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The UN Finds 25% Of World's Land Highly Degraded
2011-11-30 07:08:49

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has issued a report about the state of the world´s agricultural land. In the report - the State of the World´s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture (SOLAW) - they reported that in order to keep up with the world´s growing population, food production systems, land, and water resources have been put at risk. The report says that agriculture has made tremendous gains over the last 50 years. The world´s...

UN Warns Of Bird Flu Resurgence, Mutant Strain
2011-08-30 04:55:48

  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday of a possible resurgence of the bird flu virus, and called for heightened preparedness and surveillance amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly H5N1 virus is spreading throughout Asia and beyond. In a statement issued Monday, the FAO said that wild bird migrations had brought the virus back to previously virus-free nations, and that a mutant strain, which can apparently sidestep defenses of existing...

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2011-03-27 10:30:00

Wild migratory birds may indeed play a role in the spread of bird flu, also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1. A study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Chinese Academy of Sciences used satellites, outbreak data and genetics to uncover an unknown link in Tibet among wild birds, poultry and the movement of the often-deadly virus.Researchers attached GPS satellite transmitters to 29 bar-headed geese "“ a wild species...

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2011-02-05 07:15:00

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, reporting in a new study, found that the amount of fish caught in the Arctic has been severely under-reported for more than 50 years, making the northern ocean environment appear far more pristine than it really is. The study estimates that fishery catches in the Arctic totaled 1 million tons between 1950 and 2006, almost 75 times more than the actual amount reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), according to...

2011-02-04 12:14:52

University of British Columbia researchers estimate that fisheries catches in the Arctic totaled 950,000 tons from 1950 to 2006, almost 75 times the amount reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during this period. Led by Prof. Daniel Pauly, the research team from UBC's Fisheries Centre and Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences reconstructed fisheries catch data from various sources "“ including limited governmental reports and anthropological records of...

2010-11-22 08:00:00

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced Imagine Cup Solve This, a new program to provide inspiration for students looking to help solve the world's toughest problems. In the spirit of "crowdsourcing," intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits now will be able to seek the help of the brilliant and passionate students competing in Microsoft's Imagine Cup, the world's premier student technology...

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2010-03-16 13:42:41

A new report by an international research team explores the impact of the global livestock industry on the environment, the economy and human health. Global meat production has tripled in the past three decades and could double its present level by 2050, according to a new report on the livestock industry by an international team of scientists and policy experts. The impact of this "livestock revolution" is likely to have significant consequences for human health, the environment and the...

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2008-08-12 15:30:26

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported on Monday the discovery of a new strain of the N5N1 avian influenza among birds in Africa. The new strain is genetically different from those that circulated during the 2006 and 2007 Nigerian outbreaks.   "It is more similar to strains previously identified in Europe (Italy), Asia (Afghanistan) and the Middle East (Iran) in 2007," said the FAO in a statement. "The detection of a new avian influenza virus strain in...

2006-04-10 02:17:20

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Bird flu is spreading fast in secretive, military-ruled Myanmar, which is now battling more than 100 outbreaks in poultry since the virus was first reported a month ago, UN agriculture officials said on Monday. After visits by two teams from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the situation in the former Burma appeared to be "more serious than what we imagined," said He Changchui, the Rome-based body's Asia-Pacific...

2006-03-07 13:20:00

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is to play a greater role in fighting bird flu, becoming a "global clearing house" for efforts to stem the spread of the virus, it said on Tuesday. The United States and the European Union have backed the formation of a what a senior U.S. official called an "emergency operations center" at the FAO's Rome headquarters. The initiative was agreed at a meeting at the FAO requested by the U.S. and EU....


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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