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UN calls on nations to adopt drought policies

GENEVA (AP) — The world urgently needs to adopt drought-management policies as farmers from Africa to India struggle with lack of rainfall and the United States endures the worst drought it has experienced in decades, top officials with the U.N.
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Curbing effects: ‘Architects can play key role in reducing climate impact’ – The Express Tribune

Curbing effects: ‘Architects can play key role in reducing climate impact’ – The Express Tribune | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Pakist­an, France to share practi­ces for new constr­uction
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Save the climate, pay a farmer

Save the climate, pay a farmer | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
With the right incentives, farmers could make enormous headway in the effort to change the global carbon equation.
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Pentagon Warns Climate Change Will Intensify Conflict

Pentagon Warns Climate Change Will Intensify Conflict | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Natural disasters from climate change will intensify global instability, disease, poverty and conflict, according to the U.S. Defense Department.
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Study: Israeli plants can withstand global warming

All the species examined in the Holy Land can cope with climate change of ‘biblical’ dimensions, say researchers
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The Blind Spot for Climate Research in Agriculture: Not All Climate Change is Bad

We should focus on these "climate opportunities" in addition to the "climate hotspots" -- the areas that the models show will be adversely impacted....
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Climate Change Is Killing Coral Reefs, and That Could Cost the Economy $1 Trillion a Year

Climate Change Is Killing Coral Reefs, and That Could Cost the Economy $1 Trillion a Year | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Carbon emissions have triggered a 26 percent increase in ocean acidification.
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Video: Global Choke Point — On the Front Lines of the Water-Food-Energy Crisis

“Three colliding trends—declining freshwater reserves, uncertain grain supplies, and booming energy demand—are disrupting economies, governments and environments around the world. Unlike food or energy, water supplies are finite. This is especially true in the era of climate change, when more severe droughts and floods tighten the competition for water by food and energy. Complex challenges demand front-line context, integrated analysis and innovative solutions.”

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Major U.S. Cities Will See 10 Times More Coastal Flooding By 2045

Major U.S. Cities Will See 10 Times More Coastal Flooding By 2045 | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
These "nuisance" floods are a hassle for residents and, if chronic, will likely force cities to decide whether to relocate key infrastructure.
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USDA ERS - Economic Responses Offset Potential Climate Change Impacts on Global Agriculture

USDA ERS - Economic Responses Offset Potential Climate Change Impacts on Global Agriculture | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
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Naomi “Merchants of Doubt” Oreskes Slams “Corrosive” Climate Change Skepticism

Naomi “Merchants of Doubt” Oreskes Slams “Corrosive” Climate Change Skepticism | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Historian of science Naomi Oreskes, now at Harvard, first came to my attention 20 years ago, when she and two co-authors argued in Science that
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Oreskes is a careful researcher and strong writer. Interesting interview with her here.

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Naomi Klein or Al Gore? Making sense of contrasting views on climate change

Naomi Klein or Al Gore? Making sense of contrasting views on climate change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Earth is “fucked” and our insatiable growth economy is to blame. So argues Naomi Klein in her intentionally provocative best-seller This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. Klein is the latest…
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In the Age of Extinction, which species can we least afford to lose?

In the Age of Extinction, which species can we least afford to lose? | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Climate change and human intervention are accelerating the planet's loss of biodiversity. So should we try to preserve 'useful' bees before 'cuddly' tigers?
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In an interconnected biosphere, each is important to the whole.

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IPCC corrects claim suggesting climate change would be good for the economy

IPCC corrects claim suggesting climate change would be good for the economy | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Controversial statement, that was based on faulty data taken from a report by economist Richard Tol, has been removed from the final version of the report
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In Dangerous Times, Why Lower Our Best Defence? | The Tyee

In Dangerous Times, Why Lower Our Best Defence? | The Tyee | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it

What connects the horrific disease Ebola in Africa, the terrorist group Islamic State in Syria, the possible mega-drought in California and British Columbia's shrinking food production?

The answer is simple: in an increasingly interconnected and threatening world, food security may be the most valuable defence of all.

Yet instead of increasing protection of our farmland and promoting food production, the BC Liberal government is actively eroding it

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Acidifying seas endanger sharks' survival

Acidifying seas endanger sharks' survival | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Scientific studies show that as carbon dioxide acidifies the oceans, sharks are less able to detect prey, and their chances of survival are reduced, writes Tim Radford - with serious consequences for ocean ecology.
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Henry: The awful people are right about climate change

In October 2006, The New Yorker magazine, the repository sooner or later of all human wit and knowledge, printed a prophetic cartoon on the subject of climate change. In the estimation of climate change deniers, they are not only the scientists and environmentalists, but also ordinary people like myself -- and with luck, yourself -- who like a nice tree even if the urge to hug it is usually repressed. Wild and dangerous weather, as predicted by climate change theory, has afflicted various part
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These 14 States Have a Climate Change Plan—the Rest of You Are Screwed

These 14 States Have a Climate Change Plan—the Rest of You Are Screwed | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
A mere nine others have plans in the works, according to a new study.
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Love Pine Nuts? Then Protect Pine Forests

Love Pine Nuts? Then Protect Pine Forests | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
An expensive delicacy among nuts, pine nuts are foraged — not farmed — from distant forests. In some places, the delicate ecosystems that produce the nuts are disappearing.
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Climate Change Has Raised Ocean Acidity by a Quarter

Climate Change Has Raised Ocean Acidity by a Quarter | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Ocean acidification has risen by a quarter since pre-industrial times as a result of rising carbon emissions, casting a shadow over the seas as a future source of food.
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21 Numbers That Explain Why The Time To Address Climate Change Is Right Now, Or Maybe Yesterday

21 Numbers That Explain Why The Time To Address Climate Change Is Right Now, Or Maybe Yesterday | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
As this week's viral photo of 35,000 walruses crammed on an Alaskan shore reminds us, the climate crisis is still very much a thing. For those who missed it, a lack of Arctic ice evidently forced the poor creatures to huddle together on a narrow piec...
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Climate change's relationship with the sea just got more mysterious

Climate change's relationship with the sea just got more mysterious | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
OK, so the mile-deep ocean isn't warming that much -- but that's no reason to break out the denier kibble.
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Dwindling Antarctic ice messing with Earth's gravity: Blame climate change

Dwindling Antarctic ice messing with Earth's gravity: Blame climate change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Massive loss of ice sheets in Antarctica because of the warming climate has caused changes in the Earth's gravitational force over the region.
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The WWF’s report on the shockingly rapid decline in wildlife should surely move us to action

The WWF’s report on the shockingly rapid decline in wildlife should surely move us to action | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Michelle Nijhuis: We must all take responsibility for combating climate change. not just in our community, but elsewhere too
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Tackling global warming will improve health, save lives, and save money

Tackling global warming will improve health, save lives, and save money | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it

New research shows there are many benefits from tackling climate change

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