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The Bangkok climate talks have not changed the gap between emission reduction pledges and what is to needed to get the world on track for limiting global warming to 2 and 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. No developed country attempted to increase their reduction target as it was requested in Cancun Agreements and in the mandate for the workshop held in Bangkok.

Read more: No move to close the gap at Bangkok climate talk

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The Plant Root Injector is a simple device capable of injecting water and nutrients directly into root systems. It is proving to be very effective for high value crops like papaya.

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Fertilizer Application

Using dilute fertilizer solutions occasionally & in minute amounts is sufficient. (Dissolve fertilizer granules in water beforehand.) 

Water Addition

Only small quantities water are needed. (Using 25% or 1/4 of normal quantities is sufficient. This results in 75% water savings.)

Read more: Plant Root Injector

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MIGHTY MANGROVE: Mangroves, salt marshes and sea grasses soak up five times more carbon than tropical forests Image: ©iStockphoto.com / Sara Winter

 

Mangroves, salt marshes and sea grasses soak up to five times more carbon than tropical forests, making their conservation critical

Mangroves are tangled orchards of spindly shrubs that thrive in the interface between land and sea. They bloom in muddy soil where the water is briny and shallow, and the air muggy. Salt marshes and sea grasses also flourish in these brackish hinterlands. Worldwide, these coastal habitats are recognized for their natural beauty and ability to filter pollution, house fish nurseries and buffer shorelines against storms.

Less known is their ability to sequester vast amounts of carbon—up to five times that stored in tropical forests. Dubbed "blue carbon" because of their littoral environment, these previously undervalued coastal carbon sinks are beginning to gain attention from the climate and conservation communities.

Read more: Blue Carbon: An Oceanic Opportunity to Fight Climate Change

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