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SPOT ON : SOIL MANAGEMENT IS THE END GAME ... WITHOUT IT THERE IS NO FUTURE ...

Once again, a Special Thanks to Hadi Laghari & The Government of Australia for this informative piece....





2013 - 2014 AUSTRALIA MANGO SEASON : R2E2 mangoes proving popular

ABC Rural


Lydia Burton




Posted Wed 27 Nov 2013, 5:44pm AEDT









PHOTO: R2E2's have seen an increase in demand due to lack of Kensington Pride mangoes. (Barry Albrecht)




AUDIO: R2E2 mangoes in demand (ABC Rural)




MAP: Darwin 0800








A Northern Territory mango grower says demand for R2E2 mangoes is increasing and consumers have been willing to pay good money for quality fruit.




While unusual weather in the Top End has led to a drop in quality and quantity for varieties such as Kensington Pride, the R2E2 has satisfied market expectations.




Barry Albrecht, from Arnhem Mangoes near Darwin, says his 1,800 R2E2 trees have yielded well.






"In a season when we are getting these late showers, they (R2E2) seem to handle the weather a lot better and have less problems with disease.




"It just gives the farm more stability, especially in a bad year, at least you've got something you can fall back on," he said.





Alex Caroline from the Sydney markets says 'glamour' R2E2's were struggling to …

CARBON FOOTPRINT : NEW HOPE ???

A Vault for Carbon Dioxide



By Dave Levitan












November 20, 2013




Image: Marek Haiduk








What if there was an easy way to take the carbon dioxide from coal power smokestacks and turn it back into a rock that would sit quietly, deep below the earth's surface? 






That would get around a key sticking point of current carbon storage schemes, which entail injecting CO2 into porous sedimentary rock formations such as sandstone—that the gas could eventually escape, seeping back up to the surface and into the atmosphere, heating the planet.





Basaltic rock, which makes up part of the earth's crust, could be an alternative to sedimentary structures. Minerals within basalt, including magnesium, calcium and iron, gradually react with CO2 to form carbonate crystals inside the pores and seams of basalt, entombing the carbon as a permanent solid. This process, known as enhanced weathering, could capture massive amounts of CO2. Engineers are now trying to turn this bit of chemistry into practice.








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2014 : MAJOR JAPANESE INVESTMENT FIRM IS BULLISH ON GLOBAL ECONOMY ... WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS ...

NOMURA: It's The End Of  "The End Of The World" Thinking ...







JOE WEISENTHAL

NOV. 27, 2013, 5:47 AM 








AP Photo/Ben Berry





Japanese investment bank Nomura is out with a big global economic outlook for 2014. The title is "The End Of The End Of The World." 



The theme is that as 2013 comes to a close, the age of crisis is well and truly over. 



There are still lingering issues of course, but the really huge themes that have dominated the past several years are gone, and concerns over systemic risk will no longer be high on investors minds.






Strategist Michael Kurtz and Co. write:


There wasn’t any memo, but FYI the Global Financial Crisis is over. Not that clocks have simply rewound to 2006, but: the US property market has been recovering for no less than 20 months, the US household balance sheet is largely repaired, the renminbi is stronger and the US-China current account imbalance vastly reduced, China is grasping the nettle of structural reform, European core-vs-periphery co…