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The Hunger Grains: new research shows EU biofuel policies drive food prices and land grabs

The Hunger Grains: new research shows EU biofuel policies drive food prices and land grabs | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The past five years have seen two record spikes in the price of food; and prices are rising again, with corn and soy hitting record highs in summer 2012. There is intense disagreement about what causes food price spikes and how to address them, and this often gives rise to confusion and inaction. But, unusually, there is one thing most experts agree on: scrapping biofuel policies would make a real difference.

 

Last week, the European Commission and the French government finally woke up to the fact that it is simply unacceptable to burn food while millions around the world go hungry...

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Rural Chinese Flock to Tiny Electric Cars

Rural Chinese Flock to Tiny Electric Cars | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The vehicles have been growing in popularity as farmers and others look for low-cost alternatives to traveling on bicycles or motorcycles.

 

 “I had considered getting a gasoline car, but you need to have a driver’s license and pay insurance for that,” Mr. Chen said, beaming as he drove his car home from the village school where he is a teacher.

But Mr. Chen’s little car has a big advantage: it cost only 31,600 renminbi, or about $5,000, far cheaper than the larger e6 made by the Chinese automaker BYD, which costs 369,800 renminbi. And it helps that it is not a real car in the eyes of the government.

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German minister visiting Costa Rica this week

German minister visiting Costa Rica this week | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The German Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development will visit Costa Rica this week to talk environmental conservation, renewable energy and continued cooperation with Costa Rican officials...

 

Bilateral trade between Costa Rica and Germany reached $382 million in 2010. Germans are major buyers of Costa Rican coffee and pineapples and approximately 50,000 German tourists visited Costa Rica in 2010.

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Promoting Sustainability in India

Promoting Sustainability in India | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development is one of the institutions that promotes sustainability in India. The Centre, which is based out of Delhi enables businesses to become more sustainable.
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World Bank: Inclusive Green Growth

New report by the World Bank.

 

"As the global population heads toward 9 billion by 2050, decisions made today will lock countries into growth patterns that may or may not be sustainable in the future..."


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Asia-Pacific Enterprise Cooperation Launched

Asia-Pacific Enterprise Cooperation Launched | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Asia-Pacific Enterprise Cooperation (APEC), a non-profit organization based in Singapore, was recently established to strengthen corporate social responsibility and facilitate sustainable development among various government and business entities across the Asia-Pacific region....

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Environmental protection in China

Environmentalist Ma Jun discusses the data-driven advocacy he pioneered to hold China's government and businesses accountable for air and water pollution.

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