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Cassava, the lowly tuber, becomes both weapon against hunger, political prop in Nigeria

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IBADAN, Nigeria –  From this field nestled among the lush rolling hills of Nigeria's southwest, the small plants rising out the hard red dirt appear fragile, easily crushed by weather or chance.

Looks, however, are deceiving.

These cassava plants will grow into a dense thicket of hard, bamboo-like shoots within a year, with roots so massive a single planted hectare can provide three tons of food. The plants survive fires, droughts and pestilence, while offering a vital food source for more than 500 million people living across sub-Saharan Africa. ... Read more about Cassava, the lowly tuber, becomes both weapon against hunger, political prop in Nigeria

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As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

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KATY DAIGLE
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VEDARANYAM, India (AP) — On a sun-scorched wasteland near India's southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds.

The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands.

Sea rise, one of the consequences of climate change, now threatens millions of poor subsistence farmers across Asia. As ocean water swamps low-lying plots, experts say many could be forced to flee inland. ... Read more about As seas rise, saltwater plants offer hope farms will survive

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UN population growth data is bad news for climate - Climate News Network

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Tim Radford
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Sophisticated new analysis indicates an 80% probability that the planet'€s population will continue to rise this century, with serious implications for food security, political stability - and climate change. LONDON, 19 September, 2014 - The demographers may have got it wrong. New projections say the population of the planet will not stabilise at 9 billion sometime this century. In fact, there is an 80% likelihood that, by 2100, it will reach at least 9.6 bn - and maybe rise as high as 12.3 bn. ... Read more about UN population growth data is bad news for climate - Climate News Network

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This Year’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies, According to the World Economic Forum

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Philip Perry
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Recently, the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and Global Future Councils, teamed up with the board of directors of Scientific American, to determine the top 10 breakout technologies for this year. These are either likely to be prevalent within 3-5 years or are set to dramatically “…improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet.”

This year’s list is as follows:

10. Quantum Computing ... Read more about This Year’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies, According to the World Economic Forum

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UN: Fewer hungry people in the world

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Rome - The number of hungry people around the world has dropped to 795 million from over a billion a quarter-century ago despite natural disasters, ongoing conflicts and poverty, the three U.N. food agencies said Wednesday.

Countries in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean showed the most progress in reducing hunger, thanks in part to economic growth that didn'€t exclude the poor, investments in agriculture and political stability, the agencies said in their annual State of Food Insecurity report. ... Read more about UN: Fewer hungry people in the world

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World water forum urges cooperation between energy, water communities

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Xinhua News Agency
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STOCKHOLM, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Global leaders in the 24th annual World Water Week in Stockholm urged the energy and water communities to work together to meet the challenge of providing clean drinking water and energy for a growing world population.
 
According to a press release from the World Water Week on Monday, water and energy are two inseparable resources that affect each other in many ways.
 
Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of World Water Week organizer Stockholm International Water Institute, said: "The challenges are immense.

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HEALTH: Study projects net increase in range and risk for malaria from climate change, though human factors still dominate

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Umair Irfan
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As the climate changes, some parts of the world will become more hospitable to malaria, putting more people at risk, but large uncertainties still loom over the models making these forecasts, according to a new study.

Malaria is one of the most devastating vector-borne diseases in the world, surging at the intersection of temperature, rainfall, land use and human intervention (ClimateWire, Aug. 13, 2013). ... Read more about HEALTH: Study projects net increase in range and risk for malaria from climate change, though human factors still dominate

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A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). ... Read more about A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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