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JOHANNESBURG, 1 June 2011 (IRIN) - The current droughts in Europe and floods in the USA threaten yet another rise in cereal prices in the next few weeks, and serve as a reminder of the changing dynamics of the global food supply system. 

Aid agency Oxfam in its new report, Growing a Better Future, says the global food system is “ broken” and warns that we have entered “a new age of crisis where depletion of the earth’s natural resources and increasingly severe climate change impacts will create millions more hungry people.” 

It builds on projections by US-based think-tank International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to predict that food prices of staple grains will more than double in the next two decades. 

Read more: How to fix a "broken" supply system

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electric vehicleThe European Commission has published a study on the possible impacts of introducing electric vehicles in the EU, including their potential market uptake.

The study focuses on passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, and covers the various types of electric vehicles, including full electric vehicles, as well as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It includes an assessment of impacts on the transport and electricity sectors; provides estimates of the impacts on greenhouse gases (GHG) and pollutant emissions, as well other environmental impacts; and identifies a number of policy recommendations and recommended further studies.

Read more: New study looks into impacts of electric cars

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Background and goals

It is likely that climate change will impinge on sustainable development for most developing countries of Asia as it compounds the pressures on natural resources and the environment, which in turn have profound effects on the health, safety and livelihoods of people- especially poor people and women. Coastal communities in particular, can be especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to the inherent dependence of large numbers of people on natural resources and climate sensitive industries, such as fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture and tourism.

Read more: Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts- Coastal Southeast Asia

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