Pollan shoots down organic myths at Grist event | Grist

‘He [Pollan] said we wouldn’t be doing developing nations a favor by exporting a fossil fuel–dependent ag system to them when it’s clear that fossil fuels are only going to become more scarce and expensive. And overproducing government-subsidized food in the U.S. is certainly not the way to solve world hunger—it just exacerbates it by putting small-scale farmers in developing countries out of business. Give people in the developing world the tools to do sophisticated organic ag and it will help solve many problems, including undocumented immigration, Pollan argues.’

via Pollan shoots down organic myths at Grist event | Grist.

US Playing Spoilsport at International Climate Negotiations? | Reuters

‘According to new reports, American negotiators demanded that there should be similar mitigation obligations for developed as well developing countries. The demand was strictly against the unanimous decision to draw distinction between capacities of developed and developing nations to reduce carbon emissions taken at the Bali Climate Conference in 2007.’

via US Playing Spoilsport at International Climate Negotiations? | Green Business | Reuters.

News Analysis – New Script for India on Climate Change – NYTimes.com

‘India’s public stance on climate change is usually predictable — predictably obstinate and unwilling to compromise, at least according to many industrialized nations. But at the United Nations, India’s delegation toned down its usual criticisms of the industrialized world, presented new plans to reduce India’s emissions and sought to reposition the country, in the words of the environment minister, as a “deal maker,” not a “deal breaker.”’

via News Analysis – New Script for India on Climate Change – NYTimes.com.

Water Sucking Solar Farms Breed Water Wars : TreeHugger

‘The sun is often touted as a fantastic source of energy, which it is, but there’s a hitch: Many solar projects consume enormous amounts of water. How much water are we talking? According to a recent New York Times article, proposed plans for two solar farms in Nevada would gulp up 1.3 billion gallons of water annually–or 20 percent of the area’s available water. And the worst thing is this heavy water use in renewable energy projects is all about the bottom line.’

via Water Sucking Solar Farms Breed Water Wars : TreeHugger.

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