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Mini ice age could bring freezing temperatures by 2030

13 JULY 15 

A crowd on the frozen River Thames, Oxfordshire, c1860
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A mini ice age could hit the Earth in the 2030s, the first such event to occur since the early 1700s. 

New mathematical models of the Sun's solar cycle developed at Northumbria University suggest solar activity will see a "significant" drop, causing temperatures on Earth to plummet.

The last mini ice age occurred between 1645 and 1715 and caused temperatures in northern Europe to fall dramatically, with London's River Thames freezing over during winter and sea ice extending for miles around the UK. 

The prolonged cold snap, known as the Maunder Minimum, has been linked to a reduction in the number of sunspots, as observed by scientists at the time.

Such periods were thought to be driven by convecting waves of fluids deep within the Sun, but new research suggests a second force -- or "wave" -- is at play

Two waves, operating at di…

NORTHEAST PORTS : Maher Terminals prepares for ownership change

Macquarie, which already owns several container terminals in the U.S. and Canada, will now own the largest container terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey.


The largest container shipping terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey is being sold to an Australian infrastructure fund.

Deutsche Bank said last week it will sell the 454-acre Maher Terminals USA in Elizabeth, N.J. to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III, a private fund managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).

Deutsche Bank said Maher currently moves more than 2 million TEUs of containers annually, which would be nearly one-third of the 6.37 million TEU handled in the port in 2015.

The deal is subject to approval by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is landlord to Maher and most terminals in the port, and other regulators.

The Deutsche Bank acquired Maher Terminals in 2007 from the Maher family, according to some reports, for more than $2 bi…

3p Weekend: Your Cheat Sheet to the Paris Agreement Signing

by Mary Mazzoni on Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016

With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon.

 With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

Today, world leaders from 175 countries gathered in the United Nations General Assembly hall in New York to formally sign the Paris Agreement.

The big news this week is an Earth Day ceremony at the U.N. headquarters in New York, where world leaders were invited to formally sign the Paris Agreement.

Experts tracking the agreement closely are riveted with the development. But those of us who aren’t as familiar with the bureaucratic inner workings of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) may still have more questions than answers.

Since no one wants to be a step behind at the…

New aftershocks jolt Ecuador still reeling from quake

Pedernales, Ecuador (AFP) April 23, 2016

New aftershocks rattled Ecuador on Friday and hopes of finding survivors in the rubble all but evaporated, nearly a week after a huge earthquake that killed more than 600 people and injured thousands.

A 6.0-magnitude quake struck just off the coast of northwest Ecuador around 10:00 pm Thursday (0300 GMT Friday), the US Geological Survey said.

It was followed by smaller aftershocks Friday morning, ranging in magnitude from 4.0 to 5.2, said Ecuador's Geophysics Institute.

The shaking could be felt in Manabi province, most affected by last week's 7.8-magnitude quake, as well as in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Los Rios, and in the cities of Santo Domingo, Guayaquil and the capital Quito.

But there were no immediate reports of new casualties or damage.

A carpenter who declined to give his name was among the legions trying to fetch a few belongings from their ruined homes, despite the heavily damaged roads.

"Why shoul…

INDIA 2016 : Bad flowering reason for low harvest of mangoes

Saturday, 23 April 2016
MP Saravanan

Chennai: With the summer heat rising each day, the prices of mangoes to continue to climb up in the city. 

Speaking on the issue, Tamilnadu Flower and Fruits Traders Welfare Association general secretary V Govindarajan says, "Lack of arrivals is the main reason for the rise in price of fruits. Currently around 4-5 truck loads of mangoes are coming to Koyambedu as against 30-40 trucks last year. Mangoes from Salem, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri have arrived in small numbers. Due to low availability, prices have increased to around 20 per cent in all varieties of mangoes."

A box of Alphonso, the top quality mango has zoomed to around Rs 1,600 which was around Rs 1,200 (a piece weighing around 250 gram costs Rs 80) last year. Price of the other mango varieties have risen around 20 per cent.

Tamilnadu Mango Growers Federation joint secretary P B Murali says, "Mango is harvested in around one lakh acres in Tamilnadu. But unseasonal rain and harsh we…

Haiti - Agriculture : Mangoes post-harvest support of the USAID

23/04/2016 09:38:41

Following the mango season launched Thursday the US Agency for International Development (USAID) under the US initiative Feed the Future Haiti will provide post-harvest equipment, such as mobile collection and plastic crates, to the farmers cooperatives and associations to reduce losses of mangoes after harvesting.

In particular, two regional cooperatives Chanpyon were created in Mirebalais (COPACMI) and Saut d'Eau (COPACSE) to provide to producers of entities to whom sell their mangoes. to exporters under the brand "Chanpyon" and provide them with legal institution with which they can handle, while ensuring that the Francisque mango is high quality for export. With their help and that of other stakeholders, USAID aims to increase the income of 15,000 mango producers from more than 40 associations of farmers, by increasing the amount of Francisque mangoes sold to ex…

Mango Crop Report Alert from the National Mango Board

The Mango Crop Report from the National Mango Board has been updated. 

Click here to see the newest Mango Crop Report.

Please note - after you click on the link, you may need to refresh the page to see the most current report.

Mango Market News

Mango volume shipped on week ending 4/16/16 was approximately 2,561,853 boxes.

During the same week last year, volume shipped was approximately 4,577,755 boxes.

Mexico Crop Information

The Mexican season began in January and will run until October with a projection of approximately 62.4 million boxes.
Mexico's main varieties are Tommy Atkins (38%), Ataulfo (26%), Kent (20%), Haden (7%), Keitt (8%) and other (1%).
Please note:Fruit sizes for April and May will be smaller than previous years.
Volume shipped on week ending 4/16/16
Volume shipped from Mexico was approximately 2,126,505 boxes for a total of11,958,982 boxes for the season.
During the same week last year, volume shipped from Mexico was approximately 3,591,074 boxes for a total of 16,323,048…

A Bright Future for Solar Power in the Middle East

"A Bright Future for Solar Power in the Middle East is republished with permission of Stratfor."


APRIL 22, 2016 | 09:04 GMT

The first phase of Morocco's Noor Solar Complex came online in February. The project, built by Saudi company ACWA Power, is part of Morocco's greater ambition of becoming an electricity exporter.(FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images)

ForecastGeography and demographic challenges have made parts of the Middle East and North Africa a prime location for solar power installations.While solar will not supplant the role of hydrocarbons, it will enable countries such as Morocco and Jordan to improve energy security and potentially become electricity exporters.Countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will seek to maintain their position as energy exporters, in part by adopting strategies likely to include renewables development.
Analysis Deserts are seemingly obvious places to locate solar technology. In fact, the swath of desert stretch…