“Anthropogenic cocktail” the real threat to biodiversity

30 March, 2011 by (comments)

If you’re interested in finding out how biodiversity is being affected by not only climate change but also other human-induced threats such as habitat destruction, deforestation, and over-harvesting, listen here to a radio interview with biodiversity expert and author Richard Pearson. Dr. Pearson says that nature has the ability to respond to a changing environment however these additional pressuresRead More …

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Reducing GHG emissions through livestock feed: study

30 March, 2011 by (comments)

A new study from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has shown that feeding cattle and sheep increased quantities of maize silage, high-sugar grasses, and hull-less oats can reduce their methane production by a third, in proportion to milk and meat production. Methane released by livestock comprises about 43% of the UK’s methane emissions thereforeRead More …

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Climate Change: Fuzzy logic points to big changes in crop suitability

29 March, 2011 by (comments)

The tropics and sub-tropics could lose up to one-fifth of arable land due to climate change, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Illinois looked at different emissions scenarios to predict global land-use changes as a result of global warming, using “fuzzy logic modelling” to get around uncertainties in land classification. They found that regions ofRead More …

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China bolsters greening strategy with new targets

29 March, 2011 by (comments)

China has increased targets for industry to reduce carbon emissions and save water, as it works towards sustaining its economic growth at a lower environmental cost. The five-year plan is to cut carbon emissions and energy intensity by 18 per cent, and water use by 30 per cent. These goals form part of the country’s international pledge to reduceRead More …

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CIAT participates in global debate on gender issues

28 March, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s Participatory Research and Gender Analysis (PRGA) Initiative looks forward to working with the United Nations and other development agencies in positioning rural women and gender equality at the center of agricultural research, following the success of global discussions held as part of the 55th Meeting of the UN Commission of the Status of Women (CSW) held in NewRead More …

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Rethinking agriculture: GM crops and sustainability

25 March, 2011 by (comments)

In the current climate of extreme weather, diminishing natural resources, and a growing population, experts have suggested that the food system needs to be overhauled if we’re going to produce enough food to meet rising demand. Here’s an interesting article from Conservation Magazine about the potential of genetically modified (GM) crops to feed the world in a sustainable way.

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World map counts carbon emissions – and more – as they happen

24 March, 2011 by (comments)

This fascinating “live” map from Breathing Earth allows you to roll over different countries of the world to see their carbon dioxide emissions and birth/death rates. Just in the couple of minutes spent typing this post, China has emitted 24,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, 92 people have been born in India (and only two in Chad), and the worldRead More …

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