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Nomads have for decades wondered for and wide in search of water and pasture for their most precious "assets" livestock.
But with global warming and the changing climate taking toll in major economic activities across the globe, ...
The land grab
bed in some of the world’s hungriest countries by foreign goverments and corporations could feed up to 550m people, according to new research. The crops grown on grab
are frequently exported, or used to produce biofuel, but ...
Brazil may be struggling to be a "green" host for the World Cup, but Dan Nepstad, director of the Earth Innovation Institute, tells host Steve Curwood that Brazil is already a top winner in tackling global warming emissions, as it has reduced ...
UK pensions funds and asset management companies potentially have up to £37 billion invested in ‘land grab
s’ worldwide, according to a report published by Friends of the Earth. As well as raising ethical concerns, land grab
bing could also pose ...
A Washington-based human rights organization warns of an unprecedented “carbon grab
” by governments and investors that will infringe upon the rights of indigenous peoples in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa
It was a scorching hot April afternoon in Keur Moussa, a small farming community about 60 kilometers outside Dakar, Senegal. The land
scape was mostly barren and very dry, and a fine red dust settled into our clothes as we walked with community ...
“When [the trucks] came through they could not get access to their objective. They really had to push their way through here. The people did not actually accept this idea of palm oil, and these things. The people said ‘No, we will not allow the ...
The international year of family farming is now underway, and never before have family farmers in Africa
been more under threat.
deals between Africa
n governments and usually foreign (and sometimes domestic) investors have ...
Thousands of people in one of Africa
’s poorest countries are going hungry because of a biofuels “land grab
” by a firm that receives funding from the Department for International Development, a charity claims.
ActionAid accuses the Swiss ...
As the great research ship Chikyu left Shimizu in January to mine the explosive ice beneath the Philippine Sea, chances are good that not one of the scientists aboard realized they might be closing the door on Winston Churchill’s world. Their ...
Past climate change varied remarkably between regions. This is demonstrated in a new study coordinated by the international Past Global Changes (PAGES) project, which reconstructed temperature over the past 1000 to 2000 years.
It is the ...
REDD intiatives have been decried as a form of neo-colonialism.
African participants at the World Social Forum in Tunisia have taken a historic decision to launch a No REDD in Africa
Network and join the global movement against ...
Liberia's largest palm oil company, Golden Veroleum, needs to review its social and environmental policies after its workers damaged graves, cleared existing crops and polluted creeks, according to an independent study it ...
Tropical lakes in East Africa
headlines the way polar bears do, but climate change is having an effect on them, too. Although the changes are not as visible as melting polar ice caps, they are no less real.
As in many lakes ...
This piece is part of Water Grab
bers: A Global Rush on Freshwater, a special National Geographic Freshwater News series on how grab
-and water-from poor people, desperate governments, and future generations threatens global food security, ...
Starpower could do for climate change what it did for global hunger with the We are the World campaign. By Tyler Hamilton Energy and Technology ColumnistBack in the mid-1980s dozens of high-profile music artists from the United Kingdom, ...
World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.
Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and ...
With Arctic ice melting at record pace, the world’s superpowers are increasingly jockeying for political influence and economic position in outposts like this one, previously regarded as barren wastelands.At stake are the Arctic’s ...
Inside every wind turbine, inside computers, phones and other high-tech equipment from medical scanners to electric cars, are materials known as "rare earths". This small group of 17 elements are in extraordinary demand – but their supply is ...
NASA satellites recently between April 1 and June 30 have picked up extensive signals confirming what surfaced since quite a long time ago. The signals specify potential deforestation across large parts of the tropics-encompassing Columbia, ...
Over the past 40 years the world's population has doubled. Our use of water has quadrupled. Yet the amount of water on Earth has stayed the same.
Less than 1% of the water on planet blue is for humans to drink.
About 2% is ...
A scramble for cheap Africa
n farmland by foreign investors threatens to leave millions of people without water and could ultimately drain the continent's rivers, a report warns.
"If these land grab
s are allowed to continue, Africa
The World Bank has come under attack after a new report has exposed how commercial projects funded by the Bank are causing poverty, human rights violations in Uganda sparking a barrage of criticisms.Ironically, the report entitled “Land, ...
When the United Nations process on climate change unveiled the program known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) three years ago, it was hailed by its architects as “an effort to create a financial value for the ...
The upcoming Rio+20 conference has to be the moment in human history when the nations of the world come together to find ways to ensure the very survival of humanity, many science and environmental experts believe.
Except that ...