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March 2012 set records for warm temperatures that promoted early leafing and flowering across large areas of the United States. A team of scientists at the USA National Phenology Network, which is sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, have published a studywhich shows that 2012 was the earliest ... keep reading
Shifts in the composition of marine fisheries catch are significantly related to temperature change in the ocean, according to an analysis in Nature this week. The study shows that warming has already affected global fisheries over the past four decades, by increasing the proportion of warmer-water fish species being caught ... keep reading
New research reveals that Solanaceae—a flowering plant family with some species producing foods that are edible sources of nicotine—may provide a protective effect against Parkinson’s disease. The study appearing today in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, suggests that ... keep reading
Weight-loss ads and television shows regularly profile people who have transformed their lives through major losses of 30 kilograms or more. These weight-loss ambassadors try to inspire us to do the same by telling us they feel more alive, they can play with their kids and their confidence has grown ... keep reading
Honey bees around the world are having a tough time of it. And we are totally dependent on them. They have suffered from a number of diseases and Colony Collapse Disorder has wiped out millions in the US. Bees are the essential pollinators of many major US crops, have been ... keep reading
Concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are the next step in the evolution of small family farms, which need to adopt new farming paradigms in order to feed greater and greater numbers of people. But, as one scientist noted, it isn’t necessary to resort to physical battery (of animals ... keep reading
There’s an old saying, you are what you eat. If you look at the average Australian diet, we’re in trouble. The rise of the 24/7 society, unsocial work hours and an accelerating pace of life have led the consumption of fast food to soar. Nearly one in ... keep reading
Food Tank: The Food Think Tank celebrates Earth Day with a list of 13 ways to support the future of food, agriculture—and the planet On April 22nd, the world will celebrate Earth Day. Sustainable food and agriculture systems can play a big role in preserving the environment by helping ... keep reading
Our Green Roadie is a documentary about 50 NZ people and businesses who live and work in 'green' ways is out on DVD. PLEASE put this out through your networks. We're a Mum and son (aged 7) film team, passionate about encouraging ordinary NZers to make choices that effect ... keep reading
Continuing a decade-long increase, global food prices rose 2.7 percent in 2012, reaching levels not seen since the 1960s and 1970s but still well below the price spike of 1974. Between 2000 and 2012, the World Bank global food price index increased 104.5 percent, at an average annual ... keep reading
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