China goes green?

7 February, 2011 by (comments)

The world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter and number one energy consumer – China – is apparently working on an environmentally-friendly five-year plan which could be “the greenest strategy document in the country’s history”, according to The Guardian newspaper. The plan – due to be unveiled in March – aims to curb pollution, promote clean technology, and initiate an environment taxRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Regions

Deforestation ban could cost farmers billions

31 January, 2011 by (comments)

A complete ban on deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean could cost farmers in the region more than US$12 billion over the next two decades, according to a new study from the Inter-American Development Bank. While a ban would play a key role in stabilising world greenhouse gas emissions, it would come at significant cost to smallholder farmersRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Forests in the spotlight in 2011

27 January, 2011 by (comments)

The United Nations Year of Forests 2011 was officially launched in New York this week, at a meeting of the UN’s Forum on Forests. The year aims to raise awareness of the sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, and as reported by Reuters Alertnet, it is “the first major international meeting on forests afterRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Scientists warn of the legacy of carbon dioxide

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

Carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere will contribute to global warming for centuries to come, a group of Canadian scientists has warned in an article just published in Nature Geoscience. Even more worryingly, they argue that the complete abandonment of fossil fuels will not prevent devastating ocean warming and desertification. Follow the link to find out more, including whyRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

CIAT forages featured in New Agriculturist

8 July, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s pioneering research into the forage grass brachiaria is featured in the latest edition of the DFID-funded online development magazine New Agriculturist. The article looks at brachiaria’s powerful nitrification inhibition capacity, which could help to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production and improve the eco-efficient use of fertilizers. Click to read Brachiaria – grass roots answerRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Life after COP15 – agriculture is part of the solution

18 January, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis on why there are reasons to be optimistic after COP15. As the dust settles following the United Nations’ COP15 Climate Change summit last month, it is important to evaluate some of its small, but significant successes. CIAT was present in Copenhagen, contributing to a unified message from many like-minded institutions, that agriculture must be included inRead More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Climate change mitigation must involve smallholders

4 August, 2009 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis has been in the thick of the action at the National Dialogue about Climate Change in the Colombian capital Bogota. He writes after the conclusion of the second day of the three-day event, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Here’s what the press are saying about it. Over to Andy for his summary ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions