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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 ...
This article is the last in a three-part series that explores the issue of deforestation and climate change. In part one, GlobalPost considered how a proposed international carbon-credit market could slash greenhouse-gas emissions and save the ...
We live in an era of unprecedented road and highway expansion -- an era in which many of the world’s last tropical wildernesses, from the Amazon to Borneo to the Congo Basin, have been penetrated by roads. This surge in road building is being ...
Echoes from armed raids still seem to resound in this valley, eight hours north of the capital city. In early 2011 military and paramilitary forces forcibly evicted 13 communities of indigenous Mayan peasants—some 300 families were dispossessed ...
Revealed: The true scale of Britain's woodland sell-off - UK Politics - UK - The Independent Friday 30 December 2011 Jobs Dating Shop http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/article6259960.ece/ALTERNATES/w202h90/ipad-app.jpg ...
Biofuels not food is biggest driver of 'land grab
bing' deals, says report - The Ecologist
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More the 50 per cent of land
-grabbing deals are for growing biofuels, according to new ...
Indigenous Peoples participating in the UNFCCC negotiations have called for a moratorium on REDD+ today. In a statement released to the press, the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities against REDD and for Life declares: ...
Civil society has warned of the danger of turning Africa
's food-producing land
s into "carbon farms" so that rich countries can avoid making cuts in their carbon emissions.
On Friday, they called on host country South Africa
to refrain ...