State-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) is planning to acquire coal mines in a number of countries, including Mozambique, Australia and Indonesia, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said today.

Forests are power bases, but often for the wrong people. As attention turns from making an international deal on REDD to making it work on the ground, the hunt will be on for practical ways of shifting power over forests towards those who enable and pursue sustainable forest-linked livelihoods.

The United States and Europe face a new health threat from a mosquito-borne disease far more unpleasant than the West Nile virus that swept into North America a decade ago, a U.S. expert said on Friday.

In parts of Mozambique, seed fairs have become an important tool for improving family farming and food sovereignty. The concept is simple: create a space for small farmers from different regions to come together to exchange seeds. Gaining access to (diverse) genetic material allows for new opportunities and ideas for reducing risk and increasing productivity on farms.

Basti (UP), Aug. 25: The Union minister of state for coal, Mr Sriprakash Jaiswal, on Tuesday said that he would be leaving for Austr-alia soon to scout for coal assets, which help to plug the demand and supply mismatch in fossil fuel.

Jayajit Dash / Bhubaneswar August 18, 2009, 1:17 IST

Coal India Ltd (CIL), which was awarded two exploratory coal blocks in Mozambique in March this year, has decided to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in that country to expedite the exploration process.

Effective planning for climate change adaptation programming in developing countries requires a finegrained assessment of local vulnerabilities, practices and adaptation options and preferences.

Effective planning for climate change adaptation programming in developing countries requires a finegrained assessment of local vulnerabilities, practices and adaptation options and preferences.

A network of "super-reefs" off east Africa are unusually resilient to climate change and could provide important lessons for coral conservation in other parts of the world, researchers said on Friday.

Experts say the planet has lost about a fifth of its corals and warn that many of the remaining reefs could die in the next 20 to 40 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Cereals production could fall by 50 percent in parts of southern Africa in the long term due to climate change, causing increased hunger and poverty, a researcher told an agriculture conference on Wednesday.

South Africa is the largest carbon emitter on the continent, mainly due to its reliance on coal to produce most of its electricity.

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