The Fourth National Climate Assessment report is published in the United States

The Fourth National Climate Assessment report from the United States government has just been published and confirms the widespread alarm, calling on policy makers to take urgent measures and setting 2030 as the point of no return. Despite President Trump’s opposition, United States government research agencies are keeping up the sense of urgency about climate change and confirm that it is driven by human activities.

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China’s new pledges to curb emissions

With only a few days to go before the opening of COP24, China has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and to contributing to climate change mitigation, said Chinese envoy Xie Zhenhua during a press briefing. Zhenhua also expressed the hope that developed countries will honor the pledges made with the Paris Accord and that they will deliver the financial and technical support they promised to poorer nations.

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Deforestation of the Amazon forest hits record levels

About 8,000 sq km of rain forest was lost between August 2017 and July 2018. The area is roughly five times the size of London, according to official data. Most of the deforestation occurred in the states of Mato Grosso and Pará, with an increase of 13.7 percent on the previous year’s figures.

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The Straits Time

The cost of treating diabetes could double by 2030

The global cost of treating diabetes is set to reach USD 3 trillion by 2030, double the figure for 2015. The research finding was announced by the World Bank's Practice Manager for East Asia and the Pacific region Enis Baris during a ministerial conference on diabetes. This figure represents 1.8 percent of the world's GDP. 

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Rising temperatures could threaten U.S. crop yields

Heat waves, drought, wildfires and increasingly frequent flooding will seriously threaten crop yields in the United States and American agricultural productivity as a whole, according to a National Climate Assessment report. The report also states that climate change is set to bring about large-scale changes for many agricultural producers worldwide, with negative impacts also on the U.S. economy.

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The Point - AllAfrica

European Union to provide EUR 12 million to Gambia for food security

The European Union, in partnership with the FAO, IFAD and WFP, has signed a EUR 12 million deal to support three different programs to tackle food security and rural development in Gambia. The European Union contributes over half of the world’s total development assistance.

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India could cut almost one fifth of its agricultural greenhouse emissions

According to a recent study, India could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by almost 18 percent through the adoption of three mitigation measures, namely the efficient use of fertilizers, reduced soil tillage and better water management in rice cultivation.

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Renewed momentum for water diplomacy in the E.U.

On World Toilet Day, November 19, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union adopted Conclusions of Water Diplomacy, strengthening Europe’s commitment to using diplomacy in the resolution of conflicts over shared water resources in order to boost cooperation, regional stability and peace.

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Food Navigator

Patchy uptake of WHO recommendations on junk food marketing

European implementation of World Heath Organization (WHO) recommendations on junk food marketing to children has been patchy, partly due to strong pressure from the private sector, according to a WHO report.

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United Nations

Exclusive interview with Chair of IPCC Hoesung Lee

The new IPCC special report on climate change shows that it would not be impossible to limit warming to 1.5°C, but doing so would require unprecedented transformations in all aspects of society, said IPCC Chairman Hoesung Lee in an exclusive interview published on the official website of the United Nations. 

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