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Sep

12
2014

Fungus stoked by warming threatens organic coffee: Commodities

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Azernews.az reports that...

Teodomiro Melendres Ojeda, an organic coffee grower in Cajamarca, Peru, stands at a crossroads. Neither path is attractive.

Leaf-rust fungus, known as roya in Spanish, has devastated about a third of his crop. Melendres, 48, can use chemicals to kill it, though he risks forfeiting his organic certification and the 10 percent price premium it brings. Or he can preserve the certification and watch his plants die.

“We coffee producers are living between a rock and a hard place,” Melendres said.

Global warming has been a friend to the fungus, enabling it to thrive in elevations that used to be inhospitable. The worst worldwide outbreak in 30 years has meant diminished yields, lower income and laid-off workers from Peru to Mexico. Organic growers face additional loss as they look for ways to save their livelihoods while at the same time avoiding chemical solutions.

Read more at www.azernews.az


Sep

12
2014

In Washington State, The 2014 Wildfire Season Has Been 6 Times Worse Than Normal

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Thinkprogress.org reports that...

The 2014 wildfire season in Washington State is not over, but it has already been one of the most destructive and costly on record, state officials from the Department of Natural Resources said Thursday.

 

Since the beginning of the season up until the end of August, the DNR said wildfires in Washington had burned 363,000 acres, or 550 square miles of land, destroying homes along the way. That’s about 6 times worse than the average amount of acres burned per year in Washington, state forest officials said. Fighting the fires has been costly, too — the state says it spent $81 million this year, even though its annual budget is only $25 million.

Read more at thinkprogress.org


Sep

12
2014

Almost 500 dead, thousands homeless in Asia floods

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Usatoday.com reports that...

The Pakistani military stepped up rescue efforts as floods wreaked havoc in more districts of the country’s eastern Punjab province on Friday, affecting 1.9 million people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

In neighboring India-controlled parts of Kashmir, meanwhile, flood waters started receding but triggered concerns about the possible spread of disease in devastated areas.

The severe monsoon floods, which began Sept. 3 in divided Kashmir, have so far killed 274 people in Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, while 200 have died in the India-controlled part of the disputed Himalayan region.

Read more at www.usatoday.com


Sep

11
2014

Intense downpours flood Tokyo subway

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Bbc.com reports that...

Parts of Japan have seen very heavy rain over the past few months. Torrential rain turned rivers into raging torrents and brought transport to a standstill. Chris Fawkes reports for BBC World.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Sep

09
2014

Cotton Output Estimate Reduced 29% by Australia on Drought

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Bloomberg.com reports that...

Australia cut its forecast for cotton production by 29 percent as dry conditions curb yields in the world’s third-biggest exporter.

The harvest may total 580,000 metric tons in 2014-2015 from 820,000 tons forecast in June, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences said in a report. That would be the smallest crop in five years and compares with 890,000 tons a year ago, the Canberra-based bureau said. The fiber is planted from September to November. Australia

Cotton futures in New York slumped 23 percent this year and are among the biggest losers in the Bloomberg Commodity Index as rising output in the U.S., the largest exporter, adds to record global reserves. Australian output may plummet as much as 50 percent as drought in Queensland and dry conditions in parts of New South Wales curb the planted area, producers’ group Cotton Australia forcast last month.

Read more at www.bloomberg.com


Sep

09
2014

Early almond harvest thanks to drought

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Mantecabulletin.com reports that...

The hum of harvest machines in San Joaquin County’s almond orchards started two weeks ahead of schedule this year.

Credit goes to a warm and dry spring which expedited the early harvesting of the county’s $468 million crop that made it number one in 2013’s Top 10 crops by value, according to the latest San Joaquin County Agricultural Report.

 

Read more at www.mantecabulletin.com


Sep

06
2014

Pakistan: Death toll from floods reaches 110

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Cnn.com reports that...

Pakistani flash floods have killed 110 people and left nearly 150 others injured in recent days, authorities said Saturday.

The flooding, caused by monsoon rains, has also destroyed 650 homes, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office said in a statement.

Read more at www.cnn.com


Sep

03
2014

Tropical Storm Dolly Moves Ashore off Mexico Gulf

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Abcnews.go.com reports that...

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Dolly threatened flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas as it moved in from Mexico’s Gulf coast, where authorities had readied shelters and suspended school classes on Wednesday.

The U.S. Hurricane Center said Dolly was located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of Tampico early Wednesday morning. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph (75 kph) and it was moving to the west at 8 mph (13 kph).

The storm was expected to bring 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) of rain to states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz, along the Gulf coast and inland. Life-threatening flash floods and mud slides were possible in mountainous areas.

Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 140 miles (220 kilometers) but weakening was expected over the next 24 hours as Dolly moves farther inland.

Read more at abcnews.go.com


Sep

03
2014

Guatemala battles devastating drought

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Aljazeera.com reports that...

Central America is suffering from one of its worst droughts in decades.

A prolonged heat wave brought on by the El Niño weather cycle has killed thousands of cattle, and dried up crops across the region.

In Guatemala, the government has declared a state of emergency, as many families in rural areas are facing food shortages.

Al Jazeera’s David Mercer reports from San Jose Calderas, in Guatemala’s west.

Read more at www.aljazeera.com


Sep

02
2014

Flood hits the Balkans and China

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Bbc.com reports that...

Flash floods rip through parts of China while Dubrovnik sees a month’s worth of rain in one day. Susan Powell has more.

Read more at www.bbc.com