Environment

Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran, The Guardian
A soybean farmer in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The country's 'family farmers' are encouraged to feed urban populations. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
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UN special rapporteur on the right to food champions agroecology as sustainable alternative to existing framework

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Study projects net increase in range and risk for malaria from climate change, though human factors still dominate

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Umair Irfan, E&E reporter
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Umair Irfan, E&E reporter

 

ClimateWire: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

As the climate changes, some parts of the world will become more hospitable to malaria, putting more people at risk, but large uncertainties still loom over the models making these forecasts, according to a new study.

Malaria is one of the most devastating vector-borne diseases in the world, surging at the intersection of temperature, rainfall, land use and human intervention (ClimateWire, Aug. 13, 2013). ... Read more about Study projects net increase in range and risk for malaria from climate change, though human factors still dominate

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Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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SustainableBusiness.com News
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There's nowhere to hide now that Global Forest Watch has launched - citizens around the world now have all the information they need to monitor the state of the world's forests. 

Global Forest Watch combines the latest satellite technology, open data and social media crowdsourcing to produce "near-real time, reliable, and actionable data" about what's happening to forests worldwide. ... Read more about Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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Lynne Labanne
Devil ray having its gill rakers removed at a fishing port in Sri Lanka. The gill rakers of devil rays and closely related mantas are valuable for use in Chinese medicine. Photo: Sonja Fordham
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A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). ... Read more about A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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Oceans face "deadly trio" of threats, study says

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Alister Doyle, Oct 3, 2013
A whale dives into the sea off the coast of Greenland's capital Nuuk, Oct. 17, 2012. REUTERS/Alistair Scrutton
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OSLO, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The world's oceans are under greater threat than previously believed from a "deadly trio" of global warming, declining oxygen levels and acidification, an international study said on Thursday.

The oceans have continued to warm, pushing many commercial fish stocks towards the poles and raising the risk of extinction for some marine species, despite a slower pace of temperature rises in the atmosphere this century, it said. ... Read more about Oceans face "deadly trio" of threats, study says

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Deforestation in Amazon jungle increases by nearly a third in one year

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The Guardian, November 14 2013
Illegally logged timber, which has been confiscated, is floated down the Guam river delta in Brazil
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Deforestation in the Amazon increased by nearly a third over the past year, according to Brazilian government figures released on Thursday.

The data confirms a feared reversal in what had been steady progress over the past decade against destruction of the world's largest rainforest.

Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July 2013 showed that deforestation in the region climbed by 28% compared with a year earlier. ... Read more about Deforestation in Amazon jungle increases by nearly a third in one year

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MDG designer fears UN goals will ‘degenerate into wish list’

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Arthur Neslen Sep 18 2013
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 An architect of the UN’s Millennium development Goals (MDGs) says he fears that a lack of strong leadership at the UN could lead to its poverty eradication goals being replaced by an over-politicised and unachievable “wish list” after 2015.

Jan Vandemoortele told EurActiv that UN member states were becoming “uneasy” about discussions on a framework to replace the MDGs in 15 months time, which are due to begin in New York on 22 September... Read more about MDG designer fears UN goals will ‘degenerate into wish list’

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Air pollution now kills more people than high cholesterol

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Brad Plumer
Significant changes in Life Expectancy due to Air Pollution
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The Lancet recently unveiled a major overview of global health risks — and one of the most eye-catching papers highlighted just how deadly air pollution has become over the past two decades. ... Read more about Air pollution now kills more people than high cholesterol

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