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Agriculture and Fisheries (Page 2)
Disappointing rains fall in Plains wheat beltReuters | 08 Mar 2011
Overnight rains in the U.S. Plains wheat belt were disappointing, with more moisture needed especially in the far western areas to boost development this spring, a forecaster said on Tuesday.
Australian farmers key to climate change fight: adviserReuters | 01 Mar 2011
Australian farmers could be major winners from plans to put a price on carbon emissions, particularly as other countries also move to curb greenhouse gas pollution, the nation's top climate adviser Ross Garnaut said Tuesday.
Biofuel boom could follow oil price spikeGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
When biofuels match oil on price, production could boom in the developing countries that also have the greatest need to boost food supply. The production of biofuels, good thing or not, will be decided by the setting of targets in the big western energy markets, right?
Plan to end discards protects fishermen for the long haulGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
Throwing away thousands of tonnes of fish is unacceptable. At last the problem is getting a serious airing in Brussels. Half of the fish caught in the North Sea today are thrown away, dead, because of an EU fisheries policy that is no longer fit for purpose. We can all agree that the system is broken - throwing away thousands of tonnes of edible fish is unacceptable. But on Tuesday we heard a bold proposal from the European commission that would aim to eliminate discards.
Climate change to drive up food prices: expertReuters | 01 Mar 2011
Global food prices are likely to keep rising as production struggles to match demand and extreme weather events become more frequent, a climate-change advisor to the Australian government said on Wednesday.
Coral reefs report warns of mass loss threatGuardian Unlimited | 23 Feb 2011
Three-quarters of the world's coral reefs are at risk from overfishing, pollution and climate change, according to a report. By 2050 virtually all of the world's coral reefs - from the waters of the Indian Ocean to the Caribbean to Australia – will be in danger, the report warns. The consequences – especially for countries such as the Philippines or Haiti which depend on the reefs for food – will be severe.
Climate change affecting food safetyScienceDaily.com | 22 Feb 2011
Climate change is already having an effect on the safety of the world's food supplies and unless action is taken it's only going to get worse, a group of experts has warned.
Environment lobbyists hopeful of WTO fish dealReuters | 17 Feb 2011
Environmental activists are hopeful that negotiations at the World Trade Organization to curb fisheries subsidies, especially those on fuel, can produce a deal that will help end overfishing.
Growing Valentine's Day roses harming Kenya's ecological siteGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Supermarkets eager to meet demand for cheap flowers urged to show more concern for the environment. Consumer appetite for cut-price Kenyan roses for Valentine's Day is "bleeding the country dry" by threatening the region's precarious ecology. University of Leicester ecology and conservation...
$1bn for emergency water aidGuardian Unlimited | 11 Feb 2011
China has announced a billion dollars in emergency water aid to ease its most severe drought in 60 years, as the United Nations warned of a threat to the harvest of the world's biggest wheat producer. Beijing has also promised to use its grain reserves to reduce the pressure on global food prices, which have surged in the past year to record highs due to the floods in Australia and a protracted dry spell in Russia.
China snows bring limited relief to drought-hit areasReuters | 10 Feb 2011
Snow across some drought-hit parts of north and central China brought limited respite from a drought threatening winter wheat crops that has fueled talk of higher global prices, state forecasters said Thursday.
Torrential rain in Sri Lanka kills 11Reuters | 06 Feb 2011
Heavy rain triggered flooding in Sri Lanka that killed at least 11 people and is threatening up to 90 percent of the staple rice crop, heightening concern about supply shocks and inflation, officials said on Sunday.
Food costs at records as U.N. warns of volatile eraReuters | 03 Feb 2011
Global food prices tracked by a U.N. agency hit their highest level on record in January, a problem set to worsen after a massive snowstorm in the United States and floods in Australia.
Analyzing long-term impacts of biofuel on the landScienceDaily.com | 03 Feb 2011
Scientists have analyzed five classical long term experiments. Using a process-based carbon balance model, researchers simulated experiments lasting from 79 to 134 years to predict the potential of no tillage management to maintain soil organic carbon.