Agriculture

Emissions Targets, Costs Stall Climate Talks
October 2, 2009 06:43 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

Efforts to convince rich nations to toughen emissions cuts have failed to make much headway at climate talks in the Thai capital, the U.N. said on Friday. Delegates from about 180 nations are meeting in Bangkok to try to narrow differences on ways to broaden and deepen the fight against climate change.

EPA Rule Will Require Permits and Use of Best Technologies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases from Large Facilities
October 1, 2009 06:59 AM - R. Greenway, ENN

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced today that the Agency has taken a significant step to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Clean Air Act.

Thirsty eucalyptus trees get the chop in Kenya
September 30, 2009 10:01 AM - Maina Waruru, SciDevNet

Farmers in central Kenya are cutting down water-hungry eucalyptus tree species growing near water sources as a government directive aiming to save water takes effect.

50-MW Biomass Plant Planned in Scotland
September 30, 2009 09:57 AM - Renewable Energy World via, Matter Network

A new 50 MW biomass-fueled co-generation plant is to be developed for papermaker Tullis Russell to supply its paper mill at Markinch, in Fife, Scotland, with heat and power.

In Europe, A Cow Over Hormone-Treated U.S. Beef
September 30, 2009 09:51 AM - Eleanor Beardsley, NPR

The U.S. and the European Union recently settled one of their longest-running trade disputes: over beef. Under the deal, the EU agreed to quadruple import quotas for hormone-free U.S. beef, but it still won't import hormone-treated American beef.

Tsunami Hits South Pacific
September 30, 2009 06:45 AM - Josephine Latu of Pacific Media Watch

A huge tsunami struck American Samoa and Samoa early day, causing many deaths in both Pacific island groups. Reports from Sky News put the death toll in American Samoa at 14, while Radio New Zealand reports at least five confirmed deaths in Samoa so far.

"Land grabs" for rice production due to supply threats
September 28, 2009 10:10 AM - International Rice Research Institute

Recent interest in "land grabs" or the international acquisition of land to produce rice is sparked by a looming threat of inadequate rice supplies.

Climate Changes Outpacing Worst-case Projections
September 28, 2009 06:20 AM - Gerard Wynn, Reuters

Global temperatures may be 4 degrees Celsius hotter by the mid-2050s if current greenhouse gas emissions trends continue, said a study published on Monday. The study, by Britain's Met Office Hadley Center, echoed a U.N. report last week which found that climate changes were outpacing worst-case scenarios forecast in 2007 by the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Carbon Cycling Processes Of Inland Waters are Important to Understanding Climate Change

In a paper titled "The Boundless Carbon Cycle," published in the September issue of Nature Geoscience, scientists from the University of Vienna, Uppsala University in Sweden, University of Antwerp, and the U.S. based Stroud┢ Water Research Center argue that current international strategies to mitigate manmade carbon emissions and address climate change have overlooked a critical player - inland waters. Streams, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands play an important role in the carbon cycle that is unaccounted for in conventional carbon cycling models.

Burning Leaves is Bad News
September 25, 2009 03:43 PM - , Sierra Club Green Home

Remember the smell of burning fall leaves wafting through the air? Good memories, indeed, but best that they remain just memories. Burning leaves is bad news. This practice is now illegal – or at least highly discouraged – in most areas.

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