Tag Archives: climate change

Climate Change to Impact Global Food Security: Report

A new report on climate change warns of food security challenges in the coming decadres. Climate change, it says, could reduce global food production growth by 2 percent each decade for the rest of this century. The U.S. can play a major role in curbing the threat of global food insecurity.

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Dams Blamed for South Asia’s Sinking Deltas

One or two people leave their homes in the Sundarbans forests of the Ganga-Brahmaputra delta each day, perhaps never to return.  It’s but a small vignette of a larger tragedy being played out across South Asia’s delta regions where land is fast sinking as the sea waters rise, leaving millions of people vulnerable to disasters like cyclones and floods.   The mouth of the …

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Climate Change Threatens Humankind: Report

Scientists for long have predicted the horrific effects of climate change. The economic, ecological, social and humanitarian costs of the impending disaster have for long been a subject of debate. But a new, and probably the most extensive, report released by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the …

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Why a Melting Arctic Could Sink the Global Economy

[Climate change in the Arctic] is one of the most obvious shared challenges on the face of the planet today … Today, as Secretary of State, I come here keenly aware that the long list of [Arctic] challenges—acidification, pollution, ice melt, rising sea levels, disappearing species, and indiscriminate development practices—all of these carry even more challenges downstream, so to speak, …

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How California’s Drought Can Spike Your Grocery Bill

  If what the tree rings say is true, California hasn’t been this dry in more than 500 years. If what the leading climate scientists say is true, that dryness will only get worse in the coming years. And if what economics predict is true, grocery bills nationwide may be some of the first things to suffer.   When conditions are ripe, California’s $44.7 …

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A Familiar Plan of Action

By a president’s fifth State of the Union address, perhaps it’s only natural to feel a sense of déjà vu. How many times now have we heard President Obama declare in major speeches—as he did last night—that the science is settled and climate change is a fact?   Still, for those who recognize it as an existential threat to human civilization, …

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Perils of Climate-induced Migration

For Pacific islands like Palau, Tuvalu and Kiribati, the implications of climate change are clear – and devastating. Already, these governments have begun to plan for a future in which entire populations have to relocate as their islands vanish under the rising sea. But climate change also threatens ways of life in subtler ways, leaving families around the world to work …

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Chill the Drills in America’s Arctic

America’s Arctic is a place like no other. Its unique conditions — extreme weather, long periods of darkness, and its remoteness from infrastructure, make it both extremely harsh and fragile. Here, sea ice meets the northern edge of the continent, and animals congregate in great numbers.   I have been fortunate to spend time in Arctic Alaska. I’ve watched walrus …

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Bhutan’s Paddy Crop Victim of Climate Change?

The forces of nature have overwhelmed some farmers in western Bhutan.  Within one week, their hope of a good harvest was turned into despair as the clear skies at the beginning of the week gave way to heavy rains last night (October 14). Farmers were so close to reap the fruit of a year round hard work, when they laid …

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