NEW STUDY LINKS WEATHER EXTREMES TO GLOBAL WARMING . . . KIMBERLY-CLARK LAUNCHES PRODUCTS MADE WITH WHEAT STRAW AND BAMBOO . . . STAFF COMPLETE INVESTIGATION OF WINTER FISH KILL . . . NOVA SCOTIA FARM ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD . . . P.E.I. INNOVATES WITH NATIVE POLLINATORS AND COMMERCIAL BEES . . .
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NEW STUDY LINKS WEATHER EXTREMES TO GLOBAL WARMING
Source: NY Times
The moderate global warming that has already occurred as a result of human emissions has quadrupled the frequency of certain heat extremes since the Industrial Revolution, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that a failure to bring greenhouse gases under control could eventually lead to a 62-fold increase in such heat blasts.(read more)
KIMBERLY-CLARK LAUNCHES PRODUCTS MADE WITH WHEAT STRAW AND BAMBOO
Source: Pulp & Paper Canada
Kimberly-Clark Professional has begun to incorporate rapidly renewable plant-based fiber, such as wheat straw and bamboo, into Kleenex and Scott brand towel and tissue products.
The company is the first major towel and tissue manufacturer in North America to introduce products made with 20 percent plant fiber in place of tree fiber or recycled fiber. K-C states that these new products required the development of an entirely new supply chain to directly obtain wheat straw from U.S. farmers and the creation of a first-of-its-kind manufacturing process for converting plant fiber into pulp.(read more)
STAFF COMPLETE INVESTIGATION OF WINTER FISH KILL
Source: N.S. Dept of Fisheries and Aquaculture
A Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture staff investigation of aquaculture sites affected by a salmon and trout fish kill earlier this year has concluded environmental conditions, not disease, were likely responsible. “This was a harsh winter in Nova Scotia and our fish health veterinarians have concluded this was the likely cause of the fish kill experienced at sites around the province,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “No significant disease agents were detected at any of the sites and cleanup has been completed by the operators.” (read more)
NOVA SCOTIA FARM ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD
The Nova Scotia Farm Environmental Stewardship Award is now accepting applications for 2015. This is the seventh year for this annual award, which showcases the outstanding stewardship efforts of farms and elevates public awareness of sustainable farming practices across the province. The deadline for receiving applications is midnight on June 30, 2015. Applications will be judged by agricultural specialists on the basis of how well the stewardship actions of the applicant meet the judging criteria.(read more)
P.E.I. INNOVATES WITH NATIVE POLLINATORS AND COMMERCIAL BEES
Source: The Grower
Combined, Maine and Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) produce approximately half of the world’s lowbush blueberries. However, pollination practices differ in these neighboring geographies. For many years, P.E.I. regulations have forbidden imports of honeybee hives with the exception of nearby Nova Scotia. In order to pollinate 13,000 acres of wild blueberries, growers have learned to innovate.(read more)
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