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How right price, right credits would suit farmers

Friday - A carbon price of $25 and a 50 per cent allocation of free credits would make the Emissions Trading Scheme viable for some farmers, a new report shows.

Irish agriculture faces emissions dilemma

Tuesday - Ireland is facing a classic conflict, pitching economic growth targets against the need for action on climate change.

Solar farms offer bonus for tropical crops

19 Jul 16 - Research in England shows that solar farms reduce local temperature and provide shade, enabling crops in hot and desert climates to flourish.

DROUGHT-DODGER: Let's hear it for the humble bean

18 Jul 16 - Scientists have found that some varieties of beans − a vital food crop grown on every continent except Antarctica − have developed ways of coping with the climate-related droughts that threaten them.

FULL OF BEANS: Pulses should fill the food basket

7 Jul 16 - Three years ago, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring 2016 the International Year of the Pulse.

Do cows get seasick? Here comes the floating dairy farm

6 Jul 16 - Do cows get seasick? It’s not a question farmers often ask, except in the Dutch city of Rotterdam where a team of developers plans to build a floating dairy.

What do you do with 162 million tonnes of manure?

4 Jul 16 - Americans' access to cheap meat comes at a cost: Millions of tonnes of manure and toxic pollutants which threaten some of the nation's most important waterways.


How science can strengthen endangered plants

27 Jun 16 - As the human population swells – and in the face of a changing and unpredictable climate – the demand for natural resources increases. This leads to distressing rates of deforestation to prepare land...

The race is on to feed a warming world

24 Jun 16 - Scientists warn that plant breeders will need to accelerate development schedules if they are to ensure the ever-growing population can be fed as global temperatures rise

Can robots cut farming’s carbon footprint?

23 Jun 16 - Drones, satellites and weed-killing lasers could slash the energy used to grow crops, say experts.

Farming's climate impacts getting worse

16 Jun 16 - New United Nations figures show pollution from farming is continuing to get worse.

Extreme weather turning some crops toxic

9 Jun 16 - The United Nations has warned that extreme weather conditions are prompting crops to release toxins, and eating these crops is detrimental to human health.

Soil researcher has a wee problem

Jen Owens

8 Jun 16 - Scientists are puzzled by unexpected and conflicting results from research into the affect of irrigation on greenhouse gas emissions from soil.

Farm trust chief ends 10 years at helm

David Natzke

1 Jun 16 - New Zealand Farm Environment Trust general manager David Natzke is stepping down after a decade at the helm.

Nanotechnology can help us to grow more food

30 May 16 - With the world’s population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, scientists are working to develop new ways to meet rising global demand for food, energy and water without increasing the strain...

Farming’s dirty needs have a deadly effect

27 May 16 - Farming is a dirty business – so dirty now that, according to new research, air pollution from agriculture in the form of fine particles of lung-choking dust outweighs all other human sources of that...

PORK TALK: UN expert calls for tax on meat production

27 May 16 - Governments should tax meat production in order to stem the global rise in consumption and the environmental damage that goes with it, according to a UN expert.

Cattle drugs could fuel climate change, study suggests

26 May 16 - Dosing farm animals with antibiotics increases greenhouse gas emissions from cow dung, research suggests.

Climate food shocks not good news for us, says report

23 May 16 - Climate change-induced food shocks will have a negative effect on New Zealand’s economy, researchers say.


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