Tag Archives: climate change

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

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

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’

Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

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Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on 1 June 2017. Photograph: Joyce N. Boghosian/White House Press Office

Cities, states and companies are taking their own steps on behalf of the planet. But their power to minimize Trump’s damage is limited

June 1, 2018 — Donald Trump barely had time to leave a sun-drenched Rose Garden after announcing the US exit from the historic Paris climate change agreement before the backlash began. Continue reading Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

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‘Is the White House going to stop this advance? I don’t think so’ … Christiana Figueres. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Christiana Figueres was also scathing of those who say it is inevitable that the global warming limit set out in the Paris agreement will be broken

June 1, 2018 — Businesses are moving forward faster than ever on climate change despite the intransigence of US president Donald Trump, the former climate chief of the UN has said. Continue reading Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief