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Yale Himalaya Initiative Addresses Environment, Livelihood and Culture

Yale Himalaya Initiative (YHI) with a focus on the themes of Environment, Livelihood and Culture brings together diverse disciplinary interests to consider critical questions in the Himalaya and beyond.


Pandas in the Wild Filmed by WWF Camera Traps Offer Rare Glimpse of Habitat and Species Conservation in China

On 22 May 2013 the WWF released dozens of photographs and video footage of endangered species captured by camera traps in the mountainous giant panda reserves in China, marking this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity. With the footage, taken since 2011, WWF conservation officers have gained a better understanding of the identification of animal traces and areas of their activities, the study of the impact of human activities on the species and management of nature reserves, according to Jiang.


Rat Control in China Using Foxes and Eagles

Foxes, wolves and eagles have been deployed in the northern part of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest China to help contain an outbreak of plains rats.


Chinese Scientists Show That Intercropping Maize With Faba Beans Increases Yield

Intercropping, which grows at least two crop species on the same pieces of land at the same time, can increase grain yields greatly.


China Closes Five of its Six Depleting Chemical Plants

China, the world's largest producer of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and halons, shut down five of its six remaining plants on July 1, 2007.  This action puts the country two and a half years ahead of the Montreal Protocol's 2010 deadline for phase-out of the two ozone-depleting chemicals.


Nine-year-old Lau Tsun Ming from China Wins First Prize in UNEP Children's Painting Competition

Sophisticated images of water and life, of desert biodiversity and of deforestation and environmental degradation dominate this year's International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment. Winners were announced on World Environment Day.


FAO and China Forge Strategic Alliance To Improve Food Security In Developing Countries: About 3,000 Chinese Experts And Technicians Will Share Their Skills

The Government of China expressed its intent to provide the services of at least 3 000 experts and technicians over a six-year period to help improve the productivity of small-scale farmers and fishers in developing countries, under an agreement signed on 18 May 2006, with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).


Scientists Find Why Intercropping of Faba Beans with Maize Increases Yields

Chinese scientists have discovered why an agricultural practice called "intercropping' increases crop yields. The discovery could help farmers cut down the amount of chemical fertiliser they use on their crops, reducing chemical pollution in soils.


Spiders Reduce Risks, Increase Yields for China's Farmers

Worldwide, about a million people are poisoned by pesticides each year; ten thousand of these victims die from such poisonings. The risks are greatest in developing countries. Ninety-nine percent of the deaths caused by agricultural chemicals occur in those countries.


Tamarix, a natural resource on which the communities depend for fuelwood, tools, and basket making.

Tamarix is a natural resource on which the communities depend for fuelwood, tools, and basket making. In an effort to re-establish groundwater recharge, rejuvenate soil conditions, reduce waterlogging effects and salinization, and restore Tamarix populations, four counties have joined forces to implement the Tamarix project, including Cele, Yutian, Mingfeng, and Jiashi, an integrated approach to agricultural production and forest rehabilitation in dryland regions.


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