Modern technology has a lot to offer small farmers in poor countries - just not the GMOs and pesticides that are widely touted. But how about film, digital communications and smart phones? These new media can empower farmers and allow them to share knowledge and experience of how to produce more, from less.
Climate change is many things – a scientific question, a technological challenge, a political conundrum, a series of moral dilemmas and a multiplier of other risks. Because it has so many faces, is so pervasive and has such profound ramifications it is very hard to tackle. Where to begin in cutting emissions, and who should pay?
Jonathon Porritt, the environmentalist, last week attacked fellow Greens who back the ambition of “zero deforestation”’. He accused colleagues of “absolutism”, holding back development, perpetuating poverty and even colonialism.
For the first time ever, a ‘new’ species has been named after the company that has the power to either conserve or destroy it. It’s a snail and, although small, has the potential to leave a permanent legacy for a giant global business.
The snail in question was recently discovered living on an isolated limestone hill called Gunung Kanthan in the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia – its only known home on Earth.