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Agroforestry, on average, stores markedly more carbon than agriculture, researchers found. Here, alley cropping walnut and soybeans is shown in Missouri. In the United States, agroforestry is lauded for its environmental benefits; in the tropics its economic benefits are seen as in dispensable. Credit: USDA National Agroforestry Center

Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.

Read more: Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change

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A palm oil plantation encroaches on a wildlife reserve (500sq km) in Malaysia (Picture: Getty Images)

Have you ever heard of palm oil? If not, you’re guaranteed to have tried it – because it’s used in almost everything you eat, drink and use. For example, you will find it in baked foods, chocolates, and sweets, cosmetics, shampoo, cleaning products, washing detergents and toothpaste. In fact, it is used in around 40% to 50% of foods and other household products sold in the western world, and is now the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. To satisfy this huge demand, tens of millions of tonnes of palm oil is produced every year. However, this ubiquitous oil is contributing in major ways to deforestation, climate change, and the deaths of tens of thousands of animals.

Read more: Palm oil is destroying the planet and killing animals – and it’s in almost everything

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(File pix) Fishermen carry a net as they catch small fish. Sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 26 inches (66 centimetres) by century's end, in line with United Nations estimates and enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, a study said Monday. EPA-EFE Photo

MIAMI: Sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 26 inches (66centimetres) by century's end, in line with United Nations estimates and enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, a study said Monday.

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