Agriculture

Chinese agricultural boom 'holds lessons for Africa'
July 30, 2009 10:27 AM - Carol Campbell, SciDevNet

Africa can learn lessons from China about how technology can make better use of fertile agricultural land to feed people, according to a new report.

Californians' Cooling on Global Warming
July 30, 2009 06:33 AM - Peter Henderson, Reuters

The tough economy has undermined the environmental enthusiasm of Californians, hitting the U.S. state that pioneered climate change legislation just as the federal government is taking on the issue, a survey showed on Wednesday.

Fertile Crescent 'will disappear this century'
July 27, 2009 08:45 AM - Fred Pearce, NewScientist

Diverting water from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to supply agriculture, alongside a warming climate, means the once-bountiful region is becoming desert.

Winter Heat Threatens Calif. Fruit, Nut Crops
July 23, 2009 10:50 AM - Michael Reilly, Discovery News

Fruit and nut crops in California are in danger of collapse as winters warm.

Climate bill needs "off ramp": Senate farm chief

The climate bill being assembled in the U.S. Senate should include an "off ramp" allowing the United States to relax its greenhouse gas rules if other nation fail to control theirs, said the Senate Agriculture Committee chairman on Wednesday.

Evidence is Growing That Contaminants Play a Role in Diabetes

Eat right and exercise, conventional wisdom has it, if you want to avoid joining the diabetes epidemic. But a new study adds some muscle to a growing body of research suggesting those steps, although beneficial, might not be enough for people exposed to chemicals in the environment. The scientists linked diabetes and people's body burdens of DDE, a chemical produced as the body breaks down the pesticide DDT, banned in the United States more than 35 years ago.

NOAA Reports Record Ocean Surface Temperatures for June
July 21, 2009 07:30 AM - , Global Warming is Real

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported findings of preliminary analysis from the agency's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina that shows global ocean surface temperatures for June broke the previous record set in 2005.

Fertilizer’s Contamination Legacy
July 19, 2009 07:21 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Perchlorate-contaminated groundwater could be a widespread legacy of the U.S.'s agricultural past, according to researchers who have pioneered perchlorate forensics. The researchers, led by John Karl Bhlke of the U.S. Geological Survey, used isotopes and other geochemical tracers to identify perchlorate sources. The impact of the historic use of Chilean nitrate fertilizer from the Atacama Desert, which contains naturally occurring perchlorate, is emerging from studies such as one published recently in ES&T.

Are the deserts getting green?
July 17, 2009 08:17 AM - Ayisha Yahya, BBC News

It has been assumed that global warming would cause an expansion of the world's deserts, but now some scientists are predicting a contrary scenario in which water and life slowly reclaim these arid places. They think vast, dry regions like the Sahara might soon begin shrinking.

Exxon Plan to develop biofuel from algae

Exxon Mobil Corp will invest $600 million over the next five to six years on trying to developing biofuel from algae, even though the oil major has said renewables will be only a small part of global energy supply. Exxon, placing its largest financial bet on renewable fuels, is forming a research and development alliance with Synthetic Genomics Inc, a privately held company that focuses on gene-based research, the company said on Tuesday.

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