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Packing Foam Now Entering The Marketplace Is Engineered From Mushrooms And Agricultural Waste

A new packing material that grows itself is now appearing in shipped products across the country. The composite of inedible agricultural waste and mushroom roots is called Mycobond™, and its manufacture requires just one eighth the energy and one tenth the carbon dioxide of traditional foam packing material.

Tree Canopy Researcher Nalini M. Nadkarni Honored for Public Service in Science

Nalini M. Nadkarni was recently named recipient of the prestigious 2010 National Science Board (NSB) Public Service Award as an individual who has made significant contributions in public understanding of science in the United States. 

Energy-efficient, Smoke-free Stoves Improve Lives for Pakistan Village Women

Here in the Union Council Gharo of Thatta district in Sindh province, some 125 kilometres from the southern port city of Karachi, Siddiqi is happily making a living by building earthenware stoves for the villagers.

Haitians in UN’s cash-for-work scheme earn income as they help their country

Thousands of Haitians are gaining a semblance of normalcy following the recent devastating earthquake in their homeland by gaining employment and rebuilding their neighborhoods through a cash-for-work scheme run by the United Nations.

Help for Haiti: Remarks by President Obama on Rescue Efforts in Haiti

At 4:53 p.m. local time on January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Hispaniola Island, just 15 kilometers (10 miles) southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

“Evergreen Agriculture” Wins for Climate and Hunger

In Zambia's Central Province, a dirt track marks a line between hope and despair. On one side is farmer Collens Mwinga's lush maize crop, a full three metres high, swaying in the breeze.

Major Donors to UN Crisis Relief Fund Commit to Multi-year Funding

Several major donors have made multi-year commitments to provide significant funding to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which aims to save scores of thousands of lives by providing virtually immediate financing in sudden-onset crises, like earthquakes or hurricanes, or for ongoing but neglected emergencies.

UN-REDD Programme welcomes five new countries, Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka

Argentina, Cambodia, Ecuador, Nepal and Sri Lanka join the UN-REDD Programme, Denmark becomes a new donor and Panama gets approval of its UN-REDD national programme 

Deep-Sea Microbes May Answer Long-Standing Question About Earth's Nitrogen Cycle

Scientists have identified an unexpected metabolic ability in a symbiotic community of deep-sea microorganisms that may help solve a lingering mystery about the world's nitrogen cycle.

National Science Foundation Advisory Committee Offers New Vision for the Geosciences in Report "GEO Vision: Unraveling Earth's Complexities through the Geosciences"

Society stands at a crossroads. With growing problems such as resource depletion, energy sustainability, environmental degradation and climate change, can we protect the health of the planet while achieving widespread economic prosperity?

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