Daily Archives: August 16, 2010

Japan rice fields ‘in danger’

The dramatic rice fields of Japan are a powerful feature of its landscape and cultural heritage. But the age old practice of cultivation is in danger.  The lure of city life is draining the countryside of its youth, and farmers are … Continue reading

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China overtakes US as world’s biggest energy consumer

Declarations of love do not get much more highly charged than the one Zhao Xiuxia received from her husband recently on an LED screen bigger than a football pitch. “Dear wife, I adore you. You work so hard for our … Continue reading

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Environment and Business Clash in Saint-Tropez

PARIS — Of all the places to part with fistfuls of money in St.-Tropez, few have more cachet than Le Club 55. Perched on the white stretches of Pampelonne, one of the Côte d’Azur’s most stunning beaches, Le Club offers a private … Continue reading

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In Weather Chaos, a Case for Global Warming

The floods battered New England, then Nashville, then Arkansas,then Oklahoma — and were followed by a deluge in Pakistan that has upended the lives of 20 million people. The summer’s heat waves baked the eastern United States, parts of Africa and eastern Asia, … Continue reading

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Artificial meat? Food for thought by 2050

Artificial meat grown in vats may be needed if the 9 billion people expected to be alive in 2050 are to be adequately fed without destroying the earth, some of the world’s leading scientists report today. But a major academic … Continue reading

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