|Winemakers face climate change with dread|
Grist - 11/17/2009.By Agence France-Presse – Spain: With the Copenhagen climate change summit looming, the world of wine convened on Spain’s Rioja region for a conference in which global warming emerged as the industry’s top concern. “All over the world, alcohol levels are going up,” said British wine critic Jancis Robinson at the WineFuture conference, citing just one problem producers are facing as a result of rising temperatures.
|The nitrogen fix: breaking a costly addiction|
Yale Environment 360 - 11/17/2009.By Fred Pearce – A single patent a century ago changed the world, and now, in the 21st century, Homo sapiens and the world we dominate have an addiction. Call it the nitrogen fix. It is like a drug mainlined into the planet’s ecosystems, suffusing every cell, every pore – including our own bodies.
|Is BPA ruining your sex life?|
Alternet - 11/17/2009.By Elaine Shannon – When people ask whether modern synthetics are damaging their health and endangering future generations, Topic A is nearly always bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic estrogen, an integral component of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and one of the highest volume industrial chemicals in existence.
|Honeybees are modern-day canaries in coal mines|
Portland Press Herald - 11/17/2009.By Reese Halter – Portland: Over the past three years, more than 50 billion honeybees have died worldwide. Scientists understand the causes and now we need everyone to lend a helping hand.