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UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth’s land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and less nutritious. “The cycle is accelerating,” said NASA climate scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, a co-author of the report. “The ...

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Columbus home becomes state’s first eScore 10

By MARY POLLITZ / The Commercial Dispatch COLUMBUS — As bad luck would have it, Jamie Alford’s air conditioner started losing its gumption last summer, and she knew costly repairs were coming soon. Taking on a larger project, she decided to improve more than just her air conditioner and become more energy efficient. After $15,000 in upgrades, Alford and her ...

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‘Dead zone’ reduced by Hurricane Barry but still 8th largest

Scientists say this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is the eighth largest on record. Every summer, a large underwater area with too little oxygen to sustain marine life forms off Louisiana. Scientists had predicted a near-record 7,800 square miles (20,200 square kilometers) this year because of nitrogen and other nutrients carried by Midwestern flooding. However, this year’s research cruise ...

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Mississippi agency boycotts wildlife group over pump stance

A Mississippi state agency and some vendors are boycotting a hunting event, saying the sponsor isn’t doing enough to support a pumping station to combat flooding in the Mississippi Delta. The Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks voted Monday to withdraw the department it runs from the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s annual Wildlife Extravaganza, which begins Friday. The vote came ...

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Bonnet Carre Spillway shut down as river falls below flood stage

By JACK WEATHERLY The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the weekend completed the shutdown of the Bonnet Carre Spillway north of New Orleans, starting a process that will lead to the return of normal saltwater conditions in the Mississippi Sound. The river at New Orleans fell below flood stage over the weekend. The return to normalcy in the Sound ...

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Red snapper fishing season reopens off Mississippi coast

One of Mississippi’s most popular saltwater fishing seasons is reopening. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says red snapper season will resume Monday and run seven days a week. Spokeswoman Charmaine Schmermund says the department hopes to keep the season open through Sept. 2. Officials say the season will close early if recreational or for-hire boats catch their quotas early, ...

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Apollo 11 astronauts returning to launch pad 50 years later

Apollo 11’s astronauts are returning to the exact spot from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago. NASA has invited Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on Tuesday. They will mark the precise moment — 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity’s first moon ...

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Sweetgum trees aid hardwood growth

By: RANDY ROUSSEAU Although sweetgum is not considered a highly desirable species today, it was once a very favored species. Old-growth sweetgum produces heartwood with a much-appreciated reddish color (also known as red gum), and it is even more desirable if the wood is figured. We may not value sweetgum as much as some oak species, such as cherrybark, Shumard ...

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Roach control has a big economic impact on Mississippi

By BONNIE COBLENTZ With so much unpleasantness associated with cockroaches, it may not be surprising that they are one of the most expensive pests to control in the state. Blake Layton, entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said Mississippi’s climate is ideal for roaches, and state citizens spend large amounts of money to control them every year. “Roaches ...

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Flooded forests face unknowns ahead

By RANDY ROUSSEAU The stage for 2019 floods was set by heavy snowfall in the upper Midwest, followed by excessive rainfall patterns in the Plains, Midwest and South, resulting in significant flooding all along the Mississippi River. The spring and early summer of 2019 has been among the wettest on record for many states located along the Mississippi and Ohio ...

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