Asia Environment

High hopes for rice research to ease global shortage

By Thu, Mar 11, 2010 9:52AM UTC

With rice production in Australia plummeting, global demand burgeoning and extreme weather events becoming more frequent, researchers at Macquarie University are working towards developing simple tests that could help growers better assess the health of their plants and more easily predict crop yields. Biomolecular chemist Associate Professor Paul Haynes and

Johann Hari outs greenwashing’s enablers

By Wed, Mar 10, 2010 10:05PM UTC

Major environmental groups are ignoring climate scientists while lining their pockets with money from big polluters and the fossil fuel industry. That is the gist of Johann Hari’s thorough piece of journalism in The Nation, entitled ‘The Wrong Kind of Green’. Apparently some seriously big players in the environmental movement

China tells US to do more on climate change

By Wed, Mar 10, 2010 8:51PM UTC

China told the United States to make stronger commitments on climate change and provide environmental expertise and financing to developing nations. China’s top climate change negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, acknowledged the current U.S. administration’s greater stress on greenhouse gas reductions, but said its pledges thus far fall short of expectations. “So

Potentially deadly insulation faults to be corrected

By Wed, Mar 10, 2010 5:22PM UTC

The Federal government will apparently offer home owners with potentially deadly foil insulation installed under its subsidsed scheme either replacement insulation or an earth leakage circuit breaker to prevent elecotrocution. Home owners would have to be mad to accept the circuit breaker option: any current leakage, caused by condensation, for

Tasmanian devil colony shows immunity to cancer

By Wed, Mar 10, 2010 1:52PM UTC

Australian scientists said Wednesday that the discovery of a genetically distinct colony of Tasmanian devils may save the species from being wiped out by a contagious cancer that has decimated the population. So far, the colony in northwestern Tasmania state has proven immune to the face cancer that has ravaged

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