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Wasting methane can break carbon budget 

Phasing out methane can have environmental and economic benefits.

To counter scientific evidence with political rhetoric, driven by feelings and unfounded opinions, not only turns logic on its head but is also a dangerous pursuit. One can call this “alternative facts” but they are really falsehoods. When it comes to climate change in particular, this is a risky gamble with the ecological health of the planet, all for short-term profits at the expense of future generations. Read more

Climate change is hitting staple crops 

While increases in population and wealth will lift global demand for food by up to 70% by 2050, agriculture is already feeling the effects of climate change. This is expected to continue in coming decades. Scientists and farmers will need to act on multiple fronts to counter falling crop yields and feed more people. As with previous agricultural revolutions, we need a new set of plant characteristics to meet the challenge.

When it comes to the staple crops – wheat, rice, maize, soybean, barley, and sorghum – research has found changes in rainfall and temperature explain about 30% of the yearly variation in agricultural yields. Read more

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The world's first carbon-neutral town could end up in the planet's most polluted country 

In November 2015, Thomas Isaac, a 64-year-old economist and finance minister for the Indian state of Kerala, traveled to Paris to present a paper on waste disposal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. He came back to Kerala with an audacious plan: Turn Meenangadi, a south Indian settlement of some 34,000 people, into the country’s first carbon-neutral village by 2020.  India is battling a pollution crisis. The country is poised to overtake China to become the country with the most air pollution-related deaths in the world...Read more

Achieving food security in a climate-challenged future

Bangladesh is one of the countries which are most vulnerable to climate change. Its high population density, long coastline, and extensive low-lying areas, coupled with its location at the confluence of several major rivers, place it in a uniquely vulnerable position to the vagaries of a changing climate.

As human-induced climate change continues, the frequency and intensity of flooding, droughts, storm surges and tropical cyclones are predicted to increase. As one indication of this, last year the country saw four cyclones... Read more

Effect of methane on climate change could be 25% greater than we thought

Effect of methane on climate change could be 25% greater than we thought

Methane emissions caused by human activity may have a bigger impact on global warming than previously thought, scientists have found.

Research led by the University of Reading indicates that emissions of methane due to human activity have, to date, caused a warming effect which is about one-third of the warming effect due to carbon dioxide emissions – this methane contribution is 25% higher than previous estimates. Read more

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