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COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

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Representatives from Fiji perform a traditional ceremony, known as the Qaloqalovi, to open the meeting, 06/11/17. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth.

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks

November 19, 2017 — COP23, the second “conference of the parties” since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards. Continue reading COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

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POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

ROME, Italy (Oct. 16, 2017) — Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday, October 16, with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. Continue reading Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Trump stance on Paris climate deal ‘sad’, says pope

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In May, US president Donald Trump told the pope he would read his essay on ecology (Photo: British Province of Carmelites)

Speaking on World Food Day, Francis said climate change was a driver of hunger and migration and the Paris climate agreement was the legal basis for the solution

October 16, 2017 — Pope Francis expressed dismay on Monday at US president Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris climate deal. Continue reading Trump stance on Paris climate deal ‘sad’, says pope

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

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Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in Ethiopia. Photograph: J.van de Gevel/Bioversity International

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

September 26, 2017 — The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. Continue reading Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Climate change aggravates global hunger – UN

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Indian villagers wade through flood waters after collecting relief food near the submerged houses in Gazole village at Malda district in the Indian state of West Bengal on August 22, 2017.  AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTA

Some 815 million people, or 11% of the world’s population, were chronically undernourished in 2016, according to the annual UN report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

PARIS, France (Sept. 17, 2017) — Hunger is on the increase across the globe once again after a decade of declines, a UN report said Friday, September 15, thanks in part to climate change aggravating severe weather and conflicts. Continue reading Climate change aggravates global hunger – UN

Global warming could cause yield of sorghum crops to drop ‘substantially’

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Field of Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) Rock Hall, Maryland Credit: Edwin Remsberg/Alamy Stock Photo.

Rising global temperatures could cause yields of sorghum – a cereal crop known for its resilience to heat stress and drought – to fall substantially, new research finds

August 14, 2017 — Sorghum is the fifth most economically important cereal in the world and is grown in some of the most arid parts of Africa and South Asia, where it is a staple food for half a billion people. Continue reading Global warming could cause yield of sorghum crops to drop ‘substantially’