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Middle East drought a threat to global food prices

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi / 10 Mar 2014

The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say.

Varying degrees of drought are hitting almost two thirds of the limited arable land across Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Iraq.

 

Climate change hampers fight against malaria - study

By Louis Charbonneau / Reuters / 07 Mar 2014

Malaria risks spreading to high altitudes as global temperatures rise and further warming might cause a significant increase in malaria cases in highland regions where malaria is endemic, according to a study published on Thursday.

 

Haze shrouds Kuala Lumpur amid forest fires

Source : Bloomberg / 05 Mar 2014

Smoke from forest and peat-soil fires drove air quality to unhealthy levels in and around Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur yesterday, adding to the burden of water rationing after a month-long drought.

 

Strong Meteor Shower Approaching Earth

Source : UZ 24 / 04 Mar 2014

According to astronomers, meteor rain should be expected on May 24, which will leave the comet LINEAR. Meteorites might be so intense that the fall of hundreds of celestial bodies per hour can be observed.

 

Heat extremes increase despite global warming hiatus: scientists

Source : Reuters / 28 Feb 2014

Hot weather extremes have increased around the world in the past 15 years despite a slowdown in the overall pace of global warming, a study showed on Wednesday.

Heat extremes are among the damaging impacts of climate change as they can raise death rates, especially among the elderly, damage food crops and strain everything from water to energy supplies.

 

Duma seeks moratorium on GMO production in Russia

Source : RT / 27 Feb 2014

Legislators are asking the government to impose a temporary ban on all genetically-altered products in Russia, while the Agriculture Ministry suggests the punishment for illegal GMO production be equated to that of growing cannabis.

 

Costs of natural disasters in China surge to $69 billion

Source : Reuters / 25 Feb 2014

Natural disasters including droughts, floods and earthquakes cost China 421 billion yuan ($69 bln) in 2013, official data showed on Monday, nearly double the total in the previous year.

China has always been prone to natural disasters but a changing climate is causing more extreme weather, which hits food production, threatens scarce water resources and damages energy security, according to the government.

 

Hot weather phenomenon may threaten Earth

Source : Presstv / 21 Feb 2014

Scientists warns that a dry and hot weather phenomenon known as ‘El Nino’ is likely to hit most parts of the earth in the second half of this year.

Researchers in Germany announced that the phenomenon could spew out huge amounts of heat this year, on summer 2014.

 

China to spend $330 bln to fight water pollution

Source : Reuters / 20 Feb 2014

China plans to spend 2 trillion yuan, or $330 billion, on an action plan to tackle pollution of its scarce water resources, state media said on Tuesday.

China has a fifth of the world's population but just 7 percent of its water resources, and the situation is especially precarious in its parched north, where some regions have less water per capita than the Middle East.

 

First solar-powered aircraft to begin world trip in 2015

Source : IINA / 19 Feb 2014

World's first day and night flying solar-powered wide bodied aircraft will make a round-the-globe trip next year, showcasing the latest technology in various countries, where it will have stopovers.

 
 

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