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North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

Three small hydropower plants developed by RusHydroare set to begin construction...

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

The Natural Resources Defense Council, and more than two dozen organizations, is...

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

By using supercritical steam, solar thermal power plants could produce enough en...

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

The Asian Development Bank has handed over the country’s very first wind-solar h...

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger...

Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

The 100 megawatt Amanercer Solar CAP Power plant in Chile has been officially op...

Five gigantic things happening in sustainability

Five gigantic things happening in sustainability

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Business

Ascent Solar announces milestone agreement for their J.V. in China

Ascent Solar announces milestone agreement for their J.V. in China

Thursday, 03 July 2014

Thin-film solar module manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. has announced the achievement of a significant milestone for their joint venture i...

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Technology

Politics

Living Green

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

A new group of nano explorers could change the way children learn about positive values, the environment, and believe it or not, the periodic table of...

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Renewables

Senvion installs its first turbines in Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm

Senvion installs its first turbines in Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Suzlon Group’s wholly owned subsidiary Senvion SE has installed the first turbines for the offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost in Germany. The Nordsee Ost ...

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Low-Carbon

World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The World Bank has approved a $31 million-project for Kosovo and a $21.7 million-grant for Kazakhstan that will both be increasing the countries’ ener...

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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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