TOKYO, Jun 26 2013 (IPS) - Yukako Harada, an energetic 29-year-old, is part of a small but determined band of women farmers working hard to revitalise Japan’s moribund agricultural sector, which is feeling the crunch of an ageing population and a flood of cheap imports.
Deputy PM says he does not knowingly give his children GM food and favours a precautionary approach
BHUBANESWAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Heading to the farmers’ fair on the outskirts of Angul, an industrial town in India’s eastern state of Odisha, there’s not a cow to be seen along the roadside.
Concerns among developing countries about REDD+ “aid conditionality” — development aid payouts made based on achieving certain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions — are creating a barrier in international climate negotiations, a new report states.
BRUSSELS—European Union negotiators are pushing for a final agreement Wednesday on a long-awaited overhaul of the bloc's €59 billion-a-year farm subsidy program that will cut funding to Europe's largest agricultural producers.
A new study showed that of the 72 known genera of Scleractinian or "stony" corals identified in the Philippines, about 46 of them can be found in the waters of Mabini, Compostela Valley.
The little nation of Belize is covered in rainforests, wetlands and mangroves rich in biodiversity and natural resources. It has one of the most forested Central American nations and contains part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, a habitat corridor that stretches through Central America ...
One year ago, the world's leaders met in Rio de Janeiro, together with fifty thousand concerned individuals and representatives that hailed from major groups of society including business and academia. These leaders, in an outcome entitled "The Future We Want," agreed to pursue the necessary ste ...
THE Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme – Knowledge, Information and Skills (CAADP-KIS) is a pan-African vehicle that translates the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA)’s vision into a workable framework to guide agriculture ...
President Barack Obama announced a sweeping plan to tackle climate change today (June 25), outlining measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of clean energy technologies.
The Agriculture Department has approved a label for meat and liquid egg products that includes a claim about the absence of genetically engineered products.
GLAND, Switzerland, June 25 (UPI) -- An international conservation group says climate change threatens many species thought to be safe, which may leave them out of important conservation actions.
A species of bird that is completely new to science has been discovered - hiding in plain sight in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh
June 24, 2013 — Some open-minded people can be swayed to support government intervention on climate change -- but only if they are presented with both the benefits and the costs, a new study suggests.
In terms of the impact of climate change, Bangladesh ranks top the list of the world’s most vulnerable nations. Its coastal zones, which make up about 30 percent of the total arable land in the country, are the worst affected areas.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, served as Director General of the World Health Organization from July 1998-2003. As Deputy Chair of The Elders, she contributes her wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackling the world’s toughest problems, w ...
Activist group Greenpeace says it will publish a series of case studies highlighting examples of good and bad practice among operations certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an eco-standard for forest products.
What region of the world has the most imperiled mammals? Where are the most bird species found? And where are new amphibians being discovered? -
KINGSTON, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - It has taken just eight inches of water for Jamaica to be affected by rising sea levels, with parts of the island nation have disappeared completely, threatening people’s livelihoods and much more.
WASHINGTON, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - Stymied by the U.S. Congress, President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled his vision to reset the United States’ incoherent national plan to combat climate change, offering dozens of regulatory tweaks and targets that his administration could now implement without ...
Fatally flawed energy policies and inadequate emissions pledges cannot prevent dangerous climate change
As agriculture continues to expand at the expense of forests in the tropics, humanity struggles to meet environmental protection goals.
Pacific islands are set to become the global frontier for a new industry—the mining of minerals from the seabed.
June 24, 2013 — The oxygen content of the ocean may be subject to frequent ups and downs in a very literal sense -- that is, in the form of the numerous sea creatures that dine near the surface at night then submerge into the safety of deeper, darker waters at daybreak.
[CAIRO] The large-scale conversion of land for biofuel farming could make some tropical regions even warmer, according to a study.
At least 60 big cats have been killed within national protected areas in Brazil during the past two years according to a recent survey published in mongabay.com's open access journal Tropical Conservation Science (TCS).
Following the submission of an application from Syngenta Crop Protection AG, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on the safety of genetically modified (GM) maize 3272 for import and processing and for food an ...
PORT LOUIS, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - “No fighting, please. Everybody will get their fish. Give us time to empty the crates and weigh today’s catch,” Patrick Guiliano Marie, leader of the St. Pierre Fish Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society, shouts at the crowd jostling impatiently at the fish landing st ...
WASHINGTON, Jun 24 2013 (IPS) - Climate change and international financial instability top a list of seven concerns that publics around the world consider “major threats” to their countries, according to the latest polling of global attitudes by the Pew Research Centre here.
SUBANG, Indonesia, Jun 24 2013 (IPS) - When 45-year-old Kaswati joined an income-generating project in her village in Indonesia’s West Java province in 1999, all she hoped to do was supplement her family’s income at a time of erratic harvests.
The state has launched a pilot program to send Tasmanian devils to zoos in New Zealand and the US
While the latest UN climate talks in Bonn were slowed by political bickering, the floods that devasted wide areas of Germany put the spotlight on the need to adapt now. Climate change is already happening.
World Heritage Centre has extended heritage listed boundary by more than 170,000 hectares
Scientists have warned that the ongoing unregulated trade in ornamental fish can seriously affect the biodiversity of the state. The warning has been issued in a scientific paper titled ‘Uncovering an Obscure Trade: Threatened Freshwater Fishes and Aquarium Pet Markets’ published in the Internat ...
Thorny plants have begun to smother grasslands, transforming rangeland into impenetrable thicket – bad news for the big cats
As she ended her presentation to potential investors in London last week, Jacqueline Sultan, Guinea's agriculture minister, directed a plea to her colleague in charge of mining in the front row. "Please protect our red monkeys and our white toads," she said.
A dangerous plant that could cause severe skin irritation and even blindness is making its annual appearance in certain areas of the northeast and northwest United States and into Canada and should be avoided.
The call to feed 9 billion people by 2050 is a common refrain among food industry leaders, held up as the ultimate, if elusive, goal of production and sustainability. Unfortunately, current approaches to address this challenge are unsustainable — from economic, ecological and social perspectives.
The plights of the world's threatened birds show the value of investing in conservation, according to campaigners.
The lack of appreciation for the environment and limited career opportunities for Namibian youth prompted a group of nature conservationists from the National Museum to establish a mobile classroom focusing on environmental education in the country.
Ministry of Agriculture issued biosafety certificates to three new overseas varieties of genetically modified soybeans last week, allowing them to be imported as raw materials for domestic processing.
NEW DELHI: The government's attempts to push through the Food Security Bill may earn it political brownie points, but failure to counter and stem climate change is likely to blunt the impact of the legislation.
LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) - A major recent study has put the cat among the pigeons on climate change, challenging the size of the problem in the near-term and the role of a recent slowdown in warming.
Climate change adaptations have the potential to disrupt available funding or to deplete national budgets of poorer countries. With the financial impact of climate change events already witnessed on a large scale over several years, Namibia will need to investigate financial options both within ...
June 19, 2013 — In spite of considerable human development, the southeastern United States region could provide some of the Western Hemisphere's more heavily used thoroughfares for mammals, birds and amphibians on their way to cooler environments in a warming world, according to new research led ...
Conservation work is often focused on the short-term: protecting a forest from an immediate threat, saving a species from pending extinction, or a restoring an ecosystem following degradation.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jun 20 2013 (IPS) - Extreme heat, flooding and water and food shortages will rock South Asia and Africa by 2030 and render large sections of cities inhabitable, if the world continues to burn huge amounts of coal, oil and gas, the World Bank is warning.
If the world is to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise by at least 60%, and may need to more than double, according to researchers who have studied global crop yields.
Decision making tools used for policy could benefit from adding features inspired from video games to entice more people to use them. But will they still be credible to policy makers?
The war to save the planet cannot be won without plants as they play a very crucial role. Plants, along with algae and cyanobacteria, are essential for the planet to function properly hence the need to ensure their survival and conservation.