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Climate Talks Close With Last-Minute Compromise

“Developed countries and fast-growing economies have reached a last-minute compromise to avert a breakdown of climate talks in Warsaw, working towards the outline of a new United Nations pact in 2015 to slow down global warming,” Al Jazeera America reports (11/24). “Under the agreement, settled in the early hours of…

Policymakers Must Acknowledge Climate Change, Storms, Food Security Connections

“While directly connecting climate change and specific storms has always been difficult, it is easy to see the impact of these super storms on food security,” Bruce Campbell, director of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Copenhagen, writes in CNN’s “Global Public Square” blog,…

Talks At U.N. Climate Change Meeting Continue; Ban Urges Attendees To Act

“Poor countries have thrown down the gauntlet as the U.N. climate talks under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered their final week, when government ministers take over the negotiations in Poland,” IRIN reports. “Recognition of the impact climate change is having on food security, a mechanism to…

LiveScience Series Examines Impacts Of Population Growth

Noting the U.N. estimates the global population could grow to 11 million people by the end of the century, LiveScience in a weeklong series “is taking a look at the impacts a population of 11 billion people might have on our home planet.” On Tuesday, the news service examined the…

Climate Change, Population Growth Threaten Population In Low-Lying Areas

“Unfortunately, catastrophes like [Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines] are likely to become more common in the coming years” as a result of climate change and population growth, John Seager, president of Population Connection, writes in the Huffington Post’s “World” blog. He notes that as sea levels rise as a…

Addressing Health, Climate Changes Together Has Mutual Benefits, Experts Say

“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,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “But changing behavior that causes global warming can be just as difficult as changing behavior that leads to…

Pollution Threatening Health Of Up To 200M People Globally, Report Says

A new report — published Tuesday by two independent environmental organizations, Green Cross Switzerland and the U.S.-based Blacksmith Institute — “has found that the health of up to 200 million people worldwide is threatened by pollution,” VOA News reports. “The top 10 most polluted places are spread over eight countries…

Leaked Panel Report On Climate Change Warns Of Risks To Global Food Supply

“Climate change will pose sharp risks to the world’s food supply in coming decades, potentially undermining crop production and driving up prices at a time when the demand for food is expected to soar, scientists have found,” the New York Times reports. “The warnings come in a leaked draft of…