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Record levels of solar ultraviolet measured in South America

by Staff Writers
Mountain View CA (SPX) Jul 11, 2014

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A team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on the Earth's surface. The extraordinary UV fluxes, observed in the Bolivian Andes only 1,500 miles from the equator, are far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial and aquatic life. The results are being published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Environmental Science.

"These record-setting levels were not measured in Antarctica, where ozone holes have been a recurring problem for decades,"
says team leader Nathalie A. Cabrol of the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center. "This is in the tropics, in an area where there are small towns and villages."

The measurements were made in the southern hemisphere summer of 2003 and 2004, using instruments developed for the European Light Dosimeter Network (Eldonet). 

They were undertaken as Cabrol's team …

Mangoes from Pakistan being treated in the US by ionizing radiation technologies

Suresh Pillai
Director, National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University

Thanks to the efforts of many around the world (literally) mangoes from Pakistan are being treated (for phytosanitary reasons) with eBeam and cobalt-60 technologies in the United States. 

The shipments started arriving by airfreight in June and will continue through till the end of August. 

These shipments point to the growing trend by different sectors of the food industry to utilize these technologies for adding significant value to the commodities. 

According to USDA-APHIS data, the total volume of imported agricultural products being treated by ionizing radiation technology has increased approximately 14% between 2012 and 2013 and has increased over 6000% since 2007. 

Currently, specific fruits from India, Mexico, S.Africa, Thailand, Vietnam, and Pakistan are being treated with either cobalt-60 or eBeam technologies

Maersk Executive: Why MSC is the best partner for us

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Today's big news about a collaborative agreement between Maersk Line and MSC raises major questions about the future for the carrier. 

Read on to learn Maersk Line's Chief Trade and Marketing Officer's answers to ShippingWatch on seven of the biggest questions.


Published 10.07.14 at 13:42

ShippingWatch has interviewed Vincent Clerc, Chief Trade and Marketing Officer, about why and how the new 2M agreement will work, and why the choice fell on Swiss MSC, the world's second largest carrier, as collaborative partner.

 This happens after ShippingWatch two weeks ago was able to report that the two carriers were in contact to find a solution following the collapse of the P3 collaboration. 

And this solution has now been found:

Is this VSA the best possible solution f…


  The state legislators from the Mexican State of Sonora traveled to Tucson to complain about Arizona 's new employer crackdown on illegal s from Mexico. 

It seems that many Mexican illegals are returning to their hometowns and the officials in the Sonora state government are ticked off. 

A delegation of nine state legislators from Sonora was in Tucson on Tuesday to state that Arizona's new 'Employer Sanctions Law' will have a devastating effect on the Mexican state. At a news conference, the legislators said that Sonora, - Arizona's southern neighbor - made up of mostly small towns - cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools that it will face as Mexican workers return to their hometowns from the USA without jobs or money.

   The Arizona law, which took effect Jan. 1, punishes Arizona employers who knowingly hire individuals without valid legal documents to work in the United States. 

Penalties include suspension of, or loss of, their business license. …