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Climate renews famine risk to Africa’s Sahel

by Climate News Network  (Oct. 20, 2014)

The Sahel, the arid belt of land that stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea and separates the Sahara desert from the African savanna, is no stranger to drought and famine. Now scientists in Sweden say the Sahel faces another humanitarian crisis even than in the recent past − with the changing climate partly ...

First-of-its-Kind Report Ranks U.S. Insurance Companies on Climate Change Responses

by Ceres  (Oct. 22, 2014)

Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, a new report from Ceres ranks the nation's 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to respond to escalating climate risks. The report found strong leadership among fewer than a dozen companies but generally ...

WMO: Still Time to Act on Climate Change

by World Meteorological Organization (WMO)  (Sep. 19, 2014)

There is still a window of opportunity to prevent dangerous climate change and preserve the planet for future generations. But it is closing fast, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which says that the urgent need to cut greenhouse gases is based on overwhelming scientific evidence. WMO is supporting the ...

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

by Associated Press  (Aug. 22, 2014)

Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble of this power plant echoes across the ancient steppe, and its acrid stench travels dozens of miles away. This is the first of more than 60 ...

INVITATION to three inspiring workshops at Deltas in Times of Climate Change II

by Wetlands International  (Sep. 17, 2014)

Wetlands International invites you to three inspiring workshops on improving water resource and wetland management for more resilient deltas at the conference Deltas in Times of Climate Change II, which will take place in Rotterdam in the Netherlands from 24-26 September. Ecosystem management ...

WHO calls for stronger action on climate-related health risks

by GLOBE Foundation  (Aug. 27, 2014)

Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease ...

Economic growth and action on climate change can be achieved together

by GLOBE Foundation  (Sep. 16, 2014)

A major new report released by a commission of global leaders finds that governments and businesses can improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions together. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible today to tackle climate change at the same time as improving economic performance. ...

Climate change heralds end of civilisations

by Climate News Network  (Aug. 13, 2014)

Scientists looking at what is known as the “Fertile Crescent” of ancient Mesopotamia have found new evidence that drought caused by climate change brings an end to civilisations. It is the latest study that confirms the threat posed to present ...

A Climate Change Agreement Is a Global Health Agreement

by The World Bank  (Aug. 28, 2014)

The World Health Organization kicked off its global high-level conference on Health and Climate Change this week in Geneva. What makes this conference particularly significant is the fact that while the WHO has been working on this agenda for the past 20 years, this is the first time it has led a conference with so many decision-makers involved. ...

New Report Aims to Drive Action by World Leaders, Business Executives and Investors Ahead of Major Summit on Climate Change

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Sep. 16, 2014)

A major new report released by a commission of global leaders finds that governments and businesses can now improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions together. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible today to tackle climate change at the same time as improving economic performance. ...

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