India’s Independent Farmers Embrace Organic | Al Jazeera America

… technologies and irrigation systems, this fertile northern Indian state quickly became the seat of the country’s agricultural revolution in the 1970s and 1980s. And farmers like Singh, now a vibrant 69-year-old with a snow white beard, started to see their harvests multiply. But alongside this burst of prosperity came the harrowing side effects of pouring chemicals into the ground: People’s health deteriorated rapidly, as did water and soil quality, and neither the government nor consumers …

The ‘accidental’ quarry in the middle of a food bowl – ABC Southern Queensland – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

… conflict. “I’m a geologist by trade as well as being an environmentalist. I don’t have a problem with human requirements,” he said. “I guess I call myself pragmatic.” Along with several partners he “bought a hill” in the valley with a plan to extract diatomaceous earth from the ground. Diatomaceous earth is a soft sedimentary rock used in various applications from cat litter to insulation. “But we use it primarily for an organic …

Major lift in Danish organic chicken sales prompts investment

… poultry meats has declined from 175,000 tonnes (t) in 2008 to below 168,000t in 2014, according to Danish Poultry Council (Det Danske Fjerkræraad) figures. The Council is forecasting rapid growth for the country’s organic chicken sector, up to 2020. It estimated that the market for organic chicken products would increase from its current position of 1% to close to 12% of all chicken meat sold by 2024. One ground for optimism is the Danish government’s support for organic food production …

Huge New Holes In Siberia Have Scientists Calling For Urgent Investigation Of The Mysterious Craters

The Huffington Post  |  By Macrina Cooper-White – Posted: 02/23/2015 4:25 pm EST Scientists were baffled last July when they discovered three giant holes in the ground in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Siberia. Now, with the help of satellite imagery, researchers have located four additional craters–and they believe there may be dozens more in the region. That has them calling for an urgent investigation to protect residents living in the area. “I am sure that there are …

Abbott’s support for Old King Coal is worse than knighting a prince – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… Australia”. It does not. It is a dying industry reliant on a resource that must be left in the ground if we want to maintain a liveable planet. But politics can move painfully slowly. On this issue Parliament House is stuck in slow-motion, while the rest of Australia is charging ahead. There are thousands of people working as solar installers; farmers are including renewable energy on the balance sheet by getting a stable income from wind turbines; communities are coming together against …

Coal seam gas is not worth risk | The Border Mail

… the state and I believe areas like Holbrook, Culcairn, Corowa and Oaklands must be protected. “If I am elected I will fight the introduction of fracking in our region. “I don’t believe it has been proven safe, and above all we must protect our precious ground- water.” Cr Jackson said NSW Labor’s policy was clear on this issue and it would impose a moratorium on coal seam gas and not lift it unless all aquifers were mapped and the industry was scientifically proven to be safe. …

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: SMAP observatory ready for launch

… highest-resolution maps of soil moisture ever obtained, mapping the globe every two to three days from space for a least three years. The spacecraft’s final circular polar orbit will be 426 miles (685 kilometers) at an inclination of 98.1 degrees. The spacecraft will orbit Earth once every 98.5 minutes and will repeat the same ground track every eight days. via Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: SMAP observatory ready for launch. …