The boreal forests of Canada and Russia are being devoured by beetles. Drought-tolerant pines are disappearing in Greece. In North Africa, Atlas cedars are shriveling. Wet and dry tropical forests in Asia are collapsing. Australian eucalyptus forests are burning. The Amazon basin has just been hit by two severe droughts. And it’s predicted that trees in the American Southwest may be gone by the end of this century.
But as this astonishing transformation of landscapes continues, scientists have a confession to make: They do not fully understand how trees die. Certainly warmer temperatures, lack of water and insects play a role. But in each region hit by heat, drought or bugs, some trees remain standing.
Why do some trees die while others survive? What happens deep inside a tree under stress? How slowly…
It's not much of a Christmas present, at least yet, but late Friday afternoon, the director of the U.S. Federal Maritime and Conciliation Service (FMCS) said the International Longshoremen's Association and the group trying to negotiate a new contract with them, the U.S. Maritime Alliance, have agreed to meet before their current pact expires on Dec. 29.
"FMCS Director George Cohen has called a meeting of the ILA and the Maritime Alliance in advance of the December 29th expiration of the contract extension. The parties have agreed to attend.
Due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations FMCS will have no additional comment at this time," was the brief statement released late Monday.
The master contract covering container shipping operations between the longshoremen working at 14 ports along the East and Gulf coasts expired on Sept. 30, but was extended 90 days until Saturday. The IL…
By Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO) Publisher Mango World Magazine (MWM) (IMO BLOG)
December 24, 2012
Winter Park, Florida
As 2012 draws to an end, the major story of the year for the western hemisphere mango industry is without a doubt the Daniella mango recall.
This cataclysmic event snowballed and destroyed any credibility that the National Mango Board may have generated after seven years and more than thirty million dollars of mango growers money having been squandered by the organization.
This story highlighted the culture of corruption at the National Mango Board.
It defined just how worthless the organization is.
On multiple layers the National Mango Board wastes mango growers money and benefits its employees and a few chosen board members at the expense of many, many on the production side of the equation.
Mango consumption in the USA & Canadian markets has experienced phenomenal growth thanks to demographics. Pure and simple. Not the millions of d…
Feliz año 1963! Sí, feliz año 1963. Este no es un chiste malo del día de los inocentes, sino la triste realidad de la Venezuela actual, lamentablemente.
Venezuela comenzará el año 2013 con el mismo ingreso por habitante que en 1963, en bolívares (fuertes) constantes. Los ingresos reales de la población no solo se han estancado, sino que han retrocedido a los niveles de 1963. ¿Cómo es posible que un venezolano en el año 2013 gane lo mismo que otro en 1963? ¡Esto significa medio siglo de desarrollo perdido!
En 1963, Venezuela era un país con un futuro promisorio, donde todo estaba por hacer. La economía crecía rápidamente y el país no tenía casi deuda externa, ni interna.
El presupuesto público estaba balanceado y la inflación era tan baja que a veces llegaba a ser negativa (deflación). Medio siglo más tarde, Venezuela es un país con un futuro incierto, un gobierno autista y retrógrado, una economía rentista en crisis…