Wednesday, 29 June 2016

biodiversity and organic farming combats drought in Thailand

A joined-up-thinking (and feeling) approach to food production has produced signs of hope in Thailand.

Rather than leaving food production and the survival of life on Earth to mutants with calculators and profit and loss obsessions, a small group that turned its back on industrial farming and monocultures has been able to weather the storm surprisingly well - by focusing on organic farming and embracing biodiversity.

biodiversity farming in Thailand
Teams of Thai and foreign volunteers and students can be found diligently hoeing and digging in streams and fields. The farm functions as an eco-friendly farming learning center, teaching what Punyawong refers to as "new theory" farming, which has many similarities with permaculture.

The project has involved redesigning the landscape to provide more trees and shade and creating ponds to store water for drought periods.


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    Kumar, the first Supreme Court judge to preside over the tribunal, says limiting passing of vehicles over the Rohtang Pass, located at an altitude of 13,050 feet some 52 km from Manali, to merely 1,200 (800 petrol and 400 diesel) from an average 10,000 vehicles per day, would certainly help save the 23 Himalayan glaciers ringed around it.

    "There used to be a dense forest canopy in Ralha where even sunlight didn't penetrate.Today you can straight away look at the sun, there is no tree.

    Where have the trees gone, nobody knows," Kumar, who has visited the Rohtang Pass since his childhood, told IANS in an interview.

    Without mincing words, he added: "It's a manmade disaster." Ralha is near picturesque tourist resort Kothi, some 15 km from Manali towards the Roh tang Pass, which is located in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas.

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  2. Hot spots of marine #biodiversity most severely impacted by #globalwarming biodiversity news

    A new study aimed at identifying areas of highest conservation priority in the world's oceans found six "hot spots of marine biodiversity" that are severely impacted by climate change and fishing pressures.

    While human activities are known to drive environmental changes that may lead to ecosystem collapse, previous research has not examined the overlap between global species distribution in our oceans and marine areas most at risk from climate change.

    Francisco Ramírez and colleagues compiled a database of 2,183 marine species and over three decades worth of information on sea surface temperatures, ocean currents and marine productivity.

    They also evaluated industrial fishing data from the last 60 years.

    The environmental data showed an uneven distribution of changes to the Earth's oceans, with the most striking shifts at the poles and the tropics.

    The researchers identified six areas of high biodiversity, including marine areas in temperate and tropical regions of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

    While environmental changes have affected ocean temperatures, nutrient availability and currents in these species-rich areas, industrial fishing has also reduced global fish stocks.

    The analysis of fisheries data showed that harvest pressure will continue and further exacerbate pressure on fish populations in these areas.

    Climate and industrial fishing impacts should be considered concurrently for conservation, the authors say, and they call for the international community to conserve biodiversity through fishing policies, similar to the ways in which climate change is being addressed on a global scale.

  3. Mundaring Shire leading the nation with bushfire and biodiversity initiative

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