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Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published today in the journal Nature ...

6 hours ago from Phys.org

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No-Till Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration Claims Questioned

During the 20 year span of global warming policy debates, climate scientists have used an estimate of soil organic carbon sequestration rates suggesting that soil organic carbon can be sequestered ...

Sat 19 Apr 14 from Science 2.0

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Stanford researchers rethink 'natural' habitat for wildlife

Protecting wildlife while feeding a world population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050 will require a holistic approach to conservation that considers human-altered landscapes such as farmland, ...

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Draining reservoir after urination incident shows tenuous grasp of science

Portland throws out 38 million gallons of water after someone peed in it.

4 hours ago from Ars Technica

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China's Soil Woes in Sharper Focus

New details emerge about widespread contamination

Fri 18 Apr 14 from Science Now

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Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century

The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Fish Found with Mercury in Remote Western Regions

(FRESNO, Calif.) Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday. ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from TIME

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East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests... for now

Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter northern forests in 50 years

In the most densely forested and most densely populated quadrant of the United States, forests reflect two centuries of human needs, values and practices. Disturbances associated with those ...

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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Study shows lasting effects of drought in rainy eastern US

This spring, more than 40 percent of the western U.S. is in a drought that the USDA deems "severe" or "exceptional." The same was true in 2013. In 2012, drought even spread to the humid east.

Thu 17 Apr 14 from Phys.org

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