Climate threat to world’s poor is underestimated

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london / reuters Climate change will greatly increase the suffering of the world’s poor, says Oxfam.

More frequent extreme weather events will create shortages, destabilize markets, and cause price spikes on top of projected structural price rises of about 100 per cent for staples such as maize over the next 20 years, the charity said in a report.

“For vulnerable people, sudden and extreme price hikes can be more devastating than gradual long-term rises to which they may have more chance of adjusting,” the report states.

“Though the price spike and coping strategies may be short term, the impacts are often felt across generations. An increase in malnutrition can cause stunting and reduce developmental potential in young children.”

Potash Corporation to temporarily idle mines as demand wanes

reuters Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the world’s largest producer of its namesake soil nutrient, said it will shut down two of its mines for eight weeks to match supply to demand.

The company’s biggest mine, at Lanigan, Sask., will close between Nov. 18 and Jan. 12, while the Rocanville, Sask., mine will be shut from Dec. 2 to Jan. 26.

FCC recognized among best employers in Canada

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has been ranked fifth in Maclean’s magazine’s top 50 Best Employers in Canada rankings, the 10th year in a row that it has been named for the award.

The annual list is based on the results of the 2012 Aon Hewitt survey that gauges the level of employee engagement in participating companies.

“Making the Best Employers in Canada list is rewarding, but it’s really a side benefit of the survey,” FCC president and CEO Greg Stewart said in a release. “More importantly, the survey recognizes the significant contributions of our employees toward shaping their own work environment. It provides us with a valuable opportunity to listen and act on their ideas on how we can improve as an employer of choice.”

FCC has more than 1,500 employees working from coast to coast.

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