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Climate models may misjudge soils' carbon emissions

Monday - 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.

Added gene can make rice more climate-friendly

17 Aug 15 - Scientists discover a way to boost production of the grain that billions rely on for food – and reduce its damaging emissions of methane.

Land deal runs foul of investment office

10 Aug 15 - An Australian company that used a New Zealand contact to buy land for carbon farming has fallen foul of the Overseas Investment Office.

As biodiversity declines on corn farms, pest problems grow

3 Aug 15 - Biodiversity performs critical ecosystem functions that cannot be replaced indefinitely by technology, such as pesticides and herbicides. This includes a diverse population of insects on farms.

Soil maps could help show the way for farmers

27 Jul 15 - Detailed soil maps of farms could reduce nitrate leaching and help to improve food production, a Lincoln University report suggests.

Forecasting dead zones and toxic algae in US waterways: a bad year for Lake Erie

Algae overload ... Lake Erie algal bloom 2011.

27 Jul 15 - Over the past two decades, scientists have developed ways to predict how ecosystems will react to changing environmental conditions.


Groser pleads special case for animal emissions

Tim Groser ... critical.

20 Jul 15 - New Zealand wants the next global climate change agreement to treat biological gases treated differently from other greenhouse gases.

Warming planet heightens plight of the bumblebee

The role bumblebees play as plant pollinators is vital in providing food for humans and wildlife.

13 Jul 15 - By TIM RADFORD.- Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats their southern habitat range.

Ambitious, but we'll do our bit, say farmers

Anders Crofoot ... exports critical.

8 Jul 15 - Agriculture will play its part in cutting greenhouse gas emissions to meet the “ambitious” 2030 emissions reduction target announced yesterday, Federated Farmers says.

Is palm oil the scourge of the earth, or a wonder crop?

6 Jul 15 - If you happen to mention palm oil to most people outside of Asia you are unlikely to get a particularly positive reaction.

We must act now to save farming industry, says expert

Dr Charles Merfield ... the shift has started.

22 Jun 15 - Billions of dollars worth of research and on-farm advisers are needed to prepare the New Zealand farming sector for the massive shift to sustainable agriculture, an expert is warning.

Frustrated local farm adviser heads overseas

Nicole Masters ... building soil health.

22 Jun 15 - An agricultural adviser whose clients are slashing inputs while maintaining production is shifting her business overseas in frustration at a lack of progress in New Zealand.

Waste to wealth: the hidden potential of waste from fruit

Using fruit waste in a sustainable manner can have economic benefits for industries.

22 Jun 15 - South Africa produces millions of tonnes of fruit each year that are exported, consumed locally, or processed into value-added products such as juice, canned fruit or wine.

Rise in CO2 could restrict growing days for crops

Food stalls at a market in Kamuli, eastern Uganda.

22 Jun 15 - While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security.

University site dishes the dirt on soils

22 Jun 15 - Want to know more about the stuff that grows our food, filters our water, stores carbon and does a host of other critical stuff?

Clean water company seeks public backing

8 Jun 15 - A Hawkes Bay company with new technology to treat wastewater has launched an equity crowd-funding campaign.

How modern crops can ensure food security in a heatwave

India has been sweltering recently – but plants can cope better than people.

8 Jun 15 - India’s heatwave again highlights just how seriously extreme weather conditions threaten our ability to put sufficient nutritious food on all our plates.

Clean-green brand not working overseas, says report

2 Jun 15 - Many overseas consumers are unaware their food originates in New Zealand, undermining attempts to promote our “clean and green” and premium brand image, a new study finds.


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