Frank Bainimarama (L), prime minister of Fiji and host of the Bonn talks, meets with Ambassador Aziz Mekouar of Morocco. Photograph: James Dowson/UNFCCC Hosts Fiji will be aiming to build transparency and constructive dialogue – and this will be crucial to successfully ratcheting up the tough climate targets sidestepped at Paris
November 6, 2017 — Talanoa is a Fijian term for discussions aimed at building consensus, airing differences constructively, and finding ways to overcome difficulties or embark on new projects. It is one of
Continue reading Bonn climate talks must go further than Paris pledges to succeed COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week
SUVA, Fiji (Nov. 5, 2017) — Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week – climate change is real, it’s already having disastrous impacts on his people and only urgent action can address the problem.
Continue reading Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks DAMAGE. In this file photo, heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP There was a 46% increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 ‘extreme’ events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal
PARIS, France (Nov. 1, 2017) — Extreme weather caused some $129 billion (111 billion euros) in economic losses last year, said a report Tuesday, October 31, that warned the bill will keep climbing as climate change boosts droughts, storms and floods.
Continue reading $129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report Image by Rappler.com The flash floods disrupt air travel, inundate rail tracks, and swallow farmland across the rice-farming region of Isaan, affecting more than one million Thais
BANGKOK, Thailand (Aug. 2, 2017) — Heavy rains have brought some of the worst floods for years to Thailand’s rural northeast where 23 people have died over the past month, officials said on Wednesday, August 2.
Continue reading Floods in Thailand’s northeast kill 23 TOP CROP. A harvester works in a field of wheat near the southern village of Trud, Bulgaria on July 5, 2016. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP Researchers say they still don’t understand how or why carbon dioxide emissions sap protein and other nutrients from plants, but the mystery is one that could have devastating consequences across the globe
MIAMI, USA (Aug. 2, 2017) — Rising carbon dioxide levels from global warming will drastically reduce the amount of protein in staple crops like rice and wheat, leaving vulnerable populations at risk of growth stunting and early death, experts warned Wednesday, August 2.
Continue reading Global warming reduces protein in key crops – study Image by Rappler.com The dry spell affects 7,080 farmers, 44 fisherfolk and 7,909 sugar planters in 136 barangays of 21 towns and cities in the province
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines (Apr. 28, 2016) — The province of Negros Occidental has declared a state of calamity after incurring P407 million worth of losses in agro-fishery.
Continue reading Negros Occidental declares state of calamity due to El Niño RELIEF FUND. Cebu province has a Disaster Risk Management fund of about P135 million – about 30% of it is allocated for the Quick Response Fund The figure is based on the damage reports submitted by 22 out of 51 local government units
CEBU CITY, Philippines (Apr. 22, 2016) — Damage to agriculture in this province due to the prolonged dry spell has reached P186 million, according to initial reports reaching Cebu’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office.
Continue reading El Niño damage in Cebu reaches P186M, so far PARCHED. Lack of water affects farmers most of all whose crops and livestock depend on a steady supply of the resource. Photo by Agence France-Presse Sugarcane plantations covered by Southern Negros Development Corporation and Daconcogon Sugar Central have been hit the hardest
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines (Jan. 22, 2016) — The continuing dry spell in Negros Occidental has resulted to P143.7 million ($3 million) worth of damage to crops and livestocks.
Continue reading Negros Occidental drought damages P143M worth of crops, livestocks DREADED DROUGHT. Rice farmers are among the most vulnerable to the impacts of the ongoing El Niño. Local officials fear that apart from rivers drying up and crops being damaged, El Niño will cause bush fires
MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 15, 2016) — After passing a resolution declaring a state of calamity in Zamboanga City on Tuesday, January 11, local officials have started finding ways on how to cope with the continuing dry-spell in their city.
Continue reading Effects of dry spell in Zamboanga City continue to worsen A sign on the side of a truck in Buttonwillow, California reads, “Food grows where water flows.” (Photo: Getty) New study reveals even developed nations are on the front lines of food insecurity
January 13, 2016 — Extreme weather is damaging to crop production and threatens food safety worldwide, according to a new study published in Nature on Wednesday.
Continue reading In Age of Extreme Weather, Industrial Farming Threatens Us All