World’s Oldest Spice Bears Vietnam Modern Riches – Bloomberg

At a time when commodity producers are enduring a slump in prices for everything from crude oil to iron ore to soybeans, Vietnam’s pepper farmers are prospering.Black pepper trades at about $9 a kilogram 2.2 pounds, from $2 a decade ago, while white pepper costs as much as $13, a threefold gain, according to the International Pepper Community, a producer group in Jakarta.

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Australia’s coal and gas exports are being left stranded

In the last week the US and China announced goals to reduce emissions by 26-28% and cap emissions by 2030 respectively. India also signalled its aim to end coal imports within 2-3 years.These are telling signs of a move away from fossil fuels by some of the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, including countries that are key importers of Australia’s coal and gas.

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Murray-Darling bird population reportedly halved in the last 30 years in wake of droughts and dams – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Scientists believe Murray-Darling bird numbers have more than halved in the last 30 years.Researchers conducting an annual aerial waterbird survey have just completed their most comprehensive analysis ever of the river system.University of New South Wales Professor Richard Kingsford is now into his 32nd year of surveying.”We’ve been doing these surveys since 1983 and we’ve seen a 60 per cent decline in waterbird numbers since then,” Professor Kingsford said.

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Back to the garden

Originally posted on busted utopia:

This wonderful photo of Bob Dylan and The Band, taken in 1967 outside the “Big Pink” house near Woodstock where they recorded the Basement Tapes, captures something essential, I think.

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First look at nuclear fuel in a meltdown › News in Science ABC Science

Scientists have managed to take their first close-up look at what happens to nuclear fuel when it becomes molten, as it would in a nuclear reactor meltdown.In an innovative lab experiment, they discovered that uranium dioxide fuel behaves differently when molten than in its solid state.The findings, reported in the journal Science, may help researchers improve safety at nuclear power plants, by better understanding uranium dioxide’s behaviour under extreme temperatures.

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Japan’s new whaling program is a small win for whales, but…

This week, Japan announced a research plan for its New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean, to replace previous programs.In March this year, Japan’s previous whaling program, JARPA II, was deemed “not for the purposes of scientific research” by the International Court of Justice. It was therefore illegal under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, a law developed by members of the International Whaling Commission, including Australia and Japan.

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Canadian Story To Be Shared Internationally

Originally posted on ReloNavigator:

By: Jalenn Turre, Marketing, Business & Social Media Strategist

This story appeared and published by Vancouver Sun, dated November 12, 2014.

Thank you Vancouver Sun for sharing and it is a story to be told internationally.  Mr. Richard Brunt, thank you for sharing us your realistic view and observations.

“The reaction is right off the Richter scale,” Brunt said Tuesday. “People are phoning and emailing me. I had no idea it would even get published. I had to shut down my Twitter account.”

“When you are done with Obama, can you send him our way?”

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Credits: Victoria’s Richard Brunt thought a handful of people would read his short letter to a U.S. newspaper asking Americans why they oppose the Obama presidency. Photograph by: Screengrab , Via Victoria Times Colonist

Brunt said he was inspired to write the letter because of an article in the Detroit paper. “I was…

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