Washington Post

New IPCC report. Take action now or face climate catastrophe

To limit global warming to less than 1.5 °C requires immediate action and the reduction of CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 in order to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Otherwise the consequences will be catastrophic. This is the warning in the SR15, the new report by the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. A warning to governments on the need to act quickly.

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Daily Nation – All Africa

Indigenous Seeds Key in Ensuring Food Security

The solution to achieving food security for African countries is based on access to seeds. The quality of the seed determines the quantity of food harvested and the use of indigenous seeds allows to achieve the objectives of sustainable agricultural and food systems. To promote the use of integrated pests management and reduce the use of chemicals, some of which are harmful to peoples' health.

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Food production is at risk in a warmer world

With temperatures rising, rice, wheat, corn and soy are at risk. IPCC scientists have calculated that with an increase of 1.5°C by 2030, food crops would shrink by 10%. This would put food safety at risk in many countries that depend on imports. Some crops may shrink by up to 20%, on an increasingly more populated planet.

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The Herald

Environmental Crimes Boost Terrorists in Africa

Environmental crimes, such as wildlife trafficking, illegal logging and poaching have overtaken the drug trade as the main income source for militias and terrorists in Kenya, Mali, Somalia and elsewhere around the world. A new report by Interpol shows that of the 30.2 billion in illicit trades, 38 percent comes from illegal activities involving timber, mining, coal and wildlife trafficking. These activities fund armed militias such as the Islamic State, Al Shabaab, Boko Haram and the Taliban.

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The World Health Organization

The Belfast Charter, for healthier cities

The past 4 October, the WHO European Healthy Cities Network adopted the Belfast Charter. The Charter consists of a number of political commitments signed by the mayors pledging to support investments on health in their cities. The network commits to promoting citizens' health and well-being, reducing inequalities and to leading by example on a global level. 

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United Nations

UN report on frontier technologies and sustainability

Frontier technologies – including everything from renewable energy technologies to biodegradable plastic, artificial intelligence and electric vehicles – hold immense potential to improve people’s lives and significantly accelerate efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and address climate change. But without appropriate policies, they may cause greater inequality and increase social dislocations, according to a new report launched by the United Nations today.

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Business Wire

Ocean Plastic Puts Industry at Risk

Plastic waste in the oceans brews consumer activism and greater uncertainty for the industry, says IHS Markit. The growing global plastics sustainability movement is one of the biggest potential disruptors for the plastics industry and is putting future plastics resin demand and billions of dollars of industry investments at risk.

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