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Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

Major investors vowed Tuesday, 12 December, to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom"...

3 days ago

World's space agencies propose setting up climate observatory
World's space agencies propose setting up climate observatory

The heads of several of the world's space agencies have proposed the creation of a climate observatory to pool acquired data and share it with scientists around the globe...

3 days ago

To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists
To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists

The development of oil, gas and coal energy must stop in order to avoid the worst ravages of global warming, 80 top economists said Thursday, 7 December, days ahead of a climate summit in Paris...

8 Dec 2017

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Global Soil Organic Carbon Map a powerful tool for sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation

Conserving and restoring soils, as a major carbon storage system, is critical for both sustainable agriculture and mitigating climate change. FAO launched a comprehensive global map showing the amount of carbon stocks in the soil...

6 Dec 2017

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After Bonn, five things to watch for in the coming year of global climate policy

Unusually for a large UN climate conference, the recent Bonn talks didn't finish with any late-night haggling...

By Marc Hudson and Matthew Paterson 4 Dec 2017

How the world needs to change as regions get drier
How the world needs to change as regions get drier

By combining these interventions, there's a better chance of managing water sustainably for domestic and agricultural use...

By Dian Spear 1 Dec 2017

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Virgin exercises its green credentials

Virgin Active Collection Menlyn Maine is the second of the health club group's facilities to be awarded a 4-star Green Star SA rating for interiors...

30 Nov 2017

Recycling e-waste can help create jobs and reduce poverty in Africa
Recycling e-waste can help create jobs and reduce poverty in Africa

The "trash is cash" slogan is currently being used so that waste is viewed through a new and innovative lens. It also reveals a new approach with regard to electronic waste...

By Juliette Biao 29 Nov 2017

The burger apocalypse: low carbon eating and avoiding food waste
The burger apocalypse: low carbon eating and avoiding food waste

More than 95% of people still eat meat and don't like being told that it is wrong and bad for the planet to do so...

By Tony Curran 28 Nov 2017

The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive
The future of agriculture, food security is knowledge-intensive

As gains from the green revolution come up against limited natural resources, agriculture is poised for another major transformation...

28 Nov 2017

AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors
AIDmonitor to analyse funding flows for development in food and agriculture-related sectors

It's the first tool to paint a complete picture of ODA funding flows for all development sectors, and the only tool to analyse funding flows with an FAO lens - focused on agriculture, food security, nutrition, and rural development activities...

24 Nov 2017

Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'
Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'

"Using nuclear sciences to feed the world" have led to some major success stories. FAO provides seven examples of how nuclear technology is improving food and agriculture...

By Baher Kamal 23 Nov 2017

Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces
Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatonnes each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally...

By Thin Lei Win 21 Nov 2017

Saica signs climate-related risk agreement
Saica signs climate-related risk agreement

Saica has affirmed its commitment to sustainability reporting by signing a statement of support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.

17 Nov 2017

SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award
SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award

KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) project was presented with a Momentum of Change award by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change...

By Wilson Johwa 17 Nov 2017

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Council commits to hydrogen future

Eighteen key industry leaders that form the Hydrogen Council coalition launched the first globally quantified vision of the role of hydrogen...

16 Nov 2017

Greening the livestock sector: Low carbon livestock is possible
Greening the livestock sector: Low carbon livestock is possible

Readily available practices in livestock feeding and manure management, along with better use of technologies such as biogas generators, could help the livestock sector cut its GHG output by up to 30%...

16 Nov 2017

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Agriculture and food systems will play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change

Unless sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food are adopted globally, emissions from agriculture sectors are set to increase, further contributing to climate change...

15 Nov 2017

Green finance? Why global banks are pledging billions to fight climate change
Green finance? Why global banks are pledging billions to fight climate change

Banking giant HSBC has pledged $100bn (£76bn) to "fight climate change", to be spent on sustainable finance and investment over the next eight years...

By Simon Wilde 14 Nov 2017

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New online Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook to help steer food systems in sustainable direction

Climate-smart agriculture is one of the approaches to steer the needed transformation in the world's agriculture and food systems in ways that are both productive and sustainable...

13 Nov 2017

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Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate pledges

The failure of wealthy nations to deliver on short-term climate commitments could hinder the rollout of a landmark treaty...

13 Nov 2017

Biomimic Tree: Pushing agriculture up the agenda @cop23
Biomimic Tree: Pushing agriculture up the agenda @cop23

Drawing attention to the impact that climate change is having on rural communities in developing countries, British artist Silas Birtwistle unveiled his Biomimic Tree...

8 Nov 2017

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How telling the right stories can make people act on climate change

The latest UN Climate Change Conference since the 2015 Paris Agreement is taking place in Bonn between November 6-17 - and the world will be watching...

By Tom van Laer and Ross Gordon 8 Nov 2017

UN climate talks resume with wary eyes on Trump
UN climate talks resume with wary eyes on Trump

Nations that adopted the Paris Agreement with champagne two years ago regroup this week amid grim omens of climate peril and with an anxious eye on Donald Trump's America...

7 Nov 2017

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Protest at open-pit coal mine near Bonn ahead of UN climate talks

Environmental activists wearing hazard suits marched onto one of the world's largest open-pit coal mines, near Bonn on the eve of 196-nation UN climate talks in the city....

6 Nov 2017

Survival of coral reefs depends on pollution cuts: study
Survival of coral reefs depends on pollution cuts: study

Some corals may naturally adapt to climate change, but their ability to survive could be outpaced by global warming unless cuts are made to greenhouse gas emissions...

3 Nov 2017

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There's trillions to unlock in climate-related private investment

With smart policy reforms and innovative business models, African countries can meet their Paris Agreement promises and catalyse trillions of dollars in private investments...

2 Nov 2017

$129bn in extreme weather losses last year
$129bn in extreme weather losses last year

Extreme weather caused some $129bn in economic losses last year, said a report on Tuesday, 31 October...

2 Nov 2017

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Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, 30 October...

30 Oct 2017

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