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Floods and farms fuel jump in methane emissions — researchers

Microbial sources of methane emissions are seen as the most likely source and are common to wetlands and farming

A sharp increase in methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in the Earth’s atmosphere since 2007 is the result of higher emissions from biological sources such as rice paddies, cattle and swamps rather than fossil fuels, researchers recently announced. Methane traps heat, contributing to global warming. In 2014 the growth rate of methane in the atmosphere […] Read more


British charities hoping ‘Dragons’ Den’ model will tempt investors

Plan will allow the companies to access business support and 'patient capital,' says expert adviser

Businesses in developing countries could soon be headed into the “Dragons’ Den.” British charities have created a syndicate through which investors can back hand-picked businesses in developing nations using a model similar to the TV series, in which entrepreneurs pitch ideas to prospective funders. Around 70 per cent of small and medium-size businesses in developing […] Read more



UN food lines will grow

The UN food agency expects to feed around a third more hungry people next year, as the global financial crisis adds to the pressure of high food prices on poor nations, a top official said Oct. 15. Sheila Sisulu, deputy executive director at the UN World Food Program (WFP), said an increase of around 30 […] Read more