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12 Jan 2018 description
report Xinhua

XINING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's plateau province of Qinghai last year reported the second highest temperature since records began in 1961.

The average temperature was 3.5 degrees Celsius in 2017, 1.2 degrees Celsius higher than normal, said the Qinghai Meteorological Service.

The average temperature between December 2016 and February 2017 was minus 6.7 degrees Celsius, the warmest winter since 1961, the agency said.

The year of 2016 was the warmest year since 1961 with 3.7 degrees Celsius in average temperature.

09 Jan 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 9 2018 (IPS) - Conditioned that ploughing is the sure way to produce crops, Zimbabwean farmer Handrixious Zvomarima surprised himself by trying a different method. He planted cowpea seeds directly without tilling the land. It worked.

The new method tripled Zvomarima’s cowpea yield when many farmers did not harvest a crop following the El Nino-induced drought which affected more than 40 million people in Southern Africa.

05 Jan 2018 description
report The Guardian

When monsoon rains swept Bangladesh last autumn, flooding forced people from their homes in droves. With some scientists estimating that shifting weather patterns could cost the country almost a quarter of its existing landmass, climate migration is fast becoming alarmingly commonplace

All photographs by the Environmental Justice Federation
by John Vidal

View the entire photo essay on the Guardian.

05 Jan 2018 description
report Xinhua

Editor: Xiang Bo

HOHHOT, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, known for its vast grasslands and cold weather, recorded its warmest year in 56 years in 2017.

The average temperature of the region last year was 6.5 degrees Celsius, 1.4 degrees higher than the historical average and the highest since 1961, according to local meteorological authority Thursday.

02 Jan 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Pascal Laureyn

This article is part of a series about the activists and communities of the Pacific and small island states who are responding to the effects of climate change. Leaders from climate and social justice movements from around the world met in Suva, Fiji from 4-8 December for International Civil Society Week.

31 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Daniel Salazar

SAN JOSE, Dec 31 2017 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca lives in the municipality of Esquías, in western Honduras, one of the areas hardest hit by the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), which damaged almost 500,000 hectares of forest in that Central American country between 2013 and 2015.

21 Dec 2017 description

by Madelline Romero

Researchers from eight Asian countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam – gathered on December 12-13, 2017 in Haikou City, China, to form the Asian Forage Legumes Network.

This is in response to the increasing pressure for farming systems in Asia to produce more without causing further harm to the environment.

20 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

SAN JOSÉ, 20 dic 2017 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca vive en el municipio de Esquías, en el occidente de Honduras, uno de los más afectados por la plaga del gorgojo descortezador, que dañó casi 500.000 hectáreas de bosque de su país entre el 2013 y el 2015.

Se suponía que la plaga que aniquilaba los pinos detendría su paso con la lluvia, pero pasaron los meses húmedos y nada cayó del cielo. Hoy, con menos árboles, contó a IPS que su pueblo tiene, también, menos agua, sus suelos están erosionados y algunas de las comunidades vecinas enfrentan sequías.

15 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Emilio Godoy

MEXICO CITY, Dec 14 2017 (IPS) - Azael Meléndez recalls the tornado that in May 2015 struck his hometown of San Gregorio Atlapulco, in Xochimilco, on the outskirts of Mexico City.

“I had never seen anything like it, and I asked my parents, and they said the same thing,” the farmer told IPS.

The tornado lifted fences protecting gardens in the area, whose name means “place in the middle of the water” in the Nahuatl language, and which is located on the south side of greater Mexico City, which is home to 22 million people.

13 Dec 2017 description
  • Volcanoes become geo-engineering laboratories

  • Repeat of 1963 Bali eruption could cool planet

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

OSLO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Climate scientists are tracking an erupting volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for clues about a possible short-cut to curb global warming by injecting sun-dimming chemicals high above the Earth.

(Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation)

12 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Becky Heeley

ROME, Dec 12 2017 (IPS) - International Mountain Day and the Mountain Partnership’s 15th anniversary coincided on December 11, kicking off a three-day Mountain Partnership Global Meeting at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome.

11 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

MÉXICO, 11 dic 2017 (IPS) - Azael Meléndez recuerda con sorpresa el tornado que se levantó en mayo de 2015 sobre su pueblo de San Gregorio Atlapulco, en la demarcación de Xochimilco, que conforma el área metropolitana de Ciudad de México.

“Nunca había visto algo así, y le pregunté a mis papas, y ellos igual”, dijo el productor agrícola a IPS.

05 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

NACIONES UNIDAS, 5 dic 2017 (IPS) - La Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Refugiados, de 1951, prevé otorgar la condición de tal a una persona perseguida por su raza, religión, nacionalidad o ideología, pero ahora se evalúa reformarla para que contemple las consecuencias del impacto del ambiental.

05 Dec 2017 description
report El País

Durante este siglo, la región ha sufrido las peores sequías de su historia, que han generado pérdidas de ingresos cuatro veces mayores que las provocadas por una inundación

Buenos Aires 5 DIC 2017 - 17:14 CET

A mediados del siglo pasado, el aumento de las inundaciones y sequías era una advertencia hecha por pocos. Hoy es una certeza que sufren muchos: en el transcurso de las dos últimas décadas, estos episodios han afectado, en promedio, a unos 300 millones de personas por año en todo el mundo.

30 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 2017 (IPS) - The 1951 UN convention on political refugees– which never foresaw the phenomenon of climate change– permits refugee status only if one “has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion.”

But a proposal for an amendment to that Convention—or an optional protocol — to include a new category of “environmental refugees” has failed to get off the ground.

29 Nov 2017 description
report AlterPresse

P-au-P, 28 nov. 2017 [AlterPresse] --- Le Ministère de l’environnement (Mde) réitère son engagement à réduire la vulnérabilité des populations aux effets des changements climatiques, lors d’un atelier, ce mardi 28 novembre 2017, et auquel a assisté l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.

Cet atelier visait à établir un plan d’action pour adresser réellement les problèmes et réduire les vulnérabilités de la population haïtienne liées aux changements climatiques, indique Jeantel Joseph, directeur général de l’Anap (Agence nationale des aires protégées).

27 Nov 2017 description
report La Tercera

Mapas interactivos de organización Climate Central permiten visualizar efectos del cambio climático en costas del mundo. Proyecciones locales en Valparaíso prevén alzas de incluso un metro a fin de siglo.

Mediciones del Panel Intergubernamental de Cambio Climático (IPCC), creado por la ONU, indican que entre 1901 y 2010 el nivel medio del mar (NMM) aumentó 0,19 metros y que hacia fines de este siglo aumentaría entre 0,26 a 0,86 m, mostrando un aceleramiento.

26 Nov 2017 description
report The Guardian

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty

by Gethin Chamberlain

It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away her parents’ field in Kachaso in the Nsanje district of Malawi, they had been scraping a living. Afterwards they were reduced to scavenging for bits of firewood to sell.

24 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

BONN, Germany, Nov 24 2017 (IPS) - Land restoration is not a “glamorous subject even when you give all the numbers,” admits Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification UNCCD). But she also stresses that by 2050, the world population will reach 10 billion. To feed that extra 2.4 billion, current food production would need to be increased by 75 percent.

24 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Tharanga Yakupitiyage

NACIONES UNIDAS, 24 nov 2017 (IPS) - “El mar se traga aldeas, se devora la costa y marchita los cultivos. El realojamiento de personas, los llantos por los seres queridos perdidos, las muertes por hambre y sed; quizá crean que solo afectará a los países pequeños; se equivocan”, señaló Timoci Naulusala, de 12 años y procedente de Fiyi, en un apasionado discurso en la COP23.