Writer-farmer seeks hope in country life's future

Nov 16, 2013

Writer-farmer seeks hope in country life's future

by Winifred Bird

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration have recently been mulling major changes to the country’s farm policy. The move comes against the backdrop of high production costs and average farm size not having grown much since 1965. For decades the government has used ...

Oceans getting 'hot, sour, breathless'

Nov 14, 2013

Oceans getting 'hot, sour, breathless'

Greenhouse gases are making the world’s oceans warm, acidic and short on oxygen, and the way those changes work together is creating a grimmer outlook for global waters, according to a new report Wednesday from 540 international scientists. The world’s oceans are getting more ...

First sighting in years of rare Saola mammal in Vietnam

Nov 13, 2013

First sighting in years of rare Saola mammal in Vietnam

One of the rarest and most threatened mammals on Earth has been caught on camera in Vietnam for the first time in 15 years, renewing hope for the recovery of the species, an international conservation group said. The Saola, a long-horned ox, was photographed ...

'Pause' in warming credited to ozone pact

Nov 11, 2013

'Pause' in warming credited to ozone pact

A slowdown in global warming that climate skeptics cite in favor of their cause was partly induced by one of the world’s most successful environment treaties, a study said Sunday. The U.N.’s Montreal Protocol, designed to phase out industrial gases that destroy Earth’s protective ...

Nov 8, 2013

Key issues on the table at U.N. climate talks

Climate negotiators will gather in Warsaw next week armed with just the haziest outlines of a new U.N. pact on global warming. The main issues facing the conference: Shape of 2015 accord: In 2011, U.N. members agreed to conclude by 2015 a new deal ...

| Nov 8, 2013

Climate talks to resume without target

by Mariette Le Roux

U.N. climate talks will resume in Warsaw on Monday amid a slew of warnings about a potentially disastrous rise in greenhouse-gas emissions. Though the stakes are high, no specific targets have been set for this round, hosted by one of the world’s biggest coal ...