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#ClimateChange is a health problem. Let's take action for a healthier environment! #ParisAgreement. Bloomberg. Watch the world's climate change throughout the 20th century #ActOnClimate. The most important global public health agreement of the century. Josh Karliner, director, global projects, Health Care Without Harm, San Francisco, USAjosh@hcwh.org If fully implemented, the recent UN agreement to reduce climate change would reap health benefits The new United Nations climate treaty recently agreed by representatives of 195 countries in Paris is far from perfect, but, by committing nearly every country’s government to lowering its greenhouse gas emissions, it takes a major step toward staving off the worst effects of climate change.

The most important global public health agreement of the century

This accord could become known as the greatest public health accomplishment of our time, forestalling what is widely acknowledged as the greatest public health threat this century. It has become increasingly clear that climate change is not just about polar bears but also about clean air. It’s not just about endangered species but also a growing burden of disease. Health leaders have also begun to see other opportunities in mitigating climate change. Ilona Kickbusch: The new director general of WHO and the politics of global health – The BMJ. Ilona Kickbusch discusses the challenges that Dr Tedros will face and how he will need to apply his political focus and determination The future of the World Health Organization (WHO) will depend on the strategic interplay of two factors.

Ilona Kickbusch: The new director general of WHO and the politics of global health – The BMJ

Firstly, the organization will need to concentrate its work on the health challenges of the 21st century, and secondly, fully apply the unique political capital and experience of the newly elected director general (DG), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. New World Health Organization head must act on climate. * Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

New World Health Organization head must act on climate

WHO’s job will be made harder by the growing threat and worsening impacts of climate change For nearly seven decades, the World Health Organization (WHO) has served as the international authority on issues in global health, working continuously to combat disease, promote public health, and support countries and communities who have been struck by natural disasters and other health emergencies. Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We're Feeling It. The shrubs probably responded first.

Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We're Feeling It

In the 19th century, alder and flowering willows in the Alaskan Arctic stood no taller than a small child—just a little over three feet. But as temperatures warmed with fossil fuel emissions, and growing seasons lengthened, the shrubs multiplied and prospered. Today many stand over six feet. Theconversation. April 22 is Earth Day, one of the world’s largest environmental movements against climate change.

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It’s a time when people around the world come together to defend the environment against the impact of humans. With a climate change-denying Trump administration in the White House and fear-inducing predictions of what our world might look like a few degrees warmer, it’s understandable that many people have lost hope about the future of our planet. But the scientific community is on the constant search for solutions, making advances and breakthroughs to fight climate change.

Others including Hollywood celebrities are also speaking up about the crisis and what can be done about it. Here are six reasons to be optimistic. 1. The ice stupas of Ladakh: solving water crisis in the high desert of Himalaya. The idea crystallised in his mind one morning as Sonam Wangchuk was crossing a bridge in the Indian Himalayas.

The ice stupas of Ladakh: solving water crisis in the high desert of Himalaya

The engineer from Ladakh, in the Jammu region of north India, was already a famous problem solver: a Bollywood film loosely based on his life had grossed a billion rupees in its first four days. But addressing the water shortages that threatened life in his mountainous home had started to feel like an intractable problem until he saw the chunk of ice: still hanging, improbably, beneath the bridge, long after the shards around it had melted. In that moment, he says, “I understood that it was not the warmth of the sun that was melting the ice on the ground.

It was direct sunlight.” What Wangchuck saw reflected in the ice that day was realised four years ago, when he unveiled his first “ice stupa”, an artificial glacier that towered surreally over the otherwise arid landscape, and for which in December he received a prestigious £80,000 innovation prize. Forecasting for Catastrophes: How Investment in Weather Services Can Save Lives and Grow Economies. In fact, for the past decade, the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) have been working with assorted partners to increase awareness of, and investment in, the hydromet sector.

Forecasting for Catastrophes: How Investment in Weather Services Can Save Lives and Grow Economies

GFDRR’s Hydromet team and the World Bank have partnered with leading national meteorological services across the globe – including agencies from Austria, China, Finland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States – and work closely with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Log In - New York Times. MMS: Error. Theconversation.

The recent spate of heatwaves through eastern Australia has reminded us we’re in an Australian summer.

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On top of another record hot year globally, and as heatwaves become more frequent and intense, our cities are making us even hotter. This is the urban heat island, where city temperatures can be significantly warmer than the surrounding rural regions. The question, then, is what we can do to keep our cities cooler. Why are cities hotter? The temperature difference is caused by a range of factors, including dense building materials absorbing more of the sun’s energy, fewer trees to provide shade, and less soil to cool by evaporation.

Buildings can also act like the hairs on a husky, reducing wind speeds and blocking thermal radiation up to the night sky. Why does this matter? The most extreme heat events can buckle train lines, cause rolling blackouts and cost billions in lost productivity. Heat stress can cause organ failure or exascerbate heart or breathing problems. So, what can we do? Utopian ideas on climate change will get us precisely nowhere. Urging people to stop consuming stuff in order to slow the rate of climate change is a gambit that is doomed to fail.

Utopian ideas on climate change will get us precisely nowhere

It would be helpful if shoppers put off buying a suit or installing a new kitchen, but it’s not going to happen. Demonising those who fly to Barcelona for a long weekend is another tactic that will have almost no impact. It’s not for nothing that economists base many of their assumptions on populations having unlimited wants. World's largest peatland with vast carbon-storage capacity found in Congo. Scientists have discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland in the remote Congo swamps, estimated to store the equivalent of three year’s worth of the world’s total fossil fuel emissions.

World's largest peatland with vast carbon-storage capacity found in Congo

Researchers mapped the Cuvette Centrale peatlands in the central Congo basin and found they cover 145,500 sq km – an area larger than England. Eight charts that show 2016 wasn't as bad as you think. 2016 is likely to be remembered as an annus horribilis for so many reasons that it’s tempting to think everything is doomed. But things are not always as they seem. There are silver linings. You just have to look hard to find them. Death in conflict Overall, 2016 looks set to have slightly fewer deaths through armed conflict than 2015, when 167,000 people died. Theconversation. Eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting back on red and processed meat will make you healthier. That’s obvious enough. But as chickens and cows themselves eat food and burn off their own energy, meat is a also major driver of climate change.

Going veggie can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. This is all at a personal level. What about when you multiply such changes by 7 billion people, and factor in a growing population? Government to outline climate change risks facing UK in new report. In a landmark report, the government is to outline the specific risks it believes Britain faces due to the impact of climate change.

The report, to be delivered early in the new year, will be the first response made by Theresa May’s administration to a major environmental concern and will have considerable implications for future green policy outcomes. The UK climate change risk assessment, the first since 2012, will spell out what the government believes are the major risks facing Britain as global warming continues to affect the planet.

Earlier this year, the Committee on Climate Change, a body of experts set up under the Climate Change Act to advise government, said Britain was poorly prepared for global warming. Likely impacts include deadly heatwaves, flooding, and food and water shortages, it said. The country set to cash in on climate change. Asked if he is fearful about the impact of climate change, Tønnes “Kaka” Berthelsen’s response is typical of many Greenlanders. “We are more concerned about the Maldives,” he said bluntly.

Greenland has lived with extreme environmental changes for a decade or more. Sea ice is forming two months later and melting one month earlier. Rivers fed by retreating glaciers are at record levels. Beijing smog: pollution red alert declared in China capital and 21 other cities. Beijing authorities have declared a five-day pollution “red alert”, shutting schools, ordering thousands of vehicles off the roads and telling residents to stay indoors, after the Chinese capital was enveloped by a shroud of toxic smog that is expected to linger until Wednesday.

The warning – the first since Beijing’s inaugural red alert in December last year – was officially implemented at 4.20pm on Friday as a nicotine-tinged haze rolled into the city. “Smog invades Beijing,” tweeted Xinhua, China’s official news agency, alongside a timelapse video capturing the arrival of what city officials have controversially decided to classify as a “meteorological disaster”.

A second Xinhua tweet showed the skies blackening over the course of Friday as toxic air swept into the northern city of 21 million citizens. A red alert is the highest level of a four-tier warning system introduced as part of China’s high-profile war on pollution. “But this is only a short-term measure. Michael Bloomberg and Mark Carney: How to make a profit from defeating climate change.

From rising sea levels to more severe storms and more intense droughts, climate change will present serious risks to, and create major opportunities for, nearly every industry. Citizens, consumers, businesses, governments, and international organisations are all taking action. Theconversation. The 47 countries moving to 100% fossil free energy. Thunderstorm asthma: 'You're talking an event equivalent to a terrorist attack'

A sudden drop in temperature in Melbourne on Monday evening from peaks of 35C brought with it severe thunderstorms and triggered a mass asthma event that left hospitals struggling to treat 8,500 patients. Summer heatwave may explain surge in deaths in England and Wales. A heatwave over the summer may have led to a spike in deaths in England and Wales, provisional figures suggest. The Office for National Statistics said there was “an unusual peak in mortality around 19 July 2016”, a period when there were higher than average temperatures. 5 Things to Know About the Warming Arctic - Before the Flood Video. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Mobile. Authors Edited by B.

L. Mobile. Climate Change Indicators in the United States. Background As the temperature of the Earth changes, so does sea level. Climate Change Indicators in the United States. Background. A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change. The atmosphere affects oceans, and oceans influence the atmosphere. Climate Change Indicators: Sea Surface Temperature. Sea Temperature Rise. Theconversation. Theconversation. Climate change could drive 122m more people into extreme poverty by 2030. Climate Change Will Change How We Grow Food. Can diets be climate friendly and reduce obesity at the same time? Climate change and public health: a challenge and an opportunity. Theconversation. 'We have nothing but our reindeer': conservation threatens ruination for Mongolia's Dukha.

We have almost certainly blown the 1.5-degree global warming target. Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health. Newspaper article about recent study of impact of climate change on global health.