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Food quality will suffer with rising carbon dioxide, field study shows

Source : Science Daily / 07 Apr 2014

For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies.

 

UN climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry

Source : Reuters / 04 Apr 2014

The U.N.'s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry on Thursday to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

"The time for experimentation, for marginal changes and for conditional response is now over," Christiana Figueres told the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) in a speech in London.

 

Climate change boosts risk of war, hunger: UN

Source : AP / 01 Apr 2014

Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said.

A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger “hotspots of hunger” among the world’s poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in a 32-volume report issued Monday.

 

Climate innovation centre in Ethiopia to improve access to energy

Source : UN Multimedia / 29 Mar 2014

A centre to promote pioneering clean technology enterprises that address climate change and create jobs has been launched in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The World Bank–supported Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), is expected to help over 3.1 million Ethiopians to better cope with climate change.

It's also thought it could lead to the creation of up to 12,000 jobs in the next ten years.

 

7 million people die from air pollution in 2012

Source : UN Multimedia / 26 Mar 2014

Around 7 million people across the world died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The death rate which equates to one in eight of total global deaths is more than double the previous estimates.

 

Morocco’s argan tree in decline: study

By Larbi Arbaoui / Morocco World News / 25 Mar 2014

According to the Worldagroforestry, argan tree density in Morocco “has decreased from 100 to 30 trees per hectare in less than a century.”

 

Climate change to disrupt food supplies, brake growth-UN draft

By Alister Doyle / Reuters / 24 Mar 2014

Global warming will disrupt food supplies, slow world economic growth and may already be causing irreversible damage to nature, according to a U.N. report due this week that will put pressure on governments to act.

 

Rhino poaching toll reaches new high

Source : Newsrt / 21 Mar 2014

A famed scientist and founding former chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service urged Kenya's president on Wednesday to invoke emergency measures to protect the country's elephants and rhinos from a poaching crisis sweeping Africa.

 

French gov’t imposes car ban in polluted Paris

Source : Presstv / 17 Mar 2014

Unusually high pollution levels have prompted the French government to impose vehicle bans in the capital, Paris, and its suburbs.

Thousands of cars have been banned from roads across the capital and 22 surrounding areas on Monday, as alternate driving days have been enforced in a bid to reduce the health-threatening smog.

Under the measure, some 700 police officers at 60 checkpoints around the capital will ensure that only cars with license plates numbers ending in odd numbers are out on the streets on Monday.

 

Saudi capital ranked among most polluted cities globally

By Sharif Taha / 12 Mar 2014

Riyadh has been ranked one of the most polluted cities in the world, according a report released by a United Nations organization.

The World Health Organization (WHO) report named Ahvaz, the capital of the Khuzestan Province in Iran, to be suffering the worst levels of air pollution, followed by Ulan Bator in Mongolia.

 
 

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