Archive for April, 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 [...]Leia mais
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 [...]Leia mais
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 [...]Leia mais
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 [...]Leia mais
Data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) released last week show a 51% drop in Amazon deforestation from August 2009 to February 2010, compared to the same period previously. An area equivalent to 1,352 km² was deforested, compared to the 2,781 km² deforested in the previous period. There is [...]Leia mais
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration acknowledged today the antibacterial chemical triclosan is no more effective than regular soap and water at preventing infections. The agency also expressed concern about the development of antibiotic resistance from using antibacterial products and triclosan’s potential long-term health effects. Today’s [...]Leia mais
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. [...]Leia mais