Environment

Climate Change

June 9, 2008
As world leaders meet at a food security summit in Rome this week, Bangladesh is still recovering from last year’s Cyclone Sidr and subsequent floods. This year, Bangladesh is reporting a 2 to 3 million ton rice shortage and ordinary Bangladeshis are paying nearly double of what they paid last year for a kilogram of…

Summit on food – big on talk, short on answers

June 8, 2008

The global food crisis was the subject of a heated 3-day meeting of world leaders in Rome this week. To mark the end of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s summit, representatives from 183 countries signed a declaration on June 5 to increase investment in agriculture, strengthen global relief and hold further trade talks. The hardest…

China: Changing horizons, changing diet

May 31, 2008

Guardian: Food crisis, part 4, reports on the impact of urbanization and consumerism in China

‘You don’t get two-for-one deals on fruit’

May 30, 2008

Guardian: Food crisis, part 3, Scottish couple discuss weekly struggle to feed family on a tight budget

"The World According to Monsanto"

May 29, 2008
A recent report by an agricultural advocacy group says that some of the world’s largest biotechnology companies such as Monsanto, BASF, and Syngenta are seeking hundreds of patents on seeds designed to withstand the environmental stresses of global warming. While industry representatives say that traditional farming practices won’t withstand the impact of sea level and…

Living on the breadline

May 28, 2008

Guardian: First of series on the world food crisis, struggling to get by in Cairo after price increases

How clean Is Clean Coal?

May 26, 2008

In a single year, less than one in 100,000 Americans contract a rare form of blood cancer. In Pennsylvania coal country, the rate is nearly five times higher. Many suspect "clean" coal is the cause. As the 2008 presidential candidates promote the potential of clean coal as an alternative fuel source, and as Congress prepares…

Tensions run high at Amazon dam protest

May 24, 2008

Amazon Indians mark the end of a five-day protest against the Belo Monte hydroelectric project, by swimming in the Xingu River, which they say the dam will destroy. The proposed dam will be one of the world’s largest hydroelectric power plants. Tensions ran high and turned to violence as the week progressed. While the government…

Coral Sea sharks could be wiped out

May 23, 2008

Conservation groups in Australia warn that shark populations in the Coral Sea could be wiped out if the area isn’t protected. The World Wildlife Fund has released a new report saying that shark populations are vulnerable to over-fishing and other threats. The study called on the Australian Government to declare the Coral Sea a Marine…