Now that the hottest summer on record is drawing to a close, are we any closer to admitting that climate change is upon us? If not, why not? It might have something to do with the five stages of grief. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross identified these stages as denial, then anger, followed by bargaining, depression, and acceptance. With record drought killing our cattle and our corn, West Nile virus sweeping the country, and Arctic ice sheets melting away, it’s no surprise that millions of people are responding to these frightening signs of environmental decline in stages.
While there are hopes that the "Rainbow Coalition" can convince Australia and New Zealand to participate in a second Kyoto Protocol (KP) commitment period, the two key countries have missed a deadline to set post-2012 emission reduction targets under the KP. Both governments say they will decide whether to continue to be legally bound to cut emissions of seven greenhouse gases later this year. Meanwhile, the Canada's federal government took the controversial step of eliminating the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, which was designed to ensure that Canada met its global climate change obligations under the Kyoto. Canada's federal government, which has shifted the country's growth strategy to rely heavily on the extraction of tar sands, withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol late last year.
The long-awaited vote on the establishment of a national carbon market in South Korea, the world's 12th largest economy, finally passed last Wednesday. 148 out of 151 lawmakers voted for the new emissions trading scheme (ETS), which is part of a larger effort by the South Korean government to reduce it's emissions 30% by 2020. The ETS is due to start in January of 2015. The vote makes South Korea the third country in the Pacific rim to establish a national carbon market, joining Australia and New Zealand, and raising the potential for collaboration between countries. In the meantime, our partners at WWF have welcomed the news, and are calling on the EU to fix it's troubled carbon trading scheme.
The Bengali proverb “mache-bhatee Bengali” (rice and fish make a Bengali) well illustrates the important role played by fish and fisheries in food security in Bangladesh. Fish represent 58 percent of total animal protein consumption and are a key source of vitamins and nutrients.
28 March 2012: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has released its final report proposing policy responses to the challenges of feeding a world confronted with climate change, population growth, poverty, fluctuating food prices and degraded ecosystems.
LAFAYETTE — The cereal maker Kellogg’s is enlisting Louisiana rice farmers in the effort for earth-friendly Rice Krispies. All of the U.S. rice in Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Crispix cereals is grown in Louisiana and Arkansas, according to the company. So when Kellogg’s wants more attention given to the environmental impacts of agriculture, the local rice industry takes notice.
Public awareness campaigns about climate change can be real downers. This one was too scary for children and was eventually pulled off the air. This one scared even the adults and was pulled off the air within hours of its release.
It was less than two years ago, in the summer of 2010, that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution recognizing water as a human right. This was followed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) adopting a resolution on “human rights and access to safe drinking water and sanitation,” which made these rights legally binding. The recognition of the right to water at these U.N. bodies, and the developments since, such as the appointment of a Special Rapporteur on right to water and the resolution by the World Health Assembly recognizing right to water, have helped place water rights on the global agenda.
Fresh from two days of informal talks in Bonn where the stage was set (and stakes laid out) for next week's formal UN Climate Talks in Bonn, a group progressive countries that some have dubbed the "Rainbow Coalition", made their way to Brussels for what "could be the most significant meeting of the year on climate change" according to BBC. 30 of the coalition's key members are meeting to re-state their Durban commitments and talk about some of the key steps they can take in the short term to build much-needed momentum in the UNFCCC and Rio+20.
Climate change is likely to profoundly affect production in the Indo-Gangetic Plains, which, in turn, can have serious consequences for food security in South Asia. Bioversity International, with support from CCAFS, is working with partners in India and Nepal to address this by exploring means of strengthening the link between researchers and local farmers in the context of adaptation to climate risks; exploring effective means of introducing new adapted landraces and varieties in the context of social and cultural barriers; and understanding local seed systems for adaptation under changing production constraints.
Scientists, academics, business leaders and policy makers from Asian Pacific countries gathered in Hanoi on April 4 for a conference on how to create a green economy to ensure sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.
As global warming triggers heavier rainfall and faster snowmelt in the Arctic, Inuit communities in Canada are reporting more cases of illness attributed to pathogens that have washed into surface water and groundwater, according to a new study.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 27, 2012 (Tierramérica) - Hundreds of non-governmental organisations and social movements from around the world hope to counter the failure of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which they consider inevitable, with the success of the alternative People’s Summit.
Economic growth has a variety of effects on the environment. Unfortunately, much of it is negative. It is important for people to be aware of the way growth in the economy can affect the environment so that they can control the extent to which damage occurs.
ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 23, 2012 (IPS) - Dominica presented its "2012-2020 Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development Strategy" to donors including the World Bank on Wednesday in a bid to gain wider access to funding and position itself as a regional leader in renewable energy.