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  • AMERICAN DESERTS

    This show illustrates the natural beauty of the deserts in the American southwest, covering the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah
  • First lady’s plan targets ‘food deserts’ (Overweight Michelle tracks kids - not terrorists)

    05/14/2010 4:19:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies · 1,064+ views
    First lady’s plan targets ‘food deserts’posted by Landon Hall May 13th, 2010, 7:42 am No, not food “desserts.” That’s the way I first read it, too. Michelle Obama isn’t trying to take away our pie and ice cream. We’re talking “deserts,” places across America where people don’t have easy access to basic, healthy foods like fresh vegetables. The first lady’s Childhood Obesity Task Force report, released earlier this week, says 23 million people live in low-income urban or rural areas that are more than a mile from a supermarket. As a county somewhere in between urban and rural, O.C. doesn’t...
  • New law brings fresh food to needy areas (Gillibrand 1 Billion to build super markets in NY)

    04/16/2010 8:31:37 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 58 replies · 1,207+ views
    http://www.zwire.com ^ | 04/15/2010 | by Lisa Fogarty
    Half of all community districts in Queens lack reliable access to fresh and healthy foods, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The problem has contributed to increasing rates of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases — the leading cause of death in the United States. In many high-need communities like Jamaica and Far Rockaway, which have been labeled “food deserts” by lawmakers, corner delicatessens or bodegas are the only convenient sources of food, and while most may stock up on canned items, few offer fresh produce and meats. Additionally, the USDA reports that 23.5 million people in the United...
  • World's deserts getting greener despite global warming

    07/20/2009 9:35:41 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 16 replies · 856+ views
    Times of India ^ | 20 July 2009
    LONDON: Contrary to the assumption that would cause an expansion of the world's deserts, some scientists are predicting that water and life may slowly reclaim these arid places. According to a report by BBC News, the evidence is limited and definitive conclusions are impossible to reach, but recent satellite pictures of North Africa seem to show areas of the Sahara in retreat. It could be that an increase in rainfall has caused this effect. The Sahara is experiencing a shift from dryer to wetter conditions, according to Farouk el-Baz, director of the Centre for Remote Sensing at Boston University……..
  • Tiny Dust Particles From Asian Deserts Common Over Western United States

    12/14/2007 3:28:14 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 59+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-14-2007 | University of Washington.
    Tiny Dust Particles From Asian Deserts Common Over Western United States ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2007) — It has been a decade since University of Washington scientists first pinpointed specific instances of air pollution, including Gobi Desert dust, traversing the Pacific Ocean and adding to the mix of atmospheric pollution already present along the West Coast of North America. Now a UW researcher is finding that dust from the Gobi and Taklimakan deserts in China and Mongolia is routinely present in the air over the western United States during spring months. "We are interested in Asian dust that comes across the...
  • World's deserts under threat, action needed: UN report

    06/04/2006 6:31:56 PM PDT · by Daralundy · 28 replies · 776+ views
    Agence France-Presse via Yahoo ^ | June 4, 2006 | Phil Hazlewood
    The world's deserts are being threatened "as never before", particularly by climate change, but can still be used as a key resource if action is taken to protect them, according to a report released on Monday. The study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) highlights the problems facing desert areas but also their potential uses in vital sectors such as energy, food and medicine. Shafqat Kakakhel, from UNEP, said: "Far from being barren wastelands, (deserts) emerge as biologically, economically and culturally dynamic while being increasingly subject to the impacts and pressures of the modern world. "They also emerge as...
  • Solar thermal starts to shine in world's deserts

    02/10/2006 11:18:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 791+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/06 | Timothy Gardner
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - People will soon cool their homes with power from the searing desert sun, according to companies investing in a little-used solar technology. Deserts are becoming hot spots for solar thermal power in which futuristic troughs concentrate the sun's rays and create steam to run power-producing turbines at power plants. It is a different technology than rooftop solar panels. Tiny experimental plants built in the 1980s in California ran into problems when energy prices dropped. But as oil, natural gas and electricity costs soar, companies are racing to build commercial solar thermal plants that are the size...
  • U.S. Punches Through Deserts in Iraq (Operation Matador)

    05/10/2005 1:52:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1,758+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/10/05 | ANTONIO CASTANEDA
    U.S. Punches Through Deserts in Iraq By ANTONIO CASTANEDA, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago Beiji refinery workers attempt to extinguish a burning pipe line fire after militants set fire to Iraq's largest oil refinery in al-Fath, about 15 km ( 10 miles ) north of Beiji, Iraq, Tuesday, May 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Bassem Daham) BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. forces punched through remote desert outposts Tuesday in pursuit of followers of Iraq's most wanted terrorist after meeting stiff resistance from militants hidden in basements, on rooftops and inside sandbag bunkers in a lawless region near the Syrian border. At least...
  • Plan allows development in Southern California deserts

    03/25/2005 11:27:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 837+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 3/25/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES - The federal government announced the nation's largest conservation plan for 9.5 million acres of desert in Southern California that would protect wildlife but make development easier in fast-growing regions. The 30-year plan unveiled Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management seeks to balance an ancient landscape of rugged volcanic mountains, 11,000-year-old creosote bushes and more than 100 species, including the threatened desert tortoise and the Mohave ground squirrel, with developers' push for new homes and businesses. More than 10 years in the making, the plan covers parts of the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree National Forest and...
  • Moss Landing researchers reveal iron as key to climate change

    04/16/2004 5:29:53 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 29 replies · 347+ views
    Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) ^ | APRIL 15, 2004 | PRESS RELEASE
    Moss Landing researchers reveal iron as key to climate change -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PRESS RELEASE APRIL 15, 2004 EMBARGOED: Not for release until Thursday, 15 April 2004 at 14:00 Eastern Time MOSS LANDING RESEARCHERS REVEAL IRON AS KEY TO CLIMATE CHANGE MOSS LANDING, California - A remarkable expedition to the waters of Antarctica reveals that iron supply to the Southern Ocean may have controlled Earth's climate during past ice ages. A multi-institutional group of scientists, led by Dr. Kenneth Coale of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) and Dr. Ken Johnson of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), fertilized two key areas...
  • Winner of Nevada's DRI award says Mars deserts same as ours

    03/10/2004 10:49:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies · 174+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 10, 2004 at 16:30:47 PST | SCOTT SONNER
    RENO, Nev. (AP) - Research on Mars is helping scientists better understand the life cycles of deserts on Earth and the potential to tap aquifers deep beneath the ground, an expert said Wednesday. "All the pictures of the Martian surface are very similar if not identical to what we see in the very dry deserts of the Earth," said Farouk El-Baz, a longtime NASA adviser being honored this week by Nevada's Desert Research Institute. "In both places we see these channels that were formed by rain in the geologic past. We see a mixture of rocks on the surface, very...