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CLIMATE CHANGE IS INDISPUTABLE: UNDERSTANDING THE CAUSE IS ANOTHER ISSUE...

Climate Change and Food Production: A Misunderstood Connection

by Jay Lehr
on AUGUST 7, 2011





The world's food producers are frequently blamed for being responsible for some part of the "greenhouse gas” emissions thought to contribute to global warming, and consequently are targeted for regulations or carbon taxes. 

But the connection between climate change and food production is nearly the opposite of this popular but mistaken belief.


Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – whether from humans, or from oceans and other much larger sources – increases all vegetation growth rates, making food and animal feed more plentiful and ultimately less expensive.


The idea that man has significant impact on the earth’s temperature is both arrogant and absurd.

 Between 1978 and 1998 when the earth was warming (it is not warming any longer) Mars, Pluto, Jupiter and the largest moon of Neptune warmed at the same rate. Our Hubble telescope found no SUVs on any of these celestial bod…

SARANGANI PROVINCE. PHILIPPINES TO BE FOCUS OF POTENTIAL "OFF SEASON" MANGO PRODUCTION AT UPCOMING MANGO CONGRESS...

Increased mango production in Mindanao sought

By Bong S. Sarmiento


| Monday| August 8, 2011 





KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/07 August) — Farmers in Mindanao have been urged to plant more mangoes to boost the country’s production and increase its competitiveness in the international markets.

Fred Dumasis, president of the Sarangani Federation of Fruit Industry Associations, Inc., said they will discuss the potentials of mango production in the region during the 13th National Mango Congress in Glan, Sarangani province on September 28-30.



“We would like to highlight the Soccsksargen Region, especially Sarangani province, as a viable location for off-season mango production,” said Dumasis, whose group is the congress’ lead organizer.

“Soccsksargen” actually refers to Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao. It comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato City.

Dumasis explained that th…

BOLSAS DE VALORES MUNDIAL LUCHAN PARA EVITAR FRACASO...ESTE LUNES (NEGRO ?)

Mayores economías tratan de evitar un 'lunes negro'



AP/Kamran JebreiliVista de noche del edificio Gate, el domingo, en el Centro Internacional Financiero de Dubai, Emiratos Árabes. Las acciones de Oriente Medio fueron las primeras en caer en la jornada dominical tras la rebaja de calificación de EE.UU.



ECONOMÍA

A horas de que se abran los mercados asiáticos, las mayores economías del mundo adelantan intensos contactos para buscar evitar un desplome de los mercados financieros, tras la baja en la calificación de la deuda de EE.UU.


Domingo 7 Agosto 2011



Responsables de finanzas de las principales economías del mundo mantuvieron este fin de semana intensos contactos telefónicos para intentar evitar un desplome de los mercados el lunes, tras la rebaja histórica de la calificación de la deuda de EEUU y los temores a una recesión.

Los gobiernos temen que la degradación de la nota de la deuda de EEUU llevada a cabo el viernes pasado, tras el cierre de los mercados, por la agencia de calif…

ARCHAEOLOGISTS BELIEVE THEY HAVE FOUND THE RESTING PLACE OF CAPTAIN HENRY MORGAN'S LOST FLEET...

Archaeologists Believe They Have Discovered Captain Henry Morgan's Lost Fleet

A team of U.S. archaeologists believe they have discovered the wreckage of a ship they believe is part of Captain Henry Morgan's lost fleet at the mouth of the Chagres River in Panama. 

The researchers located the shipwreck with the help of a magnetometer survey, a technique used to locate anomalies in the magnetic field below the surface of the water.



In the 17th century, Captain Henry Morgan sailed as a privateer on behalf of England. 

He defended the Crown's interests and also led pioneering expeditions to the New World. 

In 1671, Morgan set out to take the Castillo de San Lorenzo, a Spanish fort (pictured below) on the cliff overlooking the entrance to the Chagres River. Morgan lost five ships to the rough seas and shallow reef surrounding the fort.



The researchers say treasure hunters have stolen many of the artifacts of monetary value, like gold coins. 


The team is working closely with the Panam…

CHINA & INDIA FACE ECONOMIC CHALLENGES AS CONSEQUENCES OF RAPID GROWTH TAKE THEIR TOLL...

Asia's BRICs hit the wall


Despite their recent success, China and India may soon face some economic difficulties.

Jaswant Singh Last Modified: 07 Aug 2011 11:10






Inflation and rising interest rates are among the many issues that may soon prove fatal to the Indian and Chinese economies [EPA]



India's democratic credentials do not impress Francis Fukuyama, who two decades ago prophesied the "end of history", as being a catalyst for the country's economic growth. 

Fukuyama finds excessive "patronage politics and fractiousness" in India - flaws that stand in stark contrast to China's speedier, though not necessarily cleaner, political system.



The reality is, however, somewhat different. 

China's local governments have been accumulating mountains of debt to fund their construction binges, raising serious concerns about potential defaults. 

Premier Wen Jiabao himself recognises the urgent need to address the country's inequitable growth, calling for means …

CHINA BRACES FOR TYPHOON MUIFA TO HIT QINDAO...HOME TO 7 MILLION...AS A SEVERE TROPICAL STORM...

Typhoon Muifa batters eastern China


Typhoon forecast to slam into the Shandong peninsula after bypassing Shanghai where 600,000 were ordered to evacuate.

Last Modified: 07 Aug 2011 19:16



One person has died after a typhoon blew down power lines and billboards in the Chinese financial hub of Shanghai as it hurtled northeast up the coast.


As Typhoon Muifa skirted the coast, strong winds caused damage in the city of Shanghai and claimed the life of a 24-year-old swimmer who went missing in heavy surf, local media reported.


Al Jazeera's meteorologist Kevin Corriveau said the storm, with wind speeds of 178kph and torrential rains, was expected to hit land on Monday.





Forecasters predicted Muifa would make landfall as a severe tropical storm on Monday morning near Qingdao, home to 7 million people and the Chinese navy's North Sea fleet.



Evacuations were ordered for 600,000 people in the area, including in Shandong province surrounding Qingdao and points to the south.

About 30,000 Shandon…

FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE BOEING 787 DREAMLINER AT THE OSHKOSH AVIATION SHOW IN WISCONSIN...FANS MARVEL..."MY LAWNMOWER MAKES MORE NOISE"...

By Jarrod Bartlett


Before the Boeing 787 Dreamliner even touched down at the "World's Greatest Aviation Celebration", fans were marveling at the airplane's revolutionary design.


FLIGHTAWARE.COM

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner taxies into position at Wittman Regional Airport in Wisconsin. 

Flightaware.com snapped this and other pictures of the airplane during its debut at the 2011 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

"My lawnmower makes more noise than #787 Dreamliner," tweeted@pat64 as he watched the airplane perform a flyby.

Boeing's all-new passenger jet made its public debut when it landed at the Experimental Aircraft Association's 2011 AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.

"We were just here when it came in and I got goose bumps," said Anita Friberg who was among the thousands who cheered the airplane's landing. "It was amazing."

The 787 Dreamliner is the first commercial jetliner to be made largely of strong, lightweight composites. 

That and a host …

PROGRAM ESTABLISHED FOR 13TH NATIONAL MANGO CONGRESS IN THE PHILIPPINES...HAVE YOU MADE YOUR RESERVATIONS ???...IMO PLANS TO BE THERE...COME JOIN US...

CALLS TO REVIVE ONE OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO'S MOST PRODUCTIVE FARMS ... MARPER FARM IS HOME TO MANGO STOCK ALMOST 100 YEARS OLD ...

Revive Marper Farms to help reduce the country’s $4b food import bill


Published: Sun, 2011-08-07 21:52
Shaliza Hassanali


A derelict building at Marper Farms in Manzanilla.




Marper Farms in Manzanilla, which once produced the widest collection of cocoa germ plasm world over, has fallen into ruin. 

After the operations was scaled down in 1993, the farm, which was a major part of the global conservation effort in cocoa, mango, avocado, banana and citrus genetic resources, is now an eyesore with abandoned glass nurseries, rusting water pumps, derelict buildings and a dilapidated agricultural access road. 

Farmers from far-flung areas such as Matelot and Rio Claro, who once obtained the best quality plants from this 100-acre centre, are pleading with Minister of Food Production Vasant Bharath to resuscitate the holding to help reduce the country’s $4 billion food import bill and ensure food security.



President of the National Food Crop Farmers’ Association Terrence Haywood said the farm, if rehabi…

THE WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS WHICH BEGAN IN 2007...HAS JUST ENTERED IT'S MOST DANGEROUS PHASE...WE ARE ONLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE MESS...THE WORST/BEST IS YET TO COME...

Global financial crisis: five key stages 2007-2011

From sub-prime mortgages in 2007 to the newly downgraded US debt status, the latest crisis point is unlikely to be the last





By  Larry Eliott, Economics Editor
The Guardian Newspaper








A trader at the New York stock exchange. The last four years have seen five key stages of the global financial crisis, with more likely to come. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters



9 August 2007. 15 September 2008. 2 April 2009. 9 May 2010. 5 August 2011. From sub-prime to downgrade, the five stages of the most serious crisis to hit the global economy since the Great Depression can be found in those dates.



Phase one on 9 August 2007 began with the seizure in the banking system precipitated by BNP Paribas announcing that it was ceasing activity in three hedge funds that specialised in US mortgage debt. This was the moment it became clear that there were tens of trillions of dollars worth of dodgy derivatives swilling round which were worth a lot less than the b…