Posted by: Bioversity Library | July 2, 2009

Articles of interest

After a long hiatus, we’re back and ready to provide our readers with interesting tibits, and news on all thing agrobiodiversity.

To get started please find following some articles of interest that arrived on our desks this last week:

Agriculture and climate change: an agenda for negotiation in Copenhagen. IFPRI 2020 Focus no. 16/ edited by Gerald C. Nelson

This IFPRI Focus is made up of 16 briefs that discuss how agriculture and climate change are interlinked and the strategies we need to consider if climate change mitigation and adaptation are to be met.  Some of the areas that the briefs discuss include:  the role of international trade (brief 13);  synergies among mitigation, adaptation and sustainable development (brief 9); and household impacts and institutional responses to climate change adaptation (brief 12).

Ice on fire / Fred Pearce

This lead article from the New Scientist (no. 2714 – 27th June) looks at what could be considered the next new fossil fuel.  It is called methane clathrate, and it is essentially methane that has been trapped in ice.  If a lit match is placed near a block of this ice, it bursts into flames.  It is seen as an easy solution to the energy crisis and it emits only half of the carbon dioxide of that of coal. Methane clathrate is not new to gas and oil companies but not a lot of attention was given to it, however as natural gas reserves begin to dwindle there is  renewed interest and research, particularly in countries like Norway, China and Canada.

Do we really need another fossil fuel?  Couldn’t/shouldn’t we be looking at aiming our funding and research at more environmentally sound options? And what about the sustainable technologies we already have in place? Shouldn’t we be looking at using/adapting/improving these?   What do you think?

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