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MENA: The power of soil: How our precarious climate shaped the Arab Spring

MENA: The power of soil: How our precarious climate shaped the Arab Spring | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The history of the Middle East, and the recent teachings of the 2010-11 uprisings, highlight an important lesson: Ignore ecological integrity at your peril
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MEDITERRANEAN: Climate Change and Migration

MEDITERRANEAN: Climate Change and Migration | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The objective of this living report is to compile, analyze, and disseminate inspiring local solutions on how to address the challenges of climate change and its effects on migration through territorial resilience in the Mediterranean region. 

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7 Books by Women About the Climate for International Women's Day

7 Books by Women About the Climate for International Women's Day | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

This Sunday, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, an annual holiday that has been observed for more than a century. Women are at the forefront of so many social justice movements, and climate activism is no exception. From the onset of the U.S. environmental movement in the 1960s up until present-day, many women have led the way by writing books about how everything from the chemical industry to capitalism to conspicuous consumption impacts planet Earth. 
So if you're looking for a way to celebrate International Women’s Day this year, consider honoring the most important woman of them all — Mother Earth, of course — by reading a book about protecting her. 

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Europe to Introduce New Climate and Environmental Policies

Europe to Introduce New Climate and Environmental Policies | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The European Union has pre­pared a pack­age of new cli­mate and envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies and rules, which could be imple­mented in the con­text of the European Green Deal ini­tia­tive if the plans pass muster.
Olive grow­ers can help by iden­ti­fy­ing the farm­ing prac­tices they can improve to pre­vent soil ero­sion and overuse of water; offer more refuges and har­vest safely for wildlife; reduce the use

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Production Stagnates in Egypt as Harvest Approaches

Production Stagnates in Egypt as Harvest Approaches | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

After a cold win­ter fol­lowed by a hot grow­ing sea­son, Egypt is expect­ing low returns in terms of its olive oil pro­duc­tion. However, the pos­si­bil­ity of a late surge for cer­tain cul­ti­vars remains.
The fore­cast comes as Egypt, the world’s sec­ond-largest table olive pro­ducer, is in the midst of plant­ing 100 mil­lion olive trees by the end of next year.

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On Extinction, Food, Climate and Inequality

On Extinction, Food, Climate and Inequality | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
One million species are threatened with extinction. As this hit the global media headlines reporting on the recent Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, many friends and colleagues sent me shocked messages saying, “Did you see this?” “This is a disaster!” Or something similar. Their words, my thoughts exactly!
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Meat and fish multinationals 'jeopardising Paris climate goals' | Environment | The Guardian

Meat and fish multinationals 'jeopardising Paris climate goals' | Environment | The Guardian | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Three out of four (72%) of the world’s biggest meat and fish companies provided little or no evidence to show that they were measuring or reporting their emissions, despite the fact that, as the report points out, livestock production represents 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find

Climate change made Lucifer heatwave far more likely, scientists find | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The scorching temperatures across Europe’s Mediterranean nations this summer were made at least 10 times more likely by climate change, according to scientists.
Furthermore, without action to tackle global warming, such summer heatwaves with temperatures soaring over 40C will become normal by 2050.
The new analysis by the World Weather Attribution (WWA) group also analysed the particular “Lucifer” heatwave which struck south-east France, Italy and Croatia in early August and found it was made at least four times more likely by human-caused climate change.

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Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first

Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Climate scientists sometimes talk about something called "climate departure" as a way of measuring when climate change has really changed things. It's the moment when average temperatures, either in a specific location or worldwide, become so impacted by climate change that the old climate is left behind. It's a sort of tipping point. And a lot of cities are scheduled to hit one very soon.

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MEDITERRANEAN: First Mediterranean Assessment Report – MedECC

MEDITERRANEAN: First Mediterranean Assessment Report – MedECC | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The First Mediterranean Assessment Report (MAR1) prepared by the independent network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) founded in 2015 is now finished. MedECC assesses the best available scientific knowledge on climate and environmental change and associated risks in the Mediterranean Basin in order to render it accessible to policymakers, stakeholders and citizens. The report includes a Summary for Policy-makers (SPM), which comprises the key messages of the MAR1.T

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Malta: Drought dries up grape production

Malta: Drought dries up grape production | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
This year’s grape harvest was 25% lower than the average crop yield because of the very little rain, with the rain being so abundant the few times it poured that it actually did more harm than good, according to one of Malta’s main wine producers.
Marsovin chief executive Jeremy Cassar sai
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Is climate-smart and digital agriculture the silver bullet to attract youth?

Is climate-smart and digital agriculture the silver bullet to attract youth? | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The average African farmer’s age is nearly 60. Stakeholders come together to brainstorm pathways to draw young people into a rural way of life and climate-smart and digital agriculture is the best bet.
Article in collaboration with: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) seeks to address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through strategic, broad-based global partnerships

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Participation: key to the creation of new farming systems

Participation: key to the creation of new farming systems | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Farmers and the actors that support farming systems face acute challenges caused by the climate emergency. According to CGIAR researchers, overcoming these challenges requires working together to co-design and adopt climate-smart practices. This article explains how climate-smart farming could be achieved through an innovation platform to develop climate-smart practices.

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Why Keeping Mature Forests Intact Is Key to the Climate Fight

Why Keeping Mature Forests Intact Is Key to the Climate Fight | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Preserving mature forests can play a vital role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere, says policy scientist William Moomaw. In an e360 interview, he talks about the importance of existing forests and why the push to cut them for fuel to generate electricity is misguided.
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Investment in Climate-smart Agriculture: Why Do it Now

Investment in Climate-smart Agriculture: Why Do it Now | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Investment in climate-smart agriculture offers, at this point in time, unique opportunities across the value chain to address the SDGs. This article explores the promise of impact-investing in agrifood, a crucial sector for sustainable development.

Globally, agriculture and food — or “agrifood” — is a $7.8 trillion industry and employs 40 percent of the world’s population. The sector is being transformed by climate change, population growth, resource constraints, consumer demands and health concerns—all of these are the growth catalysts in agtech and foodtech investing today. Agriculture contributes 14 percent of global GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions and is a crucial sector to adopt sustainable, resilient, climate-smart practices.

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From early agriculture to future farming - News - Nature Middle East

A new study of a 10,000-year old site in the Sahara has shed light on how humans in the area managed undomesticated food plants. Around 7500 BC, the climate of the Sahara shifted. Wet, rainy conditions transformed the desert into a savanna known as the ‘green Sahara’. The savanna lasted for roughly 4,000 years before the climate dried and the desert returned. By studying the remains of human settlements in the green Sahara, archaeologists and archaeobotanists learn how hunter-gatherers and pastoralists lived in the area and how they coped with and contributed to the region’s environmental changes.

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Olive Oil Times – News, Reviews and Discussion

Olive Oil Times – News, Reviews and Discussion | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
In the last month Italy has been affected by a heat wave so intense that the Ministry of Health issued warnings for several cities including Ancona, Cagliari, Frosinone, Campobasso, Latina, Perugia, Pescara and Rieti where “high-risk conditions lasting three or more days” saw temperatures up to 39°C (102.2°F).
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