Climate’s Threat to Wheat is Rising by Degrees

Jan 19th, 2015 | By

Climate change threatens dramatic price fluctuations in the price of wheat and potential civil unrest because yields of one of the world’s most important staple foods are badly affected by temperature rise. An international consortium of scientists have been testing wheat crops in laboratory and field trials in many areas of the world in changing

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Revisiting Mountain Perspective: Reasons And Challenges

Jan 19th, 2015 | By
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K N Vajpai: This article is in the series of responses to an article on ‘Mountain Perspective’ at Link. It looks in to the aspects of mountain perspective and specificities as mentioned by Dr. N. S. Jodha during 1992s, and compares them in present  context. However, there are a number of doubts upon the relevance

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Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

The magnitude of the climate changes brought about by global warming and the alterations in rainfall patterns are modifying the geography of food production in the tropics, warned participants at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital. That was the main concern among experts in food security taking part in the 20th session of the

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Karachi Has a Lot on Its Plate, But it is Still Food Insecure

Oct 27th, 2014 | By

The World Food Summit defines food security as: “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. At present, in total, around three billion people are malnourished out of a total global population of 7.2 billion people, which implies that around 40 per cent

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India’s Smog Destroyed Enough Crops In A Year To Feed 94 Million People: Study

Sep 7th, 2014 | By
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India’s smog problem could be preventing tens of millions of the country’s poorest people from getting the food they desperately need. According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, ground-level ozone, the main component of smog, damages about 6.7 million tons of India’s staple crops, including wheat and rice, in a single

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Food Security Faces Growing Pest Advance

Aug 29th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields. By 2050, according to new research in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography, those opportunistic viruses, bacteria, fungi, blights, mildews, rusts, beetles, nematodes, flies, mites, spiders and caterpillars

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‘There’s Food Shortage in Sindh But no Policy to Fix It’

Jun 27th, 2014 | By

Tribune: More than 71% of Sindh’s population does not have enough food to eat even though nearly 14 million acres are being cultivated for crops. This food storage has caused Oxfam, Pakistan Fisher Folk (PFF) and others to put their heads together and do something. On Thursday, they launched a campaign, ‘Harvesting Food Security and Justice

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Potatoes Pioneer Crops Swap Trail

May 22nd, 2014 | By

A warming climate may confront any of us with unfamiliar problems. The upside, though, is that people half a world away from each other may already have some answers. Small-scale farmers on two continents – from Yunnan in China and from Bhutan and Peru − are now working together to help their communities to adapt to

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Safeguarding the Future of Food Security

May 14th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: Tucked away beneath the rolling Sussex countryside, crate upon crate of bloated, brown paper bags are piled high. Fastened with a clerical bulldog clip and neatly labelled, the unassuming exteriors belie their import. For within these bland wrappers are crucial tools for safeguarding our food security in the face of climate change, pests, population growth and

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Rising Carbon Dioxide Level Affecting Food Quality

Apr 8th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: Rising carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere is lowering protein in key dietary crops which may affect the nutritious value of foods, a new study has warned. For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants’ assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the

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Climate Change to Leave India Hot and Hungry

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report not only provides new evidence but also sounds an alarm over the impact climate change is having on compounding hunger and significantly disrupting food grain production. Apart from leaving the world hungry and hot, the changing climate will also offset gains against poverty and hunger, especially

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Climate Change Threatens India’s Food Security

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

High levels of warming resulting from continued growth in greenhouse gas emissions may have an adverse impact on India’s food security especially on rice and maize production, said a report on climate change. Press Trust of India (PTI) reports the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as saying that India’s fisheries could also be negatively

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Climate Change Could Leave Another 50 Million People Facing Hunger by 2050

Mar 25th, 2014 | By
MDG :  Relief workers prepare to transport food aid following typhoon Haiyan, Taboclan, Philippines

The Guardian: Just three days after my homeland was devastated by typhoon Haiyan, the biggest storm ever to hit land, I attended the opening of the UN climate change talks in Poland. With a deep sense of anxiety about the fate of my family and friends, I pleaded with delegates to recognise that vulnerable countries such as the Philippines cannot

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The Fight for Food and Climate Justice

Mar 25th, 2014 | By

Just three days after Typhoon Yolanda (known internationally as Haiyan), the biggest storm to ever make landfall, devastated my homeland, I attended the opening of the UN climate change talks in Poland. With a deep sense of anxiety about the fate of my family and friends, I pleaded with delegates to recognize that vulnerable countries,

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Heat Extremes Threaten Crop Yields

Mar 21st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Rampant climate change driven by ever-rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere poses a serious threat to world food supply, according to a new study in Environmental Research Letters. The hazard comes not from high average temperatures, but the likelihood of heat extremes at times when crops are most sensitive to stress. And the

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‘New Strategies Imperative to Ensure Food Security in Nepal’: Jamie McGoldrick

Mar 21st, 2014 | By

Republica: UN Resident Coordinator in Nepal Jamie McGoldrick said at a seminar on Thursday that Nepal should implement new strategies to ensure sustainable food security. Speaking at the seminar on ´EU-ASIA Policy Dialogue on Food Security in the Context of Climate Change´, organized by the Center for South Asian Studies, McGoldrick urged the government and stakeholders

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Needing More Food, but Biting the Hand that Feeds Us

Mar 19th, 2014 | By

Introduce their analysis of this issue by writing that “with the human population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050, demand for food is predicted to more than double over this time period.” And they go on to say that “in the establishment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), ‘ensuring that

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Food System That Fails Poor Countries Needs Urgent Reform: UN Expert

Mar 11th, 2014 | By
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The Guardian: The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to

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Mar 10th, 2014 | By

(Reuters) – The world must increase its food production by 60 percent by mid-century or risk serious food shortages that could bring social unrest and civil wars, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday. Demand for food will rise rapidly over the next few decades as the world population surpasses 9 billion

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Conservation Cooperation a ‘Matter of Survival’ for Arabs

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

Sci Dev Net: The Arab region’s best chance of facing the challenges of food insecurity, water scarcity and natural disasters lies in collaborating on environmental preservation, a study says. The study, published in The Lancet (20 January), argues that current academic discussions about health, population and development in the Arab region fail to convey the true level of urgency. Rather than speaking about security

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Crop Diversity Decline ‘Threatens Food Security’

Mar 4th, 2014 | By

BBC News: Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago – raising concerns about the resilience of the global food system, a study has shown. The authors warned a loss of diversity meant more people were dependent on key crops, leaving them more exposed to harvest failures. Higher consumption of energy-dense crops could

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

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

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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Climate Change: Food Security Should be Top Priority for Pakistan

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

The Dawn: Experts from various disciplines gathered at the Climate Change Conference in Karachi stressed a dire need for research on the issue in Pakistan as it ranked amongst countries highly vulnerable to the phenomena. The conference, organised by Habib University, highlighted the urgent need to incorporate climate change adaptation into the national climate policy. The

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Climate Threatens Food Supply

Jan 23rd, 2014 | By

Climate change will play havoc with farming, and policymakers and researchers aren’t fully aware of the significance for food supply, the World Bank says. The planet will warm by two degrees Celsius “in your lifetime,” Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s vicepresident for climate change, said at a meeting of agriculture ministers in Berlin over the

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Health, Climate Change to Get Special Focus at Davos: WEF

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Press Trust of India: World Economic Forum (WEF) today said health and environment will figure prominently in its upcoming Davos Annual Meeting, which is expected to be attended by a large Indian delegation along with top business and political leaders from across the world. Those expected at this annual congregation of rich and powerful from across

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More Than Half of Pakistanis are Food Insecure

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

The Express Tribune: Food insecurity affects 60 per cent of Pakistan’s population, University of Agriculture Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan said on Saturday. Khan urged agricultural scientists to help increase food production to feed the rapidly growing population. The world’s population would reach nine billion by the year 2050, a threat to food insecurity, he added.

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Impacts of climate change on Pakistan

Jan 4th, 2014 | By

Pakistan is facing numerous socio-economic challenges including poverty, terrorism, water scarcity among many others, however, the most complex challenge likely to impact our current and future generations is climate change. The signs are already visible on our society, most prominent of which is the extreme flooding during recent years. According to the Oxfam International, in

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Famine and Malnutrition Stalk Strife-Torn Central African Republic, UN Agencies Warn

Jan 2nd, 2014 | By

UN News Center: United Nations agencies today warned of possible famine and severe malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on donors to provide urgent funding to mitigate the crisis in the impoverished country where a year of conflict has already killed thousands of people and driven 750,000 others from their homes. “We urgently

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Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

Jan 1st, 2014 | By

Rain is so important in Malawi’s agriculture-based economy that there are names for different kinds of it, from the brief bursts of early fall to heavier downpours called mvula yodzalira, literally “planting rain.” For generations, rainfall patterns here in the southeast part of Africa have been predictable, reliable. But not now. In the village of Jasi,

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Report Warns of Looming Food Insecurity Next Year

Dec 29th, 2013 | By

The Guardian: Intense food insecurity by 20 per cent has been projected to hit the East African countries, including Tanzania in the coming year 2014, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has reported. The report has indicated massive climate change, steady rising temperatures, unpredictable humidity and precipitation patterns as the major factors generating expected long-term

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Climate Change Fuels Water Scarcity and Hunger

Dec 26th, 2013 | By

As the growing world population’s consumption of water increases, fresh water resources are also becoming scarcer due to climate change. Water sources are melting and drying out. Scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have calculated how much of the essential resource the world risks losing to the effects of climate change. To get

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Food for Thought on Waste over Festive Season

Dec 24th, 2013 | By

UNEP News Center: Christmas for many around the world is a time of plenty: stomachs full to bursting and gifts spilling out from beneath the tree as we indulge those we love. But in the days that follow, who hasn’t felt a slight twinge of guilt at the food we scrape into the bin or

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

Dec 20th, 2013 | By

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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Climate Change Adds to East Africa’s Food Plight

Dec 19th, 2013 | By

Climate News Network: The report, East African Agriculture and Climate Change, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), looks at threats to food supplies in 11 countries in East and Central Africa – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Agriculture accounts for more than

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FAO Cuts Rice Forecast

Dec 8th, 2013 | By

The Dawn: Erratic climate change events have hit the rice production in Pakistan this year, and to take account of damages, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in its end-of-the-season report has downgraded its production forecast for the country by 600,000 tonnes to 8.7 million tonnes (5.8m tonnes, milled basis). However, the revised figure nevertheless

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

Dec 6th, 2013 | By

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

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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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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From Pastapur to Senegal, Widening the Network of Millets

Nov 28th, 2013 | By

The Hindu: The Deccan Development Society (DDS), which is working on various crop improvement programmes, has succeeded in forging alliance with several African nations for research and development of millet cultivation. The DDS, headquartered at Pastapur in Medak district, along with 10 African nations, is actively participating for the realisation of the Afro-Indian Millet Alliance

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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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Warsaw – World ‘Neglects Climate Impact on Food’

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

Global leaders are failing to respond to the threat posed by climate change to the growing challenge of feeding the world, a leading agricultural researcher says. They do not treat the problem seriously, and they are ignoring the warnings of science about what is liable to happen. Yet, she says, there is much more evidence available than

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Erratic Weather Threatens Livelihoods In Pakistan

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
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SciDevNet: In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers’ problems and led to a slump in yields. With four dry winters in

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Early Recovery By UNDP-What It Means To Uttarakhand

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

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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Disaster Relief: Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

Jul 24th, 2013 | By

Climate Himalaya: In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Jun 11th, 2013 | By

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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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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Fleeing Drought

May 17th, 2013 | By
Dheye Village in Nepal

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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Rising Temperatures Ground Ducks

May 16th, 2013 | By
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CNN: As temperatures climb in parts of northern Europe, some bird species, unable to find other ways of adapting to the warmer conditions, are simply not migrating as they once did. Most birds are acutely sensitive to changes in temperature. Scientists now say that changes in climate and warmer temperatures in parts of Europe have

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Priority CCD Actions For Pakistan

May 2nd, 2013 | By
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CDKN: Pakistan is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world: it accounts for just 0.8% of total global emissions, and ranks 135th in terms of per capita emissions.  Unfortunately, Pakistan is also one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world.  Over the past 20 years, 141 extreme events

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Climate Change Adaptation And Development Case Studies

Apr 22nd, 2013 | By

C4D: Climate change is increasingly intersecting with the challenges faced by people seeking to emerge from poverty, and changing the way Canadian development organizations – and their partners in the global south – must design their programs to ensure resiliency and continued sustainability. Climate change not only permeates the entire development process, it threatens many

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Millions Face Starvation As World Warms, Say Scientists

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

Guardian: World is unprepared for changes that will see parts of Africa turned into disaster areas, say food experts. Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that will transform the way the world

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Bhutan’s National Happiness By Being World’s First Organic Country

Apr 14th, 2013 | By
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ABC Net: The small, landlocked country of Bhutan is aiming to increase its national happiness by becoming the first country in the world to completely shift to organic farming. About 80 per cent of Bhutan’s 800,000 residents depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. The country plans to use the organic status, which it hopes to

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Innovation As Expression Of Adaptation To Change In Himalayan Farming

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

BioOne: Recent studies of future food production in South Asia generally agree that the conditions for production will radically change in the years to come, in particular due to climate change and market variations. However, because we do not know how conditions will be modified and what adaptations will be required by farmers, the article

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As Extreme Weather Drives Rustling, Pastoralists Turn To Farming

Apr 3rd, 2013 | By
Former pastoralists Joseph and Pauline Elila and their family thresh sorghum harvested from their fields in Nambeyo village in Kenya's semi-arid Isiolo County. ALERTNET/Isaiah Esipisu

Alertnet: In Nambeyo village in Kenya’s semi-arid Isiolo County, former pastoralist Joseph Elila and his wife Pauline are busy threshing sorghum to remove the grain from the stalks. The couple has been converted into smallholder dry-land farmers after they lost their entire animal stock to cattle rustlers two years ago. The area is well known

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Biodiversity Community And Climate Change

Apr 1st, 2013 | By
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TERI: Recently the need for a greater understanding on linkages between biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation and the livelihoods of the local communities has increased the attention of the world leaders. The threat of climate change, which cuts across national and international boundaries, has further catalyzed the importance of the issues and facilitated

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Resilient Agriculture Water Reservoirs Crucial For Pakistan Scientists

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
A man clears a water channel at a cauliflower field on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan, on October 14, 2011. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Alertnet: Leading climate scientists in Pakistan have called for the development of high-temperature-tolerant, climate-resilient, genetically modified crops and the construction of huge water reservoirs to mitigate the effects of climate change. Speaking after the launch of Pakistan’s National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) last month, Ashfaq Ahmad Chattha warned that rising temperatures due to climate change

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Inequality Climate Change Threaten Historic Gains: HDR 2013

Mar 21st, 2013 | By

UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark today launched UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Report, which charts the unprecedented rise of developing countries to create a new “global middle class.” “The development landscape is very different today from when the first Human Development Report was launched 23 years ago,” Helen Clark said, releasing UNDP’s 22nd flagship

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Mountain Perspective Framework In Post Rio+20 Scenarios: A Discussion Paper

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
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Dr. Madhav Karki discusses about sustainable mountain development- SMD agenda that was adopted during 1992 Rio Earth summit, and how the socio-economic and environmental issues were taken by countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan- HKH region during last 20 years in terms of achieving the goals as envisioned in SMD document. He argues that mountain

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Insects’ Gut Microbes Hint At Biofuel Breakthrough

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
Researchers compared gut microbes from grasshoppers, termites and caterpillars

Flickr/ Ismah Mansourah Deep inside insects’ guts may lie the key to one of the biofuel industry’s great challenges: how to cost-effectively turn tough plant waste into profit-making fuel. About 50 million tonnes of lignin are produced every year worldwide, mostly as waste after the sugar, or cellulose, in a plant has been converted into ethanol. Finding

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Updated Water Wheels Power India’s Rural Mountain Economy

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
A steel water wheel operates in northern India's Himalayan Uttarakhand state. ALERTNET/Archita Bhatta

Alertnet: Wooden water wheels have long captured energy from mountain streams. New versions work even better, helping provide a local, sustainable source of energy to Indian villages high in the Himalayas. Living in an isolated Himalayan hamlet, 2,500 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, Govind Singh Rana seems an unlikely candidate for wealth. But by

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