Environment and Climate Change

SA farming group shifts field day into Victoria to trial GM crop varieties

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A South Australian farming group has moved its field day over the border into Victoria, so producers can legally trial genetically modified (GM) crop varieties. A moratorium on GM crops in South Australia has some grain producers concerned they are being left behind in tackling weeds and improving yields. AUDIO: SA farmers express frustration at their Government’s ban of genetically modified ... Read More »

A Child’s Drawings Preserved over the Centuries by “Magical Mud”

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In one region of Russia, the consistency of the earth is just right that manuscripts dating back centuries emerge almost perfectly preserved. Over the past year, more than 1,000 of these birch bark artifacts from the 11th to 14th centuries have been exhumed from the soil of Novgorod, adding to a growing archive of written history. David M. Herszenhorn recently explained this phenomenon in the ... Read More »

‘Silent revolution’ in biotech farming is overtaking GM, says Greenpeace

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Pressure group accused of hypocrisy by geneticists who say the same science is behind genetic modification and Greenpeace-approved Marker Assisted Selection Jump to comments The row over genetically modified crops should be a thing of the past because they have failed to live up to their promise, according to Greenpeace, which will publish a report this week highlighting the successes ... Read More »

UK farmers warn of pumpkin crisis in runup to Halloween

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Growers say this has been worst pumpkin season in a decade with hundreds of vegetables left rotting in fields after wet weather Jump to comments UK farmers and producers are warning there could be a shortage of pumpkins in the runup to Halloween, with hundreds of thousands rotting in the fields following the wet weather having to be pulped rather ... Read More »

Scientists Say We’re About to Enter a New Epoch in Human History

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The news: Scientists are gathering in Berlin, Germany today to debate whether humanity’s impact on the planet (think global warming) is drastic enough to merit a new name that will mark the reign of humans: the Anthropocene. The interdisciplinary body of 30 scientists, called the Anthropocene Working Group, has a self-imposed deadline, 2016, to submit a formal proposal that would make the ... Read More »

These Are The Real Stories Behind Some Of The Most Beautiful Colors In Art

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Manganese black. Yellow ocher. Vermilion. Ultramarine. These pigments sound delicious. Their names are so sharp and elegant, it’s as if the terms emote more meaning than just color. We can smell logwood, taste cochineal, touch mummy brown. There is just something (quite scientifically) alluring about a perfectly saturated glob of paint or an electric mound of powdered hues, especially when ... Read More »

Richard Flanagan ‘ashamed to be Australian’ over environmental policies

Richard Flanagan: ‘I don’t understand why our government seems committed to destroying what we have that’s unique in the world.’ Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

Man Booker prize winner says he is saddened by the Australian government’s environmental policies and prime minister Tony Abbott’s statement that ‘coal is good for humanity’  Jump to comments The winner of the Man Booker prize, Richard Flanagan says he is “ashamed to be an Australian” because of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s environmental policies. Flanagan has won the prestigious ... Read More »