New commitments from poorer countries to stem climate change

23 March, 2011 by (comments)

An impressive dossier of pledges from developing nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions has just been released by the United Nations, Bloomsberg Businessweek reports. The proposals include Mongolia embracing solar power, Costa Rica becoming carbon neutral, and the Central Africa Republic expanding its forests. They follow on from the agreements reached at the 2010 Cancun climate conference (COP16), and in manyRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

World Water Day: Tapping the potential of H2O

22 March, 2011 by (comments)

On World Water Day 2011, an occasion for raising awareness about the sustainable use of one of the world’s most precious resources, you can calculate your water footprint here to check if you’re a water saver or a water waster. The FAO has marked world water day by calling for greater investment in water management innovations, including improved agriculturalRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Inside CIAT

International treaty to protect agrobiodiversity strengthens

18 March, 2011 by (comments)

Nearly two-thirds of the world has now committed to improving conservation and access to crop diversity in a united effort to confront the challenges of climate change and food insecurity, The Jakarta Post reports. The 127 signatories of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) gathered this week in Bali for the Fourth Session of theRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Crop diversity