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 …

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 …

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. …