Climate change could push up corn prices

By: sdsd09, 5:00 PM GMT on April 23, 2012

Researchers from Purdue and Stanford university have found that climate change is likely to have far greater influence on the volatility of corn prices over the next three decades than factors that recently have been blamed for price swings — like oil prices, trade policies and government biofuel mandates.The findings, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, show that severely hot conditions in corn-growing regions and extreme climate events that...

Glacier melt: The controversy over 'Himalayan blunder'

By: sdsd09, 3:22 PM GMT on January 22, 2010

According to an ABC report, a sloppy mistake in one paragraph of a 938-page U.N. climate report issued in 2007 has alerted the panel responsible for it to the high standard the world now demands of them. With contentions over important timelines -- like the melting of the Himalayas -- being disputed, scientific studies that contradict each other are losing credibility.The faulty paragraph stated that Himalayan glaciers providing water to hundreds of millions of peop...

UN urges end to climate wrangling

By: sdsd09, 5:24 PM GMT on December 25, 2009

According to an AFP report, The UN's pointman on climate change pleaded for calm on Wednesday after angry spats erupted over the outcome of the much-trumpeted world climate summit in Copenhagen.Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), warned "all this finger-pointing and recrimination" could cloud negotiations next year for sealing a post-2012 pact on tackling global warming."We need to work together constructively,...

US child deaths from swine flu rise

By: sdsd09, 7:11 PM GMT on October 09, 2009

Federal health officials said 76 children have died from the H1N1 flu since the virus was discovered in April, which appears to be a higher rate than pediatric deaths caused by the seasonal flu."Nineteen more pediatric deaths for influenza were reported to us this week. We're now up to 76 children having died from the 2009 H1N1 virus," said Anne Schuchat, a senior official at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."To put that in context, in the past th...

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