Archive | November, 2010

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Colombia Tests Forage Crops Against Climate Change

Posted on 25 November 2010 by admin

An experimental grass crop at CIAT's Colombian headquarters. Credit:Neil Palmer/Courtesy of CIAT.

By Constanza Vieira*

BOGOTÁ, Nov 25, 2010 (TierramĂ©rica/TerraViva) – Colombia, with 24 million head of cattle, is showcasing two advances towards reducing the 13 percent of climate-changing gas emissions attributed to livestock production around the world. Continue Reading

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Poca ambiciĂłn, muchas emisiones

Posted on 24 November 2010 by admin

Por Matthew O. Berger

WASHINGTON, 24 nov (IPS/TerraViva) – Las expectativas para la conferencia mundial sobre cambio climĂĄtico que comenzarĂĄ la semana prĂłxima en la sudoriental ciudad mexicana de CancĂșn parecen menores que las del encuentro el año pasado en Copenhague, mientras las emisiones de gases invernadero, causantes del fenĂłmeno, siguen creciendo.
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Colombia investiga forrajes contra el cambio climĂĄtico

Posted on 24 November 2010 by admin

Cultivo experimental de brachiaria en la sede colombiana del CIAT.  CrĂ©dito: Neil Palmer – CortesĂ­a CIAT

Cultivo experimental de brachiaria en la sede colombiana del CIAT. CrĂ©dito: Neil Palmer – CortesĂ­a CIAT

Por Constanza Vieira

BOGOTÁ, nov (TierramĂ©rica/TerraViva) – Colombia, con 24 millones de cabezas de ganado, exhibe dos avances para reducir ese 13 por ciento de gases de efecto invernadero que se le achaca a la industria planetaria de rumiantes. Continue Reading

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Joyas naturales se fugan de Chile

Posted on 24 November 2010 by admin

Garra de león, Leontochir ovallei, flor nativa del desierto de Atacama y comerciada en el exterior.  Crédito: Cortesía INIA

Garra de león, Leontochir ovallei, flor nativa del desierto de Atacama y comerciada en el exterior. Crédito: Cortesía INIA

Por Daniela Estrada

SANTIAGO, nov (IPS/IFEJ/TerraViva) – Cactus, flores, arbustos y un sinnĂșmero de otros organismos genĂ©ticos salen cada dĂ­a de Chile para ser estudiados, mejorados, patentados y comercializados. A falta de regulaciĂłn, el paĂ­s sĂłlo los mira pasar. Continue Reading

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CENTRAL AMERICA: Water as a ‘Divine Gift’

Posted on 23 November 2010 by admin

Maize is a food staple in Guatemala's "Dry Corridor," which has been hit by both drought and flood. Credit:Danilo Valladares/IPS.

By Danilo Valladares*

GUATEMALA CITY, Nov 23, 2010 (TierramĂ©rica/TerraViva) – “Many people still believe that water is a gift from God.” This statement from a Guatemalan scientist alludes to Central America’s neglect of its water resources – and the subsequent impact on agriculture. Continue Reading

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Gap Between Science and Pledges Likely to Outlive CancĂșn

Posted on 23 November 2010 by admin

By Matthew O. Berger

WASHINGTON, Nov 23, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Though there is widespread acknowledgement that the ambitions for this year’s climate change conference are considerably lower than for last year’s, the U.N. and other groups say even the deal struck a year ago will not go far enough to stop climate change. Continue Reading

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Forests Rescue Plan Riddled with Uncertainties

Posted on 23 November 2010 by admin

By Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 23, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Deforestation rates have slowed in Brazil and elsewhere in expectation of a windfall of green gold from billions of dollars of carbon credits being mobilised for climate protection, some experts believe. Continue Reading

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ETHIOPIA: First Carbon Finance Spreads Green Over Highland

Posted on 22 November 2010 by admin

Farmers are rapidly reforesting the Humbo plateau, thanks to carbon finance. Credit: WorldVision.

By Omer Redi*

ADDIS ABABA, Nov 22, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – It has been decades since the people of the Humbo Woreda have been self-sufficient in food. A Clean Development Mechanism project – Ethiopia’s first – is restoring the environment and sustaining livelihoods along with it. Continue Reading

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CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO-CANADÁ: Vox populi no es vox Dei

Posted on 19 November 2010 by admin

Por Stephen Leahy

UXBRIDGE, 19 nov (IPS/TerraViva) – El pĂșblico de CanadĂĄ estĂĄ totalmente en contra de la actitud de su propio gobierno frente al cambio climĂĄtico, segĂșn una encuesta divulgada este viernes. Continue Reading

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Cracks in Costa Rica’s Green Image

Posted on 18 November 2010 by admin

A cloud forest in Costa Rica. Credit:GermĂĄn Miranda/IPS.

By Daniel Zueras*

SAN JOSÉ, Nov 18, 2010 (IPS/IFEJ/TerraViva) – For many, Costa Rica embodies the notion of a country committed to taking care of its natural environment. But Costa Rican activists beg to differ, and have a list of the actions that contradict the country’s green “for-export” image.
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A carpenter organises a load of mahogany, precious wood seized by the authorities in the CiĂ©naga de Zapata wetlands. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSWaves and high tides are eating away at the beaches in Costa Rica’s Cahuita National Park, where the vegetation is uprooted and washed into the sea. Credit: Diego Arguedas/IPSInformal gold mining is the main source of mercury emissions in Latin America. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma MejĂ­a/IPS.Community leader Olga Vargas and her granddaughter Valery (backs turned to the camera) chat with local residents on one of the hiking paths that the Women’s Association created in the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS
In Quebrada Grande, the Agrarian Development Institute dedicated 119 hectares of land to forest conservation, which the Womens’ Association has been looking after for over a decade. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSThe expansion of pineapple cultivation to the north of the capital San JosĂ© has put pressure on forests in Costa Rica. There are pineapple plantations and a packing plant right behind the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSOlga Vargas next to the greenhouse with which the Quebrada Grande de Pital Women’s Association began to revitalise its sustainable business, whose priority is reforestation. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIsabel Michi carefully tends seedlings in the greenhouse on her small organic farm in the settlement of MutirĂŁo Eldorado in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: FabĂ­ola Ortiz/IPS

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