Quesungual – remember the name, and not just for Scrabble

10 December, 2012 by (comments)

When Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, torrential downpours triggered landslides that wiped out huge areas of crops. This compounded a shockwave of malnutrition spreading across the country caused by an intense El Niño-driven drought the year before. But some farmers suffered only minor losses or none at all: they were practicing Quesungual (“Ke-sun-gwal”). If Quesungual sounds like someRead More …

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China smog a smokescreen to temperature rise

5 July, 2011 by (comments)

China’s coal burning frenzy in the last decade may be the reason behind stagnating global temperature rises between 1998 and 2008, a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. While increasing carbon emissions, burning coal can have an overall cooling effect with the release of aerosols into the atmosphere, which reflect heat back intoRead More …

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