The potential for organic food in Middle East

By Hannah Abdulla | April 10, 2015 The demand for organic food in the Middle East and North Africa is increasing, in part, prompted by ex-pat consumers. However, at present, the sector is only valued at US$110.1m compared to mature markets like the US, where organic food is worth billions. However, there is also a reliance on imports, pointing to some opinion that there is a big opportunity for international organic food manufacturers. Hannah Abdulla explores. Organic food is becoming an area of …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

… because of the expertise accrued through the construction of the Swansea plant combined with the economies of scale of building the much larger lagoon. “Full-scale tidal lagoon infrastructure gives the UK an opportunity to generate electricity from our amazing tidal range at a cost comparable to fossil fuel or nuclear generation. We have the best tidal resource in Europe and the second best worldwide. We now have a sustainable way to make the most of this natural advantage,” says Shorrock. …

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

The launch of NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29. Liftoff from Space Launch Complex 2 aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket is targeted for 6:20:42 a.m. PST (9:20:42 a.m. EST) at the opening of a three-minute launch window. If needed, a backup launch opportunity is available on the Western Range on Jan. 30 with the same launch window. SMAP is the first U.S. Earth-observing …