Agriculture

With Climate Change, What’s Better For The Farm Is Better For The Planet

Feb 7th, 2014 | By
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Climate change is no longer a doomsday theory about our distant future – it’s here.  Farmers around the world are already dealing with more variable climates and dramatic weather events, like the drought in California and gigantic typhoons in Asia. So what can be done? In light of the fact that today so few of

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Rising Threat to Crops From Climate

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By
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Dawn: Farmers in Sindh are suffering the worst effects of climate change on their banana, tomato, seasonal vegetable and fruit crops in the wake of an unexpected wave of extreme cold. Growers say the cold spell has destroyed 70 per cent of banana orchards and 80 per cent of vegetable and fruit farms in six districts

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Computers to Help Farmers Set Planting Schedules

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: A team of scientists is developing improvements to a computer model that can predict the best planting dates for rice farming in areas affected by monsoons as a way of adaptation in an era of climate change. The Japanese government-funded research was presented in a session on the effects of climate change on rice farming in Asia, which was

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Securing Crop Biodiversity is Key to Feeding World’s Growing Population – UN study

Feb 1st, 2014 | By
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UN News Center: Seeking to ensure that the world can feed a fast growing population, expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, the United Nations today published voluntary international standards to improve conservation of the crops that are crucial to food security by preserving biodiversity in gene banks and in the field. “As the world’s population

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The Dire Need to Support ‘Orphan Crop’ Research

Jan 28th, 2014 | By
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Sci Dev Net: In spite of debate over its definition, the term ‘orphan crops’ refers to crops that are under-researched and underfunded due to their limited importance in the global market. These include cereals, legumes, vegetables, root crops, fodder crops, oil crops, fibre crops and medicinal plants that are largely indigenous to Africa, Asia and Latin America. They are characterised by

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PepsiCo and Unilever Launch Online Tool for Sustainable Agriculture

Jan 25th, 2014 | By
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Climate Action Programme: PepsiCo and Unilever with other members of the Cool Farm Institute have launched an online tool to help farmers improve the environmental and economic performance of their businesses. The carbon-management tool, which can help agricultural orgainsations asses and report their carbon emissions, is free for individual farmers and use by supply chain businesses

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Farmers Apply Change in Climate Technology to Farm

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By




Some small holder farmers in five communities in the Savelugu Nanton Municipality have adapted to climate change effects such as low rains, often resulted in low crop yields. Some of the farmers explained that although the area recorded low rains in the last farming season, their yield increased by 100 per cent due to the

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Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Worm’s Eye View

Jan 21st, 2014 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: The very first thing most farmers in Río Piedras proudly show visitors is a squirming, writhing handful of red wriggler worms. Although most would probably prefer to see a fresh cup of coffee, the importance of the humble earthworm to the people of this region takes precedence over conventional hospitality. Researchers from the

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Policymakers Aren’t Aware of Threat to Farming from Climate Change, World Bank Says

Jan 21st, 2014 | By




The Sydney Morning Herald: Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policy makers and researchers aren’t fully aware of the significance on food supply, according to the World Bank. Earth will warm by 2 degrees celsius “in your lifetime,” Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vice-president for climate change, said at a meeting of agriculture ministers

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Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture Crops

Jan 19th, 2014 | By




According to media reports, the State Bank of Pakistan in its Annual Report for 2013 on the state of economy has stated that the climate change is a major threat to agriculture production and risk to food security in Pakistan. The expected increase in the level of temperature may lower production of wheat by 1.5-2.5

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Reading the Tea Leaves: Impact of Climate Change On World Favorite Drink

Jan 17th, 2014 | By




Climate change is reportedly affecting the cultivation of tea in China, with changes in temperatures and rainfall altering not only the taste, aroma, and potential health benefits of the popular beverage but also the lives of farmers who grow tea for a living. A research team headed by Tufts University biologist Colin Orians will study

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UN-UK Partnership Boosting Climate Smart Agriculture in Zimbabwe

Jan 12th, 2014 | By
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Climate Action Program: The four-year initiative, funded by the DFID, will enable poor vulnerable farming households to improve food security, nutrition and income while strengthening their long-term resilience, FAO said in a news release. More than 70 per cent of Zimbabweans depend primarily on agriculture for their livelihoods, but they face a wide range of

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Pakistan Moves to Introduce Flood-Tolerant Rice Varieties

Jan 12th, 2014 | By
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(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For the first time in years, Pakistani farmer Zulfiqar Ali cannot afford to sow winter wheat. Damage to his standing rice crop from heavy monsoon rains has left him penniless. “My rice crop on 18 hectares was flattened by lashing rains in July,” said Ali, standing next to his paddy field

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Is Nepal GMO Ready?

Jan 5th, 2014 | By




In 2011, the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID) had established a partnership with Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture) and the US chemical making infamous company Monsanto to conduct pilot project on maize production in different parts of Nepal. The logic forwarded by the USAID was to “improve food production” and “increase food

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BARC Using Nuclear Technology for Agriculture

Dec 29th, 2013 | By
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Press Trust of India: The nuclear technology is making valuable contribution to the agriculture in India, a scientist from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre said here. Sanjay J Jambhulkar, a senior BARC scientist, said that BARC has a separate department for nuclear agriculture and bio technology including the food technology. This technology — specifically called mutation breeding

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A Farmer’s Dilemma: To Sell Or to Eat?

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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Reuters: “Things are much better than they used to be,” says Don Felipe, sitting at ease in a plastic lawn chair and sipping on a tinto, the sweet, miniature-sized cup of black coffee so loved by the inhabitants of Colombia’s Santander department. “Back then nobody sold anything,” he goes on. “Not beans, not maize. There was no

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Is Genetics Key to Climate Change Solutions? (Op-Ed)

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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As the effects of climate change rapidly alter communities, economies and natural systems, the need to advance new solutions to what may be the most pressing biological challenge of our time has never been more urgent. Without question, there is no silver bullet. One important part of the puzzle, however, involves unlocking the natural genetic

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Freshwater Loss Could Double Agricultural Losses Tied to Climate Change

Dec 18th, 2013 | By
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Nature World News: Freshwater shortages could double the effects of climate change on agriculture yields, a new study combining climate, agricultural and hydrological models found. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study estimates that climate change alone could result in a loss of between 400-2,600 petacalories of food supply, or 8

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Flood-Resilient Streams Protect Mountain Farms, Villagers in North Pakistan

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation – Flood-prone streams that until recently threatened the lives, incomes and properties of mountain communities in Pakistan’s Hunza-Nagar valley are now much less dangerous, and are even helping boost harvests, after work enabling them to better withstand weather extremes. The natural water channels have been reinforced and widened to allow more glacial

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UN Head Calls For Climate Smart Agriculture

Dec 17th, 2013 | By
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Climate Action Programme: Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, spoke at a global conference earlier this month and highlighted the crucial role of agroforestry and diversification of crops in the battle to achieve food security and mitigate climate change. The Third Global Conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change took

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Colombian Sisal Growers Weave a More Climate-Resilient Future

Dec 16th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: The house in Piedra Gorda is like Arachne’s workshop, straight from the Greek myth. Each family member is engaged in some part of the weaving process: combing out tangles from the fresh fibres, spinning the string, winding the shuttles, or manning the giant loom itself. The operator’s feet pump up and down as

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Apple Orchards Dying As Hills Get Warmer

Dec 14th, 2013 | By




Times News Network: With apple trees failing to get required chill hours during winters and frequency of snowfall decreased over the years, many fatal diseases have gripped orchards in Kullu district, which has impacted annual apple production in the region. Total area under apple cultivation in Kullu district is 24,000 hectares and nearly 85% of the total

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Climate Change Hits Bamboo Production in India

Dec 11th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation — Changing rainfall patterns are slashing bamboo production in northeast India, leading to losses of jobs and businesses. Erratic rainfall and dry spells have led bamboo to flower more frequently, then die back afterward, local people say. That has hurt families who are dependent on the grass for their livelihoods and even

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Following Tradition: Top Examples of Indigenous Knowledge Preserving Biodiversity, Ecosystem Service

Dec 10th, 2013 | By
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With the planet losing species 100 to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, international experts assembling for high-level global biodiversity meetings say knowledge co-production with indigenous peoples has growing importance. Indeed, they note, processes that merge multiple sources and types of knowledge already help manage challenges as diverse as wildfires and animal herds.

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World Must Sustainably Produce 70% More Food by Mid-Century – UN Report

Dec 6th, 2013 | By
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UN News Center: The world will need 70 per cent more food, as measured by calories, to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a report released today by the United Nations and its partners. “Over the next several

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Climate Change: Severe Food, Water Shortage On The Horizon

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By
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The Express Tribune: Pakistan needs to gear up to avoid the negative impact of climate change on crop production, water availability and food security. This was stated by Dr Mohsin Iqbal, head of the agriculture and coordination section at the Global Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC), who added that recent projections have confirmed that wheat

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Mandarin Production Sours

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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Kuensel News: For the last three years, mandarin business has been declining in Gomdhar, Wangphu, Orong and Samdrupcholing dungkhag in Samdrupjongkhar. Mandarin is the main cash crop to farmers of Gomdhar, Wangphu, Orong and gewogs in Samdrupcholing dungkhag, including Martshala.  The dependence on mandarin for livelihood, however, has become inconsistent, with its production plummeting by

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India’s Dangerous ‘Food Bubble’

Nov 30th, 2013 | By
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Los Angeles Times: India is now the world’s third-largest grain producer after China and the United States. The adoption of higher-yielding crop varieties and the spread of irrigation have led to this remarkable tripling of output since the early 1960s. Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India’s grain harvest is coming

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Focus on Gender: Women Are More Than Agricultural Victims

Nov 29th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: The editor of a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report has concluded that smallholder farmers must be involved in biotechnology and innovation research to reduce poverty. In doing this, one challenge will be to include female farmers without resorting to tired, traditional gender assumptions that women are the victims in the context of agriculture. It is well reported that female farmers

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Boost Grain Preservation Before Production

Nov 24th, 2013 | By




Better grain storage would save money and feed over a billion, says Digvir S. Jayas. It deserves more attention. Annually over 2.6 billion tonnes of grains — cereals, oilseeds and pulses — are grown and then stored along the chain from producers to consumers. Most countries do not systematically report how much grain becomes unfit

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Sharing Knowledge on Mountain Climate Still Lacking

Nov 23rd, 2013 | By
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There are thousands of policymakers, climate scientists, activists and journalists from all over the world gathered here in the Polish capital for the climate summit, officially known as the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to discuss climate change. As every year, everything from global temperature rises, greenhouse gas emission, ocean acidification, biodiversity conservation, farming, to scarcity of natural resources is on

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UN Negotiators Ditch Climate-Friendly Agriculture Plan

Nov 20th, 2013 | By
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NewScientist: Controversy has dogged the UN climate talks this week. Japan downgraded its 2020 target for emissions cuts from 25 per cent below 2005 levels to 3.8 per cent below; a newly belligerent Australia has refused to help fund adaptation measures in developing countries; and the Polish hosts were pilloried for their ongoing support of coal. But

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Agroforestry Can Transform Rural Economies – Climate Experts

Nov 16th, 2013 | By
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Smallholder farmers in developing countries can improve their lives and reduce emissions of planet-warming gases by making better use of trees on agricultural land, experts said at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw. Agricultural policy has been too heavily focused on boosting farm productivity, overlooking the importance of forest conservation, which helps protect biodiversity and

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Climate Change Setting New Farming Patterns

Nov 16th, 2013 | By
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As a corollary, the country’s status as an agro-based economy has become extremely vulnerable to unpredictable changes in weather and their consequences. These changes include hotter summers, early cold spell, irregular monsoons, unexpected or untimely rainfall and growing frequency and intensity of floods. Since 2010, monsoon rains and floods have been more ferocious than before,

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4th Global Meeting Reaffirms Mountain Agenda In New Strategy

Sep 18th, 2013 | By
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In the fourth global meeting of ‘Mountain Partnership’ 17-20 September, at Erzurum in Turkey, over 100 members from around the globe endorsed a new improved sustainable mountain development strategy for 2014-2017. During 1992, at Rio Earth most of the world’s nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development signed a plan for action, ‘Agenda

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India’s Law To Feed Poor Threatens To Gobble Up Climate Funding

Sep 13th, 2013 | By
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Thomson Reuters Foundation: India’s National Action Plan for Climate Change, a hugely ambitious programme requiring billions of dollars, is being starved of funds, officials say, as a new law aimed at giving food to the needy threatens to eat up a large chunk of government spending. In 2009, the government set up eight national missions

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Bhutan Looks To Become World’s First 100% Organic Country

Sep 11th, 2013 | By
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Bhutan is renowned for espousing Gross National Happiness but now the isolated Himalayan nation is also looking to become known as a world leader in organic farming.  “We are nearly all Buddhists. Being kind to the environment and the planet has a central meaning for us,” says Kesang Tshomo, co-ordinator of the Ministry of Agriculture’s

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The Heat Wave, The Arctic Melt And Climate Change

Sep 9th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): I could not wait to write this when the news appeared in the July 24,2013 issue of The Financial Times that the airline company, Easy Jet, may be the next victim to global warming and climate change due to the extreme heat wave affecting Europe, the Middle East and the United

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By
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The UNDP  United Nations Development Programme, says that early recovery is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in a humanitarian setting.  It is an integrated and coordinated approach, using humanitarian mechanisms, to gradually turn the dividends of humanitarian action into sustainable crisis recovery, resilience building and development opportunities. When a crisis strikes, UNDP works

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Call For “No Regret” Climate Adaptation Strategies

Jun 16th, 2013 | By
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The absence of accurate climate prediction models should not dissuade countries from choosing the best ways to adapt to a changing climate, says a new report published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. “Even when our knowledge is incomplete, we often have robust grounds for choosing best-bet adaptation actions and pathways, by

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Jun 11th, 2013 | By
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FAO: There has been a rapid uptake of the term Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) by the international community, national entities and local institutions, in the past years. However, implementing this approach is challenging, partly due to a lack of tools and experience. Climate-smart interventions are highly location-specific and knowledge-intensive. Considerable efforts are required to develop the

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Climate Adapted Farming Systems For Dryland Agriculture In South Australia

Jun 6th, 2013 | By
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NCCARF: Australian dryland agriculture will be affected by climate change in a number of ways. First, higher temperatures and changes to rainfall are likely to create greater variability of crop yields and livestock productivity. Second, government policies introduced to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions are likely to influence production costs and commodity prices. Third, global trade

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Financing Climate Adaptation For Smallholder Farmers Is Critical – IFAD

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Energy Bangla: Ahead of the United Nations climate change meeting in Germany, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) stresses the climate resilience needs of 500 million smallholder farms. With World Environment Day approaching next week, key negotiations within the UN’s climate change talks are to take place in Bonn.

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Impact Of Climate Change On Sindh’s Date Production

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By
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Dailytimes: Sindh’s environment has been ideal for date cultivation with perfect soil and warm climate. But things are changing now. At time when dates are ready to be plucked, dried, processed and sold, Upper Sindh has witnessed radical and catastrophic climate change recently, within a month. As the fruit starts dropping compelling the growers to

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9.6m Bangladeshis Bound To Be Displaced By 2050

May 30th, 2013 | By
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AsiaOne: Around 9.6 million people in Bangladesh will be bound to migrate domestically or internationally due to climate change by 2050, said a study. Displacement and short-term internal migration are the most sensitive effects of climate change, according to the study, titled “Climate Change-Related Migration in Bangladesh”. People will migrate for longer periods to earn

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A Case Of Mediocre Mangoes

May 30th, 2013 | By
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Dawn: Climate changes have continuously taken their toll on Pakistan over the last few years – whether it’s an increase in flooding or a change in weather patterns. As a result, mango lovers are still waiting for the arrival of this year’s full-fledged mango crop in the market, which has been delayed because of changes

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Why Are We Not Winning The War Against Climate Change

May 27th, 2013 | By
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Antonio M. Claparols (Philippines): Think about it. Ours is a country so rich with natural resources, strategically located at the center of the Coral Triangle and blessed with species of which only  10-20% are said to be discovered. Imagine how many of the undiscovered species may have gone extinct and how the discovered ones are

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Call To Protect Natural Resources To Sustain Life On Earth

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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Online International NN: Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Climate Change, Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi has said that providing and sustaining water for the needs of the surging population people has become a daunting challenge of the present time and achieving sustainable development in both the developed and developing countries and Pakistan is not exception

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The Ganges Water Machine

May 23rd, 2013 | By
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CGIAR: Almost 40 years ago, Revelle and Lakshminarayana (1975) coined the term “Ganges Water Machine” trying to find a solution to the fundamental problem of land and water development in the Ganges, where 80% of the monsoon-driven river flow occurs during 4 months from July to October. The dry-season flow of the Ganges in the

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Fleeing Drought

May 17th, 2013 | By
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D+C: The impacts of climate change make the poorest people on earth suffer more than others. This is evident in Mustang, a northern district of Nepal. Entire villages are thinking of relocating because water scarcity is getting worse. Swiss researchers assessed the options. Mustang is a tough place to live because of desert-like drought, freezing

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Climate Asia Case Study: Nepal

May 16th, 2013 | By
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BBC: Nandi Lal Paswan, 59, is a farmer in Sripur, East Terai in Nepal. He is married and takes responsibility for the six other family members living in his house. Nandi Lal is content with his life, but he has worked hard to get where he is today. Thirty years ago he began farming a

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Himalayan Dam-Building Threatens Endemic Species

May 16th, 2013 | By
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Indian Himalayan basins are earmarked for widespread dam building, but aggregate effects of these dams on terrestrial ecosystems are unknown. We mapped distribution of 292 dams (under construction and proposed) and projected effects of these dams on terrestrial ecosystems under different scenarios of land-cover loss. We analyzed land-cover data of the Himalayan valleys, where dams

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Dramatic Decline; Warning For Plants And Animals

May 15th, 2013 | By
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BBC: More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change. New research suggests that biodiversity around the globe will be significantly impacted if temperatures rise more than 2C. But the scientists say that the losses can be reduced if

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Mountain Agro-Ecosystem: Traditional Science to Cost Effective Solution

May 14th, 2013 | By
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Shalini Dhyani: Writes about hill agriculture, agro-forest and such ecosystem practices from Indian Himalayan region. She emphasizes on improving the socio-economic condition of mountain people by adopting a range of animal husbandry, agro-forestry and traditional agriculture practices through better scientific and technical inputs. Entire Himalayan ecosystem is undergoing rapid land-use and climatic changes in last

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Climate Change May Reduce Crop Output By 18% In 2020

May 13th, 2013 | By
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Business Standard: Climate change is likely to bring down the production of key foodgrain crops like wheat and rice in the country by up to 18% in 2020, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said today. “Climate change is projected to reduce timely sown irrigated wheat production by about 6% in 2020. In case of late sown

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25% Less Crop Production in Europe And Central Asia

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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World Bank: Climate Change Cutting Crop Production in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by over 25 Percent unless Action Is Taken Now. In parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, climate change is poised to hamper food production and curb rural incomes over the next decades unless farmers get the help they need through improved

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Guidelines For Making Vulnerable Investments Climate Resilient

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
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EU Climate Adaptation Platform: The preparation of these guidelines has benefited from useful inputs from a range of stakeholders, who had the opportunity to comment on a preliminary draft. Those include representatives from the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, KPMG, Network Rail, the European Institute for Environmental Policy, and KfW.

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Pakistan Farmers Grapple With Climate Change

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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Aljazeera: Government attempts a new insurance scheme to protect farmers from floods and other worsening weather problems. After five consecutive dry winters, Abdul Qadeer was jubilant at the prospect of a plentiful harvest of wheat after December rains soaked his farmland. But the 39-year-old farmer’s hopes were destroyed last month by torrential spring rains and

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Benign E. Coli Makes Biodiesel

Apr 25th, 2013 | By
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CNN: Environmentally-friendly biofuel may have come a step closer with the news that scientists in the UK think they have found how a genetically-modified bacterium can produce diesel oil – on a very small scale so far.  British scientists may have found a new way to pump high quality diesel into the tractors, trucks and

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Climate Alters Global Vegetation

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By
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CNN: Climate change is responsible for more than half the changes detected in the world’s vegetation, researchers say, and human activities for only about a third. The amount of vegetation in the world, and the way it is spread across the planet, has changed significantly in the last three decades, researchers say. They attribute more

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