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Agriculture gas emissions on the rise, warns UN

Thursday - Agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30 per cent by 2050, according to new estimates from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.

More CO2 could limit plants' protein output

Thursday - As global temperatures rise, more than one third of the land surface might become more arid.

Maori agribusiness gets $2m boost

Thursday - Five M‚ori agribusiness projects worth more than $2.1 million have been approved by the Government.

Academic gets funds for drought studies

11 Apr 14 - A Waikato University doctoral student has won a scholarship to investigate the on-going inpacts of drought on dry-land farming.

Heat extremes put major crops at risk, say scientists

28 Mar 14 - By TIM RADFORD.- Rampant climate change driven by ever-rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere poses a serious threat to world food supply, according to a new study in Environmental Research Letters.

California goes nuts for water

Rows of almond trees in California.

28 Mar 14 - WHILE recent rainfall has brought welcome relief to California, the amount of precipitation has not been nearly enough to put an end to what is its worst drought on record. The stateís $45 billion agricultural sector has been particularly hard hit, writes KIERAN COOKE.

Water is the key in a hungry world

21 Mar 14 - Tomorrow is World Water Day. Foodtank president DANIELLE NIERENBERG says that farmers around the world should be looking to colleagues who have come up with innovative ways of using each drop more efficiently.

Burger chain goes free-range

21 Mar 14 - Home-grown burger chain Burger Fuel says it will use only free-range chicken in its New Zealand outlets.

Canberra outlines new farm opportunities

21 Mar 14 - The Australian Government says it is making it easier for farmers and landholders to be able to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund by storing carbon in their soil, improving farm...

Public wary of DOC's new business role

14 Mar 14 - Getting into bed with business could affect the Department of Conservationís ability to protect New Zealandís fresh water, the public fears.

Farmers remain free of emissions obligations

14 Mar 14 - The Government is all but ruling out making agriculture responsible for its greenhouse gas emissions next year.

Now you can check it out before you buy ... by phone

14 Mar 14 - A new product certification system lets consumers check over their phones the environmental and social sustainability of New Zealand food products.

Eight ways to better manage our livestock

14 Mar 14 - By TIM RADFORD.- British and international scientists have proposed eight strategies to make cattle and sheep-farming more sustainable, to make both the animals and people who depend on them...

Morgan going to public with water campaign

Gareth Morgan ... Government failing to act.

28 Feb 14 - Businessman, economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan is planning a public campaign over the state of New Zealandís fresh water.

Taxpaper faces $500,000 bill for lake clean-up

28 Feb 14 - Cleaning up polluted Lake Horowhenua will cost taxpayers more than half a million dollars.

Energy-wise dairy farmers could save millions

28 Feb 14 - Dairy farmers could collectively save $42 million through electricity efficiency measures in the dairy shed, says the Government's energy efficiency agency.

British farmers keen on Kiwi scientist's no-tillage methods

Dr John Baker ... magic bullet.

14 Feb 14 - New Zealand soil scientist and no-till drill manufacturer Dr John Baker says his ideas are being picked up in Britain.

New water moves not enough, says commissioner

Dr Jan Wright ... nitrate challenge.

7 Feb 14 - Current proposals for freshwater management are not adequate for protecting water quality to even current levels in New Zealand, says Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright.

Dilmah founder bankrolls 'green' tea to save the planet

Merrill J. Fernando ... $1 million backing.

7 Feb 14 - The man who urges Kiwis to ďdo try itĒ, Dilmah Tea founder Merrill J. Fernando, has another message, and this one is about caring for the planet.

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