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A new long-term investigation has revealed that global warming and climate change are having a profound effect on mountain vegetation, especially at low elevations.

The research was carried out by scientists in the United States, who wanted to investigate how vegetation patterns changed on and around mountains over the past 60 years or so

Experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California in Davis (UCD) collaborated on this investigation. 

One of the main applications for the new work is that conservationists could start developing regional landscape predictions, which would enable them to gain an idea of how that environment will react to climate change. 

Read more: Data Shows Climate Change Impact on Mountain Vegetation

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Delegates attending the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which convened from 24-28 October 2010, in Songdo, Incheon, Republic of Korea, approved a five-year regional roadmap to establish climate resilient disaster risk management systems by 2015.

Read more: Asian Ministers Adopt Roadmap to Cope with Climate-related Hazards

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But current options for financing and development assistance fall far short

Agriculture in developing countries must become 'climate-smart' in order to cope with the combined challenge of feeding a warmer, more heavily populated world, says a new FAO report.

Climate change is expected to reduce agriculture productivity, stability and incomes in many areas that already experience high levels of food insecurity — yet world agriculture production will need to increase by 70 percent over the coming four decades in order to meet the food requirements of growing world population, according to 'Climate-Smart' Agriculture: Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation, and Mitigation.

Read more: Agriculture needs to become 'climate-smart'

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