Environmental Impact

Rust In The Bread Basket

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Rust in the bread basketA crop-killing fungus is spreading out of Africa towards the world’s great wheat-growing areasJul 1st 2010IT IS sometimes called the “polio of agriculture”: a terrifying but almost forgotten disease. Wheat rust is not just back after a 50-year absence, but spreading in new and scary forms. In some ways it is worse than child-crippling polio, still lingering in parts of Nigeria. Wheat rust has spread silently and speedily by 5,000 miles in a decade. It is now camped at the gates of one of the world’s breadbaskets, Punjab.

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Melting Glaciers And Snow Put Millions At Risk In Asia

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From: David Fogarty, Reuters Increased melting of glaciers and snow in the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau threatens the food security of millions of people in Asia, a study shows, with Pakistan likely to be among the nations hardest hit. A team of scientists in Holland studied the impacts of climate change on five major Asian rivers on which about 1.4 billion people, roughly a fifth of humanity, depend for water to drink and to irrigate crops. ... Read more about Melting Glaciers And Snow Put Millions At Risk In Asia

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First, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch; Now The Great Atlantic Patch

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Mike Melia, Associated PressSAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – Researchers are warning of a new blight at sea: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The floating garbage — hard to spot from the surface and spun together by a vortex of currents — was documented by two groups of scientists who trawled the sea between scenic Bermuda and Portugal’s mid-Atlantic Azores islands.

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Giant Antarctic Iceberg Could Affect Global Ocean Circulation

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Ice broken off from Mertz glacier is the size of Luxembourg and may decrease oxygen supply for marine life in the area ... Read more about Giant Antarctic Iceberg Could Affect Global Ocean Circulation

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