In June, a 1.18-MW PV system floating on a water reservoir became operational in Japan. The system called “Solar on the Water Okegawa” in Saitama prefecture is currently the biggest system of its kind in Japan.
Neglected and underutilized species (NUS) are those to which little attention is paid or which are entirely ignored by agricultural researchers, plant breeders and policymakers1. Typically, NUS are not traded as commodities. They are wild or semi-domesticated varieties and non-timber forest species adapted to particular, often quite local, environments. Many of these varieties and species, along with a wealth of traditional knowledge about their cultivation and use, are being lost at an alarming rate. Yet NUS present tremendous opportunities for fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition. And they can help make agricultural production systems more resilient to climate change. Not least, acknowledgment of the value of NUS in traditional foods and cultures can empower indigenous communities (women in particular) and reaffirm their identity. The time for action on NUS is now. There is a growing realization that agriculture must diversify. NUS have an important role to play in advancing agricultural development beyond the Green Revolution model of improving and raising the yields of staple crops.
Climate change is already affecting everything from how doctors treat allergies to how cities rebuild storm sewers. With that in mind, transportation planners, public health officials and others will meet in St.
The amount of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere has hit a new record high. A report from the UN weather agency shows that 2012 continued an ever-faster rise in the gases that are driving climate change.