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List reveals most-viewed online stories of 2014

12/23/2014 01:36:00 PM
Dan Galbraith

The Packer’s print edition audience and’s online readership are often many of the same people, as one would expect. But page-turning stories and page-clicking stories aren’t necessarily the same ones.

The Wawona stone fruit recall, in fact, occupies the No. 2, 10 and 14 spots on the online most-viewed list, but didn’t crack the list of Top 10 stories of the year, as voted by The Packer’s staff.

Breaking news on fresh produce recalls make for much more compelling online reads than print edition newsworthiness.

Stories about genetically modified pineapple, price surges on avocados, lemons and limes, along with news about how top retailers handle fresh produce matters, also attracted droves of online readers this year.

Multiple stories involving retailers Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and Aldi all cracked the online Top 50, and, oddly, stories about each retailer appear very close together in the countdow…

PLANT MORE MANGO TREES : NASA Finds Good News on Forests and Carbon Dioxide

by Carol Rasmussen for NASA Earth Science News
Greenbelt MD (SPX) 

Dec 30, 2014

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A new NASA-led study shows that tropical forests may be absorbing far more carbon dioxide than many scientists thought, in response to rising atmospheric levels of the greenhouse gas.

 The study estimates that tropical forests absorb 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide out of a total global absorption of 2.5 billion -- more than is absorbed by forests in Canada, Siberia and other northern regions, called boreal forests.

"This is good news, because uptake in boreal forests is already slowing, while tropical forests may continue to take up carbon for many years," said David Schimel of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. 

Schimel is lead author of a paper on the new research, appearing online in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences.

Forests and other land vegetation currently remove up to 30 percent of human carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosph…

What Does the Future Hold for the Landfill Ecosystem?

RP Siegel

| Friday January 2nd, 2015 | 

You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to recognize the fact that we can’t forever continue to take raw materials out of the Earth, use a lot of energy to convert them into briefly-useful products and then pile them into huge landfills. 

If you understand that, then you get the gist of what sustainability is about. 

A sustainable future is one where nothing is wasted. Indeed, the idea of zero waste, whether we’re talking about factories or homes, has already taken root.

That means we could find ourselves in a place in the not-too-distant future, where we have no more need for landfills. While that would be a glorious achievement, there are those who could find it a hardship.

That would include those like 13-year-old Inusa Mohammed and his friend Kwesi Bido, who is a year older. The two of them spend their afternoons scrounging through the Agbogbloshie landfill in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, looking for bits of copper or electronic remnants that they…