Agriculture

China takes U.S. to task on currency, food safety
December 12, 2007 06:53 AM - By Glenn Somerville and Eadie Chen, Reuters

XIANGHE, China (Reuters) - An assertive China fended off U.S. pressure over currency policy and food safety on Wednesday and told Washington to put its own house in order rather than blame Beijing for its economic problems.

Australia's PM hands over Kyoto papers in Bali
December 12, 2007 01:31 AM - By Supriyatin, Reuters

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Australia's new prime minister handed over documents ratifying the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations in Bali on Wednesday and said his own country was already suffering from global warming.

Shell seeks to make diesel fuel from algae
December 11, 2007 05:34 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell is to fund a project that aims to produce transport fuel from algae, as biofuel production from palm oil and crops are increasingly criticized for causing deforestation and higher food prices.

Oil major Shell said on Tuesday it would build a pilot facility in Hawaii to grow marine algae from which it would extract vegetable oil that would be converted into a form of diesel for use in trucks and cars.

Researchers combat slowing yields with targeted fertilizer applications
December 10, 2007 05:49 PM - American Society of Agronomy

MADISON, WI, DECEMBER 10, 2007– Scientists at Punjab Agricultural University, the International Rice Research Institute, and Virginia Tech have been successful in increasing average rice yields in northwest India using site-specific nutrient management strategies.

Nobel winners say science must transcend borders
December 10, 2007 12:05 PM - By Sarah Edmonds, Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Scientists must break through the boundaries between disciplines and nations to find solutions to some of the great unanswered questions, some of 2007's Nobel prize winners said on Friday.

China market may be breeding ground for deadly viruses
December 10, 2007 10:43 AM - By Joseph Chaney, Reuters

GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Scorpions scamper in bowls, water snakes coil in tanks and cats whine in cramped cages, waiting to be slaughtered, skinned and served for dinner.

French farmer to go on anti-GMO hunger strike
December 10, 2007 10:20 AM - Reuters

Speaking at the Millau Court of Justice in southern France, where his four-month jail sentence for trashing a GMO field in 2004 was commuted to a fine, Bove said he would start his unlimited strike on January 3, along with 10 to 15 other activists.

UK farm sector could be near carbon neutral: report
December 10, 2007 10:12 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Agriculture in Britain is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the energy sector but has the potential to be almost carbon neutral, an industry report issued on Monday said.

"Through accelerated uptake of energy efficiency and a range of renewable energy technologies, there is potential for agriculture ultimately to become almost carbon neutral," the report said.

Sex "switch" points way to smarter pest control
December 9, 2007 01:30 PM - By Ben Hirschler, Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Turning off a sex "switch" triggered when female insects mate may be a smart and green way of controlling pests in future.

Mainstream Renewable Energy Continues Double-digit Growth
December 9, 2007 09:36 AM -

In less than a decade since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, renewable energy has evolved rapidly from an 'alternative' source of energy to a mainstream energy option, according to the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2007.

Compared to a total global power capacity of 4,300 GW, the report finds renewable energy (without large hydro) now provides about 240 Gigawatts (GW) of clean power, avoiding some 5 gigatonnes per year (Gt/year) of carbon emissions.

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