For investors, that could mean a buying opportunity in commodities, in particular coffee and cotton, Rogers said. In fact, he says commodities are a much better buying opportunity than stocks right now."
OpEdNews - Article: Afghanistan: only the first move in the grand chess game for control of Central Asian resources
Crude oil imports averaged more than 5 million barrels per day for a month for the first time in December, up by more than a fifth from November at 21.26 million tons, while the total for 2009 rose 13.9 percent to 203.4 million tons."
Instead, world leaders are likely to sign up to a headline figure for the future financing required."
But talks have been limited to informal consultations on procedural issues, notably developing countries' demands for more time on the Kyoto Protocol.
The G77-China bloc, speaking for developing countries, said the Danish hosts had violated democratic process."
| Reuters: "Australia fears rising temperatures will trigger more intense bushfires and greater extremes of droughts and floods, threatening crops and livelihoods. It says all major greenhouse gas emitters should sign up to legally binding steps to reduce emissions.
'This is one of those situations where we're all in it,' Australian Climate Change Minister Penny Wong told Reuters in an interview."
COPENHAGEN--U.S. forests and soils store some 90 billion metric tons of carbon, or 50 years worth of present U.S. emissions from fossil fuels , according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey. As negotiators here at the United Nations' climate summit continue to struggle to draft a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions --including efforts to reduce deforestation and protect natural sinks--the U.S. Department of Interior is transforming the business of public lands and waters to help combat climate change . [More]
The wholesale markets also allow local produce- fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts etc to be connected directly to larger end buyers facilitated by Jaguar Trading's farm network. The overall savings in the chain via aggregation, better storage, transport and overall logistic options, central, larger scale buyers can quickly add up, reducing waste, losses and improving earnings for farmers and end buyers. Additional benefits are in the carbon savings, lower embedded energy as a result of savings in distance, better management from farm to plate and increased local sale options for produce otherwise stranded with small farmers.
Small farmers in many locations have been a victim of their size, distance from markets, lack of buying or selling power etc. When the same farmer is part of the Jaguar farm network and utilizes the wholesale farmers market to sell his/her produce, the price discovery is much better, the chance to be abused by chain of middlemen is much lower. Also, with increased chance to have direct contact with end buyers in the marketplace, the farmer learns more about the consumer tastes, issues with the produce, shifting demands for different produce etc.
Small farmers are also able to procure other goods and services, farming inputs etc while attending wholesale markets, also a good location for such goods and services including seeds, seedlings, fertilizers etc.
our traders have a long history in oil & products trading, marketing, origination and structuring. we deal with many of the major oil companies, refineries, shippers, airlines, transport companies, commodity funds etc.
we have been increasingly sourcing physical crude oil- both sweet, sour and heavy grades from West Africa and South America and placing them via one off shipments and longer/term contracts into refineries around the world.
Paper and pulp companies in places like Indonesia and Brazil are trying to stay at the forefront of this by proposing some very bold and ambitious plans and of course this is bringing in a lot of criticism from environmental and other conservation groups.
An interesting story appears in the New York times covering this in detail.
The idea is to be able to capture some of this value via the carbon credit markets that are still evolving and transfer some of the gains to the local communities and economy. This can help communities that reside in some of the forest regions especially in tropical rain forests and otherwise are dependent on subsistence forestry and farming activities.
It's interesting to note that some of the regions being looked into had few trees standing, old trees and stumps, few trees left standing for their low quality timber value and often grassland that is left behind. The logs have been mostly harvested and sold for lumber. The forest teams have established new growth trees often via local tree nurseries.
At present, the carbon credits are not being monetized but as the carbon markets evolve and subject to carbon trading friendly legislation being passed, the value of the locked carbon will be gradually captured. Carbon capture in the trees is a climate friendly solution and hence the push from many groups to plant more trees and forest plantations.
we are working with a variety of organizations to actively promote these technologies on the ground. we try to rapidly take an innovative design to prototype stage. current ideas being developed include various hydroponics and aquaponics applications; scalable/distributed production of biopesticides and bio fertilizers; mobile food processing, interesting ideas with irrigation, water conservation, rain water harvesting, carbon farming, cost effective and low carbon storage, logistics and distributed energy production and utilization in food production...
the team based in nyc stays in constant touch with the current development in the renewable energy space and is always on the lookout for cost effective, scalable solutions that could be tested on its sites in developing nations. mvp believes in monitoring technology risks and the constant changes going on in this space so as to select solutions that can scale up food and energy production in poor countries.
current areas of interest include biomass production for gasification, pyrolysis, potential ethanol and diesel from biomass, simple pellets/briquettes/co-firing biomass with coal, solar power concentrators, small/distributed hydro power, small scale wind etc.
- distributed,modular power/fuel generation
- designer biochar
- stabilization of pyrolysis oil
- small-scale wind
- solar concentrators
- vertical farming
- Modular/green construction
- repurposing of used shipping containers
- urban farming
- mobile biopesticide and biofertilizer labs
- recycling plastics for fuel
- Modular, pre-fab housing
jaguar trading is working with partners in West Africa to promote additional acreage plantings of cashew. it also assists local traders and farming groups in placing their produce into cashew nut processing plants especially in India. jaguar trading is also providing access to markets in the US, Japan and countries in Europe to the cashier nut processing plants in India and elsewhere.
The team is able to source raw cashew nuts from a number of sources in West Africa and connects them to markets in India and elsewhere. It is also investing in the processing of the raw nuts to produce cashew kernels. these kernels are then placed into end-users in a variety of markets.
The deal origination and transaction development covers trading as well as large scale commodity production in developing countries in both plantation and distributed setting; clear focus is on sustainable and cost-effective technologies/solutions towards large-scale commodity production with continuous effort to lower carbon footprint and embedded energy.