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  • Solar-powered borehole protecting children as drought deepens

    February 16, 2017

    Kenya/Reuters – A borehole dug by herders in a desperate attempt to survive Kenya’s last severe drought has been transformed into a lifeline for thousands of children and animals as a new drought hits, thanks to the addition of solar pumping and water storage. The well has become an oasis in the impoverished drylands of […]

  • Keep a close eye on the snow on your roof

    February 16, 2017

    Manitoba Co-operator – The Office of the Fire Commissioner is reminding Manitobans to keep an eye on their roofs this winter. Heavy snowfalls this winter mean there’s a “greatly increased” risk of roof collapse this winter, the provincial agency said in a recent news release. There have been several recent incidents of buildings suffering either […]

  • Southwest Manitobans wary for spring

    February 9, 2017

    Manitoba Co-operator – It’s too soon to tell if flooding will occur this spring, but heavy snowfall on saturated ground has communities in southwestern Manitoba watching the weather warily. Residents around Wawanesa had a reminder last week of what that combination can do — a 10-metre-high riverbank collapsed on the Souris River just south of the […]

  • A spring that waits to be sprung?

    February 9, 2017

    Snow falling on the farm

    Well, it sounds as if the rodent may have been right – at least one of them anyway. Some weather forecasters are predicting spring in the Northeastern U.S. will include a few finishing touches of winter in the form of cool temperatures, rain and falling snow into mid-March as less-than-springlike cold air is predicted to inhabit northern states from coast […]

  • Coastal wetlands excel at soaking up carbon

    February 2, 2017

    University of Maryland – In the global effort to mitigate carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, all options are on the table – including help from nature. Recent research suggests that healthy, intact coastal wetland ecosystems such as mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows are particularly good at drawing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere […]

  • Is the unusual weather becoming usual?

    February 2, 2017

    Manitoba Co-operator – After a very late start to winter across the Prairies, we saw Old Man Winter arrive with a vengeance a week into December. Temperatures plunged across Manitoba, with overnight lows bottoming out in the mid-minus-30s by the 17th of the month. Everyone started to talk about how this winter will likely continue […]

  • Harvests in U.S. expected to suffer under climate change

    January 26, 2017

    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research – Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an international team of scientists ran an unprecedented comprehensive set of computer simulations of US crop yields. […]

  • How sweet it isn’t…

    January 26, 2017

    Beekeepers in an area of New Zealand are in a sour state as they cope with what one beekeeper calls its worst season in 20 years. One specialist in the region said there was no clover for the bees to feed on and a winter storm made things worse by damaging large amounts of manuka, a native tree […]

  • Ethanol may have gotten greener

    January 19, 2017

    It’s possible that corn ethanol, and the products and processes used to make it, may make less of an environmental impact now, relative to regular gasoline, than it did 10 years ago — and still has room for improvement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released a new life-cycle analysis report on corn-based ethanol, […]

  • A warmer world

    January 19, 2017

    New independent analyses released Wednesday by NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show Earth’s 2016 surface temperatures to have been the warmest, with over “95 per cent certainty,” since modern record-keeping began in 1880. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 0.99 C warmer than the mid-20th century mean, making it the third […]