Ecosystems

Smell-wars between butterflies and ants
January 4, 2008 09:08 AM - University of Copenhagen

Among humans, making yourself smell more alluring than you really are is a fairly harmless, socially accepted habit that maintains a complete perfume industry. However, it is a matter of life and death for caterpillars of large blue butterflies that dupe ant workers into believing them to be one of the ant’s own larvae. In a publication in the journal Science this week , researchers from the Centre for Social Evolution (CSE) at the University of Copenhagen show that caterpillar deception is also a matter of smell, and that there is an ongoing co-evolutionary arms race in smell similarity between cheaters and their victims.

Las Vegas to Build World’s First 30 Story Vertical Farm
January 4, 2008 08:53 AM - nextenergynews.com

Las Vegas the tourist mecca of the World is set to begin development of the World’s first vertical farm. The $200 million dollar project is designed to be a functional and profitable working farm growing enough food to feed 72,000 people for a year and provide another tourist attraction to the city that does everything in a larger than life way.

Groups seek to stop relicensing of nuclear plants
January 4, 2008 07:35 AM - Reuters

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A coalition of East Coast environmental and anti-nuclear groups filed a petition with U.S. regulators on Thursday to suspend all pending relicensing efforts by nuclear reactors in the United States. A coalition called Stop the Relicensing of Oyster Creek joined with Riverkeeper to petition the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to suspend the license renewal process "until objective and independent analysis" is used, the groups said in a release.

Sugarcane ethanol: Brazil's biofuel success
January 3, 2008 10:48 AM - , SciDevNet

Thirty years ago, when one litre of ethanol was worth three times more than one litre of gasoline, most nations would not have considered investing in it as a biofuel. But Brazil took this path, and now produces the cheapest ethanol in the world. Brazil's favorable conditions and tradition for culturing sugarcane — the most efficient raw material for the production of ethanol — were essential for developing the sector.

Asset manager says bet on future scarcities
January 3, 2008 10:44 AM - Reuters

Over 9 billion people are expected to compete for the globe's resources by 2050, up from a population of around 6.6 billion currently, according to the United Nations.

Croatia seizes Italian trawler for illegal fishing
January 3, 2008 08:27 AM - Reuters

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia's navy seized an Italian trawler in Croatian territorial waters on Thursday, in the first such incident since Zagreb enforced a protected fishing zone in the Adriatic despite opposition from the European Union. "According to my information, a Croatian military ship caught an Italian trawler illegally present in (Croatia's) territorial waters. The trawler has been taken to a port on the (southern Adriatic) island of Vis for an investigation," a Transport and Maritime Ministry official told Reuters.

Heavy snow blankets Romania and Bulgaria
January 3, 2008 06:59 AM - Reuters

Meteorologists said the snow, which had been falling for two days, was expected to continue throughout Romania until late on Thursday, with temperatures expected to fall as low as minus 16 degrees Celsius (3 degrees Fahrenheit).

Global warming hits Australia with fires and floods
January 3, 2008 01:54 AM - Reuters

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia endured bushfires, floods and record high temperatures in its drought-ravaged foodbowl in 2007 as global warming brought the nation's sixth hottest year on record, the weather bureau said on Thursday.

Loosing more than we gain from Autumn warming in the north
January 2, 2008 02:04 PM -

Gif-sur-Yvette, France - An international study investigating the carbon sink capacity of northern terrestrial ecosystems discovered that the duration of the net carbon uptake period (CUP) has on average decreased due to warmer autumn temperatures.

European conference aims to create global commodity market for non-GM soy and feed
January 2, 2008 01:15 PM -

Brussels, Belgium - Ensuring a reliable, global supply of non-GM soy for feed was the focus of a two-day conference held in December in Brussels, Belgium. The conference, “Non-GM Feedstuffs, Quality Productions and European Regional Agricultures’ Strategy,” was organized by Europe’s GMO-Free Regions Network and the European Committee of Regions, which hosted the event at its Brussels headquarters.

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