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Climate change may cut profits from oceans by trillions

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Luisa Massarani
Climate change may cut profits from oceans by trillions
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[LONDON] Climate change could reduce the economic value of the services the oceans provide to mankind by almost US$2 trillion a year by 2100, according to a study presented at the Planet Under Pressure conference this week (26–29 March). ... Read more about Climate change may cut profits from oceans by trillions

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Banking against Doomsday

Banking against Doomsday
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Gene banks represent an overdue push to preserve crop biodiversity. It also needs conserving on farms

WITH a heavy clunk, the steel outer doors of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault closed on February 28th, shutting out a howling Arctic gale and entombing a tonne of new arrivals: 25,000 seed samples from America, Colombia, Costa Rica, Tajikistan, Armenia and Syria. For Cary Fowler, the vault’s American architect, the Syrian chickpeas and fava beans were especially welcome. ... Read more about Banking against Doomsday

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Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013

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JOANNA M. FOSTER
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In 2008 and in 2011, the world was rocked by riots and by revolutions coinciding with spikes in food prices. Now researchers are projecting that by 2013, food prices will soar to unparalleled heights, causing widespread hunger in the most vulnerable populations and social unrest, with an enormous potential for loss of human life. ... Read more about Spike in Food Prices Projected by 2013

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Lost property: The world’s fisheries are in an even worse state than feared

Lost property:  The world’s fisheries are in an even worse state than feared
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OFF Chile’s Pacific coastline, between December and February, divers take to the chilly waters in search of a predatory sea-snail, the loco (Concholepas concholepas). Boiled and daubed in mayonnaise, it is a local favourite. Asian gourmets prefer it stir-fried or as sashimi. ... Read more about Lost property: The world’s fisheries are in an even worse state than feared

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A fall to cheer

A fall to cheer
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For the first time ever, the number of poor people is declining everywhere

THE past four years have seen the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and the biggest food-price increases since the 1970s. That must surely have swollen the ranks of the poor. ... Read more about A fall to cheer

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Fears rise of food shortages in West Africa

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Azad Essa
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Millions of people in up to five West African countries will face a food crisis in early 2012 if early warning systems are ignored, the United Nations and aid officials say.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), together with the World Food Programme (WFP) and British charity Oxfam, said this week that failed harvests and low food reserves in the Sahel, and particularly the countries of Chad, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali, would affect up to 11 million people. ... Read more about Fears rise of food shortages in West Africa

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Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn

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Fiona Harvey
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Group of leading scientists urge investment in sustainable agriculture to solve hunger crisis and reduce global warming

Billions more investment is needed in agriculture and food distribution systems around the world in the next few years, if widespread hunger is to be avoided, according to a group of leading scientists. ... Read more about Agriculture needs massive investment to avoid hunger, scientists warn

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