Agriculture

Growing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Due to Meat Production

Oct 31st, 2012 | By
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UNEP: Both intensive (industrial) and non-intensive (traditional) forms of meat production result in the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs). As meat supply and consumption increase around the world, more sustainable food systems must be encouraged. Why is this issue important? For many thousands of years, mankind has lived in close proximity with numerous animal species,

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Bangladesh Resistant Rice May Not Fill Food Gap – Experts

Oct 30th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: Bangladesh is about to release five new drought- and salt-tolerant rice varieties to help farmers cope with rising salinity and more frequent droughts – but some scientists and researchers say the yields are little better than those of current types and will not be sufficient to meet rising demand in the face of climate

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New Business Model Offers Fresh Approach for Valuing Nature

Oct 29th, 2012 | By
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Conservation International: Over the past few years, CI [Conservation International] has had the good fortune to work with — and ultimately bring onto our board — natural capital thought leader Pavan Sukhdev. Our relationship with Pavan initially centered around his efforts as lead author on “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)” study, but has

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Community Adaption Practices In Uttarakhand Himalayas Of India: Case Study

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Cassie Denbow: The Hindu-Kush Himalayas (HKH) is one of the most diverse ecological regions in the world. Stretching from Afghanistan to Myanmar, the mountainous region encompasses the world’s highest peaks, 30% of the world’s glaciers[1], and provides between 1.3-1.8 billion[2] people with water and other natural resources. The Western Indian Himalayas are the segment of

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Climate Variability And Extrement Weather Events

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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  Climate Expert: Climate variability refers to the variations in the mean state of the climate. Variations are per se a natural feature of a climate system, but recent trends show a massive increase in global mean temperature and a linkage between temperature increase and CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. And as data continue to

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Increased GHG Intensity Of Rice Production Under Future Atmospheric Conditions

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Increased atmospheric CO2 and rising temperatures are expected to affect rice yields and greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from rice paddies1, 2, 3, 4. This is important, because rice cultivation is one of the largest human-induced sources of the potent GHG methane5 (CH4) and rice is the world’s second-most produced staple crop6. The need for meeting

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Will Climate Change Lead To More Droughts?

Oct 26th, 2012 | By
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Guardian: Although climate change is expected to lead to slightly more rainfall at the global level, the timing and distribution of that rain is likely to change, increasing the chance of drought in some regions. The details are very difficult to predict, however. This is partly because regional climate impacts are strongly dependent on large-scale

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New Ways To Communicate Climate Change And Adaptation…

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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IIED: We know that real change takes place when we learn by doing, and as development specialists we are all very good at telling people what to do. But as researchers and practitioners engaged in a shared learning process for change we still have a very long way to go. Recent work was done by

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Climate Researchers Blaze An Uncertain Trail

Oct 25th, 2012 | By
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Tanzanian farmers use cell phones to document climate change, keeping track of how new pests and weather patterns affect their crops. Their work is the product of a unique climate change research method pioneered by Swiss-based scientists. “Our first slightly naïve idea was that we would need to communicate climate change information to the farmers,”

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Pakistan Should Take Strong Position On Global Climate Change Issues

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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Business Recorder: A renowned Climate Scientist, Professor Dr Qamar-Uz-Zaman Chaudhry remained the director general of Pakistan Meteorological Department between 1996 and 2010. He is a research scientist in the fields of Global Warming & Climate Change, Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, Hydrology and Seismology. He has produced more than 70 research papers and articles, published in national

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Report Finds Climate Change Poses Threat To Indian Farmers

Oct 18th, 2012 | By
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IDS: A new synthesis report (pdf) about the challenges posed by climate change in India has found that changes in temperature and rainfall will have a serious effect on already fragile farming communities. The report is part of a joint project by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Indian Ministry

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Climate Change: Kenyan Women Demand Differentiated Adaptation, Mitigation Policies

Oct 17th, 2012 | By
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Africa Science News: Despite existing evidence of the impact of climate change on women, there is a very poor gender aspect in the Kenya government responses in terms of policies and legal framework. The threat of climate change, manifested in the increase of extreme weather conditions such as, droughts, storms or floods is a sustainable

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The Impact Of Global Land-Cover Change On The Terrestrial Water Cycle

Oct 16th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Floods and droughts cause perhaps the most human suffering of all climate-related events; a major goal is to understand how humans alter the incidence and severity of these events by changing the terrestrial water cycle. Here we use over 1,500 estimates of annual evapo-transpiration and a database of global land-cover change1 to project alterations

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Jatropha Can Revive degraded Land, Says Study

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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Scidev.Net: Large-scale cultivation of Jatropha – known as a potential source of biofuel – can improve the soil quality of degraded lands and address climate change, says a new study. Jatropha curcas seeds yield oil that can be processed into biodiesel, but scientists at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad,

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Ecological Restoration, Meet Climate Change

Oct 15th, 2012 | By
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Decoded Science: Ecological restoration is a worthy cause. It’s a process of healing the land, restoring water flow and building soil. It’s also focused on the reintroduction of native species, generally because these species are well adapted to the climate and soil conditions of a particular area. Native planting to restore native ecosystems sounds very

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Land Use, Climate Change Adaptation And Indigenous Peoples

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Energy Bulletin: For indigenous peoples, resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge, as their capacity to adapt to environmental change is based first and foremost on in-depth understanding of the land. As climate change increasingly impacts indigenous landscapes, communities are responding and adapting in unique ways. In a recent statement to the Conference of Parties to

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Environmentally Correct: Nepal

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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My Republica: It has taken some steps, but Nepal has a long way to go to address climate change Climate change has increasingly been understood as a real threat to human life and our support system. In the late 1970s, climate change discussions were the main focus of the scientific community. After 30 years, people

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Population Dynamics, Changes In Land Management-Northern Caucasus

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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University of Bonn: Population dynamics, changes in land management, and the future of mountain areas in Northern Caucasus: The example of North Ossetia: This study deals with population dynamics in the mountains of North Ossetia-Alania (Russian Federation) over the last 120 years. It documents the loss of mountain population over this period and analyses its

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Global Warming Will Wipe Species Off Earth

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Deccan Chronical: Climate change and global warming will result in the death of a number of plant and animal species, affecting the earth’s vast biological diversity. The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) estimates that a rise of each degree in temperature will place an additional 10 per cent of species at increased risks of

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Dealing With Reality:

Oct 11th, 2012 | By
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Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 2012: The Kyoto Protocol was intended to cut the greenhouse gas emissions of developed countries to 5 per cent less than they were in 1990, and this was to be achieved by the end of 2012. As that deadline approaches it is time to take stock of what

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Bhutan Goes For 100 Percent Organic: Challenges Abound

Oct 10th, 2012 | By
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Epoch Times: Last week, Bhutan Minister of Agriculture and Forests Pema Gyamtsho, announced an ambitious plan to turn food production 100 percent organic by 2020. In a country where 79 percent of the population is involved in agriculture, along with the people’s high spiritual aspirations, going organic sounds like an easy task. But challenges are

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Coordinated Climate Proofing Efforts In Indian Himalayan Region: Workshop Concludes

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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A two days stakeholders workshop that was attended by over 130 stakeholders from 37 different institutes of 12 Indian Himalayan states, representatives of 7 State Governments, 27 Experts from various national and State level institutions, members of DST’s Expert and Steering committees, representatives of NGOs/Civil Society organizations, Senior officers of Central Ministries concluded at CSIR-

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Nepal: Go Green

Oct 8th, 2012 | By
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The Republica: The green economy is emerging as an important concept in the field of development. Though this is a relatively new concept, defined and interpreted in a different context, it has primarily been on the global agenda since the launch of a report titled “Towards a Green Economy- Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty

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Working Towards A Green Economy After Rio+20

Oct 5th, 2012 | By
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On 2 October 2012, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Members of the European Parliament, Mr. Gerbrandy and Ms. Schroedter, organised a joint event at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the future of green jobs in the context of the Rio+20outcomes. Entitled “Working towards a green economy

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Farmer-Led Innovation Can Help Solve Food Security Challenges

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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ANU News: Since the 1960s, Nepal has registered 62 new high-yielding rice varieties. The method for developing new varieties has evolved in those years, to a method where farmers are now at the hub of the technological innovation process and work closely with scientists and policymakers. This innovative approach was the subject of a recently

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Bhutan Aims To Be First 100% Organic Nation

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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AFP: The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, famed for seeking “happiness” for its citizens, is aiming to become the first nation in the world to turn its home-grown food and farmers 100 percent organic. The tiny Buddhist-majority nation wedged between China and India has an unusual and some say enviable approach to economic development, centred on

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Earth’s Arbon Sink Downsized

Oct 4th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Abundance of soil nutrients a limiting factor in plants’ ability to soak up carbon dioxide. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to climb, most climate models project that the world’s oceans and trees will keep soaking up more than half of the extra CO2. But researchers report this week that the capacity

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Let’s Add Climate Knowledge To Agroforestry Plans

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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Scidevnet: We need to know more about how smallholder agroforestry can help farmers adapt to climate change, write James Roshetko and Rodel Lasco. [BOGOR] Much is known about agroforestry — the mixing of tree species with crops and livestock to enrich farmers’ livelihoods. But less is known about how it can help farmers adapt to

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Pakistan And Climate Change and Challange

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By
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DAWN/Foreign Policy: GLOBAL warming is the increase in the temperature of the earth’s near-surface air and that of the temperature of oceans. This rise in the temperature will cause the sea level to rise. This will increase the intensity of the occurrence of extreme weather events, leading to a change in agricultural productivity, trade, water

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The Baltic Climate Toolkit-Empowering Knowledge Transfer

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Baltic Climate: The Baltic Climate toolkit is an empowering knowledge transfer instrument for actors on the local and regional level who are not necessarily the experts on climate change, but who have an important role to play in the preparation, financing and decision making related to the implementation of climate change measures. We are talking

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Species Loss, Climate Change Linked

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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UPI.com: Species loss and reduced biodiversity make nature more sensitive to climate change, Swedish researchers say. This is especially true for species that sustain important functions such as water purification and crop pollination in a changing environment, they said. Scientists at the University of Gothenberg say high biodiversity acts as an insurance policy as it

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Women Are The Foot Soldiers Of Climate Change Adaptation – Expert

Sep 29th, 2012 | By
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Alertnet: In 2006, when the Asian Development Bank (ADB)  decided to launch a multi-million dollar rural water project in eastern and north central regions of Sri Lanka, there was one overriding requirement – women would be placed in key positions. As a result, experts say, the $263 million program, aimed at providing drinking water to

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Focus On Climate Change Resilience Of Tuber Crops

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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The Hindu: Agricultural scientists across the country are joining hands in a research project to assess the potential of tuber crops like tapioca and yam to withstand climate change. Scientists from 18 States are being equipped to take up the project. As many as 35 delegates representing different agricultural universities are participating in a training

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North India, Himalayas To Be Worst Hit By Climate Change: Report

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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DNA: Northern parts of the country and the Himalayan region will be the worst hit by climate change in India and warming will be greater over land than sea, according to a latest report. “In the 2020s, the projected warming is of the order of 0.5-1.5 degree Celsius , by the 2050s, 3 degree celsius

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Building Resilience To Disaster In Western Balkans and Turkey

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Prevention Web: The United Nations, European Commission and national authorities have launched a new project in the Western Balkans and Turkey that will reduce disaster risks and increase resilience to climate change. The project launch is planned for 30 August in Zagreb, Croatia and it is aimed at high-level participants from disaster management authorities and

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Testimonies Of Livelihood And Agriculture Losses In The Mountains

Sep 28th, 2012 | By
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Mountain Voice: In a series of Mountain Voice, the Climate Himalaya team captured the voices of mountain people from the western Himalayan region of India. Our team came across the real situation while interacting with various people in this region.  The team witnessed that the people are not aware about the statistics on the level

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Pakistan: Cabinet Approved Climate Policy Amidst Threats Of Global Warming

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Business Recorder: Amidst threats of worst climatic changes, the federal cabinet on Wednesday approved National Climate Change Policy to mitigate impacts of climate related disasters and adaptation to new strategies for sustainable growth in the country. The new policy has elaborated concerted measures focusing all related areas as it bears the input by all stakeholders

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Climate Likely To Cut Crop Yields In Africa And South Asia

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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Environmental Research Web: Crops in Africa and South Asia could see average yield decreases of up to 8% by the 2050s. That’s according to UK researchers who have completed the first systematic review of evidence on the impact of climate change in the regions. “Systematic reviews are a well established technique in other science domains,

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How Will Climate Change Affect Food Production?

Sep 20th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Food is one of society’s key sensitivities to climate. A year of not enough or too much rainfall, a hot spell or cold snap at the wrong time, or extremes, like flooding and storms, can have a significant effect on local crop yields and livestock production. While modern farming technologies and techniques have helped

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Food-Chain Length Alters Community Responses to Global Change in Aquatic Systems

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




Nature: Synergies between large-scale environmental changes, such as climate change1 and increased humic content (brownification)2, will have a considerable impact on future aquatic ecosystems. On the basis of modelling, monitoring and experimental data, we demonstrate that community responses to global change are determined by food-chain length and that the top trophic level, and every second

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European Biofuel Targets Contributing to Global Hunger, Says Oxfam

Sep 19th, 2012 | By




Guardian: Report says 10% objective competes with food production and should be scrapped in effort to reduce food price spikes European targets to replace fossil fuels with biofuels are contributing to spikes in food prices and global hunger, according to the latest analyis by Oxfam. The aid organisation is calling for EU energy ministers meeting

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Food Security Effects Of Climate Change Will Be Felt In 10 Years

Sep 18th, 2012 | By
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University of Leeds: Research released today shows that within the next 10 years large parts of Asia can expect increased risk of more severe droughts, which will impact regional and possibly even global food security. The report, led by the University of Leeds and published by the UK-based Centre for Low Carbon Futures, highlights China,

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Govt Starts ADS Consultation‚ To Be Launched Next Year

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




The Himalayan times: The government has started consultation for the planned Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS). “The strategy study has identified potential for the country’s agriculture sector to achieve higher productivity, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability while making it more resilient to climate change impacts,” said ADB’s country director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama during a workshop to

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The Happiness Ticket

Sep 18th, 2012 | By




Huffington post: We’ve heard over and over that the Right wants to decrease the size of big government, to encourage America’s work ethic by decreasing welfare programs, and to bolster the military to protect national interests. We all know that the Left wants to increase environmental legislation, support individual liberties, and fund social support systems.

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Climate Change: Farmers Too Hungry To Adapt

Sep 17th, 2012 | By




IRIN News: Small farmers in the developing world who are going hungry for long periods of time – in some cases for up to half the year in Ethiopia’s Borana region – are failing to find ways to adapt to an increasingly erratic climate, a new survey has found. The survey, which was conducted just

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Review: An Effective Climate Action Plan For Karnataka-India

Sep 15th, 2012 | By
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Review of SAPCC by Mr. Shankar Sharma: The draft of “Karnataka State Action Plan on Climate Change”, as prepared by Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) released in Sept. 2011 has not found adequate publicity for the much required feedback from the public. A good look at the

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EU May Eliminate Subsidies For Crop Based Biofuels

Sep 14th, 2012 | By




Mongabay: The European Union may cap the use of crop-based biofuels over fears they can drive up food prices and aren’t effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions relative to conventional fuels, reports Reuters. The rules were spelled out in draft legislation seen by Reuters. They still need the approval of lawmakers to go into effect.

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On the Fate of Asia’s Great Rivers

Sep 13th, 2012 | By




New York Times (Green Blog): A new report from the National Research Council, a scientific arm of the United States government, brings some sobriety to the oft-heated discussion about melting Himalayan glaciers. Interest in the glaciers intensified in 2010 when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations body that publishes periodic summaries of

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New Growth Measures in Himalayan Region: Himalayan Day 2012

Sep 10th, 2012 | By
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HESCO: Himalayas have been soul of the country by virtue of cultural, ethnic, ecological and economical values. It has not been guarding country’s border only but constantly serving its human by enriching soil, air, water etc. Unfortunately importance of Himalayas was always underestimated for its integral role in overall development of the Nation. Deterioration of

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Climate Change a Mixed Blessing for Wheat, Say Experts

Sep 8th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Climate change may have a profound effect on the world’s ability to produce wheat — one of its staple crops — and adaptation efforts must take into account both the positive and negative effects of climate shifts, say wheat experts. Production in some regions, such as India and Mexico, is predicted to be negatively

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Asia Will Be Hit Hard By Drought In 2020s

Sep 7th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Asia’s wheat and maize production will be severely affected by climate change as early as the 2020s — with potentially devastating impacts on food security, a report warns. Previous climate change projections have covered long periods: for example, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change focuses on predicting changes for the period 2050–2100. The

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Wetland Technology Could Ease Pakistan’s Water Woes

Sep 7th, 2012 | By




Altertnet: For farmer Asadullah Kerio, water shortages are a thing of the past. Since 2010, he has been irrigating his land with treated wastewater from a nearby ‘constructed wetland’ in Majeed Keerio village in Shaheed Benazirabad district, some 271 km (168 miles) northeast of Karachi. “Use of treated wastewater has invigorated my farmland by increasing its fertility

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Nepal Views: China’s Water Resources and Pak-India Water Brawl

Sep 7th, 2012 | By




Telegraph Nepal: China also has tremendous water resources. More than 2700 cubic meters of water flow from the country every day. Out of this, 6, 67,000 MW hydroelectricity can be produced. Of which 3, 00, 080 MW can be produced comfortably. China has already produced 80,000 MW of hydro power. By constructing 7 dams in

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Is Biotech The Answer To The Coming Food And Water Shortages?

Sep 5th, 2012 | By




Public Service Europe: With major demographic and climate change challenges lying ahead of us, it is now time for Europeans to reconsider what has been put aside for 15 years now – biotechnology – argues industry expert Biotechnology in agriculture is a wide area of scientific research that brings new applications and breeding methods to

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Soil Fungi May Not Be Effective Carbon Sink

Sep 4th, 2012 | By




ABC Net: Soil fungi may not be as effective at storing carbon and mitigating the effects of climate change as some scientists had hoped. That’s the conclusion drawn by US researchers who have studied the effect of rising carbon dioxide levels on the fungi that form mutually beneficial relationships with the roots of most plant

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Droughts Bring Climate Change Home to Nepali Farmers

Sep 3rd, 2012 | By




IPS News: Farmers in this fertile central district of south Nepal are convinced that an intense drought between May and early July that destroyed their maize crops is the result of climate change.  “Last year my farms produced over 20 quintals of maize, but this time I could barely harvest one quintal,” 60-year-old farmer Padmakanta

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Climate Change ‘May Boost South-East Asian Agriculture’

Aug 28th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: Increased rainfall and temperature due to climate change could bring benefits to South-East Asian agriculture, a study suggests, contradicting more common expectations that a warmer planet will reduce agricultural productivity in the region. Scientists from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) have predicted that precipitation levels in vast areas of South-East Asia will remain

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Building Resilience In A Changing Climate

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




Countercurrent: Climate shocks are on the way. We’ve already spewed so much carbon into the atmosphere that a cascade of worsening crop failures, droughts, floods, and freak storms is virtually guaranteed. You, your family, and your community will feel the effects. Ironically, however, avoiding climate change also has its costs. It makes sense from a

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ICT Will Help Ugandan Farmers Cope With Climate Change

Aug 27th, 2012 | By




SciDevNet: Ugandan cattle farmers are set to benefit from the use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools and meteorological data to improve their ability to adapt to climate change-induced hazards such as water stress and prolonged droughts. Climate Change Adaptation and ICT (CHAI), a two-year project launched in Kampala earlier this month (3 August),

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Water Problems Mount For South Asian Farmers

Aug 24th, 2012 | By




Scidevnet: The lack of rains in large, monsoon-dependent, agricultural areas of South Asia has compounded concerns expressed in a recent report about an impending global water crisis and its detrimental impact on agriculture. Poor monsoon rains have diminished the water available for agriculture and groundwater reservoir replenishment in South Asia, as well as making it

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