Bovine Intervention: Colombia prepares to give unsustainable cattle production the hoof

15 December, 2015 by (comments)

An ambitious proposal from the Colombian government to make cattle production more sustainable could save over a billion tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions, while protecting forests, regenerating land and boosting farmer incomes. If funded, the work will contribute to the country’s commitments to tackle climate change agreed at COP21 in Paris last week. With around 23 million cattle grazingRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean

Climate Change: new study opens can of worms for ecologists

5 February, 2013 by (comments)

We often hear about livestock being a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions – picture them, formidable herds of flatulent quadrupeds munching their way – figuratively speaking – through millions of hectares of rainforest. But it seems we need to look below the surface, literally, to find another climate change culprit: earthworms. That’s because a new study just publishedRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Soils, Soils website

Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Algae and agave, partners in the plight for clean fuel

18 February, 2011 by (comments)

Two new novel forms of producing biofuel may prove helpful on the road to reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change. Scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology have produced biodiesel out of algae grown in wastewater. Algae reduce the bacteria and toxins in the water therefore have a two-fold benefit: the cheap, fast production of renewable energyRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

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

New study on the environmental benefits of insect farming creates a buzz…

17 January, 2011 by (comments)

Farming insects, instead of more “traditional” livestock, could improve food security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to scientists at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands, and reported today in online development magazine Sci-Dev. According to Wageningen entomologist Dennis Oonincx, lead author of the study into the possible benefits of farming insects, over 80 percent of the world’s population consumesRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en