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'The stuff the movie-makers dream of.' In Lake Michigan, a graveyard of long-lost ships captivates historians 24.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

After a year of scouring the depths of Lake Michigan with a sonar-equipped fishing boat, Steve Radovan finally got a hit on the gray-scale monitor in the captain's cabin in May 2016.

The 71-year-old shipwreck enthusiast powered down the Discovery's engines and dropped a waterproof camera attached...

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New study: Corn's environmental impact varies greatly across the U.S. 23.9.2017 Environmental News Network
New research from the University of Minnesota drills down to the county-level impact of corn production.
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Fires in Australia Pop Up in Places Already Burned 23.9.2017 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
Fires that span across the Northern Territory and Western Australia appear to have broken out in areas that have already been burned in previous fires.  Areas that sport "burn scars", those areas that are a darker, almost red-brown color, are surrounded by fires that are anywhere from a few hours old to 7 days old.  The areas that are seven days old can be attributed to fires that spread but areas that are just a few hours old may be fires that have presumably been put out only to have them break out again.  The Northern Territory of Australia experienced a higher than normal amount of rain this past season allowing the plants and trees that fuel fires to become even more overgrown and subject to becoming fire fodder.
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Green Algae Could Hold Clues for Engineering Faster-Growing Crops 22.9.2017 Environmental News Network
Two new studies of green algae — the scourge of swimming pool owners and freshwater ponds — have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosynthesis, a key factor in their ability to grow so quickly. Understanding this process may someday help researchers improve the growth rate of crops such as wheat and rice.
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NOAA funding algal bloom research in Maine, 6 other states 20.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is among seven states where the federal government is funding a research project to try to better understand harmful algal blooms. Harmful algal blooms can contaminate drinking water and have negative effects on the environment, wildlife and tourism. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is providing nearly $1.7 million for […]
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Exquisite octopus slinks out of the water, wanders from pool to pool (video) 20.9.2017 TreeHugger
Specially adapted for land-based maneuvers, the algae octopus also has an enviable mating style and can run on two legs.
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Cereals that defy the drought 19.9.2017 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
Genome decoding provides information about dry and heat-resistant cereals
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An effective way to eliminate atrazine and its by-products in surface water 19.9.2017 Environmental News Network
Atrazine, widely used as a weedkiller, is known to have harmful effects on aquatic wildlife and presents a risk to human health by altering the action of certain hormones.
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Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene 19.9.2017 Environmental News Network
Berkeley Lab advance is first demonstration of efficient, light-powered production of fuel via artificial photosynthesis.
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Michigan State using grant to boost yield of biofuel crop 18.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is using a federal grant to explore ways to boost the yield of a biofuel crop that could offer environmental and agricultural benefits. The East Lansing school says it will lead a $10 million U.S. Energy Department grant to study the metabolism and genes of the camelina […]
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Lawmakers get close look of Utah Lake’s algal bloom issue 18.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Several state legislators visited Utah Lake near Provo this week to get a tour and find out why state money should be used to help clean up a body of water that has been plagued by potentially toxic algal blooms. The Wasatch Front Water Quality Council invited two legislative committees focused […]
The atmosphere is changing the food we eat 15.9.2017 TreeHugger
It's called the 'great nutrient collapse,' and yet no one is really talking about it.
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Toxic algae bloom forces shutdown of some Maine shellfishing 15.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

MACHIASPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine is shutting down shellfish harvesting in parts of the state’s eastern coast because of a marine algae bloom that can carry a neurotoxin. The state Department of Marine Resources says it is monitoring the bloom, which carries domoic acid. Domoic acid can cause sickness, memory loss and brain damage in […]
No shortage of hard work 14.9.2017 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
From hand milking with a metal pail and wooden stool to tie-stall and parlour systems, the methods dairy farmers have used to milk their cows has certainly evolved over the years. While the most recent milking system introduced to the dairy industry may help free up a bit of time for dairy farmers, there is still no shortage of hard work.A number of farmers are now adopting an automatic milking system and with it comes a few questions, especially around the environmental impact of the new system.
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Ethanol to Gasoline Switch Raises Nanoparticles in Air 14.9.2017 Climate Change News - ENN
Using ethanol instead of gasoline as a car fuel can reduce emissions of ultrafine particles by a third, which benefits human health and the environment, according to a new study. 
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Officials to meet with residents over toxic algae blooms 14.9.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

FRANKLIN, Vt. (AP) — Vermont environmental officials are planning to meet with residents to discuss toxic algae blooms that have spread through Lake Carmi. WPTZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2vVLX3j ) officials are meeting with Franklin residents Thursday after blue green algae or cyanobacteria blanketed the shoreline this week. The algae is preventing camps from using water intake […]
EPA head: No renewable fuel promise made to ex-Trump adviser 14.9.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

DETROIT (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has told a group of senators he never made any promises to billionaire investor Carl Icahn about renewable fuel credits that were costing one of Icahn’s companies millions of dollars. Pruitt was responding to letters from five senators looking into potential conflicts of interest involving Icahn, […]
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Hatching an idea 13.9.2017 Agricultural and Biofuel News - ENN
Backyard chickens are permitted in a number of Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse and some boroughs of Montréal.Wanda Martin would like to see Saskatoon on that list.
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Helping Chinese Farmers Tackle Erosion, Increase Profits 13.9.2017 Environmental News Network
On the steep farming slopes of China, Bozhi Wu and his research associates are finding ways to improve economic and environmental stability.
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An important process that fuels harmful algal blooms investigated in water bodies across Canada 13.9.2017 Environmental News Network
For many Canadians, summer time means time at the lake, swimming, fishing, boating, and relaxing. Nothing can spoil this experience like blue-green mats of muck, caused by algal blooms. These blooms negatively affect not only recreational activities but also put drinking water source, property values, wildlife, and human health at risk. In the 1970s, scientists discovered that the nutrient phosphorus caused algal blooms, which led to new regulations and improved sewage treatment. Nevertheless, blooms continue to plague many Canadian lakes. To investigate what might be happening, scientists looked to see whether phosphorus might be recirculating from the mud at the bottom of lakes back into the water.
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