Category: Climate Change

health and sustainability

Projects Will Plant Millions Of Trees Across Africa Deforestation generates about 20 percent of greenhouse gasses, which contribute to global warming and climate change. Deforestation also cripples our planet’s ability to filter carbon dioxide from our air. Destroying these carbon sinks also threatens entire watersheds, endangered species and endangered cultures. Global tree cover loss reached a record 29.7 million hectares […]

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Earth News

Green Financing Incentives Driving Market Reform By Reed Landberg, Bloomberg News With insurers shouldering a record $160 billion in climate-related losses from last year alone, a group including 30 central banks called for measures to spur green finance and better assessment of the risks from higher global temperatures. The move led by the Bank of […]

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biodiversity and endangered species

Defending Ecosystems An Immediate Priority No continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa. The continent is very vulnerable due to limited adaptive capacity, and widespread poverty. Climate change is a particular threat to continued economic growth and to livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Its farmers’ dependence on rainfall, its weak infrastructure […]

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Earth News

Forest Conservation and Carbon Capture Trees and forests can capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, return the oxygen to the atmosphere and store the carbon for centuries. Deforestation is disrupting this vital system, while contributing to global warming and climate change. Trees and forests can absorb some of the carbon dioxide that we all produce in our […]

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health and sustainability

Rainforests Vanishing The rate at which tropical forests were cut, burned or otherwise lost from the 1990s through the 2000s accelerated by 62 percent, according to a new study which dramatically reverses a previous estimate of a 25 percent slowdown over the same period. That previous estimate, from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) […]

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biodiversity and endangered species

Deforestation Not Sustainable Or Responsible Deforestation is directly responsible for about 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to the carbon released when forests are burned, deforestation impairs the planet’s capacity to absorb harmful CO2 from our air, which compounds the greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change. Because of deforestation, ecosystems in some regions […]

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health and sustainability

Water Shortages and Floods United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a collective global response to drought and a shift from crisis management to drought preparedness and resilience. He said the price for preparedness is minimal compared to the cost of disaster relief. Secretary-General Ban said droughts can be mitigated and called for the full […]

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health and sustainability

Sea Levels Will Rise Three Feet A large section of the mighty West Antarctic ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported on Monday. If the findings hold up, they suggest that the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the ice sheet and […]

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health and sustainability

Climate Action Requires Immediate Cooperation By UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon Three decades from now the world will be a very different place. How it looks will depend on actions we take today. We have big decisions to make and little time to make them if we are to provide stability and greater prosperity to the world’s […]

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health and sustainability

Global Warming Gaining Momentum Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically […]

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