Sustainable Development

Fears rise of food shortages in West Africa

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Azad Essa
Fears rise of food shortages in West Africa
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Millions of people in up to five West African countries will face a food crisis in early 2012 if early warning systems are ignored, the United Nations and aid officials say.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), together with the World Food Programme (WFP) and British charity Oxfam, said this week that failed harvests and low food reserves in the Sahel, and particularly the countries of Chad, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali, would affect up to 11 million people. ... Read more about Fears rise of food shortages in West Africa

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Could the desert sun power the world?

IEA Says Solar May Provide a Third of Global Energy by 2060

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Ben Sills
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Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Solar technologies such as photovoltaic panels, water heaters and power stations built with mirrors could provide a third of the world’s energy by 2060 if politicians commit to limiting climate change, the International Energy Agency said.

Energy from the sun could play a key role in de-carbonizing the global economy alongside improvements in efficiency and imposing costs on greenhouse-gas emitters, the agency said in a report today. ... Read more about IEA Says Solar May Provide a Third of Global Energy by 2060

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NOAA: Autumn and November both warmer than average in the United States

Billion dollar weather/climate disasters 1980 - November 2011
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U.S. sets record with a dozen billion-dollar weather disasters in one year

November and the September-November autumn season were warmer than average across the contiguous U.S., according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. Precipitation totals across the country were also above average during November, but near the long-term average for the autumn season. ... Read more about NOAA: Autumn and November both warmer than average in the United States

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After 25 Years, Sustainability Is a Growing Science That's Here to Stay

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Sustainability has not only become a science in the past 25 years, but it is one that continues to be fast-growing with widespread international collaboration, broad disciplinary composition and wide geographic distribution, according to new research from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Indiana University. ... Read more about After 25 Years, Sustainability Is a Growing Science That's Here to Stay

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World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns

UN launches initiative to promote sustainable energy for all

UN launches initiative to promote sustainable energy for all
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20 September 2011 – Warning that a lack of access to affordable and clean energy is jeopardizing the achievement of the global targets to combat poverty and disease, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a major new initiative to make sustainable energy universally available. ... Read more about UN launches initiative to promote sustainable energy for all

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“New York’s identity is its skyline. By making our buildings greener and greater, New York is saving money, creating jobs, and reducing carbon emissions.” –Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City of New York

“New York’s identity is its skyline. By making our buildings greener and greater
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New York City’s Clean Revolution has been led by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and his detailed and comprehensive sustainability plan, called PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York. PlaNYC’s most important initiative has been to take on a comprehensive approach to reducing energy consumption in existing buildings, leveraging the fact that New York City has control over its own construction and energy codes. ... Read more about “New York’s identity is its skyline. By making our buildings greener and greater, New York is saving money, creating jobs, and reducing carbon emissions.” –Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, City of New York

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The New Green Revolution: How Twenty-First-Century Science Can Feed the World

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Olivier De Schutter, Gaëtan Vanloqueren
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A farmer gathers wheat in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
 
: The combined effects of climate change

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