Land degradation causes up to 5% loss in farm output
10/04/2013 9:05 am
Loss of land through desertification and drought costs up to five percent of world agricultural gross domestic product (AGDP), or some $450 billion (340 billion euros), every year, said a study presented at a UN conference Tuesday.
After 2012 drought, US farmers adapt for climate change
14/03/2013 9:25 am
Emerging from the worst drought in 50 years, US farmers are bracing for long-term challenges from climate change including blasting heat and more capricious rainfall.
Governments falling short in drought fight: UN
08/03/2013 10:42 am
Governments worldwide are failing to do enough to tackle drought, which lacks the headline-making punch of a hurricane but can have an equally devastating human and economic impact, the UN weather agency warned Thursday.
'Mad Max' accused of destroying Namib desert
05/03/2013 9:34 am
Namibian environmental groups and tourism companies expressed fury Monday about a film crew's alleged destruction of sensitive areas in the world's oldest desert while shooting "Mad Max: Fury Road."
China lawyer appeals 'state secret' pollution claim
27/02/2013 10:16 am
A Chinese lawyer has appealed against an official refusal to release the results of a national soil pollution survey on the grounds that it was a "state secret", he told AFP on Wednesday.
Turkmenistan to plant three million trees
25/02/2013 9:45 am
The ex-Soviet state of Turkmenistan announced on Saturday a new campaign to plant three million tree saplings this year with the aim of transforming the desert Central Asian nation into a "blooming garden".
Europe is asking for your opinion on organic farming
20/01/2013 12:31 pm
The European Commission has launched an online questionnaire for European citizens to say what they think of organic farming.
Slab of Barrier Reef sea floor breaking off: scientists
21/12/2012 9:46 am
SYDNEY (AFP) - (AFP) - A huge slab of sea floor near the Great Barrier Reef is in the early stages of collapse and could generate a tsunami when it finally breaks off, researchers warned Friday.
S. Korea labels chemical leak area 'disaster' zone
08/10/2012 8:56 am
The South Korean government on Monday designated an area hit by a toxic chemical leak as a "special disaster" zone, after more than 3,000 people were treated for ailments ranging from nausea to chest pain.
Philippine mining reforms ignored at gold-rush site
06/08/2012 8:57 am
The Philippine government wants to close thousands of small-scale mines blamed for environmental devastation, but Reynaldo Elejorde insists his chaotic gold-rush mountain town will survive.