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Scientists Race to Save World's Rice Bowl From Climate Change


Environment  (tags: humans, climate change, food shortages, asia, society )

Dave
- 963 days ago - news.nationalgeographic.com
Billions of people will be in danger of losing their main food staple...rice...unless humanity can minimize the potential environmental damages to SE Asia and the rice fields that provide this important food source.



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Jason S. (57)
Friday May 4, 2012, 1:04 pm
When will people see what going and do something about it, time running out
 

Betsy Bee (1041)
Friday May 4, 2012, 1:11 pm
Trying to protect something so remarkable when it is almost too late, how pathetic can the human race be?
 

Bette M. (91)
Friday May 4, 2012, 1:42 pm
What will humanity/man do when that moment comes that there is no more food or storage of it!!??
I now understand why I had always wished to have been born in 1884.

Wherever you are there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.
 

Vicki P. (124)
Friday May 4, 2012, 4:23 pm
Noted with thanks Dave..
 

Cher Away Moving (1470)
Friday May 4, 2012, 4:25 pm


Thnx hun!


 

Bette M. (91)
Friday May 4, 2012, 5:39 pm
While all of us hope we live through this worldwide crisis we had better start NOW passing out the PILL......Big time.
In other words a few billion less people and a billion more rice fields or whatever will save us.

Wherever you go there once were a billion trees.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Friday May 4, 2012, 6:17 pm
How can scientists turn around the unbridled rape,plundering and general destruction of our shared mother earth by the 1%?
UNITE, it might be our last chance and yes I'm worried sick about this and man's general stupidity!
Thanks Dave.
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Friday May 4, 2012, 8:06 pm
Thankyou dave for posting this article!!..I am forwarding to my friend's list.....I myself have been so concerned about rice and tea from Japan, because of the nuclear poisening, China is so polluted..inda gettin somewhat close..(still the safest place to get your tea from, from what I have been reading..and would love some more info)...but I am slapping my forhead.!!..the waters rising, didnot enter my mind , for these other locals....great article..and it will take a whole lot, of different things happening, to stave all of this destruction and save and fix!!...Godand the Universe, be with all of us , as we BE por-active to correct the wrong and protect that which is left!
 

Yvonne White (233)
Friday May 4, 2012, 8:52 pm
Don't worry, Monsanto will develope "miracle rice"...:(
 

Michael Carney (212)
Friday May 4, 2012, 9:01 pm
Well, you think people are nasty now, wait till we start running out of food, and water, it's getting scarier out there every day...
 

Bianca D. (86)
Friday May 4, 2012, 9:42 pm
Tx Dave. Tx Shelly.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Friday May 4, 2012, 10:29 pm
The Climate Smart Agriculture in Asia workshop appears to have been quite successful. They discussed the implementation of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) technology, which involves "using land in upstream areas of major rivers to capture and store floodwater in natural underground aquifers, and then pump it out during dry spells for farmers to use." This process has been used successfully in Australia and Southern Europe.

They also discussed rice alternative wetting and drying. "As the name implies, it involves alternately flooding and drying rice fields to reduce the amount of methane produced. Normally, farmers leave their rice fields submerged for the entire growing season, but this generates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. By drying the fields periodically, scientists at the International Rice Research Institute have shown that water consumption could be slashed by 30 percent and greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 25 to 50 percent, without reducing yields."

There are solutions. Kudos to the scientists who are working on ways to save the rice crops in South East Asia. Unfortunately, climate change is affecting more than crops, and large corporations are not on board because developing and implementing solutions to cutting down on the carbon emissions they create would cut into their profit margin.
 

. (2)
Friday May 4, 2012, 11:02 pm
We shall overcome!

We dream a dream of peace and plenty for all.

Yes, we shall overcome and overcome together!

Thank you.
 

Shirley S. (176)
Friday May 4, 2012, 11:03 pm
Noted with interest
 

Nelu Dumitriu (14)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 3:30 am
Noted
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 4:49 am
noted
 

Michela m. (3955)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:21 am
POSTED in: Oranutans Men of the Forest
in:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=28682&pst=1323252&saved=1
 

Michela m. (3955)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:24 am
I believe that IT'S A SHAME

THAT THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE (CORPORATIONS FANS probably)

DENYING GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DON'T THEY HAVE CHILDREN???????

DON'T THEY WANT GRANDCHILDREN??????????????
 

Michela m. (3955)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:26 am
Please Join and Invite friends to Join “ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest”
http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Michela
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, CloudedLeopards, SunBears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!! Against: Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Pet Trade, Corporate Control, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Global Warming!! Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, and Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here. Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela
 

Michela m. (3955)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:27 am
A lot of Petitions against CLIMATE CHANGE are available there!!!!!!!!!!
 

Michela m. (3955)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:29 am
also

Angelina Jolie (UN for Climate Change)

belongs to this Group
 

Eliz P. (99)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:32 am
Noted, Hoping for the best.
 

Alet Coetzee (59)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 7:33 am
Noted
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 8:02 am
Noted. We've got to find a way to make things better!
 

Ruth S. (298)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 8:10 am
Noted, thank you Shelly Peterson!
 

Rich Blue (72)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:33 am
Corrupt govt and Big Agro, packaged food industries, GMO"S plus big Pharmaceutical cartel are all helping create the shortages. There are wide spread food grain dumping, hoarding and burning crops in big go downs going on on purpose to create turmoil and hunger in the SE region!
 

Rich Blue (72)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:38 am
Big GMO industries are circling around, using their money and top positions in Govt., bureaucracy and NGO's ( Please search/investigate Nepal and Monsanto on the net. UN and USAID are pushing GMO out here) to market their toxic experimental "food" down people throat despite massive public outcry and opposition.
 

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:39 am
noted!
 

TomCat S. (231)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:45 am
It seems that almost half of Americans have their head in the sand, except the GOP that have their heads up somewhere else.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:10 am
I agree, Richa - another Monsanto plot to "save" crops. The Monsanto people should be writing science fiction as they are so good at making up stuff....they also should be rotting in hell which would make the world a better place for all of us.
 

Penelope P. (222)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:10 am
This fooding of deltas and also subseuent salination was to be expectedapity that QUOTE
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), rising sea levels will increase salinity in the soils of rice-growing areas in deltas and flood plains of other major rivers in Asia, including the Ganges, the Yangtze, and the Yellow Rivers.-also the Mekong.

This juggling with aquifers and the rotating dried out land with flooded for usage and the airy way the article talks about moving the ricefields inland in the same as the Australians have located their vineyards
furher south to avoid the heating that was coming from global warming and effecting the wine grapes spounds like arranging deck chairs on theTitanic

Why can't we have a moratorium on all manufacture and technology and subject to an assessment of what is and is not sustainable? That is in the way of manufacture,technology,power and energy usage etc-world wide-We have the means to do it!
By the by a command economy did work -Russia was the only place not effected much by the last depression
We need to get used to the idea that it is c0-existence coupled with co-operation or no existence.
 

Rich Blue (72)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:25 am
Yes Arielle, Climate change has a darker but not so hidden anymore sides that still many dont understand unfortunately :((
 

Rich Blue (72)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:29 am
Shheesh look at this http://ibnlive.in.com/news/grains-burning-in-godown-activist-to-move-sc/151830-3.html


does this look like no rice grains to you???
 

Rich Blue (72)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:31 am
and this http://bikyamasr.com/67219/in-malnourished-india-20-million-kilos-of-wheat-rots/ ~ In malnourished India, 20 million kilos of wheat rots
1.
Tons of wheat dumped in residential colony in Ambala

Thu 26 Apr, 2012 3:00 PM IST - newzstreet 2:29 | 5,518 views

"In a country where crores of people find it hard to earn enough to eat even one proper meal in a day, thousands of tons of wheat gets spoilt due to lack of storage space. Such an ugly example of government’s apathy came in light where a large quantity of wheat crop is dumped in residential colony in Ambala..."

http://in.video.yahoo.com/india-26073656/indiavyc-25982641/tons-of-wheat-dumped-in-residential-colony-in-ambala-29090727.html
 

Rich Blue (72)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:35 am
Government Hoarding Food Stockpiles
http://twg2a.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/government-hoarding-food-stockpiles/

more absurdities please connect the dots!
...http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=169041
 

Rich Blue (72)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:38 am
and the stupidly goes on and on...:(( http://indianeconomy.org/2008/02/14/on-dumping-tomatoes-burning-wheat-and-leaving-stands-unsold/


what can these "scientists" so eager to help the poor Asians say about all of this
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 2:25 pm
Thanks Dave.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 5:19 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

. (2)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:35 pm
Alone we can do almost nothing.

Together we can and we will save our planet.
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:56 pm
Tweeted, thank you. Rice can feed the world. We really don't need all that corn if people stop eating animals. Rice has kept human beings alive and healthy for centuries and it will only be our own fault if we destroy the environment to the point it won't grow. We have bitten the hand of mother earth who feeds us.
 

Joan McAllister (1064)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 8:40 pm
Sadly noted. Thanks Dave
 

Philip Amos (48)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:05 pm
Thanks to Dave for posting and Shelly for forwarding to me. Utterly dismal, of course, but even recent suggestions that the American Foodbowl may be heading in the same direction won't overcome the vested interests (or 'stakeholders', as they're now known, a term that never encompasses the general populace of the country).
 

cynthia B. (267)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:46 pm
sadly noted why b does man wait until the final hour before moving?
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 5:15 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:59 am
Sadly noted and shared - the immeasurable stupidity of humanity!!!
 

Marlene Dinkins (245)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 10:45 am
noted thnx
 

Ruth McD (737)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 10:45 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing Dave.
 

Philip Heinlein (472)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 11:09 am
So many people depend on the fertility of that region. As global warming continues to get worse, it will get harder and harder to feed everyone. We can't let this happen.
 

Nancy C. (812)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 12:21 pm
Methane production on rice paddies is new to me. Between MAR and rice drying the methods need to be implemented.
 

Kenneth Davies (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:57 pm
united we stand divided we fall
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 2:18 pm
noted,thank you,
 

Elizabeth M. (68)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 2:43 pm
Noted with many thanks for this very interesting article Dave.
Asia and SE Asia are trying different ways right now for growing rice, and they need to with such a hugh population to feed. Of course this also effects us too.
 

Farah Hage Ali (161)
Monday May 7, 2012, 3:02 am
noted,
Very important article, which concerns almost all communities and not southeast Asia alone. Thank you
 

Dot A. (135)
Monday May 7, 2012, 9:20 am
blocked from signing,

but sometimes 'the pen' is mightier than the sword, as the saying goes, and our communication is a powerful tool ! No one is asking for anything other than CARE be taken for our world and it's people. Not unreasonable. Just 'caring'. That is the way of the future. It is most important for the those with a voice speak up for those without a voice*
 

Kamila A. (141)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 9:33 am
You are right, Dot. We are a community who care, and each person doing a little can move mountains in a blink of an eye. Lets do it in a positive, constructive way by doing something, starting right now. Even getting the word out is a start---inform all your family and friends as only you can.

 

Patt Tashjian (51)
Wednesday May 9, 2012, 8:48 pm
Their rice fields can just as easily be wiped out by acid rain. You can't see it, but you can test for it.
 

Michela m. (3955)
Thursday May 10, 2012, 5:52 am

Please Join and Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, CloudedLeopards, SunBears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!! Against: Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Pet Trade, Corporate Control, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Global Warming!! Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, and Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here. Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela
 

Lisa Partin (23)
Friday May 11, 2012, 11:03 am
thank you you shelly for passing this on
 

Michela m. (3955)
Saturday June 9, 2012, 5:20 am
To THOSE who clearly STATE that WE CAN DO NOTHING about Climate Change:

Yes, WE are only one single DROP,

but ALL together: we are an OCEAN!!
ALL together we can make a difference!!

At this point, being still PASSIVE & PESSIMISTIC DOESN'T HELP HUMANITY, nor WILDLIFE, nor OUR CHILDREN or GRANDCHILDREN!!!!!

WE NEED to REACT & ACT!!! NOT REMAIN still PASSIVE!!!!!! WE MUST NOT GIVE UP!!!!!!!!

Being ACTIVE & not PASSIVE CAN STILL HELP US!!!!!!!!!!

MAKING GOVERNMENTS UNDERSTAND that WE ARE FED UP of the BIG CORPORATION CONTROL (i.e.= MONEY & GREED) that is taking ALL SPECIES & LIFE on EARTH in general, to ESTINGUISH!!!!!!

WE OWE THIS TO OUR CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world
-Margaret Mead (Anthroplologist)
 
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