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Rice agriculture accelerates global warming: More greenhouse gas per grain of rice

Rice agriculture accelerates global warming: More greenhouse gas per grain of rice | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
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Methane in rice paddies is produced by microscopic organisms that respire CO2, like humans respire oxygen. More CO2 in the atmosphere makes rice plants grow faster, and the extra plant growth supplies soil microorganisms with extra energy, pumping up their metabolism. Increasing CO2 levels will also boost rice yields, but to a smaller extent then CH4 emissions. As a result, the amount of CH4 emitted per kilogram of rice yield will increase. Rising temperatures were found to have only small effects on CH4 emissions, but because they decrease rice yield, they also increase the amount of CH4 emitted per kilogram of rice. "Together, higher CO2 concentrations and warmer temperatures predicted for the end of this century will about double the amount of CH4 emitted per kilogram of rice produced.,"


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Double dose of pesticide poses new danger for bumblebees

Double dose of pesticide poses new danger for bumblebees | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
The combination of two pesticides commonly used on UK fields can have damaging effects on the behaviour of bumblebees and cause their colonies to collapse, new research by British scientists has found.

The findings, which come from a Government-funded study, represent the fifth major piece of research to appear this year linking the worldwide and worrying declines of bees to pesticides, and in particular to the use of the relatively new nerve-agent pesticides, the neonicotinoids.

This new study is considered particularly important because bees forage widely so are likely to encounter more than one type of pesticide.

Published last night in Nature online, the study reports that exposure to two commonly used pesticides, one a neonicotinoid and the other from a different pesticide family, a pyrethroid, at concentrations approximating what might be found in the field, impaired the natural foraging behaviour of bumblebees. This led to increased numbers of deaths and in some cases the failure of colonies. The compounds involved were made by major agrochemical manufacturers: the most widely used neonicotinoid, imidacloprid, manufactured by Bayer and already implicated in problems with bees in earlier studies, was one, while the pyrethroid was lambda-cyhalothrin, originally developed by Syngenta.


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Portable 50kW Wind Turbine Unveiled (Video)

Portable 50kW Wind Turbine Unveiled (Video) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
 
Uprise Energy has developed a wind turbine that is portable and easier to maintain in numerous ways.

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Traditional breeding outperforms genetic engineering

Traditional breeding outperforms genetic engineering | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Contrary to claims by seed companies, GM crops actually give lower yield, disturbs the plants’ genetic structure and do not assure safety, according to a section of scientists (RT @GMWatch: Traditional breeding outperforms genetic engineering

In April 2009, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) published a report ‘Failure to Yield’ confirming that “after 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialisation, GM crops have failed to increase yields” and that “traditional breeding outperforms genetic engineering hands down”.

In a letter written to the Prime Minister of India in 2009, as many as 17 distinguished scientists from the U.S., Canada, Europe and New Zealand pointed out that the claims relating to higher yield and protection of environment made for GM crops are absolutely false.


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allAfrica.com: Africa: Vital Economic and Environmental Role of Wetlands Must Be Recognized to Avoid Further Degradation and Losses

allAfrica.com: Africa: Vital Economic and Environmental Role of Wetlands Must Be Recognized to Avoid Further Degradation and Losses | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Global and local water cycles are strongly dependent on healthy and productive wetlands, which provide clean drinking water, irrigation for agriculture, and flood regulation, as well as supporting biodiversity and propping up industries such as fisheries and tourism in many locations.

Yet, despite the high value of these ecosystem services, wetlands continue to be degraded or lost at an alarming pace, according to The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands report, released for consultation today at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention for Biological Diversity.

Half of the world's wetlands were lost during the twentieth century - due mainly to factors such as intensive agricultural production, unsustainable water extraction for domestic and industrial use, urbanization, infrastructure development and pollution. The continuing degradation of wetlands is resulting in significant economic burdens on communities, countries and businesses.


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What sustainable consumption looks like - Sustainable Business Forum

What sustainable consumption looks like - Sustainable Business Forum | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
What sustainable consumption looks likeSustainable Business ForumTo understand why, let me try to define sustainable consumption: It's the consumption of a product that leaves the world no worse off–and ideally better off–than if it were never made.
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New Technology, Sewage Waste to Become Plastic | XS4GREEN.com | Makes green products visible

New Technology, Sewage Waste to Become Plastic | XS4GREEN.com | Makes green products visible | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
New #Technology, #Sewage #Waste to Become Plastic http://t.co/WYRDMlLo #sustainable #innovation #recycling #development...

A pioneering, ground breaking innovation will enable turning municipal sewage sludge into raw materials, to be used by paper and plastic industries around the world.

The innovative technology developed by Applied Cleantech, an Israeli companyfounded by Refael Aharon, will enable turning the solids in municipal sewage systems into raw materials for the plastic industry around the world. This revolutionary way of thought, along with scientific research, led over the past few years to this technology's development which enables sewage sludge to be used as a base for raw materials that are later sold back to the industry. The technology is applied by way of a compact, automatic and efficient facility that recycles solids from raw sewage and turns them into high-quality consumer products through a continuous process (SRS- Sewage Recycling System). At the end of the process, sewage solids are turned into high quality, clean and environmentally friendly raw materials, thus naming the purification facility to a manufacturer with extra "green" points.


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Drill, Baby, Drill! Geothermal Energy

Drill, Baby, Drill! Geothermal Energy | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Geothermal energy is the only commercially available renewable energy that offers 100% uptime reliability.


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Ten percent of us can stop climate change - are you part of the 10%?

Ten percent of us can stop climate change - are you part of the 10%? | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
If only ten percent of us are able to change our mentality and lifestyle, we can stop climate change. So says Professor Karen O'Brien, who helped write the new UN report. (RT @PolarBears: Can just 10% of us stop climate change?

"This is because no one takes responsibility for ensuring that people are informed and that they continue to learn about the world once they are adults. It is hard to influence people's basic values and how they view the world, but I do not think it is impossible, and we must not give up."

"Among my children's generation green values are taken for granted, but among those my age or older we need to work harder. Not everyone will change, but perhaps ten to eleven percent in a society can be enough. They will take responsibility in leading the way and thus change their societies from within," says O'Brien.


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Chinese Renewable Bag Manufacturer Pushes US Plastic Bag Bans

Chinese Renewable Bag Manufacturer Pushes US Plastic Bag Bans | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

"A Chinese manufacturer of reusable bags has been quietly circulating among environmentalists a sensational infographic smearing plastic bags as an unparalleled eco-burden, lobbying for the ban of American-made single-use sacks."

Our opinion is that despite apparent competitive job propaganda, the potential of seemingly mere plastic bag degradation is a step forward. 

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Newspapers in UK and US give climate sceptics most column inches

Newspapers in UK and US give climate sceptics most column inches | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Study into coverage of climate change also shows right-leaning papers less likely to challenge sceptical voices...

Climate sceptics feature more prominently in newspapers in the US and UK than other countries, and their views are more likely to go unchallenged in right-leaning papers, an academic study has shown.


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Can we bring back the wilderness? - The Guardian

Can we bring back the wilderness? - The Guardian | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
The GuardianCan we bring back the wilderness?The GuardianEver since Aldo Leopold warned of a world irrevocably diminished by human appetite, conservationists have urged that we "act now, before it's too late".

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The Great Barrier Reef – Going, Going, Gone??? | Ocean Portal | Smithsonian

The Great Barrier Reef – Going, Going, Gone??? | Ocean Portal | Smithsonian | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Explore the sea on the Smithsonian Ocean Portal. Marine biology, videos, pictures, facts and more.

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Deadly 2011 earthquake linked to groundwater extraction (man-made quakes?)

Deadly 2011 earthquake linked to groundwater extraction (man-made quakes?) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An earthquake that killed nine people in Spain last year may have been triggered by decades of pumping water from a nearby natural underground reservoir, suggesting human activities (RT @leblancetienne: Issh RT @Lactu_Borde:...

The study's lead author, Pablo Gonzalez of the University of Western Ontario, said he and his colleagues reckoned that the quake was related to a drop in the level of groundwater in a local aquifer, which can create pressure at the Earth's surface.

To test that theory, they used satellite data to see how the terrain was deformed by the earthquake, and found that it correlated to changes in the Earth's crust caused by a 273-yard (250-metre) drop in the natural groundwater level over the last five decades due to groundwater extraction.


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Seeds of hope amidst Philippine floods: Rice that can survive underwater - this is "smart" agriculture!

Seeds of hope amidst Philippine floods: Rice that can survive underwater - this is "smart" agriculture! | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Amidst horrendous flooding around Manila and major rice-growing across Luzon in the Philippines, some good news has emerged for rice farmers -- Submarino rice -- rice that can survive around two weeks of being under water.

Submarino rice was bred by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and can survive floods if they occur before flowering. The latest Submarino variety was released in the Philippines in 2009 and disseminated and promoted by the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) to help rice farmers in times of floods and typhoons.

Philippine Secretary of Agriculture Proceso Alcala said, "IRRI is one of our partner agencies that studies and promotes the propagation of Submarino rice varieties that can recover even after being submerged for 14 days."


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Panel recommends 10-year moratorium on Bt crop trial - The Economic Times

Panel recommends 10-year moratorium on Bt crop trial - The Economic Times | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
A panel of scientists set up on the orders of the Supreme Court has recommended a 10-year moratorium on field trials of all genetically modified or Bt food crops.

The panel unanimously recommended a moratorium until specific sites for conducting field trials have been designated and certified, and sufficient mechanisms for monitoring the trials put in place. The experts have said that a panel of scientists, qualified in evaluation of the biosafety data of GM crops must be appointed to scrutinise and analyse safety data. They suggest mandatory inclusion of preliminary bio-safety tests prior to field trials, including sub-chronic toxicity in small animals.

Addressing concerns over the impact on health, environment and other social-economic consideration, the panel's interim report called for a moratorium on field trials of herbicide-tolerant crops. The moratorium should be in place until an independent committee of experts and stakeholders "has examined and assessed the potential impact of herbicide tolerant technology and its suitability in the Indian context", the report said.


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A dramatic picture taken by Michael Nolan has been...

A dramatic picture taken by Michael Nolan has been... | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

A dramatic picture taken by Michael Nolan has been dubbed the face of Mother Nature crying on a canvas of melting ice and cascading water on a Norwegian Glacier. Randy Schutt discovered this amazing photo which shows a crying face in an ice cap located on Nordaustlandet, in the Svalbard archipelago of Norway. The tears of this natural sculpture were created by a waterfall of glacial water cascading from one of the face’s eyes, thus painting an alarming picture warning the world about the effects of global warming. Michael Nolan is a marine photographer and environmental lecturer. He has captured this picture while on an annual voyage to observe the glacier and surrounding wildlife. It’s best to quote Nolan’s words on this:

“This is how one would imagine mother nature would express her sentiments about our inability to reduce global warming. It seemed an obvious place for her to appear, on a retreating ice shelf, crying.”


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And Renewable Energy's Next Big Investor Is... the Mining Industry? - Green-Buildings.com

And Renewable Energy's Next Big Investor Is... the Mining Industry? - Green-Buildings.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
And Renewable Energy's Next Big Investor Is... the Mining Industry?
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Renewable Energy Project Proposal Winners Rewarded - AllAfrica.com

Renewable Energy Project Proposal Winners Rewarded - AllAfrica.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Renewable Energy Project Proposal Winners RewardedAllAfrica.comTHE Tanzanian Rural Energy Agency (REA) selected 15 winners from 102 innovative proposals submitted in the Lighting Rural Tanzania Competition 2012.
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Australia Plants World's Largest Pallet Garden

Australia Plants World's Largest Pallet Garden | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Giant cube of edible plants is awesome!...

The Great Crate is an art installation commissioned for the City of Sydney’s Art & About public art festival. A couple hundred plastic shipping crates were used to create this four-sided vertical edible garden in the shape of a cube.

The Great Crate garden is 100% recyclable. After the art festival has run its course it will be dismantled and the crates will be put back to use with the plants distributed back into the community. In preparation for the installation, the team behind The Great Crate distributed broad bean seeds throughout the community and asked people to grow the plants for the giant cube.

Containers and bottles that would normally have ended up in the trash were upcycled as seed starters and planters by participants who were eager to be part of the creation of this art piece.

 


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Agriculture-The revolution has started | equities.com

Agriculture-The revolution has started | equities.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Progress is also being made in terms of environmental and sustainable agriculture. In a study undertaken in East Africa by the Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security of the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers, (CIGAR) found that half of the households studies partake in agroforestry (planting trees), which in turns improves water supply and soil quality.


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Wild pollinators support farm productivity and stabilize yield

Wild pollinators support farm productivity and stabilize yield | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Most people are not aware of the fact that 84% of the European crops are partially or entirely dependent on insect pollination.


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Responding to the Landscape: Archipelago House by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Responding to the Landscape: Archipelago House by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

The goal for this project was to provide a direct relationship with the dramatic archipelago landscape and to create a simple platform which would offer several diverse readings of the relationship between space and nature. Conceived as a light-weight construction in wood and glass and located in Stockholm’s outer archipelago, this summer house was built within the specific conditions prevailing on the island.

Without any car access, all materials had to be brought by boat from the mainland. Wood was chosen throughout the design in order to provide simplicity of construction and to minimize difficulties with heavy transportation.

The horizontal character of the black-stained exterior relates to the verticality of the island’s tall pines, and mirrored views of the Baltic Sea. The geometry of the plan is generated by the specifics of the site; the house sits on a flat surface between two rocky outcrops, and is oriented simultaneously towards the sun in south and towards sea views in the west. With smaller rooms placed behind, the three large social areas of the house open up to the terrace and provide an open platform, criss-crossed by sliding glass...

 

Visit the article link for more images, as well as additional details on the sustainable strategies incorporated into the design and construction of this modern home...


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Japanese Collective Turns Old Phone Booths Into Aquariums

Japanese Collective Turns Old Phone Booths Into Aquariums | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Now this is a twist on upcycling old technology you'd probably never expect!

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Daryl Hannah arrested protesting oil pipeline - Mother Nature Network (blog)

Daryl Hannah arrested protesting oil pipeline - Mother Nature Network (blog) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Mother Nature Network (blog)Daryl Hannah arrested protesting oil pipelineMother Nature Network (blog)MNN - Mother Nature Network - Envrionmental News. improve your world. Want to help your favorite causes?

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