STEPS SEMINAR: GLOBAL BIOFUEL CROPS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Read the presentation Listen to a podcast of this seminar Introduced by Adrian Smith (40 mins) Helena and Les’ presentation will be posted here soon See photos from this seminar We are excited to have Les Levidow of the Open University and Helena Paul of Econexus, London with us…

CAN SCIENCE HELP SUSTAIN OUR WORLD?

Andy Stirling, the STEPS Centre’s co-director, is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Material World programme today. Our planet provides food, water and energy for its 6.6 billion inhabitants. Science helps us maximise the Earth’s resources, but the world’s natural mechanisms are coming under unprecedented strain. The BBC’s Quentin Cooper talks to four scientists –…

FOOD VS FUEL: CHINA’S BIOENERGY CHALLENGE

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member A recent spotlight on biofuels on the SciDev.net website gives a detailed overview of research issues, including risks and benefits for developing countries and an article by Siwa Msangi of IFPRI on potential food security impacts from the biofuels “revolution”. Msangi’s article points to the need for international policies…

WILL BALI DELIVER ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

About 190 nations have gathered in Bali today to try and thrash out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009. Droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels will inevitably hit the poor hardest and political will to tackle the issue has never been higher.. The Kyoto Protocol covers emission reduction commitments for developed…

BIOFUELLED PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILITY?

By ADRIAN SMITH, STEPS Centre member Last week, Achim Steiner, head of UNEP, and one of the sponsors of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, joined an increasingly audible group of voices arguing for a system of sustainability standards for biofuels. Without such a system, operating robustly at the international level, Achim feared a backlash…

STARTING WITH THE SEED – BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND FOOD SECURITY

By JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member Each year, the 22nd of May is celebrated as the ‘International Day for Biological Diversity’. This year’s theme has been designated as ‘Biological Diversity and Climate Control’. The links between biodiversity and climate change run both ways: biodiversity is threatened by human-induced climate change but, biodiversity resources can reduce…