How should India and other countries adapt their agricultural practices to a changing climate? In a new film, researchers explain how they go about in the ClimaAdapt project when developing new rice growing technologies and undertaking capacity building of farmers.

There is growing consensus among the world’s scientific community that our climate is changing. Countries in the tropics and sub-tropics are particularly vulnerable as extreme weather conditions pose a serious threat to their food security. For India, the rapidly growing economy, climate change and variability may have a negative impact on the well-being of a steadily increasing population, of which the vast majority reside in rural areas and are highly dependent on natural resources for their food, shelter and income.

With a view to protect standing crops from wild animals, particularly elephants, the forest department of Uttarakhand is going to guard fields with solar fencing.

UK fund managers are selling investments in jatropha plantations as a wallet-swelling, planet-saving financial bonanza. But the reality for poor farmers is very different.

This paper investigates the direct and indirect impacts of ethanol production on land use, deforestation and food production. A partial equilibrium model of a national economy with two sectors and two regions, one of which includes a residual forest, is developed.

BHUBANESWAR: Even as the Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) initiated process for formulation of a model power regulation, the Government today decided to stop hydro power generation with immediate effect.

The extensive use of pesticides in almost all cereals, vegetables and crops field has been proved harmful to human health.

Pesticides are used in pumpkin, guava, blackberry, ladies finger, palk, calery, water melon, pulse, brinjal, chilli, bitter gourd, beans, potato, tomato, cauliflower,, cabbage, jackfruits and many other vegetables.

The first biofuels produced using new generations of biomass raw materials could be available in commercial volumes from 2010 at the earliest, German junior Environment Michael Mueller said on Monday.

But the exact time scale was still unclear, Mueller said at the European Biomass conference in Hamburg.

The Irrigation and Water Management Ministry in collaboration with the Power and Energy Ministry will construct a large scale hydro electricity plant in Wellawaya to generate 300 GWH. This plant will be able to generate power and add 300 GWH to the National Grid, the Irrigation and Water Management Ministry said.

Biofuels are being touted as a solution to rising fuel prices, growing energy demands, and the need to curb emissions of greenhouse gases. Governments have good reasons for promoting biofuels. Yet, a headlong rush into growing biofuel crops will bring its own problems.

EU sets target for non-food biofuel The European Parliament recently voted to limit the use of food crops as biofuel. It proposed that at least 4 per cent of the total biofuel used in vehicular transport should come from non-food crops, dubbed second generation biofuels. It can also come from biomass, green electricity and hydrogen produced from renewables. Green campaigners have

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