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Scientist Warns of Mass Marine Extinction - EcoWatch

Mon, 2017-10-09 13:45

EcoWatch

Scientist Warns of Mass Marine Extinction
EcoWatch
Mass marine extinction may be inevitable. If humans go on burning fossil fuels under the notorious "business as usual" scenario, then by 2100 they will have added so much carbon to the world's oceans that a sixth mass extinction of marine species will ...

A Healthy Hate for Lovegrass - Scientific American

Mon, 2017-10-09 12:04

Scientific American

A Healthy Hate for Lovegrass
Scientific American
With their scattering of eucalyptus trees growing over native pastures composed of tussock grasses, short grasses and herbs, grassy woodlands have been valued historically as a low-cost, drought-resistant source of forage and shelter for cattle and ...

Life Is Changing For Animals In Africa - HuffPost UK

Mon, 2017-10-09 11:18

HuffPost UK

Life Is Changing For Animals In Africa
HuffPost UK
Spending two days stuck in a conference room in Central Nairobi may not sound very exciting, but working alongside the United Nations at the Africa Animal Welfare Conference, the result is that the challenge of poor animal welfare is now being ...

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Jane Goodall, Still Traveling the World and Speaking Up for Animals at 83 - Scientific American

Mon, 2017-10-09 10:45

Scientific American

Jane Goodall, Still Traveling the World and Speaking Up for Animals at 83
Scientific American
Goodall will be there soon for a rare five-day vacation, sleeping in the same room with her childhood books—Dr. Dolittle and Tarzan were among her favorites—and looking out the window at the trees she once climbed. In the 1960s Goodall, ... But she ...

Regional Director, Africa - SciDev.Net

Mon, 2017-10-09 09:27

Regional Director, Africa
SciDev.Net
HarvestPlus is seeking a highly motivated Regional Director to lead an ambitious scale up of biofortification across eighteen countries on the African continent. The Regional Director will report to the CEO and will be responsible for coordinating the ...

Global kids study: More trees, less disease - EurekAlert (press release)

Mon, 2017-10-09 09:02

EurekAlert (press release)

Global kids study: More trees, less disease
EurekAlert (press release)
The research is the first to use a massive new database that will enable "big data" approaches to study links between human health and the environment, globally. The database features 30 years of USAID demographic and health surveys, with 150 variables ...

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Out of Africa - The Hindu

Mon, 2017-10-09 00:56

The Hindu

Out of Africa
The Hindu
Humans migrated out of Africa as the climate shifted from wet to very dry about 60,000 years ago, a research has found. Genetic research indicates people migrated from Africa into Eurasia between 70,000 and 55,000 years ago. Previous researchers had ...
Our Ancient Ancestors Were Forced From Africa 60000 Years Ago by Climate ChangeGears Of Biz

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Fall Plants Expo - Valley morning Star

Sun, 2017-10-08 11:18

Valley morning Star

Fall Plants Expo
Valley morning Star
Artillery Plants (Pilea sertyllacea) are a low-growing interesting option for both outdoor beds and hanging baskets. They make a fine-textured green foliage for containers as well. If you plant them outside, put them in a sheltered area that you can ...

Bananapocalypse: The race to save the world's most popular fruit - Washington Post

Sat, 2017-10-07 14:01

Washington Post

Bananapocalypse: The race to save the world's most popular fruit
Washington Post
In a hot, dry field near a place called Humpty Doo in Australia's Northern Territory, scientists are racing to begin an experiment that could determine the future of the world's most popular fruit, the lowly banana. Dodging the occasional crocodile ...

Major Bristol University project will tackle devastating plant diseases in Africa - Bristol24/7

Sat, 2017-10-07 10:35

Bristol24/7

Major Bristol University project will tackle devastating plant diseases in Africa
Bristol24/7
The funding will be used to build a sustainable network of scientists and researchers to address the challenges of vector-borne plant viruses in Africa. Professor Foster and his team from the University of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences have ...

Our Ancient Ancestors Were Forced From Africa 60000 Years Ago by Climate Change - Yahoo News

Fri, 2017-10-06 19:29

Yahoo News

Our Ancient Ancestors Were Forced From Africa 60000 Years Ago by Climate Change
Yahoo News
Scientists have speculated for a while now that climate may have played a role in the migration, but in general they have focused on ways the climate could have made the journey itself easier, such as by bringing rain to the vast Sahara. The new study ...
Research Reveals that Ancient Humans Abandoned Africa to Escape the Drying ClimateThе Interesting News

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Question Your World: Did Upright Walking Hominids Come From Africa? - Community Idea Stations

Fri, 2017-10-06 18:50

Community Idea Stations

Question Your World: Did Upright Walking Hominids Come From Africa?
Community Idea Stations
For quite some time now scientists have been exploring Africa in hopes of finding our most ancient ancestors and to further complete the story of human evolution. However ... Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science ...

Can climate change hurt seafood? Can burning fields alter monsoons? Scripps students bring research to climate talks - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Fri, 2017-10-06 17:47

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Can climate change hurt seafood? Can burning fields alter monsoons? Scripps students bring research to climate talks
The San Diego Union-Tribune
They're studying the streams of water vapor that dump rain and snow on California, how burning fields alter monsoon patterns in Africa, and what changing ocean chemistry means for shellfish. A group of 13 graduate students from Scripps Institution of ...

Our Ancient Ancestors Were Forced From Africa 60000 Years Ago by Climate Change - Newsweek

Fri, 2017-10-06 15:46

Newsweek

Our Ancient Ancestors Were Forced From Africa 60000 Years Ago by Climate Change
Newsweek
Lots of us complain about the weather—but it's another thing entirely to pick up and relocate because of it. Yet according to a new study published in the journal Geology, an unpleasant climate in Africa may have driven the earliest humans north ...

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Huge Underground Cache of Helium in Africa Could Avert Global Shortage - Live Science

Fri, 2017-10-06 15:42

Live Science

Huge Underground Cache of Helium in Africa Could Avert Global Shortage
Live Science
Large underground reserves of helium in East Africa are at least twice as large as first reported, according to scientists from the University of Oxford and the company that plans to start pumping up the precious gas within three years. ... The ...

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New mobile app diagnoses crop diseases in the field and alerts rural farmers - Phys.Org

Fri, 2017-10-06 10:34

Phys.Org

New mobile app diagnoses crop diseases in the field and alerts rural farmers
Phys.Org
Credit: IITA. Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have won a $100,000 award to help expand their project to help millions of small-scale farmers across ...

Not so sweet: 75 per cent of honey samples contain pesticide - NEWS.com.au

Fri, 2017-10-06 04:07

NEWS.com.au

Not so sweet: 75 per cent of honey samples contain pesticide
NEWS.com.au
“What this shows is the magnitude of the contamination,” said study lead author Edward Mitchell, a biology professor at the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland, adding that there are “relatively few places where we did not find any”. Over the past ...
Not so sweet: 75 percent of honey samples had key pesticideABC News

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Mauritius President Gurib-Fakim talks food, nutrition security in changing climate - The Daily Princetonian

Fri, 2017-10-06 03:25

Mauritius President Gurib-Fakim talks food, nutrition security in changing climate
The Daily Princetonian
Gurib-Fakim discussed the subtle connections between the changing climate, the rapid loss of biodiversity in Africa, and the annual reduction in crop yields, showing how the conservation of plant and animal life in Africa offers a promising solution ...

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Drying Africa sent early humans in search of greener pastures - Futurity: Research News

Thu, 2017-10-05 23:55

Futurity: Research News

Drying Africa sent early humans in search of greener pastures
Futurity: Research News
Genetic research indicates people migrated from Africa into Eurasia between 55,000 and 70,000 years ago. Previous studies have suggested the climate must have been wetter than it is now for people to migrate to Eurasia by crossing the Horn of Africa ...

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'Sinful' scientist Jane Goodall isn't ruling out Sasquatch - KUOW News and Information

Thu, 2017-10-05 21:26

KUOW News and Information

'Sinful' scientist Jane Goodall isn't ruling out Sasquatch
KUOW News and Information
Dr. Jane Goodall is a giant in her field. But in person she's a slight woman with a quiet voice and a commanding presence. She's also full of surprises. Goodall, famous for her research into the social structures of wild chimpanzees, says she's open to ...