August 1, 2015 - The Monsanto patent on Roundup Ready Soybeans has expired after 20 years. That means farmers can now legally collect the seeds from their plantings and use them to replant or even sell to other farmers.
July 26, 2015 - Three farm stories caught my eye this week. The first, a truly revolutionary one that pushes back the dawn of the age of agriculture some 11,000 years. The second, a GMO story featuring a new rice that produces less greenhouse gas. And the third, a Harvard study about declining zinc levels in food because of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
July 23, 2015 - Sea ice volume is a different measure than sea ice extent. Volume looks at the thickness of the ice as well as the area of coverage. Extent is just about the latter. When the European Space Agency (ESA) launched CryoSat-2 in 2010, scientists for the first time were able to gauge volume and in the first two years of observation it was in decline.
July 20, 2015 - Talk about a dry place. When Neil Armstrong stepped off the Lunar Excursion Module to the Moon' surface 46 years ago today he was the first to walk on the driest landscape ever witnessed by a human. Drier than any desert on Earth. It was much later when we discovered that in some parts of the Moon there was water ice deep in polar craters.
July 18, 2015 - In an indictment of a political process hijacked by self-serving fossil fuel energy producing provinces, Canada through its provincial and territorial leaders has shown a lack of conviction in addressing climate change adaptation and m
July 17, 2015 - With the latest "global weather" report from the U.S.
July 13, 2015 - The United Nations is looking at climate change not just from the science perspective but as an issue of human rights. At a forum held in Geneva this month Bangladesh, the Philippines and other climate vulnerable nations around the globe adopted unanimously a resolution that states the following:
July 10, 2015 - In conjunction with the Pan-American and Parapan Games being held in Toronto starting today, leaders from the participating countries including sub-national jurisdictions have come together in a climate summit this week.
July 10, 2015 - It's just another day in the Earth's Ring of Fire, the area of our planet where volcanoes and seismic activities predominate.
July 6, 2015 - In some respects this is a good news story. A study appearing in the ISME Journal this month exposed 400 generations of phytoplankton to rising levels of CO2 in ocean water. At the highest levels the scientists anticipated what ocean conditions would be like by 2100.