Better rubidium clocks increase BeiDou satnav accuracy
Xichang, China (XNA) Nov 07, 2017
China launches two BeiDou-3 navigation satellites on single carrier rocket
Antwerp, Belgium (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Airobot supplies positioning technology to single largest container terminal in Europe
Police detain protesters in primeval forest dispute
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Police on Thursday detained 22 environment activists who staged a sit-in at the Warsaw headquarters of Poland's state forest management agency to protest against logging in the Bialowieza forest, a protected UNESCO site that includes Europe's last primeval woodland. Critics say Poland's right-wing government is defying a European Court of Justice injunction to suspend logging in the forest, ... more
London (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Peace brings hope for Colombia's biodiversity: Santos
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
UN's number two accused in Chinese scam to import Nigerian rosewood
Mbandaka, Dr Congo (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Could the peatlands of Congo be a carbon bomb?
Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth
Livermore CA (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team's findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from domestically grown renewable sources. Lignin, the tough material left over from biofuel production, contains compounds that can be converted into prod ... more
Indianapolis IN (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study identifies additional hurdle to widespread planting of bioenergy crops
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn researchers mimic giant clams to enhance the production of biofuel
Newark DE (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
China Saves the World, and America Too by Going Off-The-Grid
Wuxi, China (SPX) Nov 13, 2017
"People demand a beautiful life," was the opening statement of Mr. Wu Xingiong, Deputy Director of the Economic Committee of CPPCC. He is 100% right. The people of mother earth have spoken and the ancient middle kingdom of China woke. And not the I just got out of bed woke, but a full steam ahead mentality to cure the planet. A German colleague told me many years ago that China will cover ... more
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Mechanochemistry paves the way to higher quality perovskite photovoltaics
Phoenix, AZ (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
OMCO Solar expands to met demand for field-fast racking systems
Washington (AFP) Nov 4, 2017
US renewable energy booms despite Trump vow to quit Paris deal
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
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Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
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Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks
Hambach Coal Mine, Near Niederzier, Germany (AFP) Nov 5, 2017
Environmental activists wearing hazard suits marched onto one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines, near Bonn, on Sunday, the eve of 196-nation UN climate talks in the west German city. Some two hundred protesters crossed a denuded no-man's land and lined up like guards at the edge of the 40-square kilometre (15 square mile) Hambach opencast coal mine, the biggest manmade hole in Euro ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Trump praises China's 'highly respected' Xi
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
US President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a "highly respected and powerful representative of his people" on Friday as he wrapped up his first state visit to Beijing. Trump showered his host with accolades during two days of meetings during which the US leader sought to convince Xi to do more to reduce a trade deficit with China and rein in nuclear-armed North Korea. ... more
Phuket, Thailand (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
Gay Chinese tourists flock to Thailand for fun, acceptance
Beijing (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Chinese dissident writer dies on medical parole
Hong Kong (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists allowed to appeal jail terms
UN to host first talks on use of 'killer robots'
Geneva (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
The United Nations is set to host the first-ever talks on the use of autonomous weapons, but those hoping for a ban on the machines dubbed killer robots will be disappointed, the ambassador leading the discussions said Friday. More than 100 artificial intelligence entrepreneurs led by Tesla's Elon Musk in August urged the UN to enforce a global ban on fully-automated weapons, echoing calls ... more
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 08, 2017
Computer system finds 'recipes' for producing materials
Raleigh NC (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Study shows need for adaptive powered knee prosthesis to assist amputees
New York NY (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers unveil tool to debug 'black box' deep learning algorithms
Delhi restricts vehicles as smog envelopes India and Pakistan
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
New Delhi banned all construction, barred lorries from entering the city and announced stringent restrictions on private car use on Thursday, seeking to combat a massive spike in pollution across large swathes of India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of schools in Delhi and surrounding states remained closed as a hazardous fog of toxic pollution cloaked the region for a third day, bringing g ... more
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Delhi's poor bear the brunt of deadly smog
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 12, 2017
Pollution spikes in Delhi amid warnings no relief in sight
New Delhi (AFP) Nov 11, 2017
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EU to re-think civil protection aid after Portugal fires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
The European Union is re-thinking civil protection assistance, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Monday, after a request from Portugal which this year suffered several deadly forest fires. "We will consider, at Portugal's request, the reorganisation of civil protection in Europe," Juncker said at a press conference alongside Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. ... more
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 24, 2017
Portuguese govt survives no confidence vote over forest fires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 18, 2017
Portugal interior minister resigns after deadly wildfires
Lisbon (AFP) Oct 19, 2017
Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 43
Researchers use forensic science to track turtles
Washington (UPI) Nov 6, 2017
Biologists tracking vulnerable turtle species in the Mediterranean have borrowed a technique from forensic scientists. By measuring "stable isotope ratios," scientists at the University of Exeter were able to determine where turtles were traveling from to breed Cyprus. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element. Each variant boasts a different number of neutrons in its nucleus. ... more
Gao, Mali (AFP) Nov 7, 2017
A well changes lives in ravaged Mali city
Vancouver, Canada (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
50 years of data from oxygen minimum lab helps predict the oceans' future
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
Penn engineers develop filters that use nanoparticles to prevent slime build-up
Central Europe storms leave seven dead
Berlin (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Seven people have died as heavy storms lashed central Europe, leaving authorities in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic scrambling to restore rail and road links. Storm "Hewart" had Sunday pounded the region with cold rains and heavy winds, downing trees and flooding coastal areas and the German port city of Hamburg while leaving 200,000 people without power in western Poland. In Ger ... more
Los Angeles (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
California roasts under record-setting temperatures
Tanjung Bungah, Malaysia (AFP) Oct 21, 2017
Fourteen feared dead in Malaysian landslide
Beijing (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Twenty-three killed in China rainstorms: ministry
Trump says trade surplus unfair, adds 'I don't blame China'
Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
US President Donald Trump decried his country's "one-sided and unfair" trade deficit with Beijing on Thursday, but he told Chinese President Xi Jinping: "I don't blame China." At a signing ceremony for over $250 billion in US-Chinese business deals in Beijing, Trump said: "After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the sake of its citizens?" ... more
Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
Trump's $250bn China deals are small beer: analysts
Beijing (AFP) Nov 9, 2017
China's consumer price inflation accelerates in October
Beijing (AFP) Nov 10, 2017
China eases foreign limits in finance as Trump leaves
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Parker Solar Probe Comes to NASA Goddard for Testing
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 10, 2017
On Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, NASA's Parker Solar Probe spacecraft arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for environmental tests. During the spacecraft's stay at Goddard, engineers and technicians will simulate extreme temperatures and other physical stresses that the spacecraft will be subjected to during its historic mission to the Sun. Before arriving at Godda ... more
London, UK (SPX) Nov 06, 2017
UK space science mission SMILE gets first round of funding
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 02, 2017
NASA Investigates Invisible Magnetic Bubbles in Outer Solar System
La Laguna, Spain (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
On the generation of solar spicules and Alfvenic waves
Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Nov 8, 2017
Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures. The pangolins, the world's most heavily trafficked mammals, were recovered on Tuesday in two separate raids in the northern Malaysian state of Kedah. Despite concerted efforts to c ... more
Mexico City (AFP) Nov 6, 2017
Endangered vaquita porpoise dies in captivity
London, UK (SPX) Nov 03, 2017
Landmark discovery turns marathon of evolution into a sprint
Washington (UPI) Nov 3, 2017
Flights of honeybees reveal individual directional tendencies
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