As the sea levels around the globe rise, researchers affiliated with the National Science Foundation and other organizations are studying the phenomena of melting glaciers and the long-term ramifications. Rapid warming at the summit of the Greenland ice sheet has caused year after year of record melting at the surface, raising concern, even as recent research indicates the ice sheet has endured warmer periods. The warmer temperatures that have had an effect on the glaciers in Greenland also have altered the ways in which the local populace farm, fish, hunt and even travel across land. Getty Images photojournalist Joe Raedle traveled north recently, spending two weeks documenting the scientists tracking Greenland’s transformation, as well as some of the spectacular scenery and residents engaged in their daily lives
Five months out of the year — starting in September and ending in March — the Norwegian town of Rjukan remains cast in the shadow of surrounding mountains. But officials are erecting a new installation that will permanently shed light on the small valley town during the dark winter months.
Nobody throws away a mason jar on Prince of Wales Island. On this rugged mass of mountain, forest, river and sea in southeast Alaska, most of the several thousand year-round residents subsist at least partially off the generous fat of the land. And much of the bounty is pressure cooked, preserved and stored away for the future.
Queensland free range egg producers can now stock up to 10,000 birds per hectare if they meet a number of welfare conditions.The previous limit had been 1,500 laying hens per hectare, an area roughly the size of a rugby field.Biosecurity Queensland says the change will allow the state’s farmers to compete fairly in the national marketplace where other states already allowed for increased stocking densities.
Australias top scientists say far greater investment in research into efficient water technologies is required to see Australia become the food bowl of Asia.When you tuck into a bowl of fried rice, chances are you are not thinking of the amount of water that has gone into producing it – let alone the kind of science that has gone into making production more efficient.
Researchers at the CSIRO have shown that introducing honey bees to broadacre crops can significantly increase yields.
The study showed that managed bees placed in faba bean crops increased yields by around 17 per cent.
Dr Saul Cunningham, from the CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship program, says it would also be cost effective to apply hived bees to other crops such as lentils and canola.
Prince William says he and his wife Catherine “could not be happier” to welcome their first child, after the duchess gave birth to a boy this morning.The baby boy, who is third in line to the throne, was born at 4:24pm London time 1:24am AEST and weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces 3.8kg.
Few people can explain gas and oil drilling with as much authority as Louis W. Allstadt. As an executive vice president of Mobil Oil who ran the company’s exploration and production operations in the western hemisphere before he retired in 2000. In 31 years with the company he also was in charge of its marketing and refining in Japan, and managed its worldwide supply, trading and transportation operations. Just before retiring, he oversaw Mobil’s side of its merger with Exxon, creating the world’s largest corporation.
One of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano, has come to life, spewing ash, gas, and steam as seen from the village of Santiago Xalitzintla on July 4.Just 50 miles 80 kilometers east of Mexico City, the volcano has spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles 3.2 kilometers high.