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July 10, 2017
Warmer Arctic harms crops in US, Canada: study
Paris (AFP) July 10, 2017
Exceptionally warm years in the Arctic have provoked extra-cold winters and springs further to the south, decreasing crop yields across central Canada and the United States, researchers said Monday. "Our study demonstrates for the first time an apparent linkage between Arctic temperature variations and agricultural productivity in mid-latitudes," they reported in the journal Nature Geoscience. Overall, global warming during the last half-century has boosted plant growth in temperate and boreal z ... read more

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French PM says ban on 'bee-killer' pesticide will go ahead
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe weighed in on a row between his environment and agriculture ministers on Monday to rule that a pesticide found harmful to bees would be banned in 2018 as scheduled. ... more
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Jury awards $218 mn to farmers in Syngenta GMO corn lawsuit
A US federal jury on Friday ordered Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta to pay nearly $218 million to 7,000 Kansas farmers after selling them genetically-modified corn seeds not approved for export to China. ... more
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Call for more electric fences to stop elephants destroying Gabon crops
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