Entries by Brett Walton

US Company Targets Bhutan’s Mineral Water

An American firm is negotiating for the exclusive rights to sell Bhutanese mineral water outside of South Asia.

Displaced Zimbabwean Farmers Set Down Roots in Nigeria

Niger RiverImporting technical knowledge from Zimbabwean migrants is part of the Nigerian government’s plan to increase food self-sufficiency

Food Security Summit Calls for National Governments to Act Now

The World Summit on Food Security was a forum for raising awareness and encouraging international action, said Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, at the end of the event.

Regulations for Farmland Acquisitions Are Years Away, UN officials say

A strong set of guidelines for land acquisitions abroad could take years, but is necessary for protecting the interests of small farmers, political leaders said.

“Food Security and Climate Change Are Deeply Interconnected,” UN Secretary-General Says

Farmers are hurt by erratic water supplies and underinvestment, according to summit speakers. Leaders weigh in on global agricultural investment during opening remarks of the FAO summit in Rome.

Madagascar Cancels Water Deal with Saudi Arabia

Madagascar Cancels Water Deal with Saudi ArabiaMadagascar’s government has ended a water export deal with Saudi Arabia because it was opposed by environmental, civil society groups in the country.

Environmental Policy Council Advises Cut in China’s Carbon Intensity

China should reduce its carbon intensity by 4 to 5 percent per year to achieve goals of low-carbon development by 2050. The proposal from the China Council of International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) is the first time such a high-level organization has proposed firm targets for emissions.

“Glacier Man” Does Nature’s Work to Mitigate Climate Change

Chewang Norphel, a civil engineer known locally as the Glacier Man, has been building artificial glaciers to supply irrigation water for the villages of the Ladakh region for the last 15 years. Norphel constructs the glaciers by redirecting autumn and winter melt to shady valleys above the fields.

Beijing’s Snow Day Might Hold Solution to Climate Problems

Cloud seeding, a weather modification technique that induces precipitation, might be the key to keeping the Earth’s temperature in balance, scientists say.

Climate Change Is Water Change — Water Experts React to Barcelona Negotiations

Climate Change Is Water ChangeWater experts have convened in Barcelona to ensure water management strategies are integrated into global climate change negotiations – so far their efforts have fallen on deaf ears.

India’s Leaders Argue Over River Linking Plan

Attempts to mitigates drought and climate change in India by connecting its northern and southern rivers.

Climate Change Burden-Sharing Must Not Compromise Developing World’s Growth, India’s PM

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Barack Obama earlier this year.Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that developing countries will not compromise their financial growth for climate change, and that, instead, rich countries need to ensure access to clean technologies.