The two leading UN agencies are expanding efforts to assist national governments adapt to climate change as UN member nations gear up for much anticipated climate change treaty talks in Paris this December.
From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.
California is a world leader when it comes to forging a low-carbon green economy that decouples growth from fossil fuel use and energy intensity, according to the first international edition of Next10’s Green Innovation Index.
EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Where will be the best places to live if global warming gets the best of us? - Cynthia McIntosh, Jasper, WY If temperatures around the globe continue to rise in the face of human-induced climate change as climatologists expect, some…
Threatened by rising sea levels and the incidence of extreme weather events, coastal communities, economies and ecosystems could benefit greatly by conserving natural coastal “infrastructure,” as well as implementing innovative hybrid approaches that combine habitat restoration and built structures, according to NOAA study authors.
Meeting in Seoul for the ICLEI World Congress 2015, the mayors of 36 major cities signed ICLEI’s new Compact of Mayors pledged to take greater action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The new compact, and the launch of ICLEI’s Transformative Actions Program, takes on added significance as governments around the world prepare for the UNFCCC’s 2015 Climate Conference in Paris.
Broad-based international ambitions aimed at reorienting the globalized system of agricultural development are falling in the face of dominance of multinational enterprises. Nonetheless, taking a bottom-up, “grass roots” approach that supports small farms and farmers would be the best means of fostering positive, broad-based agricultural development and gains, as well as enhancing overall socioeconomic and ecological sustainability, according to the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment.