Leaders of more than 35 nations covering the world's three major rainforest regions agreed Friday to prepare an action plan on sustainable management of forests for signature next year at the Rio+20 Summit meeting in Brazil.

The heads of state and government from nations across the Amazon, the Congo and the Borneo-Mekong forest basins met in Brazzaville May 31 through June 3 at the Summit of the Three Rainforest Basins. The gathering was backed by the United Nations as part of activities marking the International Year of Forests 2011.

Read more: Rainforest Leaders to Sign Sustainablity Action Plan in 2012



Scientists warn disaster looms for parts of Africa and all of India if chronic food insecurity converges with crop-wilting weather; Latin America also vulnerable

COPENHAGEN (3 JUNE 2011)—A new study has matched future climate change "hotspots" with regions already suffering chronic food problems to identify highly-vulnerable populations, chiefly in Africa and South Asia, but potentially in China and Latin America as well, where in fewer than 40 years, the prospect of shorter, hotter or drier growing seasons could imperil hundreds of millions of already-impoverished people.

Read more: Study maps global 'hotspots' of climate-induced food insecurity


The poor reach for food from the table of the rich during an Oxfam-produced performance in front of Germany's Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday.Climate change and decreasing natural resources will increase pressure on food supplies in the coming decades, threatening millions of people with chronic hunger, Oxfam International said in a report Tuesday.

The international humanitarian relief and development organization calls the world's food system "broken," saying food price increases have driven 44 million people worldwide into poverty just this year.

Read more: Oxfam: 'Broken' food system leaving millions hungry


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