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Plant to beat emissions, expert tells farmers

Monday - Cutting production is not the only way for New Zealand to offset agricultural emissions, says a forestry expert.

Taupo farmers take sustainability award

Monday - A Taupo farming operation that found a way to live within a nitrogen cap took the top award at this year’s Sustainable Business Network awards.

Can eating less meat really tackle climate change?

Monday - With the food system accounting for up to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, anything that reduces its impact will make a big difference to the climate.

Fires and drought put pressure on US agriculture

16 Nov 15 - The effects of climate change mean the topsoil that gives the US its agricultural strength is now in danger of being blown away.

Best not to mess with agriculture yet, says NZ First

Winston Peters

2 Nov 15 - Agriculture should be left out of the Emissions Trading Scheme until other countries act on biological emissions, says New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

Spread of drylands will hit poorer nations hardest

Drylands are one of the most sensitive areas to climate change and human activities.

2 Nov 15 - Global warming, increasing aridity and rapidly expanding human population will lead to drylands covering half of the Earth’s land surface by the end of this century.

Groser confirms emissions backlash fear

27 Oct 15 - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser has confirmed that it was fear of an international backlash that stopped the Government splitting agricultural emissions from other emissions in New Zealand’s post-2020 emissions reduction target, despite strong pressure from Treasury.

BNZ's farmers are serious about climate change

27 Oct 15 - Half the Bank of New Zealand’s customers expect the economy to be affected by climate change, says chief executive Anthony Healy.

A new era of migration ... and not just for people

19 Oct 15 - The world is watching as refugees flood into a Europe unprepared for the new arrivals.

France has a soil plan – and it’s not just about wine

Nature’s own carbon capture and storage. Matthias Ripp

12 Oct 15 - French wine lovers have always taken their soil very seriously. But now the country’s government has introduced fresh reasons for the rest of the world to pay attention to their terroir.

Climate-smart villages boost Nepali farmers' harvests

Climate-smart farming in action: Murali Paudel inspects his paddy.

12 Oct 15 - Nepali farmers find environmentally friendly cultivation methods increase yields – and also help them adapt to rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall.

Pesticides are not the only way to deal with insects

5 Oct 15 - This article is not about how to prevent ants from eating your sandwich on a picnic. But it is about mankind’s greatest competitor for our global food resource: insects.

Our farming economics are flawed, says economist

Peter Fraser

28 Sep 15 - Agricultural emissions can be cut without affecting profitability, according to a former Treasury and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry economist.

Here's to a low-emissions future for agriculture

Dr Suzi Kerr

28 Sep 15 - Agriculture in New Zealand could look vastly different in 2050 from the way it looks today, a cross-party seminar on climate change heard last week.

How low-tech farming can help African farmers

28 Sep 15 - Politicians and the Pope are not the only ones calling for action on climate change these days. Farmers are observing changes in rainfall, temperature and other patterns in weather that have spurred...

Backlash fear stopped move on agriculture emissions


21 Sep 15 - New Zealand came close to splitting agriculture off from its post-2020 emissions reduction target in a bid to save money, but dropped the idea amid fears of an international backlash.

No action on agriculture could cost us $13b

21 Sep 15 - Keeping agriculture out of the Emissions Trading Scheme could cost taxpayers $13 billion between 2020 and 2030, Treasury says.

Climate models may misjudge soils' carbon emissions

31 Aug 15 - How soil organisms cope with decaying vegetation is much less certain than climate models suppose, researchers say, and carbon emission estimates may be wrong.

Extreme weather puts Africa's food security at risk

17 Aug 15 - A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more – and more severe – global food crises.

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