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A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.

Read more: A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

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  • FAO and WMO signed an MoU to enhance cooperation on responding to climate variability and climate change.
  • FAO and World Food Programme issued a report titled ‘FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission to Sri Lanka’.
  • FAO and Kyoto University convened an International Symposium on the Impact of Climate Change on Food and Agriculture.

22 June 2017: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) enhanced its collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Kyoto University, Japan, on responding to climate variability and climate change impacts on food security, among others.

On 19 June 2017 in Rome, Italy, FAO and WMO signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation on responding to climate change and variability, which “represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies, natural ecosystems and food security.” Under the partnership, FAO and WMO aim to: strengthen agro-meteorological services and make them more accessible to farmers and fishers; and improve global and region-specific monitoring for early warning and response to high-impact events such as droughts. [WMO Press Release]

Read more: FAO Collaborates with Partners on Climate Change Impacts on Food Security

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Although there’s some uncertainty in the distribution among Earth’s ocean basins, there’s no question that the ocean is heating rapidly.

An Argo float is deployed into the ocean Photograph: CSIRO

As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much extra heat is there? And how accurate are our measurements? These are questions that climate scientists ask. If we can answer these questions, it will better help us prepare for a future with a very different climate. It will also better help us predict what that future climate will be.

The most important measurement of global warming is in the oceans. In fact, “global warming” is really “ocean warming.” If you are going to measure the changing climate of the oceans, you need to have many sensors spread out across the globe that take measurements from the ocean surface to the very depths of the waters. Importantly, you need to have measurements that span decades so a long-term trend can be established. 

Read more: New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

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