How will these rice fields in Laos do in an age of climate change. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.If swift action is not taken to prepare farmers in the developing world for hotter, drier, shorter growing seasons, climate change may threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people by 2050. People in Africa and South Asia are particularly at risk of further impoverishment and hunger in a warmer world. According to the UN, a billion people are already going hungry worldwide. 

Read more: Food security in developing world threatened by climate change


REMAINING forests of Mt. Banoi in Lobo, Batangas, are under threat from large-scale mining. BUKAL-BATANGAS.The Philippines is both a hotspot and a megadiversity area, making it a priority for conservation. The country’s forests are habitat for more than 6,000 plant species and numerous bird and animal species, including the endangered Philippine Eagle and the Visayan warty pig.

Forests also serve as home to some 12 million indigenous peoples. They support millions of Filipinos who depend on them for livelihood.

However, despite, or perhaps because of their richness and importance to people, forests face continuing destruction.

Read more: Protect Philippine forests


BONN, Jun 14, 2011 (IPS) - Clean the air, cool the planet and prevent millions of deaths with fast action on soot and smog, a new report urges.

Air pollutants like black carbon (soot) and ground-level ozone (smog) arise from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass like wood and charcoal. 

Nations or regional blocks of nations could decide to put measures into place that quickly improve their air quality, reduce crop losses and shorten lives. And, almost as a side benefit, those efforts would do much to slow the rate of global warming, says the scientific assessment report released at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiating session here in Bonn. 

Read more: Reducing Soot and Smog Would Help Stabilise Climate


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