Archive for April, 2010

  • Brazil studies aquifer three times larger than the Guarani Aquifer

    Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

    A new and recent discovery has extended the power of Brazil when it comes to water availability: the Amazon Aquifer, a groundwater reservoir, which Brazil shares with Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.
    Its length is nearly four million km², and it is constituted by the formations of aquifers Solimões, Içá and Alter do Chão. With [...]

  • Natural capital underestimated by regional development plans

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    Recent research has established how forest, wetland and agricultural ecosystems could affect economic growth in Sweden. The findings suggest that regions conventionally considered to be of low economic benefit, are in fact rich in valuable ecosystem resources.
    Policy makers generally define sustainability using economic criteria for decision making, but there are no agreed and reliable ways [...]

  • EPA Finalizes the 2008 National U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Sunday, April 18th, 2010

    he U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the15th annual U.S. greenhouse gas inventory report, which shows a drop in overall emissions of 2.9 percent from 2007 to 2008. The downward trend is attributed to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions associated with fuel and electricity consumption.

    Total emissions of the six main greenhouse gases [...]

  • Pesticide can turn male frogs into females

    Friday, April 16th, 2010

    Atrazine, a herbicide used globally but banned in the EU, can cause chemical castration and complete feminisation in adult male frogs, according to a recent study. The researchers suggest atrazine could contribute to the global decline of amphibians.
    Atrazine is one of the world’s most commonly used herbicides. It is typically used [...]

  • NL: About 30% of pig farms expected to quit

    Friday, April 9th, 2010

    In the coming years, 30-35% of the pig farms in the Netherlands is expected to quit business, the Dutch agricultural newspaper Agrarisch Dagblad reports.
    Several sources within the industry have reported this, when being involved in drawing up future proof development plans for the industry.
    Animal husbandry farms had to submit a development plan, before April 1. [...]