A UN agency says there are major funding gaps in efforts to help the agricultural sector adapt to climate change.  The Food and Agriculture Organization, the FAO, says this could affect food security.  The warning comes as the U-N Climate Change Conference continues in Cancun, Mexico.

The World Bank estimates it will cost about $2.5 billion a year – for the next 40 years – to help agriculture in developing countries adapt to climate change.  Other estimates say costs could run as high at $14 billion a year.

However, the FAO says, “Available financing mechanisms are substantially insufficient to meet the climate change and food security challenges faced by the agricultural sector.”  This, despite the fact that the FAO says there are many examples of how agriculture can become more resilient.

Read more: Climate Change: More Funding Needed for Agriculture Adaptation


Approximately 5 million people will die over the next ten years due to climate change. They are currently dying at a pace of 350,000 per year, and that rate will increase to one million fatalities per year by 2030, according to a new study published by humanitarian research organziation DARA in conjunction with  the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of vulnerable countries.

The "Climate Vulnerability Monitor: The State of the Climate Crisis" classifies 184 countries across the world according to their vulnerability to climate change on four key areas of impact (health, weather disasters, habitat loss and economic stress) to produce an overall vulnerability ranking ranging from low to acute.

Much of today’s impacts are highly concentrated in some 50 acutely vulnerable low-income countries, urgently needing assistance. The United States of America and Spain are the only advanced industrialized countries in the world to fall into the ‘high’ vulnerability category. Remarkably, when the same methodology is used to assess all countries, the US and Spain register levels of vulnerability similar to major emerging nations such as China, Iran, Indonesia and the Philippines, or African nations like Gabon, Ghana and Egypt.

Read more: Climate Change Will Lead to 5 Million Deaths by 2020 - Report


[CANCUN, MEXICO] Bamboo, a wild grass that grows in Africa, Asia and Latin America, could help tackle climate change and provide income for local communities, a conference has heard.

It can sequester carbon faster than similar fast-growing tree species such as Chinese fir and eucalyptus when properly managed, said Coosje Hoogendoorn, director-general of International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), based in Beijing, China.

Read more: Bamboo can capture carbon fast, says report


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