Jul 6, 2015

Honeybee deaths surging in Japan due to rice paddy pesticides

Mass deaths of honeybees are increasing in Japan, due apparently to pesticides used for killing stink bugs in rice paddies, according to a study by the agricultural ministry. The ministry found that many cases of large-scale honeybee deaths occurred when such pesticides were sprayed ...

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

Jul 3, 2015

California farmers forced to use oil wells' wastewater

AFP-JIJI An efficient solution to a historic drought, or an environmentally risky pact with the devil? That is the question raised by California farmers who are irrigating their crops with wastewater supplied by oil companies, in an arrangement slammed as dangerous by environmental campaigners. ...

Secret to restoring the scent of roses is found

Jul 3, 2015

Secret to restoring the scent of roses is found

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. These days, many kinds of roses have little fragrance. But a new discovery might change that. A study of roses that do have a strong scent revealed a previously unknown chemical process ...

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Jun 19, 2015

North Korea may lose half of its crops to drought: U.N.

Production in North Korea’s main growing region is expected to be cut in half, the United Nations food agency says, leading to food shortages. U.N. representatives visited the country’s breadbasket in North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces on June 10 and found that the ...