Upgrades to the world’s agricultural export infrastructure, such as roads, waterways and ports, needs to become a priority in order to feed a growing planet, according to the CEO of global agribusiness company Bunge, Reuters reported. Low water levels and a back-up of barge traffic on the Mississippi River have put renewed focus on grain transport systems.
In Nebraska, the same drought that has stressed the Mississippi River has drawn down levels on the Republican River, prompting a meeting of the Republican River Compact states. Nebraska may need to impose further water restrictions and pursue augmentation projects in 2013 to ensure that Kansas receives its share of the river’s water, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.
Countries should focus on adapting agricultural practices to changing weather patterns in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to Bruce Campbell, director of the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security at CGIAR. In this New York Times opinion piece, Campbell argues that agricultural adaptation has been largely left out of global conversations on climate change.
A cold winter in Europe could lead to power shortages and a “critical situation,” EurActiv reported. Energy supplies are especially tight in Europe after Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power and depend more heavily on renewable sources.
Environmental officials in China say that wastewater discharged from two treatment plants complied with national standards, despite allegations by Greenpeace that toxic pollution was making its way into a nearby river from the plants, Xinhua reported. Local residents still worry that the water is unsafe.
Codi Yeager-Kozacek is a reporter for Circle of Blue based out of Enterprise, Alabama. She studied journalism and biology as an undergraduate at West Virginia University and graduated summa cum laude from the university’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. She has done research at the College of the Bahamas Gerace Research Center on San Salvador Island, Bahamas, and her study on coastal dune plants is currently pending publication in the Bahamas Natural History Proceedings. Her interests include food security and ecology. She co-writes The Stream, Circle of Blue’s daily digest of international water news trends.
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