United Nations report finds climate change is a major threat to global food supply

August 9, 2019 by  
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Humanity is having a hard time feeding itself, and it is only expected to get worse thanks to the climate crisis . This comes from a new United Nations report presented on Aug. 8 that states the globe’s land and water resources are being misused at “unprecedented rates.” Written by more than 100 experts from 52 countries and released in summary in Geneva, the report said the time to address the threat is now. Related: Biodiversity decline puts food supply at risk The report warned that climate change will make threats worse, as floods, drought, storms and other extreme weather patterns threaten to diminish the global food supply. More than 10 percent of the world’s population is currently undernourished, and some authors of the report said food shortages may result in increased cross-border migration. Other report writers said food shortages will hit poorer communities much harder than affluent areas. Food crises could form on a multiple continents at once, according to Cynthia Rosenzweig, a senior research scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a lead author of the report. “The potential risk of multi-breadbasket failure is increasing,” she said. “All of these things are happening at the same time.” The report mentioned higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will also reduce food’s nutritional quality, in addition to lowering crop yields and hurting livestock. These obstacles could become overwhelming for farmers, and the industry might fail at adjusting. However, among the negatives, the report offered some hope and presented ways to address the possible food crisis, though a reevaluation of land use and agriculture worldwide would be needed, as well as a change in consumer behavior. Solutions include increasing land productivity, reducing food waste and encouraging meatless diets. “One of the important findings of our work is that there are a lot of actions that we can take now. They’re available to us,” Rosenzweig said. “But what some of these solutions do require is attention, financial support, enabling environments.” There is still time to turn things around, but it will require major changes in food production, soil and forest management, food distribution and consumer behavior. + United Nations Via New York Times Image via Pixabay

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

September 15, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Cal-Tech , California Institute of Technology , CalTech , Daylighting , eco design , eco university , green architecture , Green Building , green design , keck institute for space studies , kiss , lehrer architects , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , Toleman-Bacher House

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Will Climate-Related Disasters Convince Americans Global Warming is Real?

May 13, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: NASA Godard Institute of Space Studies What if a hurricane even nastier than Katrina — made stronger by the warmer climate — were to barrel through Florida and leave a trail of destruction in its path? What if the American Southwest were to transform into an arid, drought-laden scorching-hot Dust Bowl and give rise to major water crises and suffering for millions

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Modernist Wooden Bike Is Odd, But Compelling

May 13, 2011 by  
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Images via Yanko Design Designer Raffaello Ape has come up with an interesting new wooden bike design, called Giuliano. Labeled as a city bike, Ape has added wood to show “nostalgia towards nature.” … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Are Dogs Humankind’s Most Important Environmental Issue? Join Live Chat with Author Steven Kotler Tuesday, 3.30edt

May 13, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Steven Kotler It’s fair to say that most TreeHuggers are also animal lovers . But often the topics of environmental protection and animal rights/welfare are seen as separate, if related, issues. Acclaimed author, journalist and blogger Steven Kotler argues that this has to change

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