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Research Reveals Climate Change’s Role in Migrations, Refugee Crises

Climate change is contributing to forced mass migrations and refugee crises around the world, raising the potential for all sorts of conflict – social, political and military. Fleeing armed conflict is clearly the reason in some parts of the world, the flood of migrants flooding into Western Europe from Syria and Libya, for example. It’s clear that the effects of…

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Rwanda Green Fund Investments Paying Big Dividends

Issuing its ninth request for proposals this week, Rwanda’s Green Fund, FONERWA continues to empower Rwandans, funding and assisting stakeholders to carry out projects that improve socioeconomic conditions, create employment and new business development opportunities while leveraging and conserving the country’s natural capital.

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Rising Ocean Temperatures Lead to Increase in Marine Pathogens and Infections

In a landmark research paper an international team of marine microbiologists concludes that rising sea surface temperatures are leading to population booms of the marine pathogen Vibrio cholerae and other members of the genus in Northern Atlantic waters.

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Thawing Russian Arctic Permafrost Leads to Anthrax Outbreak

Seventy-two nomadic herders, including 41 children, living in the Russian Arctic Circle town of Salekhard have been hospitalized since reindeer began dying en masse due to an anthrax outbreak that scientists linked to rising temperatures, which is causing permafrost to thaw.

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New Approaches Needed as Blazing Hot, Dry Conditions Lead to Longer, More Intense Wildfires

High temperatures and lack of precipitation have brought an early onset to the wildfire season, highlighting a continuing trend that requires improving the way we manage landscapes to enhance their resilience, according to the U.S. Interior Dept.

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FAO Completes World’s First Global Assessment of Drylands Forests

Using free online GIS and open source software, more than 200 FAO researchers completed the groundbreaking study in less than a year.

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New Cloud Study Helps Reconcile Climate Model Predictions with Empirical Data

New climate research results obtained by correcting satellite cloud change data spanning two decades are consistent with observed changes in storm tracks, climate conditions and results produced by global climate models.