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Agroforestry, on average, stores markedly more carbon than agriculture, researchers found. Here, alley cropping walnut and soybeans is shown in Missouri. In the United States, agroforestry is lauded for its environmental benefits; in the tropics its economic benefits are seen as in dispensable. Credit: USDA National Agroforestry Center

Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.

Read more: Agroforestry systems may play vital role in mitigating climate change

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Fire clownfish hiding in anemones at Wakatobi. (Shutterstock/File)

While the Earth has only warmed around 0.74 degrees Celsius over the last 100 years, this small temperature increase is affecting ocean ecosystems and could impact upon the global marine tourism industry.

Read more: How climate change threatens Indonesia's marine tourism

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The American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins competing in 2016. “Saving winter is something I believe in,” she said.CreditAlexander Hassenstein/Bongarts, via Getty Images

The thrill of victory

Jessie Diggins is a cross-country skier on the American women’s team and a favorite to win a medal at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. If she succeeds, it will be only the second time the United States has won a medal in the sport and the first for an American woman.

Read more: This Olympic Skier Wants to Save the World’s Snow

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Minister Masagos Year of Climate Change Action

From monitoring paper usage in schools, setting up recycling corners at the workplace, to using reusable shopping bags, educational institutions, organizations, and individuals can now pledge to commit to activities to tackle climate change.

Read more: Everyone can be ‘Captain Planet’, as 2018 is earmarked Year of Climate Action

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(File pix) Fishermen carry a net as they catch small fish. Sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 26 inches (66 centimetres) by century's end, in line with United Nations estimates and enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, a study said Monday. EPA-EFE Photo

MIAMI: Sea level rise is accelerating and could reach 26 inches (66centimetres) by century's end, in line with United Nations estimates and enough to cause significant problems for coastal cities, a study said Monday.

Read more: Sea level rise is accelerating: Study

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Weather and climate, as expected over our nation during this wet season, are going to scientific expectations. Fewer chances of tropical cyclones and above average rains with wet and cloudy conditions are expected until April. La Nina has the upper hand at the moment.

Read more: Tracking a cyclone

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Food systems need to change to produce more and better-quality products. Those changes should be guided by scientific evidence and involve a wide range of partners, according to Dr. Gunhild Stordalen, founder and president of the EAT Foundation.

Daily wage women laborers are seen at an agricultural paddy field as they removes paddy saplings before to replant another field outskirts of the eastern Indian state Odisha's capital city Bhubaneswar on 28 January 2018. STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – The nutrition community has a lot to learn from the climate change movement, according to Dr. Gunhild Stordalen, the founder, and president of the EAT Foundation.

Read more: To Feed the World, Look to Climate Change Movement’s Model: EAT Founder

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The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or a subset of materials within a small portion of their supply chain.

A worker in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, loads palm fruit into a truck for transport to a factory that will process it into palm oil -- an ingredient in a wide range of consumer products. Credit: Joann de Zegher / Stanford University

You want chocolate. You scan the market shelf for a bar with a Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance certification because you don't want your indulgence to drive labor abuse and deforestation. It's the right thing to do, right?

Read more: Limited scope of corporate sustainability revealed

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A palm oil plantation encroaches on a wildlife reserve (500sq km) in Malaysia (Picture: Getty Images)

Have you ever heard of palm oil? If not, you’re guaranteed to have tried it – because it’s used in almost everything you eat, drink and use. For example, you will find it in baked foods, chocolates, and sweets, cosmetics, shampoo, cleaning products, washing detergents and toothpaste. In fact, it is used in around 40% to 50% of foods and other household products sold in the western world, and is now the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. To satisfy this huge demand, tens of millions of tonnes of palm oil is produced every year. However, this ubiquitous oil is contributing in major ways to deforestation, climate change, and the deaths of tens of thousands of animals.

Read more: Palm oil is destroying the planet and killing animals – and it’s in almost everything

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On 22 December 2017 animal and human health experts gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam to discuss ways of disseminating the findings and recommendations of a ‘Surveillance and early-warning systems for climate-sensitive diseases in Vietnam and Laos’, or Pestforecast project.

Read more: Vietnam-based project to design key maps and tools for managing climate-sensitive diseases

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