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News: ‘Food & Agriculture’ Archive

Decline in biodiversity of farmed plants, animals gathering pace | Reuters

Monday, May 27th, 2013

‘Reuters – A decline in the diversity of farmed plants and livestock breeds is gathering pace, threatening future food supplies for the world’s growing population, the head of a new United Nations panel on biodiversity said on Monday.’

via Decline in biodiversity of farmed plants, animals gathering pace | Reuters.

FEMA Plans Clear-Cutting 85,000 Berkeley and Oakland Trees | California Progress Report

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

‘The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is moving to chop down 22,000 trees in Berkeley’s historic Strawberry and Claremont Canyons and over 60,000 more in Oakland. This destructive plan is rapidly moving forward with little publicity, and FEMA cleverly scheduled its three public meetings for mid and late May while UC Berkeley students were in finals or gone.’

via FEMA Plans Clear-Cutting 85,000 Berkeley and Oakland Trees | California Progress Report.

also see the ABC7 news report:

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — Tens of thousands of trees are on the chopping block in the East Bay. But on Saturday morning, neighbors will have one final chance to speak out about the project that will eliminate about 80,000 trees from the East Bay Hills.

via FEMA providing money to cut down trees in East Bay Hills to reduce fire danger | abc7news.com.

Would we give up burgers to stop climate change? – Salon.com

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

‘…In their report, Goodland and Anhang note that when you account for feed production, deforestation and animal waste, the livestock industry produces between 18 percent and 51 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions.’

via Would we give up burgers to stop climate change? – Salon.com.

Bee-harming pesticides banned in Europe | Environment | The Guardian

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

‘Europe will enforce the world’s first continent-wide ban on widely used insecticides alleged to cause serious harm to bees, after a European commission vote on Monday.’

via Bee-harming pesticides banned in Europe | Environment | The Guardian.

Fertilizer Plants Spring Up to Take Advantage of U.S. s Cheap Natural Gas – Yahoo! News

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

‘This boom, driven by low prices for natural gas—the main ingredient in ammonia production—will drive a corresponding surge in the industry’s already substantial carbon footprint.’

via Fertilizer Plants Spring Up to Take Advantage of U.S. s Cheap Natural Gas – Yahoo! News.

Video: Biochar Lecture, “Black Powder in Red Soil…in Western Kenya” by Andrew Crane-Droesch

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

April 12, 2013, University of California, Berkeley

Andrew Crane-Droesch (PhD candidate, Energy and Resources Group) discussed his research on agricultural biochar adoption in Kenya titled “Black Powder in Red Soil: Benefits, social learning about benefits, and technology adoption in Western Kenya”.

Though preliminary, positive field results are promising, and beyond yield gains for small farmers in certain situations, biochar holds promise as a potential carbon sequestration option to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide.

See webpage with link to Andrew Crane-Droesch’s working paper

Carpe Diem West new report discussion: New Visions. Smart Choices. Western Water Security in a Changing Climate. SF Commonwealth Club.

Monday, April 1st, 2013

San Francisco, Mar 26, 2013

Kimery Wiltshire of Carpe Diem West and Scott Miller of Resource Media spoke at the SF Commonwealth Club to announce and discuss Carpe Diem’s new report ‘Smart Choices. Western Water Security in a Changing Climate‘. The discussion emphasized ‘power of nature’ solutions and collaboration across agencies and between actors, highlighting several examples of innovation and cooperation in a variety of locations across the West.

Scott Millere
Water is the face of climate change. .. it’s the way that most people are going to come to understand what climate change means for them in their day to day lives and that’s critically important because that’s how people understand problems, how they experience them personally.” ~ Scott Miller
Kimery Witshire
“Climate change is the game changer, and the way that we used to do things in the past, the way we used to work with each other in balkanized and siloed and competitive ways isn’t going to work, that’s the great news about climate change.” ~ Kimery Witshire

report by James George

In China, public anger over secrecy on environment – Yahoo! News

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

‘BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – When China’s environment ministry told attorney Dong Zhengwei he couldn’t have access to two-year old data about soil pollution because it was a “state secret”, it added to mounting public outrage over the worsening environment.’

via In China, public anger over secrecy on environment – Yahoo! News.

Imperial County betting its future on renewable energy – latimes.com

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

‘Solar, wind and geothermal projects are popping up on farms that once grew wheat, alfalfa and sugar beets. County officials say the normally hardscrabble region is benefiting from vast tracts of affordable land and lots of sunshine, the one resource the region can almost always count on.’

via Imperial County betting its future on renewable energy – latimes.com.

Genetically engineered salmon moves closer to FDA approval – latimes.com

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

‘The fish, modified to grow extra fast, wouldn’t be dangerous for the environment or consumers, says a draft report from the agency. Critics find fault with the announcement’s timing, for starters.’

via Genetically engineered salmon moves closer to FDA approval – latimes.com.