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Oxfam has urged the World Bank to stop its support of large-scale land investments, the Guardian reported. The land purchased by international investors could grow enough food for 1 billion people, but is instead being used to grow biofuels or is left idle, according to a report Oxfam released Thursday. Researchers are hoping to gain […]

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Environmental officials from the U.S. and Canada announced that they are about to sign a negotiated update to the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The document “addresses critical health issues in the Great Lakes region,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a news release. Infrastructure Investment The Egyptian government will spend $US 1.3 […]

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Monsoon rainfall is 14 percent below average in India, which depends on rainwater to feed more than 50 percent of its agricultural land.

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Technology Desalination technologies are expanding as freshwater scarcity rivals carbon emissions as a major environmental hazard, and the industry is expected to be a $US 17 billion business within the next five years, according to Bloomberg. A report by the International Water Management Institute has proposed low-cost, small-scale irrigation strategies for farms in South Asia and sub-Saharan […]

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Food prices This summer’s drought in the United States will cause corn yields to drop 17 percent compared to 2011, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Consequently, the USDA expects corn prices to rise 39 percent to $8.90 per bushel. Soybean supplies and prices will face similar consequences, The Wall Street […]

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Having recently returned from China, reporter Nadya Ivanova just missed flooding in the nation’s capital that killed 37 people and closed airports.

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A study by European scientists warns that large geoengineering projects, which have been contemplated as a solution to global warming, could create a 20 percent reduction in rainfall over the Amazon and a 15 percent reduction over large areas of North America and northern Eurasia, AlertNet reported. Reports: Unsustainable Resource Use A new study published […]

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Drinking water is safe to consume in the small Pennsylvania town of Dimock, where residents complained about hydraulic fracturing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, this Reuters analysis shows that insurers find it tough to price the risk from hydraulic fracturing. A NASA scientist has for the first time tied specific weather events, […]

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Water Shortage Years of uncontrolled digging of wells in Yemen has almost sucked the Arabian Peninsula country dry, according to Reuters. Can new projects stave off a looming water catastrophe? With no major natural freshwater sources, Cuba relies primarily on the whims of weather to supply itself with water. But experts warn that climate change […]

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Climate Change Australia should brace itself for higher temperatures and more weather extremes, such as intense rainfalls and droughts, according to a government report. The more chaotic weather will be an especially big challenge to miners and farmers, who are already building bigger holding dams for flood waters and altering cropping practices. About 3.7 million […]

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Energy South Africa may invest $78 billion in new nuclear power plants, a hydropower project and a coal-fired power plant in order to keep up with energy demand, Business Week reported. A European Union expert committee failed to reach a decision on a proposal that would label fuel from tar sands as highly polluting, pushing […]

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The United States is the world’s largest exporter, and one of the biggest importers, of virtual water, a measure of the water used to create products that are shipped abroad, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, which outlines the flow of water around the […]

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NASA Satellite image of Lake Poyang

Urban waste and falling water levels signaled a rough start to 2012 for some of the world’s largest and most iconic freshwater lakes.

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The Japanese government plans to open a robot-run super farm in the tsunami-hit Miyagi prefecture, Wired UK reported. The so-called “Dream Project” will feature unmanned tractors and robotic farmers, and will channel back the carbon dioxide produced by the machinery to crops to boost their growth. Canada’s natural resources minister accused opponents of a project […]

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An Israeli desalination plant that is expected to start operations in 2013 could allow the drought-ridden country to export water to its neighbors, Reuters reported. Is water on the agenda at the climate talks in Durban, South Africa? Severe water shortages are plaguing India’s Maharashtra state, according to India Waterportal. Meanwhile, heavy rains have wreaked […]

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Food Floods Flooding 2011 Thailand Cambodia Vietnam Philippines Laos Rice Maize Corn Crop

With hundreds of deaths, thousands of damaged hectares, and millions of refugees, this year’s fall flooding has equated to a devastating wet season.

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A survey by the Asahi newspaper shows that nearly three-quarters of Japanese voters are in favor of a gradual nuclear phase-out in the country, while about 50 percent agree that reactors now off-line for inspections should be restarted if they meet government safety standards, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, this SolveClimate News article says that decommissioning a […]

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Heavy rainfall over the weekend has eased the effects of the prolonged drought in central and eastern China, Xinhua reports. The rains are expected to continue over the next few days. Meanwhile, spring rains and melting winter snowpack have caused heavy flooding in central South Dakota, threatening to raise the Missouri River to record levels, […]

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Though a recent study points to Europe’s abundant shale gas reserves, the government of France is increasingly likely to ban shale gas exploration in the wake of growing domestic opposition to the technique, the Financial Times reports. The Danube River, one of Europe’s major waterways, has dropped to a 100-year low in Austria, forcing shippers […]

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Genetically-modified crops are not the solution to Europe’s growing food demand, according to the European Union’s farm commissioner. Warming temperatures are affecting European farming more severely than North America’s, according to a new climate study published in the journal Science. The study found that the climate shifts over the past three decades are linked to […]

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