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agricultureRegions in southern hemisphere would be at risk desertification at 2-degree warming but difference on when it happens

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A 2 °C warming (one more degree than where we are today) would put 20-30% of the world at risk of desertification and drought by 2050. The regions that will be most affected by an average temperature increase are those located …

agriculture5% of farmland can be used for modified plants to cheaply remove 50% of atmospheric CO2

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Dr. Joanne Chory, of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and HHMI, believes she can modify plants to absorb 20 times more CO2. Chory just won a $3 million Breakthrough Science prize. She wants create new plant varieties that could …

agricultureChina spending $100 billion to start addressing severe water pollution

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China launched nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects in the first half of 2017 with a projected total investment of 667.4 billion yuan (US$100.2 billion). The projects were devised as part of a 2015 action plan to treat and prevent water …

agricultureChina making water tunnels 7 times longer than world’s longest to irrigate the desert

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China’s longest tunnel is the eight-year-old 85km Dahuofang water project in Liaoning province, while the world’s longest tunnel is the 137km main water supply pipe beneath the city of New York. Chinese engineers are testing techniques that could be used …

agricultureCO2 at 403.3 ppm

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2016 saw average concentrations of CO2 hit 403.3 parts per million, up from 400ppm in 2015. “It is the largest increase we have ever seen in the 30 years we have had this network,” Dr Oksana Tarasova, chief of WMO’s …

agricultureCRISPR gene editing technology freely available for agricultural research

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On October 18, 2017, DuPont Pioneer and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard reached an agreement to jointly provide non-exclusive licenses to foundational CRISPR-Cas9 intellectual property under their respective control for use in commercial agricultural research and product development. …

agricultureSalt water resistant rice can boost harvest by nearly 20 per cent

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Rice grown on a commercial scale in diluted seawater has, for the first time, made it into the rice bowls of ordinary Chinese people after a breakthrough in food production following more than four decades of efforts by farmers, researchers, …

agricultureNetherlands is world number two in agricultural exports by using greenhouses and new technology

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Each acre in the greenhouse yields as much lettuce as 10 outdoor acres and cuts the need for chemicals by 97 percent. The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft …

agricultureAquaculture fills the protein demand gap

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China’s total production from aquaculture tripled in the past two decades despite the loss of 57 percent of its coastal wetlands, 73 percent of its mangroves and 80 percent of its coral reefs since the 1950s. Marine ecosystems are being …

agricultureSo long Global Warming and thanks for all of the fish

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About 37 percent of Earth’s land area is used for agricultural land. About one-third of this area, or 11 percent of Earth’s total land, is used for crops. The balance, roughly one-fourth of Earth’s land area, is pastureland, which includes …