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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world’s poor at risk

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Rice farmer in Longsheng, China. kevincure, CC BY

Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges

June 16, 2018 — Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories. Continue reading Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world’s poor at risk

Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

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Countries can fight climate change and keep warming below 1.5C if they take immediate measures, says the leaked UN draft report. Photograph: David Goldman/AP

IPCC says ‘rapid and far-reaching’ measures required to combat climate change

June 15, 2018 — The world is on track to exceed 1.5°C of warming unless countries rapidly implement “far-reaching” actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters. Continue reading Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

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Dust from a storm covers the horizon on the outskirts of New Delhi, 9 June 2018. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

Dust storms come months before the start of city’s traditional ‘pollution season’

June 15, 2018 — Smog more toxic than can be measured by monitoring devices has blanketed the Indian capital this week, months before the start of Delhi’s traditional “pollution season”. Continue reading Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

Germany to pressure rich countries to pledge new climate cash

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The 2017 Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin (Photo: Axel Schmidt/OECD)

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue will start a replenishment drive for the Green Climate Fund and focus on protecting jobs in the shift to clean energy

June 15, 2018 — Germany is expected to start a drive to replenish the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting of ministers and climate negotiators in Berlin next week. Continue reading Germany to pressure rich countries to pledge new climate cash

Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall

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Air bubbles floating up through blue sea water, Galapagos Islands, 2015. Credit: Watchtheworld/Alamy Stock Photo.

Prof Andreas Oschlies is head of the marine biogeochemical modelling group and speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 754 at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) and Kiel University, Prof Peter Brandt is professor of physical oceanography at GEOMAR and Kiel University, and Dr Lothar Stramma and Dr Sunke Schmidtko are senior scientists in the physical oceanography group at GEOMAR

June 15, 2018 — Direct measurements show the amount of oxygen in the global oceans has decreased by around 2% over the past 50 years. Continue reading Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall

Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

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Poor People’s Campaign holds a protest on Capitol Hill to demand healthcare and a healthy environment. 04 June 2018. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The Poor People’s Campaign, which revived King’s anti-poverty efforts, is taking a modern focus on the environment after the Flint crisis

June 11, 2018 — The Poor People’s Campaign’s attempt to stage a “moral revival” across dozens of US states echoes much of its 1968 antecedent – a guttural cry to shake America from a miasma of racism, poverty and militarism. But the modern version has also opened up a new battleground – the environment. Continue reading Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

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A baobab tree in South Africa. Photograph: Alamy

Demise of nine out of 13 of the ancient landmarks linked to climate change by researchers

June 11, 2018 — Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. Continue reading Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

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ClientEarth said the commission’s inaction meant more exposure to harmful chemicals. Photograph: OJO Images/Rex/Shutterstock

European commission’s inaction is putting people’s health at risk, law firm says

June 11, 2018 — People’s health is being put at risk by Brussels’ slow response to the use of dangerous chemicals, according to a report.

A study by ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, found that in nine out of 10 cases the European commission’s decision to ban a toxic chemical after it had been identified was “excessively delayed”, sometimes for up to four years. Continue reading Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets

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Straubenhardt windfarm, Germany (Pic: Flickr/Marco Verch)

The EU is near agreement on measures to put its 2030 climate target into action, with a meeting of energy ministers on Monday swinging towards more ambition

June 11, 2018 — New governments in southern Europe have pushed the needle of EU clean energy talks toward ambition. Continue reading EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets

Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’

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Farmer uproots his failed maize crop to feed his cattle, Kenya, 2017. Credit: Joerg Boethling/Alamy Stock Photo.

Dr Michelle Tigchelaar is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, currently investigating the impacts of climate change on global food security

June 11, 2018 — The 1972-74 food price crisis is the stuff of policy legend. At a time when grain prices had been declining for decades, the global price of wheat tripled in the space of just three years. Continue reading Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’