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22 Jan 2017 description

Climate change, growing world population and demands for industrialisation have put strain on global water supplies

By Michael Hogan

HAMBURG, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production, the agriculture ministers of the group of 20 leading economies (G20) said on Sunday.

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27 Jul 2016 description

A study found that nearly a quarter of armed conflicts in ethnically diverse countries since 1980 coincided in the same month with weather disasters

  • Heatwaves, droughts raise conflict risks if ethnic splits

  • Global warming could further aggravate risks -PNAS study

  • Some doubt link, say hard to separate impact from poverty

By Alister Doyle

13 Mar 2016 description

Source: Reuters - Fri, 11 Mar 2016 22:26 GMT

By Ian Simpson

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - Scientists are better able to measure how climate change may cause extreme weather such as droughts, heat waves and heavy rain, but research does not clearly tie wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes to global warming, the top U.S. scientific organization said on Friday.

06 Dec 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Sat, 5 Dec 2015 20:55 GMT

Author: Reuters

  • Global health alliance was set up at Durban climate talks

  • Rising tides bring rise in disease

  • Developed, developing worlds all at climate health risk

By Barbara Lewis

PARIS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Small islands that bear the brunt of rising sea levels also face the greatest risk of diseases linked to a warmer planet, health leaders said on Saturday, as 13 million medical professionals added to the calls for a global climate pact.

24 Oct 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:05 GMT

Author: Rachel Stern

BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barren barley and wheat fields stretch across the dry landscape of northern Afghanistan, the result of persistent drought and flash flooding that has left thousands of people facing food shortages and loss of work.

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15 Sep 2015 description
  • Land degradation causes damage of $6.3-$10.6 trillion

  • Damage to land can spur migration, conflict- ELD

By Alister Doyle

OSLO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Land degradation, such as a spread of deserts in parts of Africa, costs the world economy trillions of dollars a year and may drive tens of millions of people from their homes, a U.N.-backed study said on Tuesday.

16 Aug 2015 description

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Extreme weather such as intense storms, droughts and heatwaves will cause more frequent and severe food shortages as the global climate and food supply systems change, British and American experts warned on Friday.

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15 Jul 2015 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:08 GMT

What’s one way you can tell more frequent droughts and floods are hitting families hard in Kenya’s western Nyando district? Doors are closed at mealtimes.

“With less food, nobody is willing to share,” said Mary Nyasimi, who works in East Africa to ensure information on adapting crops to climate change gets to women as well as men.

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30 May 2015 description

By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) - A historic 52 million people are fleeing conflict worldwide, a trend that will intensify over the next two decades because of climate change, International Rescue Committee chief David Miliband said on Friday.

"One of the drivers of displacement and potential conflict over the next 10 to 20 years will be climate (change) - resource scarcity," said Miliband, a former foreign minister of Britain. "Climate change is going to compound the cocktail that's driving war and displacement."

15 May 2014 description
  • Africa launches its first sovereign risk insurance pool

  • Fund targets drought-prone countries first

  • Climate change seen major risk to Africa

By Wendell Roelf

CAPE TOWN, May 15 (Reuters) - In the 1980s images of skeletal Ethiopian babies and their parents, dying from hunger during a devastating famine, helped galvanize global humanitarian and financial aid to drought-ravaged African countries.

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19 Nov 2013 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:14 PM
Author: Megan Rowling

WARSAW (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Finance pledged to international climate funds plunged in the past year, partly due to slow progress in setting up the U.N. Green Climate Fund, according to new figures released on Monday.

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19 Nov 2013 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00 AM
Author: Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

WARSAW (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Adequate technology and technical know-how exist in the Hindu Kush and Himalaya region to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, experts say.

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17 Nov 2013 description

WARSAW (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Setting a Millennium Development Goal to reduce malaria has led deaths from the disease to drop by a quarter since the year 2000. Could setting a similar goal to reduce “motorised commuting” lead to reductions in asthma – and in greenhouse gases?

Attacking health and climate change problems together makes sense, experts said Saturday at a climate and health summit on the sidelines of the U.N. climate negotiations in Warsaw.

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07 Nov 2013 description

Author: Laurie Goering

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When remote mining camps in Mongolia’s south Gobi desert need energy, they rent diesel generators. But rented solar arrays can provide energy 30 percent cheaper, while producing no carbon emissions, an entrepreneur says.

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25 Aug 2013 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:27 AM
Author: Busani Bafana

GABORONE, Botswana (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In his home country of Mozambique, Micas Luis is a darling of the farmers he advises on how best to grow their crops and vegetables.

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16 May 2012 description
  • Climate chief says clear targets need to be agreed on

  • Sees 'no sense' in May 31 fund meeting if board undecided

By Nina Chestney

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) - Countries which agreed to sign a deal in 2015 to cut greenhouse gas emissions should set milestones this year to ensure the necessary work is done on time, the United Nations' climate chief said on Wednesday.

26 Mar 2012 description
  • Some 'tipping points' closer to being reached

  • Loss of Siberian permafrost worrying, scientists say

By Nina Chestney

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) - The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday.

Scientific estimates differ but the world's temperature looks set to rise by six degrees Celsius by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to rise uncontrollably.

10 Dec 2011 description
  • Climate talks stall over draft deal

  • Vulnerable nations, EU complain about lack of ambition

  • Host South Africa criticised (Recasts with talks stalled, comments on South Africa's diplomacy)

By Agnieszka Flak and Nina Chestney

DURBAN, Dec 10 (Reuters) - U.N. climate talks stalled after a rebellion by developing states most at risk from global warming, forcing host South Africa to push the conference into extra time on Saturday in an effort to prevent the negotiations collapsing.

03 Nov 2011 description
  • AOSIS says some countries "reckless and irresponsible" on climate

  • AOSIS calls for 2012 timetable to be agreed in Durban

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - A group of island states most vulnerable to global warming have lashed out against rich nations for wanting to delay a new international climate pact until years after the Kyoto Protocol on curbing carbon emissions expires in 2012.

25 Aug 2011 description

24 Aug 2011 17:07

By Deborah Zabarenko, Environment Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The El Nino climate cycle, which spreads warm, dry air around the globe every four years or so, doubles the risk of civil wars in 90 tropical countries, researchers reported on Wednesday.

And because El Nino patterns can be predicted up to two years in advance, scientists suggest their findings could be used to help prepare for some conflicts and the humanitarian crises they cause.