Agriculture

Australian Dust Storms Lead to Life Explosion
October 10, 2009 07:49 AM - Discovery Channel, from Dani Cooper, ABC Science Online

The red dust storm that dumped thousands of tons of soil across eastern Australia two weeks ago has caused an explosion in microscopic life in Sydney Harbor and beyond.

Alaska Sea Otters Gain Habitat Protection
October 9, 2009 07:47 AM - Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today designated 5,855 square miles of nearshore waters along the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, and Alaska Peninsula as critical habitat for threatened sea otters in southwest Alaska. Today’s action comes under court order resulting from a lawsuit against the Service by the Center for Biological Diversity.

President Calls Underwater Cabinet Meeting: Tells His Ministers to Take Scuba Lessons, in Maldives
October 8, 2009 07:49 AM - Thomas Schueneman, Global Warming is Real

Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has asked his cabinet members to take scuba lessons and learn underwater signs in preparation for a cabinet meeting he has called for October 17 – the reason for the lessons and sign language is because the meeting will be held 20 feet underwater. The small low-lying nation archipelago averages only seven feet above sea-level, and may be one of the first nations to disappear entirely due to sea level rise from global warming.

Saving forests five times better than carbon capture for climate action
October 7, 2009 01:47 PM - WWF Sweden

WWF Sweden is urging its government – holding the current EU Presidency - to get behind an effective international agreement on halting forest loss as a key and highly cost effective measure on climate change. "Sweden should follow the examples set by its northern neighbors in developing systems to halt deforestation," said WWF CEO General Lasse Gustavsson.. "One Swedish krona to stem deforestation results in the same emissions reductions as five kronor for the controversial carbon capture and storage technique."

Apples, Pumpkins and Squash — Time to Switch our Local Food Radar to Autumn
October 7, 2009 07:32 AM - Christopher Peake Green Right Now ABC7, Organic Consumers Association

Eating locally can be a healthier, wiser way to go - fresher food is more nutrient rich. But shopping for local produce means we must learn to take control of our menu, work with what's in season and let go of what's heading out. Now that it's fall, we have to say goodbye to berries, hello to pumpkins, and dig through our cookbooks for that squash soup recipe.

Obama orders federal government to cut emissions
October 5, 2009 09:02 PM - Reuters

President Barack Obama ordered federal agencies on Monday to set a goal within 90 days for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the White House said, aiming to "lead by example" in fighting climate change. The new executive order, signed by the president, mandates agencies across the federal government to "measure, manage, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions toward agency-defined targets," the White House said in a statement.

Sugar could power Mozambique
October 5, 2009 09:34 AM - Yolandi Groenewald, Mail & Gaurdian Online

Mozambique could supply electricity to a greater percentage of its own population by producing biomass-fired energy, a new study has revealed.

Forget Fertilizers: Energy Efficient Gardening Using Compost
October 5, 2009 09:11 AM - Amy Hengst, Matter Network

Most gardening books and common wisdom recommend adding fertilizers to soil regularly to help ensure that plants get the major nutrients they need. But Earl Boyd with Lyngso Garden Materials says that adding fertilizer amendments to soil can actually disrupt the balance of nutrients in the soil and destroy trace minerals.

It's Harvest Moon Time!
October 5, 2009 06:32 AM - Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo

If you like astronomy, here's a very simple event that you can see without special instruments, even if you are in a city: The harvest moon. In fact, if you are in a city, it will look even more spectacular.

Why is Pete the Moose on Death Row?
October 5, 2009 06:24 AM - Susan Allen, Times Argus

The fate of a tame moose named Pete living on an enclosed elk farm in Irasburg, Vermont remains undecided, with Fish and Wildlife Department officials still negotiating with the farm's owner about what steps to take to rid the property of white-tailed deer and moose living there in violation of state hunting regulations. Farm owner Doug Nelson, who keeps about 500 imported elk on his 600-acre property for agricultural and hunting purposes, said Friday that he believes the department plans to kill the moose and white-tailed deer living there within the coming weeks. Pete, he said, will be among the animals killed under that scenario.

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