Chinese melon crop destroyed by giant hailstones

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Thousands of acres of valuable watermelon crops in China has been wisped out by a freak hailstone during an unusually hot early summer. The watermelons which were ready to be harvested was smashed into pieces after being hit by the golf ball sized hailstones in the freak weather arrival. The watermelons were ...

Who will drink the water extracted from cow MANURE? Researchers reveal the technology to help Drought hit areas

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  Researchers at Michigan State University developed a technology for extracting drinkable water from cow manure to help alleviate the growing issue of drought. It is on its way to commercial application this year, they told. The system by which this is done is known as The McLanahan Nutrient Separation ...

Developing nations are equally responsible for Climate change, UN convention on climate change

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(Thehindu)--A draf of decisions of Warsaw meeting brought out after two days of long drawn aruments and negotiations became a new a battleground as developing countries tried to remove any difference in the responsibility thrust upon the developing countries from that of the rich nations. Even as US, Australia and ...

Fashion or Brutality: Shoes are designed by a 'taxidermy babe' with real dead Sparrows

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A woman has turned her obsession with taxidermy into a fashionable venture - a shoe collection. Divya Anantharaman, a 29-year-old Pratt Institute graduate originally from Miami, kills and stuffs birds, rodents and deer herself, and then fashions them into unique sculptures and wearable accessories.

Date Palm leaves can purify the highly polluted water

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Omani scientists have discovered that date palm leaves - the bamboo of the Middle East – can be used to scrub the pernicious pharmaceuticals from hospital wastewater that most conventional sewage treatment plants are unable to process. The chemists from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) claim that wasted date palm leaves ...

Intensive Farming With a Climate-Friendly Touch: Farming/Woodland Mix Increases Yields

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In the world of agriculture, climate protection and intensive farming are generally assumed to be a contradiction in terms. At Technische Universität München (TUM), however, scientists have come up with a new land development concept that could change this view. The new model is tailored to medium-sized farms in South ...

EU food safety agency defends itself against GMO claims

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The European Food Safety Authority has defended itself after claims that it is has links with the biotech industry that bring into questions its ability to act independently. The accusations emerged recently after a study by the University of Caen claimed to show that rats fed on Monsanto GM sweetcorn, ...

Vegetable production in deserts of Pakistan through "Pitcher irrigation"

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By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio, Technology times Pakistan Farmers in the arid district of Sanghar in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province grow vegetables in the sandy ground outside their thatched homes as little short of a miracle. First introduced to the area in 2008, pitcher irrigation – in which buried ...

PHA workers clear green belts to Keep Urban environment clean

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LAHORE: Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) workers have started removing the debris from and planting flowers at green belts on 25 model roads. The commissioner paid surprise visits to sites on Ferozepur Road, Peco Road, Canal Bank Road, Multan Road and the Muslim Town underpass. Earlier in the day, Malik ...

Green waste becomes a "goldmine" in Holland

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After the harvest of tomatoes and peppers a mountain of green waste remains: stems, leaves and roots and there are the rejected products as well. Most of this is turned into compost now. But much more can be made of it. The Westland, a large production area in The Netherlands, ...
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