Mapped: Every coal power plant in the world

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If you live in a developed country, it’s been clear that the appetite for coal power is falling. Not only has coal been singled out as a primary source of carbon emissions and air pollution, but it’s also been getting phased out in favour of cheap natural gas in some regions around the world. See the animation […]

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ICAR working on National Crop Plan to encourage crop diversification

BY RITWIK SINHA The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the apex research body for the agriculture sector working under aegis of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, is working on a national crop plan to promote crop diversification. In an exclusive recent conversation with indoasiancommodities, Dr. Trilochan Mahapatra, DG, ICAR stated that the plan […]

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More states coming forward to adopt ‘Climate Resilient Villages’ model, says DG ICAR

BY RITWIK SINHA The adverse impact of climate changes on Indian agriculture is increasingly becoming visible with delayed rainfall or excessive rainfall resulting in demand-supply imbalance of several commodities in the domestic market in the recent times. To deal with the vagaries triggered by unpredictable weather conditions, the Ministry of Agriculture has resorted to promotion […]

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ADB trims growth forecasts as Asia’s biggest economies slow; India lowered to 5.1%

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has trimmed its forecasts for economic growth in developing Asia this year and next year as growth in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India is weighed down by both external and domestic factors. In a supplement to its Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update released in September, ADB now expects gross domestic product […]

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Global cereal production heading for a record high in 2019, says FAO

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FAO’s latest forecast for 2019 world cereal production is pegged at an all-time high of 2 714 million tonnes, up some 0.4 percent from the November figure and now almost 57 million tonnes (2.1 percent) above the reduced outturn in 2018. The month-on-month increase primarily reflects an upward revision to world coarse grains production, associated with higher-than-previously […]

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Meat products and vegetable oils push global food prices to 26-month high in November

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World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils, the UN food agency said in its latest report. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged […]

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India’s central bank pauses after five rate cuts, lowers 2019-20 GDP growth rate to 5%

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday kept the interest rates unchanged, pausing after five straight cuts, but lowered the country’s economic growth forecast for the 2019-20 financial year to 5 percent from an earlier 6.1 percent. The RBI also raised its inflation forecast for the second half of the year to between 5.1-4.7 […]

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