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Behind China’s ‘pork miracle’: how technology is transforming rural hog farming

behind china’s ‘pork miracle’: how technology is transforming rural hog farming

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Behind China’s ‘pork miracle’: how technology is transforming rural hog farming

Young pigs on a farm in Taizhou, Zhejiang province.
Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters

As Chinese demand for pork grows and grows, traditional small-scale farms are being replaced by vast, AI-assisted operations that feel more like smartphone factories than bucolic countryside havens
by Xiaowei Wang

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Young pigs on a farm in Taizhou, Zhejiang province.
Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters

In November 2018, I travelled to Guangzhou, a city of about 14 million people in southern China. Late autumn is the time for making lap yuk, a type of preserved pork that is a local speciality, and across town I would often spot slabs of meat hanging from high-rise apartment balconies, tied up with string and swaying next to shirts and sheets left out to dry. To make lap yuk, a piece of raw pork belly is soaked in a blend of rice wine, salt, soy sauce and spices, then hung out to cure in the damp, cold autumn air. The fat becomes translucent and imparts a savoury-sweet taste to any stir-fried vegetable dish. A relative of mine claims that only southern China can make preserved …

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More Than 70 Science and Climate Journalists Challenge Supreme Court Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett

more than 70 science and climate journalists challenge supreme court nomination of amy coney barrett

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The following op-ed has been signed by dozens of leading climate and science journalists, listed below.
We are science and climate journalists. We are researchers and weavers of information, creating a fabric that explains the work of scientists who themselves are working to describe our natural world and universe. We are published in the nation’s leading outlets, both large and small, including Scientific American, Nature, National Geographic, MIT Technology Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and many more. Over decades of reporting on the threats and now deadly and devastating harms of worsening climate change, we have succeeded in at least one respect. The vast majority of the world’s people, including those in the United States, not only acknowledge the scientific certainty of climate change, but also want action taken to address it.
We have succeeded because the science is clear, despite there being a massive well-orchestrated effort of propaganda, lies, and denial by the world’s largest fossil fuel corporations, including ExxonMobil and Koch Industries and fossil-fuel-backed institutes and think tanks. It is frightening that a Supreme Court nominee — a position that is in essence one …

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How Germany and Costa Rica are putting nature at the heart of their recoveries

how germany and costa rica are putting nature at the heart of their recoveries

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Decisions made by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will determine the future health, wellbeing and resilience of people and planet.
New policy recommendations offer governments around the world the chance to maximise the economic opportunities that lie in nature.
Actions taken by ministers in Costa Rica and Germany demonstrate that solutions exist, and that the world should not go back to ‘business as usual’.

Decisions made by governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will determine the future health, wellbeing and resilience of people and planet.

New policy recommendations offer governments around the world the chance to maximise the economic opportunities that lie in nature, delivering 395 million new jobs by 2030 while protecting the natural capital needed for public health, food and societal resilience.

Ambitious and diverse action is being undertaken by ministers in Costa Rica and Germany demonstrating that solutions exist, and that the world should not go back to ‘business as usual’.

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a global health and economic crisis, and has also exposed the fragility of the world’s systems, including the natural world on which people rely for food, water, and air.

But governments looking to stimulate their economies in response to …

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How to prosper through persistent disruption

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By Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential – Plextek’s innovation unit

2020 has brought with it incredible levels of business disruption: COVID-19, Brexit, technology advances, climate change, and more. Companies that were performing well have overnight seen share prices tumble and customers leave.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, two out of three companies were already either in the throes of – or stood on the brink of – significant disruption, according to research by Accenture. The professional services company has calculated that $41 trillion in enterprise value is exposed to disruption. It is no longer a short-term shock that we have to deal with now – disruption is a persistent battle.
The spectre of Blockbuster and Kodak looms large. Will Tesla be the downfall of traditional car manufacturers? Will Amazon upend the global retail landscape?  Environmental, technological, and societal changes can all affect your businesses’ future roadmap.
The Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter coined the term “creative destruction” in the 1940s to describe the way technological progress improves the lives of many – at the expense of a smaller few. Creative destruction occurred during the Industrial Revolution when machinery and improvements to the manufacturing process, such as the assembly line, pushed out craft and artisan production. While …

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Biden bucks environmental Left with plan to retain fossil fuel jobs by capturing carbon emissions

biden bucks environmental left with plan to retain fossil fuel jobs by capturing carbon emissions

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Joe Biden, within his aggressive climate plans, aims to keep power plant and industrial workers at their jobs by backing technologies that capture carbon emissions from smokestacks and store it underground.
The focus on carbon capture has helped him win buy-in from some fossil fuel-heavy labor unions. Yet it risks a fight with left-wing environmentalists and liberal Democratic lawmakers who see carbon capture as an excuse to perpetuate fossil fuels.
“We think [carbon capture and storage] represents magical thinking that is basically a lifeline to a dying industry,” said Karen Orenstein, climate and energy director at Friends of the Earth. “What we need to be doing immediately is a managed decline in fossil fuels and a rapid, just transition to 100% renewable energy.”
For Biden, though, carbon capture is a key part of his plan to transition from fossil fuels in a way that retains and creates jobs.
His comments during Thursday night’s debate that he would “transition from” oil could complicate that messaging in the final days of the election. President Trump argued, based on the remarks, that Biden would “destroy” the oil industry, and Biden ultimately softened his language, telling reporters after the debate he was referring to ending …

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OrganoClick : winner of Clean Equity Monaco Award given out by H.S.E Prince Albert II of Monaco | MarketScreener

organoclick : winner of clean equity monaco award given out by h.s.e prince albert ii of monaco | marketscreener

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OrganoClick participated during Wednesday to Friday at the private investment conference Clean Equity Monaco 2020 arranged by London based investment firm Innovator Capital together with Monaco Economic Board and co-founded by H.S.E. Prince Albert II of Monaco. About 30 cleantech companies from all over the world had been selected and invited to participate in Monaco. During Friday evening, OrganoClick was appointed as winner of  Excellence in Environmental Technology Commercialisation in competition with the other companies.     

[Mrten Hellberg receives the Clean Equity Award by HSE PrinceAlbert II of Monaco]Among the participants were representatives from Monaco based family offices, private banks, VC-companies, the Monaco government and H.S.E. Prins Albert II which handed out the price and chaired the competition jury. OrganoClick was in particular acknowledged for its work with commericalisation and supplying renewable and compostable material solutions which can replace plastics in single-use consumer products.”We are very proud and honoured that our green chemistry and renewable material technologies are acknowledged on this international level. To receive this price from Prince Albert II means a lot to us. An event at this level gives us a lot of important contacts within Monaco’s financial industry and government”, says Mårten …

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Earth’s Volatile Environment 320,000 Years Ago Helped Make Humans So Adaptable

earth’s volatile environment 320,000 years ago helped make humans so adaptable

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People thrive all across the globe, at every temperature, altitude, and landscape. How did human beings become so successful at adapting to whatever environment we wind up in?Human origins researchers like me are interested in how this quintessential human trait, adaptability, evolved.
At a site in Kenya, my colleagues and I have been working on this puzzle for decades. It’s a place where we see big changes happening in the archaeological and fossil records hundreds of thousands of years ago.But what external factors drove the emergence of behaviors that typify how our species, Homo sapiens, interacts with its surroundings?We wanted to know if we could connect what was happening in the environment at the time to these shifts in technology and the human species that lived there.Based on our analysis, published in the journal Science Advances, we conclude that the roots of Homo sapiens’ evolutionary adaptations stem from our ability to adjust to environmental change.Missing time in the archaeological recordFamed prehistoric site Olorgesailie is in southern Kenya. It lies within the Rift Valley, a seismically active area where lakes and streams produced sediments that accumulated over time, burying and preserving fossilized bones and ancient stone …

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Friel looks to end Hennessey’s 26th Dist. incumbency at 13 terms

friel looks to end hennessey’s 26th dist. incumbency at 13 terms

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The race for the 26th District seat on the Pennsylvania House of Representatives pits an incumbent Republican seeking his 14th term in office against Owen J. Roberts School Board member Paul Friel, a Democrat seeking state office for the first time.Except for the southern portion of Pottstown, all of the 26th House District is in the following Chester County municipalities: The townships of East Coventry, East Nantmeal, East Vincent, Honey Brook, North Coventry, South Coventry, Wallace, Warwick, West Caln, West Nantmeal, West Sadsbury and the boroughs of Elverson and Honey Brook.Before getting to the fall election, Friel first had to win the Democratic primary where he faced Frank Gillen, which Friel won handily.

Hennessey currently is the most senior Republican in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. First elected in 1992, Hennessey, 72, has served as a state representative for 27 years.Both candidates were provided with identical questionnaires and their responses are featured here in the order in which they were received.Tim Hennessey








Tim Hennessey

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Hennessey, 72, is a graduate of the former St. Pius X High School, St. Joseph’s University and Villanova Law School. He previously served as North Coventry Township’s solicitor for 15 years.He highlighted his …

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Chattahoochee Tech Students Volunteer At Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up

chattahoochee tech students volunteer at great lake allatoona clean up

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Lake Allatoona is now cleaner thanks to a group of Chattahoochee Tech Environmental Technology students and their instructor who participated in the Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up on Saturday, Oct. 3. These Chattahoochee Tech volunteers concentrated their clean-up efforts along the shoreline at the Clark Creek Boat Ramp in Acworth, which is located near the college’s North Metro Campus. Led by Chattahoochee Tech Environmental Technology program instructor Stephen Anderson, this group filled 20 bags with trash and collected two discarded tires that will disposed of properly. “We appreciate these students taking time out of their Saturday to participate in this event and help clean up a portion of the environment here in the community,” said Anderson. “It was surprising to see so much trash out here that needed to be picked up,” said Chattahoochee Tech student Jessmaine Starks. “It was a lot of fun to participate, and I feel good about helping.” Students in the Environmental Technology program at Chattahoochee Tech can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree, which offers a water quality specialization. The college also offers Technical Certificates of Credit for Environmental Field Technician and Water Quality Technician. Chattahoochee Tech volunteers at the Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up included, …

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