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Scientists Say Climate Change Affecting Decline in Crop Yields

Posted: March 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Farming, Farming News | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Scientists Say Climate Change Affecting  Decline in Crop YieldsA new study on the impacts of climate change shows warming will lead to heavier losses in global crop yields than previously believed.

The study compiled by researchers from Australia, Colombia, the United States and the United Kingdom looks at global crop yields under projected levels of climate change.

Co-author Mark Howden from the CSIRO says it shows wheat, maize and rice crop yields decline by around 5 per cent for every degree of warming.

Dr Howden says the study found “reductions in yields tended to increase as the temperature went up and up.”

Yields also go down more rapidly in tropical environments than they do in temperate environments, the study says. :: Read the full article »»»»


    2013 Hottest Year on Record

    Posted: January 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science Matters, Favorite New Thought, Fighting The Good Fight, From The Web, Get Out of the House | Tags: , , | Comments Off

    2013 Hottest Year on Record

    Australia has just sweltered through its hottest year on record, according to the nation’s Bureau of Meteorology. Average temperatures were 1.20 degrees Celsius above the long-term average of 21.8C, breaking the previous record set in 2005 by 0.17C, the bureau said in its Annual Climate Statement :: Read the full article »»»»


      Travel Tips: Top Six Things That Suck About Flying

      Posted: November 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Organic Gourmet, Travel, Travel Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

      Top Six Rated Airline Travel RanklingsFolks, if your about to get on a plane, you need to wear a deodorant! I don’t care what you do the rest of your life, but I’m over being subjected to your body odour when your squeezed into a seat next to me on an jet.

      On a recent flight I sat next to a largish woman, she was polite, friendly and doing a stellar job of looking after the small boy with her, but every time she lifted an arm I gasped for air, the problem smell would have been easily rectified, DE-freakin-ODORANT!

      Thankfully my flight was only an hour – Melbourne to Sydney – however, the stench of another persons body odour left an indelible memory, and though I’ll likely never see her again, in my mind she will always be that off-smelling passenger.

      It seems I’m not alone in having stinky-folk as my number one gripe on a plane, a recent Harris Interactive poll in the US found nearly two-thirds of passengers would rather sit next to a crying baby than an odorous adult. The poll conducted in March, also found that among frequent travellers, many are looking for more personal space.

      While most flyers are in agreement in not wanting to share a row with a less-than-fragrant traveller, they’re split evenly on how much they’re willing to listen to their fellow passenger gab. I seem to be right in on this trend, No Stinkers, No Babies and No Talkers :: Read the full article »»»»


        Australia to Build Southern Hemispheres Largest PlantBank

        Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, HEALTH!, Organic Gourmet | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

        Australia to Build Southern Hemispheres Largest PlantBankThe largest seed bank in the southern hemisphere is being constructed in Sydney’s south-west to help prevent a loss to the planet’s diversity of flora. Scientists are collecting and housing a range of plants and seeds to fill Mt Annan’s PlantBank, which is being built under the management of the Australian Botanic Gardens.

        The Mt Annan PlantBank will eventually house up to 25,000 plant species not just from Australia, but from around the Asia-Pacific. Project manager Brett Summerell told abc.net that the PlantBank would be a form of “ultimate insurance”. “If something calamitous happens then we’re able to extract the seed from the seed bank, re-grow them, and in some cases re-vegetate areas so that the plants are still existing,” Summerell said. The bank will include a super-sized refrigerated vault to house trays and envelopes full of seeds. Summerell says the seeds are sealed under a vacuum so that they will last a long time.

        The ultimate goal is to collect and store seeds or live tissue from all of Australia’s 25,000 plant species. Up to 200 million living seeds may eventually be stored in its thermally-efficient, refrigerated vault, designed to withstand fire and other threats. PlantBank will be open to the public and is expected to attract local, national and international visitors and students. There will be opportunities to interact with scientists and advanced technology while learning about Australian plants. It will be a place to educate us all and inspire a new generation of scientists. Read the full article »»»»


          Bimuelos: A Sephardic Hanukkah Dessert.

          Posted: December 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Recipe | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

          Bimuelos - Hanukkah 2011

          Happy Hanukkah Folks! Sticking with custom – pun intended – our recipe is for those delectable sticky little morsels, Bimuelos.

          The fried food custom recalls the miracle of Hanukkah, which centered around oil. Latkes – fried potato pancakes – are traditional, topped with applesauce or sour cream, but there are many creative variations to the pancakes and the toppings. Other fried foods for Hanukkah include Jelly Doughnuts, Bimuelos and other kinds of fritters. Read the full article »»»»

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