Archive for March, 2010

  • Texas watershed cancer link

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

    A study in the Journal of Water and Health examines a possible link between an increased risk of childhood cancer and the geographic location of the mother at birth. This increased risk was estimated for each watershed in Texas.
    Although rare in terms of absolute numbers, cancer is the most common fatal disease among US children. [...]

  • Livestock Feeding and Crop Management Strategies

    Sunday, March 14th, 2010

    In 2006, in response to water quality concerns in Lake Winnipeg, the Manitoba government introduced new phosphorus-based livestock manure application limits.
    Dr Don Flaten, a soil fertility researcher with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and chair of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment, says the phosphorus balance in Manitoba [...]

  • Climate of fear

    Saturday, March 13th, 2010

    The integrity of climate research has taken a very public battering in recent months. Scientists must now emphasize the science, while acknowledging that they are in a street fight.
    Climate scientists are on the defensive, knocked off balance by a re-energized community of global-warming deniers who, by dominating the media agenda, are sowing doubts about the [...]

  • SWAT Model

    Sunday, March 7th, 2010

    A test of the SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool model on a small watershed with poor water quality in Maryland showed that the model accurately estimated pollutant levels on an annual basis, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their University of Maryland cooperators.
    Water resources engineer Aisha Sexton and soil scientist Ali [...]

  • Researchers study antimicrobial uptake in crops

    Sunday, March 7th, 2010

    Researchers are trying to determine what antimicrobials are taken in by food plants through manure and what happens to those pharmaceuticals.
    “We’re still in the early stages of determining what the impact of this research will be,” said Holly A.S. Dolliver, PhD, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental [...]

  • Ecuador Addresses its Ecological Balance Sheet

    Thursday, March 4th, 2010

    In the past five decades, Ecuador has seen a vast ecological surplus evaporate. In 1961, the country had biocapacity more than four times greater than its Ecological Footprint; today, however, its Ecological Footprint is very close to its biocapacity and would quickly surpass it if current trends continued. While the average Ecological Footprint per person [...]