Tag: Environment

CIAT-CCAFS Science Informed $250 Million World Bank Climate-Smart Agriculture Investment

By: Evan Girvetz Climate Change and Soils e.girvetz@cgiar.org The Challenge Kenya is highly vulnerable to serious threats posed by climate change and highly dependent on climate-sensitive natural resources. Given the extent of uncertainties in understanding how different systems, departments, and crops would likely be affected, there is a need for […]

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East Africa: An urgent need to monitor the forests

ANALYSIS by: ESTHER MWANGI & LAURA VANESSA MUKHWANA: – The region looks to a new observatory to help protect its remaining forests. Africa – East Africa is home to some of the world’s most diverse forests: Montane forests, which include some of the highest and oldest mountains in Africa; coastal forests; Miombo […]

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Using tropical microbes to improve the environment

Researchers in Malaysia are harnessing properties in tropical microbes to address a variety of environmental, agricultural and aquacultural issues. Dr. Adeline Ting Su Yien and her colleagues at Monash University’s School of Science are investigating the highly diverse genetic pool of tropical microbes for crop improvement; disease control […]

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Talks seek agriculture-environment harmony in plant exchange

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna – Agriculture and environment representatives from nine Asian countries convened this week at the headquarters of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to discuss mutually supportive implementation of international agreements on plant exchange. National focal points came from Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, […]

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World Green Economy leaders look for ways to spark a new green revolution – and set a path to the 2030 Agenda

EXTERNAL COOPERATION |March 27, 2017 Leading economists, CEOs, ministers, heads of UN agencies and high-level representatives from nongovernmental organizations meet today in Berlin Countries donate close to €15 million to boost inclusive green economy Uruguay and Guyana join the Partnership for Action on Green Economy Around 40 ministers, […]

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Your Pot Habit Is Making Climate Change Worse

By John R. Platt / TakePart October 11, 2016 Energy consumption by indoor cannabis farms will soon rival that of data centers.   What’s the carbon cost of legal marijuana? It turns out that every little joint and edible adds up. A new report finds that marijuana cultivation accounts for as much […]

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The environment gets its day in court

Written by: KATE EVANS. Posted on: March 14, 2016 The message was clear: Don’t think you can get away with it. In 2012 Indonesian palm oil company PT Kallista Alam sent 1000 hectares of Sumatran peat forest up in flames so they could use the land for agriculture. The […]

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Sanitation is Namibia’s neglected stepchild

Written by:   Lahja Nashuuta. March 10, 2016 Windhoek, Namibia – Every year on November 19, the global community observes the World Toilet Day, an event designated by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness about the people in the world who don’t have access to proper toilets, despite the […]

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