The Stream, October 14: Asian Carp Reach North Dakota

Invasive Asian silver carp are in North Dakota for the first time, the state’s Game and Fish Department confirmed. The carp — which are spreading through the Mississippi and Missouri river systems — eat plankton and greatly disrupt aquatic ecosystems, The Jamestown Sun reported.

Rushing aid to drought-plagued Tuvalu will not help the country unless industrialized states take measures to significantly cut their carbon emissions, according to this Guardian article.

Efforts to check deforestation in developing countries lose ground as foreign aid drops and rising food demand continues to fuel land grabs, according to AlterNet.

Despite a 40-year-old treaty, India and Pakistan are still at odds over the Indus River, National Geographic reports, as irrigation and hydroelectric projects are draining the river’s flow, while glaciers are melting in Kashmir. The Indus River sustains much of the world’s cotton production.

Robert Engleman, president of the Worldwatch Institute, analyzes the current population predictions in light of limited water and food supplies.

A new study to be published next week in the journal Nature gives a holistic analysis of the future of global agriculture. Here’s a summary by The New York Times Green blog.

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