UN AGENCY URGES COUNTRIES TO STRENGTHEN FOOD SECTOR AGAINST SHOCKS SUCH AS COVID-19

Thu 25 November 2021: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has stresses the need to make agri-food systems more resilient to shocks and stresses, such as the coronavirus pandemic, extreme weather conditions and armed conflicts. The Rome-based UN agency’s ‘State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) report for 2021 says that three billion people, almost 40 […]

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AMAZON DEFORESTATION IN BRAZIL SURGES TO 15-YEAR HIGH

Fri 19 November 2021: Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest soared 22 percent in one year to the highest level since 2006, according to the government’s annual report, undercutting President Jair Bolsonaro’s assurances that the country is curbing illegal logging. Brazil’s space research agency (INPE) said on Thursday that the country had recorded 13,235sq km (5,110 square miles) […]

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HONDA PUSHES SUPPLIERS TO REACH CARBON NEUTRALITY BY 2050 

Wed 17 November 2021: According to sources quoted by Japanese news agency Kyodo on Tuesday, Honda has asked auto part suppliers to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Suppliers are required to reduce emissions by 4% annually from 2019 levels under the automaker’s long-term decarbonization plan, which is aimed at the whole supply chain. Each supplier […]

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“WATER DOWN”: GLASGOW CLIMATE PACT AGREED DESPITE LAST-MINUTE CHANGE ON COAL USE

Sun 14 November 2021: The COP26 has come to an end, with all participating countries agreeing to a new climate accord. The pact, approved by nearly 200 nations on Saturday, won applause for keeping alive the hope of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), but disappointed many with a last-minute change […]

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YOUTH ACTIVISTS PETITION UN TO DECLARE CLIMATE CRISIS TOP GLOBAL EMERGENCY

Thu 11 November 2021: Greta Thunberg, a teen Swedish climate activist, has urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to designate the climate problem a level three global emergency, the highest level on the UN scale, to match the response to the COVID-19 epidemic. “We are filing a legal petition to the UN secretary-general urging him to declare […]

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COP26: DRAFT DEAL CALLS FOR RICH COUNTRIES TO SCALE UP CLIMATE FUNDS

Wed 10 November 2021: On Wednesday, a draft declaration being negotiated at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow urged developed countries to “scale up” their contributions to the climate fund, expressing “serious concern” that current finance are insufficient to help developing countries respond and adapt to “worsening climate change impact.” Rich countries agreed to channel […]

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A BILLION PEOPLE ‘FACE DANGEROUS HEAT IF WORLD HITS 2C OF WARMING’

Tue 09 November 2021: If global temperatures rise above 2 degrees Celsius, one billion people might be affected by high heat stress, a potentially fatal mix of heat and humidity, according to a new scientific report released on Tuesday by the UK Meteorological Office. At the new temperature – according to new figures and a […]

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