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Water/Capacity Building: Reza Ardakanian talks to UN-Water

Water/Capacity Building: Reza Ardakanian talks to UN-Water | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it

Dr Reza Ardakanian is the Director of the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC). We ask him about achievements and activities related to strengthening capacity building worldwide.

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Social Media: Al Gore wants your Twitter account for climate push

Social Media: Al Gore wants your Twitter account for climate push | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Former US vice-president will broadcast presentations across 24 time zones from as part of a climate change campaign...
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Landscape Management: Better landscape management needed to prevent forest fires

Landscape Management: Better landscape management needed to prevent forest fires | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it

Countries need to pay more attention to fire management on lands bordering forests in order to prevent the 95 percent of wildfires that originate from human activities in forests and adjacent areas, an international partnership for forests warned today.

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Opinion/Poland/UNFCCC: Can Poland lead on coal, shale gas and Europe's climate negotiations?

Opinion/Poland/UNFCCC: Can Poland lead on coal, shale gas and Europe's climate negotiations? | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
With the next major round of global warming talks now less than 10 weeks away, the European Union's preparations are being led by Poland, a nation which is dependent for 95% of its electricity on dirty coal and, I was told today, has 90 shale gas applications under consideration.
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Arctic: Arctic sea ice is melting at its fastest pace in almost 40 years

Arctic: Arctic sea ice is melting at its fastest pace in almost 40 years | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
The Northwest Passage was, again, free of ice this summer and the polar region could be unfrozen in just 30 years...
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UK: Hurricane Katia threatens flood chaos in northern Britain

UK: Hurricane Katia threatens flood chaos in northern Britain | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Rare weather conditions bring 80mph-plus winds as forecasters warn of high tides and heavy waves...
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Bhutan: Bhutan faces crop losses from erratic climate

Bhutan: Bhutan faces crop losses from erratic climate | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
An unprecedented dry spell has damaged BhutanSs maize crops and left farmers without seeds for the next crop.
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Uganda/Extreme Weather: Farmers concerned as heavy rain set to continue

Uganda/Extreme Weather: Farmers concerned as heavy rain set to continue | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Meteorological officials in Uganda are warning of tough times ahead for farmers and populations living in mountainous areas as flash flooding is set to continue.
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Flood waters add to IDPs' misery

Flood waters add to IDPs' misery | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
More than three years after being chased from their homes into squalid camps, hundreds of families at several sites in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, the worst affected in the 2008 post-election violence, now have to contend with a new assault on...
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US says it wants to work with strategic rival China to help Pacific islanders

US says it wants to work with strategic rival China to help Pacific islanders | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it

 The U.S. plans to increase development aid and coordinate with strategic rival China and other foreign donors to assist impoverished Pacific island nations.

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Breweries persuade drought-hit farmers to switch crops - SciDev.Net

Breweries persuade drought-hit farmers to switch crops - SciDev.Net | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
A collaboration between researchers and breweries to boost sorghum production in East Africa could help farmers cope with drought.
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Rapid Range Shifts of Species Associated with High Levels of Climate Warming

The distributions of many terrestrial organisms are currently shifting in latitude or elevation in response to changing climate. Using a meta-analysis, we estimated that the distributions of species have recently shifted to higher elevations at a median rate of 11.0 meters per decade, and to higher latitudes at a median rate of 16.9 kilometers per decade. These rates are approximately two and three times faster than previously reported. The distances moved by species are greatest in studies showing the highest levels of warming, with average latitudinal shifts being generally sufficient to track temperature changes. However, individual species vary greatly in their rates of change, suggesting that the range shift of each species depends on multiple internal species traits and external drivers of change. Rapid average shifts derive from a wide diversity of responses by individual species.

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The world needs to prepare for a climate sceptic defeating Obama

The world needs to prepare for a climate sceptic defeating Obama | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Leo Hickman: Barack Obama is losing his grip on the White House - and climate sceptic Rick Perry is favourite to succeed him...
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Nigeria/Flooding: Flood early warning messages not heeded

Nigeria/Flooding: Flood early warning messages not heeded | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Nigeria’s Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has accused state governments of overlooking early warning messages in the wake of flooding across the country that has killed an estimated 140 people and displaced tens of thousands.
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UNFCCC: Africa Keen to Ensure Kyoto Protocol Survives - IPS ipsnews.net

UNFCCC: Africa Keen to Ensure Kyoto Protocol Survives - IPS ipsnews.net | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Durban should not be the burial ground for the Kyoto Protocol, says Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, about his expectations from the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change happening in his hometown...
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G20/Research: G20 eyes increased support for farm research - AlertNet

G20/Research: G20 eyes increased support for farm research - AlertNet | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Montpellier meeting will explore ways of boosting the impact of agricultural research on food security, development...
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Rio+20: Rio+20 must 'unenvironmentalise' green issues, says G77 negotiator

Rio+20: Rio+20 must 'unenvironmentalise' green issues, says G77 negotiator | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Focus should shift to economics to make notion of sustainability more widely accepted, says senior organiser for Brazil...
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Opinion/UK: Is it time we all gave up meat?

Opinion/UK: Is it time we all gave up meat? | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Felicity Lawrence: The case for cutting meat consumption has never been more compelling. Yet we remain stubbornly addicted to big protein hits in animal form. Could that be about to change?
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Uganda: Uganda's tea trade threatened by rising temperatures - SciDev.Net

Uganda: Uganda's tea trade threatened by rising temperatures - SciDev.Net | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Uganda's 60,000 smallholder tea farmers may lose their livelihoods as temperatures rise.
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U.S.: Al Gore in 24-hour broadcast to convert climate skeptics

U.S.: Al Gore in 24-hour broadcast to convert climate skeptics | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it

Former Vice President Al Gore will renew his 30-year campaign to convince skeptics of the link between climate change and extreme weather events this week in a 24-hour global multi-media...

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Women at the mercy of climate change

Women at the mercy of climate change | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Pockets of food insecurity are plaguing areas in Southern Africa where floods or prolonged mid-season dry spells have reduced harvests.
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Sustainable development world's top issue: UN chief

Sustainable development world's top issue: UN chief | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon singled out sustainable development as the top issue facing the planet with the world's seven billionth person expected to be born next month.
Key to this was climate change, and he said time was running out with the population set to explode this century.

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Two million hit by floods in Sindh Province

Two million hit by floods in Sindh Province | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh is facing disaster once more with heavy rains over the past five days, according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).
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We need better measures of food insecurity

We need better measures of food insecurity | Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security | Scoop.it
We must find a better way of monitoring the impact of food insecurity than using simulations and surveys, argues Derek D. Headey.
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All Climate is Local

Cities are tackling climate change because they are suffering from floods, rising seas and heat waves. They are innovating ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, conserve water, protect transportation systems and help the public avoid heatstroke.

City leaders should share best practices to maximize progress and minimize costs.

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