• European conference aims to create global commodity market for non-GM soy and feed

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Unique Kenyan game park threatened

    KITENGELA, Kenya (Reuters) - A short distance from the slums and skyscrapers of Nairobi, Naanyu Ntirrisa pulls thorn bushes around her Maasai village to keep out marauding lions that have killed a cow and two sheep. "We are doing our best to be vigilant," she says. Across a river from the village, tourists in Land Rovers photograph giraffes munching on acacia thorns, with the city's towers visible in the distance. >> Read the Full Article
  • Philippine rebels raid mine to stop "plunder"

    Communist rebels in the Philippines said on Wednesday they attacked a mine majority-owned by Xstrata Plc to "punish" the Switzerland-based firm, protect the environment and safeguard the rights of local tribes. About 30-40 armed men raided the Tampakan mine in the southern Philippines on Tuesday morning and burned six buildings, police said. They said the rebels were from the Communist New People's Army (NPA). >> Read the Full Article
  • Housewives are more ecologically aware and recycle more than university students

    University of Granada - According to a new study, a high awareness of the environment does not necessarily entail the practice of ecologically responsible behaviour.Research was carried out from a sample of 525 university students and 154 housewives. The research, carried out at the University of Granada, reveals that housewives are more willing to separate glass from other garbage than students. >> Read the Full Article
  • Good News About Ocean Methane

    Santa Barbara, Calif. - Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in great quantities as bubbles from seeps on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara. About half of these bubbles dissolve into the ocean, but the fate of this dissolved methane remains uncertain. >> Read the Full Article
  • New plant study reveals a 'deeply hidden' layer of the transcriptome

    La Jolla, CA – Cells keep a close watch over the transcriptome – the totality of all parts of the genome that are expressed in any given cell at any given time. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have now teamed up to peel back another layer of transcriptional regulation and gain new insight into how genomes work. >> Read the Full Article
  • Deep-sea species' loss could lead to oceans' collapse, study suggests

    University of Marche, Italy - The loss of deep-sea species poses a severe threat to the future of the oceans, suggests a new report publishing early online on December 27th and in the January 8th issue of Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press. In a global-scale study, the researchers found some of the first evidence that the health of the deep sea, as measured by the rate of critical ecosystem processes, increases exponentially with the diversity of species living there. >> Read the Full Article
  • Cyclone veers away from Australia's northwest coast

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oil companies have begun to resume production in Australia's remote northwest coast after government meteorologists on Sunday cancelled a cyclone warning for category two tropical cyclone Melanie. The bureau cancelled cyclone warnings along the coast as Melanie, packing winds of up to 150 kph (94 mph), was moving away from the coast and was expected to remain offshore, it said on its Web site (www.bom.gov.au). >> Read the Full Article
  • Chile's Llaima volcano erupts, no injuries reported

    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Llaima volcano in southern Chile erupted on Tuesday, sending a huge plume of smoke into the air, but there were no reports of damages or injuries, emergency officials said. Local television images showed a column of smoke visible from many miles away. >> Read the Full Article
  • Strong quakes jolt Papua New Guinea

    SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two strong earthquakes, a magnitude 6.2 quickly followed by a smaller aftershock, struck northeast Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, but no damage was reported. The first quake was centered 55 miles north of the coastal town of Lae at a depth of 29.8 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. A nearby aftershock at magnitude 5.5 struck at 1913 GMT. >> Read the Full Article