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Badger cull to end early in Gloucestershire

People with guns have been out shooting badgers (Meles meles) in Gloucestershire. This was one of the ‘pilot culls’ supposed to get rid of some of the badgers which, say some, are a reservoir of the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis which … Continue reading

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The first detailed maps of the world’s forests from 2000-2012 (Google Maps)

Originally posted on DESERTIFICATION:
Read at : http://google-latlong.blogspot.be/2013/11/mapping-worlds-deforestation-over-time.html Mapping the world’s deforestation over time We’re excited to announce today that, in a collaboration led by Dr. Matthew Hansen at the University of Maryland, we’ve built the first detailed maps of…

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Wageningen researchers find yields from new crop varieties continue to increase

Originally posted on AgScience:
New varieties continue to yield more than their predecessors, according to research into varieties of winter wheat, spring barley, potatoes grown for starch and sugar beet which have been introduced in the Netherlands by plant breeding…

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The Current State of Agriculture (According to the FAO)

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
(click through for a larger pdf version) The FAO has just released a new infographic showcasing some of the facts and numbers its statistics unit, FAOSTAT, regularly collects. Some of the numbers that…

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Monsanto completes acquisition of The Climate Corporation

Monsanto announced this week that it has acquired The Climate Corporation. Here’s Monsanto’s press release. Both of these companies are based in the United States but operate worldwide. Monsanto is about seeds, traits (genes and characteristics) and herbicides (weedkillers). You … Continue reading

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Owen Paterson is called ‘irresponsible’ about global warming

Our Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, is misplacing his welly again. Tom Bawden at the Independent tells us that Mr Paterson has said, ‘Climate change? People get very emotional about the subject. It’s not all bad.’ What planet are you on, … Continue reading

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Top scientist Sir Mark Walport urges climate change deniers to give in

Originally posted on LEARN FROM NATURE:
The Government’s chief scientific advisor has challenged climate sceptics to drop their denial of global warming in the face of overwhelming evidence that it poses “an extremely important threat to us”. Sir Mark Walport…

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2013 State of Food Insecurity in the World

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
The 2013 UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s report, The State of Food Insecurity in the World, was launched recently, which summarises the number and location of people suffering chronic…

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Nature conservation succeeds in parts of Europe

The State of Nature Report was sobering news for us in Britain in May 2013. I told you about it at the time. But a few weeks later, evidence came in Ecology Letters that conservation efforts may be paying off … Continue reading

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The badger cull – what we know and what we don’t know

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. Other animals can get bTB too. In Britain, some people think the native badger (Meles meles) is … Continue reading

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