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Published on 12 September 2018
Nutrition in Pacific countries is very sensitive to climate extremes. Worldwide, five of the 15 countries considered the most vulnerable to natural hazards are Pacific small island developing states. Vanuatu is ranked as the world’s most vulnerable. Recurring climate shocks such as drought, delayed monsoons, tropical cyclones and floods – and with insufficient recovery time between disasters – have undermined food security across the…
Published on 11 September 2018
A new international study headed by researchers at Florida State University and Duke University, reveals the outlook may not be as bleak. It finds that these swamps and marshes have a natural biochemical defense mechanism that helps them resist or retard decay -- even in warming temperatures and more severe droughts. "This is good news, because it indicates that scenarios where all this stored carbon…
Published on 26 July 2018
After ambition comes action. With Pope Francis' moral leadership and the faith community worldwide, the Catholic Church is uniquely positioned to lead a global movement for climate action. Here are three things the Vatican can do to inspire the world and demonstrate its own leadership on climate action. 1) Push for Greater Ambition to Limit Warming To keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees…
Published on 26 July 2018
A little more than a year later, with the speedy publication of the 50 Reefs team’s scientific results in June, the project has wrapped and those involved are considering how to proceed. After scientific meetings in Hawaii and Australia featured heated debates, it turned out Kennedy was both right and wrong about the impossibility of the task. In the end, there is no simple straightforward…
Published on 26 July 2018
But fish will start losing their ability to detect different smells by the end of the century if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels keep rising, scientists warned in a recent study published in the journal, Nature Climate Change. For fish, the sense of smell is “particularly important when visibility is not great”, said Cosima Porteus, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Exeter in London and…
Published on 26 July 2018 Global
A recent study of global vegetable and legume production concluded that if greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory, yields could fall by 35 percent by 2100 due to water scarcity and increased salinity and ozone. Another new study found that U.S. production of corn (a.k.a. maize), much of which is used to feed livestock and make biofuel, could be cut in half by…
Published on 10 July 2018
This year is shaping up to be a critical one for ocean action. The 53 member countries of the Commonwealth adopted the Commonwealth Blue Charter on Ocean Action earlier this year, a plan to protect coral reefs, restore mangroves and remove plastic pollution, among other actions. Ocean conservation was a centrepiece of the G7 meeting resulting in the “Charlevoix Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and…
Published on 5 July 2018
Dealing with Environmental Policy, Economics and Law, Climatology and Climate Change, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the volume has been published by Cambridge University Press. Edited by Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Columbia University, New York; William D. Solecki, Hunter College, City University of New York; Patricia Romero-Lankao, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado; Shagun Mehrotra, New School University, New York; Shobhakar…
Published on 4 July 2018
Poor countries could have to pay up to $168 billion more in interest over the next decade as extreme weather events brought on by climate change affect their credit ratings, a study said on Monday. Nations that rely heavily on agriculture are likely to suffer as global temperatures rise, bringing more storms, floods, and droughts that can destroy crops and curb production, according to research…
Published on 2 July 2018
Investing in climate mitigation Dr. Charles Donovan, Director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School, said: "Our work demonstrates that climate change is not only imposing economic and social costs on developing countries, but it is also amplifying existing risks that are already priced in fixed income markets. These impacts will grow. "The good news is that investments in…
Published on 29 June 2018
Farming, being highly dependent on rainfall, soil health, and temperature, is most vulnerable to change in climate,” says Raj Paroda, former director-general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and a senior adviser of the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI). More than 2.2 billion people in Asia rely on agriculture to make a living, according to data from the Asian Development Bank. The…
Published on 29 May 2018
Families from eight nations joined their ranks on Thursday when they collectively sued the European Union over the impact of rising temperatures on their livelihoods. Currently, the EU accounts for about 9% of global CO2 emissions. Taking into account accumulated emissions since 1850, that share rises to a quarter, second only to the United States (27%). Globally, there are at least 1,000 active legal cases…
Published on 24 May 2018
“The National Climate Assessment that includes NASA and it includes the Department of Energy, and it includes NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), has clearly stated that it is extremely likely… that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming, and I have no reason to doubt the science that comes from that,” Jim Bridenstine said at a Senate hearing. He was answering…
Published on 25 April 2018
These are the main findings of a publication titled, “Global Report on Food Crises,” released by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN). The report states that conflict and climate change-related disasters were the main drivers of acute food insecurity in 18 countries where 74 million people need urgent assistance to prevent famine. New or intensified conflict has deteriorated food security in Myanmar, north-east Nigeria, the…
Published on 23 March 2018
He also added, “By attracting more interest we hope to gain even more involvement with everyone in regard to the biodiversity. This aligns with our objective for the next three years, which is to achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 1; that people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably by 2020.” Having started as…
Published on 7 March 2018
“Tropical reef systems are transitioning to a new era in which the interval between recurrent bouts of coral bleaching is too short for a full recovery of mature assemblages,” they write. “The median return time between pairs of severe bleaching events has diminished steadily since 1980 and is now only 6 years. As global warming has progressed, tropical sea surface temperatures are warmer now during…
Published on 5 March 2018
Meanwhile, the most immediate threat of climate change for most of the global population will be at the dinner table, as our ability to grow critical staple crops is being affected by the warming we’ve already experienced. Between 1980 and 2008, for instance, wheat yields dropped 5.5 % and maize yields fell 3.8% due to rising temperatures. Climate change threatens the food security of millions…
Published on 1 March 2018
“I had the opportunity to come here over a 15-year period, and even within a human’s lifetime, you can already see the changes brought about by climate change,” the director of the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH), Marcelo Leppe, told AFP. Observers can now see “rocks that we weren’t seeing five or 10 years ago, and that is direct evidence of the shrinking of these glaciers…
Published on 27 February 2018
Per capita data from ref. 2 In response, the science of cities is evolving. Urban planners and decision-makers need evidence to help them manage risks and develop strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation. Scientists are increasingly thinking of cities as complex systems and working more closely with communities. New concepts are emerging, such as smart cities. Yet the scope and applicability of urban research is…
Published on 21 February 2018
The activists also delivered a letter to Shell demanding they own up to their responsibility for contributions to the climate crisis and show up at the first hearing taking place in March. The hearings are part of a world-first investigation led by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines into how climate-related human rights harms are fuelled by their business of extracting and marketing…
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