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Business

Technology

Waste tires produce better anode for lithium-ion batteries

Waste tires produce better anode for lithium-ion batteries

Friday, 29 August 2014

Used tires could become a key component in lithium-ion batteries, according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

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Politics

Living Green

Go for green home décor – This is how it’s done

Go for green home décor – This is how it’s done

Friday, 29 August 2014

You’ve heard so much from everyone about how necessary it is to go green. If you’re planning to redo your home interiors, you should consider selectin...

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Renewables

Low-Carbon

Proterra, Kings County Metro bring electric buses to Seattle

Proterra, Kings County Metro bring electric buses to Seattle

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Proterra Inc. has sold two 40-foot battery-electric transit buses and a fast charge system to King County Metro in Seattle, Washington. King County Me...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Climate change threatens Southeast Asian rice production

Rapid climate change and its potential to intensify droughts and floods could threaten Asia's rice production and pose a significant threat to millions of people across the region.

The issue was discussed in a conference on "climate smart" agriculture by representatives from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, United Nations Development Program and the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes, among others.

The conferences discussed the climate change impacts on the agriculture of South and Southeast Asian regions.

"Climate change endangers crop and livestock yields and the health of fisheries and forests at the very same time that surging populations worldwide are placing new demands on food production," said Bruce Campbell of the CGIAR research program.

"These clashing trends challenge us to transform our agriculture systems so they can sustainably deliver the food required to meet our nutritional needs and support economic development, despite rapidly shifting growing conditions."

Southeast Asia recently has experienced meteorological swings, as last year's flooding in Thailand was preceded by a record drought across the region in 2010.

These and many other extreme weather events around the world have hammered global food prices, stretching their impact beyond immediate personal and ecological tragedies.

A combined $490 million in crop damages caused by the drought and flood-related damage rippled through all sectors of Thailand's economy.

"In the fields, there is no debate whether climate change is happening or not," said Raj Paroda of the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutes. "Now, we must think about what the research community can provide governments to guide effective action. Given the region's current state of food insecurity, climate-smart agriculture has to become the central part of Asia's adaptation strategy."

Solutions presented at the conference included managing the agricultural challenges presented by climate change by handling both too much and too little water, like "capturing" floodwater and using it during dry spells, as well as utilizing new rice varieties that can tolerate dryer conditions.

These climate-smart technologies deliver practical ways to help farmers cope with climate change.

The technology, known as Managed Aquifer Recharge, is already being implemented in India on a broad scale to replenish groundwater supplies that have been drained by farmers, a problem many blame on the availability of cheap, subsidized diesel fuel for powering irrigations pumps. – EcoSeed Staff



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