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'Worrisome Levels' of Arsenic in Rice

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September 19, 2012
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"Worrisome levels of arsenic" were found in rice in a study of 200 rice products.


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Deutsche Welle (June 3, 2013) — The Mekong River is the lifeblood of some 60 million people. It provides the conditions necessary for rice cultivation and a rich supply of freshwater fish. But Laos has identified its potential as a provider of energy. The country wants to become the "powerhouse" of Southeast Asia and is planning to build six hydropower plants on the river. But environmentalists and neighboring countries object to the plans, fearing the ecological consequences of the project, as well as the effect on the people living by the river. The Mekong River is home to some 700 species of fish, whose downriver passage will be disrupted by the construction of the dams. Critics say both the fishing and the tourist industries will suffer as a result of the project.
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Japan Farmers Plant, Seek Radiation-Free Rice

Japan Farmers Plant, Seek Radiation-Free Rice

AP (May 28, 2012) — Fukushima farmers were taking steps to decontaminate the soil as they planted this year's rice crop, hoping and praying for a harvest that will clear radiation tests.
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Shade Trees and Mangroves Climate Change in the South Pacific

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Deutsche Welle (Aug. 6, 2012) — The Pacific island nation Vanuatu is running out of time. The indigenous inhabitants are already suffering from floods, cyclones, coastal erosion and water shortages. And climate researchers say the extreme weather will increase and sea levels will continue to rise. Most members of the indigenous population depend on natural resources from farming, forestry and fishing. Now climate change is endangering the livelihoods of the islands' inhabitants. Since 2009, Germany has been funding educational measures for politicians and journalists, and has kick-started several projects for the local rural population. On the main island, Efate, for example, new more robust vegetable varieties are being cultivated, as well as shade trees with nitrogen-fixing properties.
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