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security has become a key issue of the U.N. climate negotiations this week in Geneva as a number of countries and observers raised concerns that recent advances in Lima are in jeopardy.
security is a core objective of the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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 ...
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, ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
It can't happen here, can it?The United States, the breadbasket and supplier of last resort for a hungry world, has been such an amazing food
producer in the last half-century that most Americans take for granted annual bounteous harvests ...
Indian agribusiness companies are ready to spend $2.5bn buying, or renting for decades, several million hectares of cheap land
in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda in what could be some of the largest farming deals struck in Africa
in the last 50 ...
ArkA crisis is looming: To feed our growing population, we’ll need to double food
production. Yet crop yields aren’t increasing fast enough, and climate change and new diseases threaten the limited varieties we’ve come to depend on for ...
's famine is the result of a 'perfect storm' triggered by drought, crop failure, war and the effects of climate change hitting all at once.
Oxfam called on Tuesday for an urgent overhaul of the world's food
system, warning that in ...