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Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body

Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body

First Work Plan and Budget for The Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Approved

0.3% of GDP Would Protect East Asia from Climate Change - ADB Report

About 12 million people in 23 East Asian cities are at risk from rising sea levels, severe storms, and more intense drought caused by climate change that could jeopardize $864 billion in assets, a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warns.

Global Frackdown: World protests shale gas production

Global Frackdown: World protests shale gas production

Thousands of people worldwide are expected to join the Global Frackdown protest on October 19. ‘Fracktivists’ from over 20 countries will gather to demand an end to fracking and “dangerous” shale gas drillings.

Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

13 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the international community to step up its financial investment in technologies, policies and practices that can help combat climate change, adding that time is running out to address this global threat.

Unprecedented rate of change in climate demands action

Unprecedented rate of change in climate demands action

Stockholm, Sweden – Climate change is happening faster, more intensely and, in many cases, at an unprecedented rate of change, according to the Fifth Assessment Working Group 1 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This demands action.

A hotter world is a hungrier world warns Oxfam ahead of IPCC report

A hotter world is a hungrier world warns Oxfam ahead of IPCC report

Climate change will leave families caught in a vicious spiral of falling incomes, rising food prices, and declining quality of food, leading to a devastating impact on the health of millions, Oxfam warns today.

Russian coastguards boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and arrested the 25 activists

Russian coastguards boarded the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and arrested the 25 activists

Armed Russian coastguard officers boarded a Greenpeace ship that was circling an Arctic oil platform on Thursday, after Moscow accused the environmentalist group of "aggressive and provocative" behavior.

World's Most Vulnerable Areas to Climate Change Mapped

World's Most Vulnerable Areas to Climate Change Mapped

Using data from the world's ecosystems and predictions of how climate change will impact them, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and Stanford University have produced a roadmap that identifies the world's most vulnerable and least vulnerable areas in the Age of Climate Change.

BRICS pledge cooperation on climate change

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The BRICS bloc of emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, said Monday it would strengthen cooperation to fight climate change through a series of joint resolutions.

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published following the G20 Summit in St.Petersburg.

Nearly 40,000 New Green Jobs Created Across America During 2Q 2013

Clean energy and sustainable transportation projects launched this year created nearly 40,000 new green jobs in America during the second quarter (2Q) of 2013.



Expert Views on Ecology and Environmental Sustainability

One Investment that Can Make Unhealthy Cities Livable and Fight Climate Change: Sustainable Transportation
The more the world urbanizes – and we’re forecast to be 70 percent urban-dwellers by 2050 – the more critical clean, efficient, safe transportation becomes. Access to better jobs, schools, and clinics gives the poor a ladder out of poverty and towards greater prosperity.

Why energy producers need to pay heed to global warming Why energy producers need to pay heed to global warming
The world’s top climate change scientists are now 95 per cent certain that humans are responsible for global warming. That’s the headline takeaway from the latest findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Global temperatures are the hottest since the last ice age and the planet is only getting warmer.

How Africa can feed itself in the face of climate change
Climate change predictions show a very bleak future for Africa. Funding for adaptation should be on the global agenda.

What is the IPCC anyway, and how does it work?
The latest climate change assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, is due to arrive this weekend. This will be the fifth comprehensive assessment report (AR5) prepared by the IPCC since it was established in 1988. But what is this IPCC, whose process is so labour intensive, time consuming and exhaustive that it takes six years?

Green economy: will it ever be people, planet and profit?
While economic growth is key to improving wellbeing in developing countries, it shouldn't cost us the planet – but are ministers listening?

Food Security - Asian Development Bank's Take
Economic growth has been effective in reducing extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific, but less so in reducing hunger and malnutrition. ADB is helping people across the region put food on their table by improving the productivity, connectivity, and resilience of food supply chains.

Post-2015 towards a unified approach
Fiona Hall MEP on the need for a single post-2015 strategy that tackles development and environment issues together.

How many climate migrants will there be?
If politicians are to be believed, migration caused by climate change will cause the world huge problems. One of the latest to repeat the warning is UK shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant, who, like many others before him, said 200 million people may be forced to flee their country. But how reliable is this figure?

What’s really causing water scarcity in Africa south of the Sahara?
The theme of World Water Week 2013 (September 1-6) is “Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships.” Today, we highlight key research that looks at investment strategies for overcoming physical and economic limitations to water security.

Growing biofuels: how to reap rewards
Highlights from recent Guardian live chat panel on how to deliver the best environmental, social and economic impacts.



Ecology and Environmental Sustainability Documents