Ag/Farming

A foot injury? Give me your machete!

February 27, 2014
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A foot injury? Give me your machete!

By Mark Plotkin CNN Editor’s note: Dr. Mark Plotkin is president of Amazon Conservation Team, a nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous people of South America to preserve their cultures and protect the Amazon rainforests. This is one in a series of columns CNN Opinion is publishing in association with the Skoll World Forum...
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Measles back again in US, experts call for vaccination

February 26, 2014
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Measles back again in US, experts call for vaccination

Measles are back again in America with two highly contagious cases popping up in the Bay State from Trader Joe’s and a sushi bar in Framingham. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of about 60 people in the United States contract measles every year. These people are mostly exposed...
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Deforestation Serious Problem

February 23, 2014
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Deforestation Serious Problem

Deforestation is one of many issues that plague the world’s environment today. Some potential environmental problems, such as climate change, are difficult to evaluate. Vanishing forests are something that can be readily observed. Perhaps this is what makes deforestation such a disturbing and serious problem. Forests, particularly tropical rainforests, are hot spots in terms...
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How A Wearable Patch Could Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

February 23, 2014
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How A Wearable Patch Could Help Prevent Mosquito Bites

(photo credit: iStockphoto) By Brian Honigman Many have experienced the annoying itch of a mosquito bite from time spent outdoors, but few have been able to find relief from this problem since repellents are often ineffective, clumsy or potentially toxic. Kite, a new wearable patch, may be the solution to the fight against mosquitoes...
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Genetically modified potatoes ‘resist late blight’

February 22, 2014
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Genetically modified potatoes ‘resist late blight’

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Scientists have developed a variety of Desiree potatoes that are resistant to late blight British scientists have developed genetically modified potatoes that are resistant to the vegetable’s biggest threat – blight. A three-year trial has shown that these potatoes can thrive despite being exposed to late onset...
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New online tool tracks tree loss in ‘near real time’

February 21, 2014
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New online tool tracks tree loss in ‘near real time’

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Highlighted in red, the new tool can show the scale of tree cover loss between 2000 and 2012 A new global monitoring system has been launched that promises “near real time” information on deforestation around the world. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is backed by Google and over...
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Bill Clinton in Haiti to visit agriculture and environment projects

February 17, 2014
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Bill Clinton in Haiti to visit agriculture and environment projects

Trenton Daniel AP: Former U.S. President and UN special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton waves to the children of the Union Des Apotres – Prodev School in Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Feb. 17, 2014. Clinton is in Haiti to visit several projects that focus on agriculture and the environment, including the Union Des...
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In Haiti, Beauty That Plays Hard to Get (To)

February 13, 2014
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In Haiti, Beauty That Plays Hard to Get (To)

By DEAN NELSON FEB. 13, 2014 Launch media viewer Scenes From Haiti Clockwise from top left: Waterfalls at Cascade Pichon; a fisherman in Belle Anse; on the journey between Cascade Pichon and Belle Anse; boats on the shore in Belle Anse.  David Rochkind for The New York Times It’s hard to know exactly how...
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Haiti commerce ministry dismayed by fire at essential oil factory

February 12, 2014
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Haiti commerce ministry dismayed by fire at essential oil factory

By Jacqueline Charles jcharles@MiamiHerald.com Haitian authorities are investigating a fire at a factory that produces essential oil for some of Europe’s top fragrance houses. The fire occurred Tuesday morning and created “significant” damage to part of Agri-Supply Company, S.A. in the city of Les Cayes in southwest Haiti. The company is one of the...
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Haiti owes $1,276,929,359.32 to Venezuela-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

February 10, 2014
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Haiti owes $1,276,929,359.32 to Venezuela-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

PI/ HaitiLibre- According to the Bureau of Monetization of Programs of Development Assistance (BMPAD) within the framework of Petrocaribe agreement, Haiti had a long-term debt with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for an amount of 1,276,929,359.32 U.S. dollars as of December 31, 2013 (In March 2013 the amount of the Petrocaribe debt was 938...
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