Water scarcity = food insecurity? Think again

28 July, 2011 by (comments)

Award-winning team didn’t go with the flow As the world population edges closer to 7 billion this year, on-target for a projected peak of 9 billion by 2050, we won’t just need more food. We’ll need more water, in order to grow more food. Right? Actually, not quite. The prevailing wisdom – that population pressure will trigger a globalRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

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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Filed Under: Climate Change

China keen for public approval on GM

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture is funding research into a public debate around the issues of GM food crops, in an effort to allay recent civil protests to farmers having the right to plant GM rice and corn, reported SciDev. The Government is considering the use of GM crops to feed the country’s growing population. Prime Minister Wen JiabaoRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Regions

World population will reach 7 billion in 2011

18 January, 2011 by (comments)

On or around the 31st October 2011, the world’s 7 billionth person will be born, according to this recent article in The Guardian. For those fearing a Malthusian apocalypse, this a worrying milestone on the way to the world population peaking at 9 billion by 2050, after which the United Nations expects numbers to start declining. “Stood shoulder toRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en