Environment

Northern food bowl just a dream

The dream of turning Australia’s tropical north into a major food bowl to replace drought-stricken southern farmlands and feed a future Asia has been shattered by a new report released on February 8.

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Loss of species hits economy

Losses of animal and plant species are an increasing economic threat and the world needs new goals for protecting nature after failing to achieve a 2010 UN target of slowing extinctions, experts said, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Snowmageddon paralyses US east coast

A monster storm, dubbed ‘Snowmageddon’, has enveloped the US east coast claiming the lives of two people, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Water at core of climate change impact

Desertification, flash floods, melting glaciers, cyclones or water-borne diseases such as cholera are among the impacts of global warming inextricably tied to water, say experts, according the MiNDFOOD.

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Saving endangered species economically

2010 marks the International Year of Biodiversity, prompting the UN to encourage communities to take action against the accelerating pace of wildlife extinctions, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Uproar over massive Amazon dam plan

Environmentalists and indigenous groups say a proposed dam in the Amazon river basin will harm the delicate local environment and the people it harbours, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Poor give muted backing to climate deal

A ‘Copenhagen Accord’ for fighting climate change has won only half-hearted support from major emerging nations led by China and India, leaving question marks over a pact they agreed with the United States, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Climate body ’embarrassed’ over forest claim

The credibility of the world’s climate change authority has taken another hit, with accusations that it based a claim about disappearing forests on a report by environmental activists, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Obama abandons man’s return to the moon

US President Barack Obama has abandoned plans to return US astronauts to the moon by ending the costly Constellation next-generation rocket program.

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Eco-chic fashion shows off stylish sustainability

Models wearing alpaca fiber, bamboo and organic silk and cotton strutted down an ‘Eco-chic’ catwalk to back a United Nations call for the sustainable use of natural resources.

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Four rhinos relocate to Africa with single mission

Fatu is one of four northern white rhinos sent to Kenya from a zoo in the Czech Republic with one sole purpose: to make babies, reports MiNDFOOD.

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UN to probe doomsday glacier forecast

The United Nations’ panel of climate scientists says it will probe claims its doomsday prediction for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers was wrong, as an expert said he had warned of the mistake, MiNDFOOD reports.

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“Spy flights” rile Australia

Australia’s government has come under pressure from lawmakers to block “spy flights” launched by Japanese whalers from Australian airports to foil hardline anti-whaling activists in the Southern Ocean, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Grassroots activist brings clean water to Afghanistan

During the last five years Aldo Magazzeni has arranged for some 75,000 people in remote areas of Afghanistan to be connected to community water systems, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Hottest decade on record

Australia experienced its hottest decade on record from 2000 to 2009 due to global warming, according to the nation’s bureau of meteorology, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Antarctic adventurers strength tested

Living in freezing isolation in Antarctica is a test of endurance for even the toughest of adventurers with veterans to the South Pole convinced that a sense of humor is a key tool for survival, MiNDFOOD reports.

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Sea Shepherd collision on high sea

The captain of the Sea Shepherd boat, Ady Gil, which was hit by a whaling ship in the Southern Ocean yesterday says the Japanese vessel deliberately targeted his ship in an unprecedented attack, reports MiNDFOOD.

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Great Barrier Reef ‘overrun by weeds’

It is one of the natural wonders of the world but the Great Barrier Reef is almost constantly at risk, MiNDFOOD reports.

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