Category: Global Warming

elephant conservation Africa

Defending Ecosystems An International Priority No continent will be struck as severely by the impacts of climate change as Africa. Given its geographical position, the continent will be particularly vulnerable due to the considerably limited adaptive capacity, and exacerbated by widespread poverty. Climate change is a particular threat to continued economic growth and to livelihoods […]

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deforestation and climate change

Food Security Threatened By John Vidal, Huffington Post Nature is in freefall and the planet’s support systems are so stretched that we face widespread species extinctions and mass human migration unless urgent action is taken. That’s the warning hundreds of scientists are preparing to give, and it’s stark. The last year has seen a slew […]

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deforestation and endangered species

Deforestation Fueling Global Warming, Extinction Deforestation is one of the largest contributors to global warming, climate change and the extinction of endangered species. The conversion of ancient rainforests into plantations for commodities, including palm plantations, is the driving factor behind deforestation. Global tree cover loss reached a record 29.7 million hectares (73.4 million acres) in […]

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climate change and deforestation

Trees Battle Climate Change Debates continue about the best way to slow the increase of carbon dioxide that is trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere. Carbon needs to be pulled out of the atmosphere and stored–a process called carbon capture and sequestration. High-tech ways to accomplish it are being explored worldwide. We don’t have to […]

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forest conservation and global warming

Zero Deforestation Asia Pulp and Paper, Cargill and Unilever are among the 34 companies to sign the New York Declaration on Forests this week at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, which sets a global timeline to halve deforestation of natural forests by 2020, and end it altogether by 2030. (palm oil buyers […]

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climate change and deforestation

Indigenous Solutions Can Save Forests Deforestation is a major source of climate-harming CO2 emissions. A new report shows this is drastically reduced when indigenous and traditional communities have the right to manage their own forests. One eighth of the world’s forests are owned or managed by local communities, many of them indigenous. A study by […]

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deforestation and climate change

Leaders Seek Climate Change Mitigation Leading emitters of greenhouse gases should honor their financial commitment to enable vulnerable African countries to strengthen their resilience to impacts of climate change. Heads of state and government who met at an AU summit here stressed that the industrial north has an obligation to assist African countries adapting to […]

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forest conservation and global warming

Climate Change About Survival For the U.S. military, climate change isn’t just about sad-looking polar bears and declining biodiversity. It’s a real challenge that has the potential to seriously destabilize nations and throw entire regions into conflict, potentially escalating into wars that will require new strategies and new technologies to win. In a recent interview […]

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climate change and deforestation

Climate Change Drying Up California It’s an ironic twist of fate. After serving as an oasis during the dust bowl, California is rapidly becoming a dust bowl itself thanks to the worst drought on record mixed with a record high population. While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it’s not […]

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climate change and deforestation

Global Warming Changing Ecosystems Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes […]

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