Global warming and climate change. Pollution leading to global warming, climate change and the acidification of our oceans affects every aspect of conservation.
That’s why WWF is taking urgent positive action. WWF has a vision where our homes, businesses, industries and modes of transport are powered by cheap clean energy, where we use energy smarter, our standard of living has improved, we live healthier lives and our unique environmental icons – like the Great Barrier Reef, marine turtles and polar bears - are thriving. Climate change a massive threat to food security, agriculture. Climate change will threaten Australia's food security and drive up the prices of foods, a report out today says.
The Climate Council’s report, Feeding a hungry nation: climate change, food and farming in Australia, says the agriculture industry has suffered and will suffer in future as Australia’s climate continues to change. Rising temperatures and lower rainfall have already affected crop yields in areas of southern Australia, and yields will continue to be affected, the report said. Greater frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, like bushfires, droughts and cyclones will lead to decreased productivity across the agricultural sector, including the livestock and dairy industries. The prospect of reduced agricultural production is a big issue for Australia, where the gross value of all agricultural commodities produced was roughly $50 billion for the calendar year ending June 30, 2014.
Note: food includes processed items, like bread and beverages. Australia's carbon budget to be exhausted in six years, Stockholm group says. Australia will burn through its "fair share" of carbon within six years if the more-ambitious end of the global warming goals agreed to at the Paris climate summit is to be achieved, a respected European think-tank says.
Restricting warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial times implies a global carbon budget of less than 250 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide equivalent from 2015, the Stockholm Environment Institute said in a new study. The planet has warmed about 1 degree in the past century alone. Loaded: 0% Climate Change in Australia. Yellow fever vaccination campaign in Democratic Republic of the Congo: Logistics pathway. The biggest emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign ever held in Africa is underway in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
With high risk of transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in the densely populated capital city of Kinshasa, the vaccination campaign aims to protect as many people at risk as possible and stop the outbreak before the rainy season begins in late September. The logistics to vaccinate more than 10.5 million people in 32 health zones in Kinshasa provinces and 15 health zones in remote areas bordering Angola, has been a complex and challenging logistical undertaking. WHO has deployed 15 logisticians to plan and transport more than 10 million syringes, vaccine doses in more than 38000 vaccine carriers by truck, car, motorcycle, by boat and often by foot to the targeted 8000 vaccination sites, many of them in remote and hard to reach areas. more on the yellow fever vaccination campaign and the logistics pathway.
Human health. Climate change is expected to have a number of mostly adverse effects on human health, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including: heat-related mortality and morbidity mortality and morbidity related to extreme weather.
In addition, the following hazards to human health are predicted: increases in water and food-borne disease changes in seasonality and distribution of vector-borne diseases (that is diseases spread by organisms, such as mosquitoes) increased air pollution (ground-level ozone and particles), and adverse impacts on community and mental health. GCHA CAHA Media Advisory WGII Australia 040414. NBv20n2. Agroforestry and our role. About agroforestry Trees play a crucial role in almost all terrestrial ecosystems and provide a range of important products and services to rural and urban people.
As natural vegetation is cleared for agriculture and other types of development, the benefits that trees provide are best sustained by integrating them into agriculturally productive landscapes — the practice known as agroforestry and one that goes back many centuries, even millennia. Agroforestry practices involve a wide range of trees that are protected or planted and managed on farms and agricultural landscapes. . Trees in agricultural landscapes provide many livelihood and environmental benefits, among them: The World Agroforestry Centre’s role. Sydney weather, heatwave: How to survive 40C temperatures. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Heatwaves are a normal part of Australian summer, but how do they form?
And how severe can they get? Produced by Ashley Leal. Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years' The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a crucial temperature limit agreed by nations just last year, according to Nasa’s top climate scientist.
This year has already seen scorching heat around the world, with the average global temperature peaking at 1.38C above levels experienced in the 19th century, perilously close to the 1.5C limit agreed in the landmark Paris climate accord. July was the warmest month since modern record keeping began in 1880, with each month since October 2015 setting a new high mark for heat. Climate change will mean the end of national parks as we know them. After a century of shooing away hunters, tending to trails and helping visitors enjoy the wonder of the natural world, the guardians of America’s most treasured places have been handed an almost unimaginable new job – slowing the all-out assault climate change is waging against national parks across the nation.
As the National Parks Service (NPS) has charted the loss of glaciers, sea level rise and increase in wildfires spurred by rising temperatures in recent years, the scale of the threat to US heritage across the 412 national parks and monuments has become starkly apparent. As the National Parks Service turns 100 this week, their efforts to chart and stem the threat to the country’s history faces a daunting task. America’s grand symbols and painstakingly preserved archaeological sites are at risk of being winnowed away by the crashing waves, wildfires and erosion triggered by warming temperatures. The Statue of Liberty is at “high exposure” risk from increasingly punishing storms.