Agriculture

The world's threatened rivers - in pictures

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From Bangalore’s water riots to Russia’s “river of blood”, rivers are under threat from many sources including industry, agriculture and climate change ... Read more about The world's threatened rivers - in pictures

How can you help slow down climate change? Reduce food waste

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ROME, Jun 27 2017 (IPS) - It is no secret that the biggest responsible for climate change is greed. The greed of the world’s largest private corporations, which blindly seek unlimited high financial benefits. And the greed of those politicians who are also blindly keen about holding their temporary power at any cost, thus not daring to challenge big business. Ordinary people can meanwhile help slow down such a hellish race. ... Read more about How can you help slow down climate change? Reduce food waste

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5 Eye-Opening Global Trends You Should Know About

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Gaelle Gourmelon
5 Eye-Opening Global Trends You Should Know About
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It’s not easy to keep track of the complex ways in which our everyday choices have an impact on a global scale. But as the world’s population surpasses 7 billion, each of our actions—positive or negative—gets multiplied. Read on to learn about five global trends from our latest publication,  that show that our consumption choices affect more than ourselves—they affect the environment and the lives and livelihoods of millions. ... Read more about 5 Eye-Opening Global Trends You Should Know About

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We're Destroying the Planet in Ways That Are Even Worse Than Global Warming

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Oliver Milman
deforesting
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Humans are "eating away at our own life support systems" at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment, new research has found.

Two major new studies by an international team of researchers have pinpointed the key factors that ensure a livable planet for humans, with stark results. ... Read more about We're Destroying the Planet in Ways That Are Even Worse Than Global Warming

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13 companies sowing solutions for food resilience

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Heather Clancy
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Could Big Data offer the most fertile solution for countering systemic food waste and frightening future scarcity scenarios?

Last month Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and dozens of other companies started sowing the seeds for a crop of powerful applications and information resources enabled by the convergence of sensors, sophisticated imagery and powerful analytics — and inspired by the federal Climate Data Initiative. ... Read more about 13 companies sowing solutions for food resilience

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How much of the world's cropland is actually used to grow food?

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Brad Plumer
Crops grown for food (green) versus for animal feed and fuel (purple). National Geographic
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This fascinating map from National Geographic shows the proportion of the world's crops that are grown for direct human consumption (in green) versus all the crops that are grown for animal feed or biofuels (in purple):

map food vs fuel ... Read more about How much of the world's cropland is actually used to grow food?

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Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

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Todd Woody
Outlawing a type of insecticides is not a panacea. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought. ... Read more about Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

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Analysis: The future of food aid

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Jaspreet Kindra
Pupils eat food donated by WFP in a classroom in Eva Orango school in Orango Island of Bijago Archipelago in Guinea-Bissau Feburary 2008. According to World Food Program (WFP) intellectual levels rise when children are fed properly. © Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
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JOHANNESBURG, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) - By the end of the next decade food security could deteriorate in some of the world’s poorest countries, according to a recent global forecast by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). ... Read more about Analysis: The future of food aid

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