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October 2011 Blog Posts (22)

Q: When is a forest not a forest? A: When no-one knows

Take a look at these two photographs and play spot the difference. 

To my mind, the top photo shows a forest. It is dense and diverse, a home to hundreds of species of trees, hundreds of species of bird and mammals and reptiles and fish, and many thousands of other forms of life that it would take a lifetime to…

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Added by Mike Shanahan on October 29, 2011 at 11:36 — 1 Comment

TIMBER FEES TO GO UP

Ghana’s Forestry Commission (FC) has revealed that a Review Committee is being set up for upward review of the country’s Timber Rights Fee (TRF), popularly known as timber fees meant for the state.  Since 2005, the commission has not revised the TRF, necessitating the review.

TRF is rent that timber companies pay for their conces…

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Added by MASAHUDU ANKIILU KUNATEH on October 27, 2011 at 18:37 — No Comments

My articles published in The Jakarta Post

Article 1: 

The  world needs to secure its food resources

The Jakarta Post | Tue, 06/28/2011 7:00 AM

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Extreme weather, rapid population growth – an estimated world population of 9 billion by 2050 – and other aggravating factors, like the diversion of food crops to biofuel production, are steering the world into an uncertain era. Agricultural experts,…

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Added by Rita widiadana on October 26, 2011 at 8:38 — No Comments

My articles published in The Jakarta Post

Article 1: 

The  world needs to secure its food resources

The Jakarta Post | Tue, 06/28/2011 7:00 AM

A | A | A |

Extreme weather, rapid population growth – an estimated world population of 9 billion by 2050 – and other aggravating factors, like the diversion of food crops to biofuel production, are steering the world into an uncertain era. Agricultural experts,…

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Added by Rita widiadana on October 26, 2011 at 8:38 — No Comments

Celebrating Nutrition on America’s “Food Day”

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project

Hamburgers, pizzas, french fries, and sugary drinks-in today's fast-paced world, these foods have become staples for many Americans. But this unhealthy diet has led to an increase in chronic health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. According to the U.S. Centers…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 20, 2011 at 15:58 — No Comments

SHORE-LINE EROSION IN OKUN-ALFA COMMUNITY IN LAGOS NIGERIA

Added by ARMSTRONG-OGBONNA,AUGUSTINA on October 19, 2011 at 15:22 — No Comments

Mali: Le développement durable pour un meilleur avenir de l’environnement

L’agriculture serait même la première phase par laquelle passer pour parler de développement humain durable. C’est une activité qui s’est toujours transmise de père en fils, de génération en génération. Les femmes ont toujours eu leur place et leur rôle à jouer en matière de développement durable et d’agriculture.

Mardi 4 octobre 2011. Bamako, capitale du Mali abrite le 3e forum sur le développement durable. Cette année, l’accent est mis sur l’environnement, sa protection…

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Added by DEME on October 19, 2011 at 15:05 — No Comments

VEEP: GHANA NEEDS AGRIC REVOLUTION TO KICK-OUT POVERTY

The Vice President of Ghana, H.E John Dramani Mahama has hinted that Ghana needs an agricultural revolution based on productivity growth and appropriate technology, in order to create jobs and also raise almost a million more Ghanaians out of poverty by 2015.

Mr. Mahama made this known in a speech read for him by…

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Added by MASAHUDU ANKIILU KUNATEH on October 17, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

New Environmental TV show

Well worth checking out 'Earthrise, a new TV series exploring solutions to today's environmental challenges. It takes an upbeat look at ecological, scientific, technological and design projects the world over. 

Watch at the following times GMT: Friday: 1930; Saturday: 1430; Sunday: 0430; Monday: 0830, join our live web chats, submit your ideas and feedback and nominate your own environmental 'local hero'.

 

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Added by Nick Clark on October 15, 2011 at 12:07 — No Comments

Return of the Apes - Mountain Gorilla Comeback

Getting up close and personal with a mountain gorilla is a pretty humbling experience. You get so near that you are actually in range of their body odour - a pungent, sickly-sweet smell of old sweat. It is not far from the aroma we would radiate, if we had been roaming the forest all our lives sans shower gel. We have 98 per cent of the same DNA as the mountain gorilla.

 

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Added by Nick Clark on October 15, 2011 at 11:57 — No Comments

All for one aim: Multi-pronged approach to fight hunger

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project



The volatility of food prices, in particular price upswings, represents… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 13, 2011 at 15:36 — No Comments

FORESTRY COMMISSION AIDS TIMBER COMPANIES TO RIP-OFF GHANA

The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD), a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Ghana yesterday disclosed that since 2005, the Forestry Commission (FC) had not revised the country’s Timber Rights Fees (TRF) popularly known forest fees meant for the state.

TRF is rent…

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Added by MASAHUDU ANKIILU KUNATEH on October 13, 2011 at 10:11 — No Comments

WORLD HUNGER REPORT: HIGH, VOLATILE FOOD PRICES LINGER ON

Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and possibly increase, making poor farmers, consumers and countries more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the United Nations' three Rome-based agencies said in the global hunger report released yesterday.  



Small, import-dependent…

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Added by MASAHUDU ANKIILU KUNATEH on October 11, 2011 at 17:29 — No Comments

Global Meat Production and Consumption Continue to Rise

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



Global meat production and consumption have increased rapidly in recent decades, with harmful effects on the environment and public health as… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 11, 2011 at 16:16 — No Comments

Global symposium ends in style

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Science Symposium 2011, was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 5 October 2011, under the title “GBIF at 10: Reaping Benefits for Science and Society.” Once a year, the GBIF sponsors a Science Symposium in association with its Governing Board meeting and associated committees. The 2011 Symposium focused on the experience gained during GBIF’s first decade of work and the future of biodiversity informatics. Topics addressed during the…

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Added by GEORGE OKORE on October 10, 2011 at 14:56 — No Comments

AHEAD OF COP17: INDIA RAISES RED FLAGS

The Indian Government has submitted a proposal to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to include three contentious but very important issues on 'unilateral trade measures', 'intellectual property rights' and 'equitable access to sustainable…

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Added by MASAHUDU ANKIILU KUNATEH on October 10, 2011 at 13:26 — No Comments

E-waste and Biodiversity

Nickel-Cadmium Batteries: The most common form found in Nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries. Though banned in the European Union,except for medical use. When not properly recycled it can leach into the soil, harming  micro-organisms and disrupting the soil ecosystem. Also inhalation of Cadmium can cause severe damage to the lungs and kidney.

Added by ARMSTRONG-OGBONNA,AUGUSTINA on October 9, 2011 at 16:23 — No Comments

World Food Prize Recognizes Leadership in Agriculture, but More Policy Support Is Needed to Feed the World’s Hungry

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet





Policymakers around the world need to… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 6, 2011 at 20:36 — No Comments

Repercussions Of Climate Change On Ghana's Food Security

An increase body of evidence shows that climatic variability is adversely affecting Ghana’s natural resources such as land, water, forests and vegetation, as well as human capital.



Climate change is expected to have significant impact on key resource-dependant sectors such as agriculture and food…

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Added by MASAHUDU ANKIILU KUNATEH on October 6, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

ZEJA officially launches amid pomp and fanfare

By GILBERT MUNETSI

The Zimbabwe Environmental Journalists Association was officially launched on Thursday, September 29, at a colourful ceremony held at the Forest Hills Resort  in Vumba, 32km East of the Eastern Highlands capital, Mutare.

Environment and Natural  Resources Management  Minister (who is also the ZEJA patron), Francis Nhema, officiated at the function as the Guest of Honour.

 Forty-three journalists representing various media houses in Zimbabwe -  who also…

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Added by Gilbert Munetsi on October 5, 2011 at 14:40 — No Comments

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