Wheat myth debunked

The pervasive myth that intensive breeding has made modern wheat cultivars weaker and more dependent on pesticides and fertilisers is debunked by a major new study University of Queensland The myth that modern wheat varieties are more heavily reliant on pesticides and fertilisers is debunked by new research published in Nature Plants today. Lead author…

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Boaty McBoatface mission gives new insight into warming ocean abyss

The first mission involving the autonomous submarine vehicle Autosub Long Range (better known as ‘Boaty McBoatface’) has for the first time shed light on a key process linking increasing Antarctic winds to rising sea temperatures University of Southampton The first mission involving the autonomous submarine vehicle Autosub Long Range (better known as “Boaty McBoatface”) has…

Climate Fail: Influential Aussie Politician Demands Cheaper Energy and a New Coal Plant

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Influential Australian politician Pauline Hanson, leader of minority party One Nation, has demanded infrastructure projects including a new coal power plant in return for supporting government tax cuts. Pauline Hanson holds out for infrastructure over tax cuts By RICHARD FERGUSONREPORTER@RichAFergusonJUNE 17, 2019 Pauline Hanson is holding firm against supporting the…

‘Power shift’ needed to improve gender balance in energy research, report says

University of Exeter “Power shift” needed to improve gender balance in energy research, report says Women still face significant barriers in forging successful and influential careers in UK energy research, a new high-level report has revealed. A team of experts from the University of Exeter’s Energy Policy Group has analysed gender balance within the crucial…

Weekly News and Energy Roundup #

The Week That Was: 2019-06-15 (June 15, 2019) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project Quote of the Week: “Our experience during the early days of manned spaceflight proved the importance of this motto: “In God we trust, all others bring data.” —The Right Climate Stuff Number of the Week:…

Seeing an Aurora From the Space Station

From NASA  click on image for high resolution version~ctm June 13, 2019 Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Christina Koch snapped this image of an aurora, saying: “Years ago at the South Pole, I looked up to the aurora for inspiration through the 6-month winter night. Now I know they’re just as awe inspiring…

GLOBAL POPULATION GROWTH

by BOB IRVINE With global population numbers due to stabilise in the next 50 years, the human geographical footprint should be our biggest environmental concern. I’m assuming here that every extra square meter of the earth humans need will result eventually in a square meter of natural habitat being compromised in some way. TABLE 1.…