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The world is blighted by hunger, with some countries having almost half their population unable to get enough food on a daily basis. Together, we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger.

“Together, we can indeed eliminate the scourge of hunger” – King Global Earth & Environmental Sciences Corporation

There are around 795 million people who are undernourished around the world, the majority of which are in Africa and Asia.

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, since 1990, considering a global population growth of 1.9 billion, the reduction in the number of hungry people has been striking. However, progress towards reaching the UN’s food security targets in some countries has been hampered by challenging global economic conditions, extreme weather events and political instability.

Today, Haiti, Zambia and the Central African Republic have the highest rates of undernourishment in the world. In all, seven of the ten most undernourished countries in the world are in Africa. Progress has been hindered by slower and less inclusive economic growth, as well as political instability and in some countries Food insecurity has also been made worse by natural and human-induced disasters.

Of one hundred twenty-nine developing countries monitored, by 2015, only seventy-two had reached the one per cent hunger target that was laid out by the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Important factors were the stable political conditions and economic growth, as well as the “social protection policies” for the vulnerable.

In developing regions, the prevalence of undernourishment, which measures the proportion of people who are unable to consume enough food for an active and healthy life, has declined to 12.9 percent of the population, down from 23.3 percent a quarter century ago.

We must be the Zero Hunger generation

There are moments in history when common icons of that control our lives, are replaced by an empathetic compassion for those who suffer, for those on the fringe of society: the poor, the hungry, the victims of natural disasters and human atrocities and those who live in fear. Every individual deserves to fully live his life. Most, if not all, of the world’s faiths adhere to some form of the “Golden Rule”, to treat other persons as well or better than one is treated, or to some form of exhortations like to proclaim justice, to free the oppressed, to feed the hungry, to care for the poor, and to clothe those who have none.

Every 10 seconds, a five years old or younger child dies of malnutrition.”

Today, 923 million people in the world go hungry every day, most of them in developing countries. Notwithstanding this fact, a third of the food produced in the world never makes it to the consumer.

By the year 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow from about 7.3 billion to 9.6 billion. The challenge we are now facing is to double our worldwide global food production to feed those extra 2 billion people yet to be born.

As the world’s population will grow, many countries will also improve their economy and because of the increase in income of many of their population, dietary changes are to be expected. More people will be able to afford and will want to consume products like meat, milk, eggs, fish, cooking oil and other products previously not affordable.

In order to make that much more product, animals are going to need to be fed more grain, courtesy of agriculture. Who is going to provide the feed-stuff for those animals and fish? It is a real opportunity for all the producers of the world.

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Ethiopia first burned itself into the West’s collective memory with the horrific famines of 1973 and 1984, when hundreds of thousands starved to death

Today, at a time when international donors are distracted by a string of humanitarian disasters around the world, Ethiopia is in the grip of a devastating drought sparked by the worst El Niño in a generation, and aid agencies warn that food aid could run out as soon as May.

In December, they said about 10.2 million people were in need of $1.4 billion in aid, with 400,000 children severely malnourished. This is in addition to 8 million people supported by the government safety net even before the drought and the worst could be yet to come.

“Now we are begging for rain,” said Raimah Sayyed, 70, as she cuddled her half-naked grandchild and absently tore leaves off a nearby bush and chewed on them. “If the rain comes, everything will be okay.”

Do not help now and we won’t have to wait six months from now to see hungry babies dying on our television screens.


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Paris_ Action Now

PARIS — More and more voices at the U.N. climate change conference are standing up for at least trying to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, rather than the more commonly cited 2 degrees C.

It’s a dizzying goal: The world is already at about 1 degrees Celsius of warming, with about 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and concentrations growing by around two parts per million per year on average. Recent research suggests that to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C, concentrations couldn’t exceed about 420 to 440 parts per million by 2100.

The position that 1.5 degrees should be our planetary temperature target has long been held by small island nations and a growing number of developing countries and has now been supported by 108 countries.

Not all countries appear to be on board at this point. Saudi Arabia and India have sought to “block attempts” to make reference, in the final Paris agreement, to a U.N. report that explored the issue of holding warming to 1.5 degrees C, and noted that “limiting global warming to below 1.5 °C would come with several advantages in terms of coming closer to a safer ‘guardrail.

A final decision has not been made on that yet, but there was some very strong resistance from some countries.

Only one thing seems clear: the more the world seriously considers a target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, the more likely it also is that it will actually stay under 2.

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Climate ChangeA general view on the chimneys of the Hsieh-ho Power Plant in Keelung, northern Taiwan.   EPA/DAVID CHANG

In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists demonstrate the full ramifications of a widely accepted theory about climate change: that it will almost certainly have a disproportionate impact on the poor.

Climate change won’t just hit the poor hardest, but it will exacerbate existing inequality within societies essentially slowing, halting or, in extreme cases, even reversing their economic growth.

Most of the efforts on quantifying damage from climate change are still just trying to improve on estimates of damage to the economy as a whole, without looking at its incidence across the income distribution. We need to start directing our efforts at quantifying the distribution.

The new paper fundamentally challenges the idea that all people in the future will be more affluent than previous generations. If climate impacts are borne mostly by the poor, then the future poor will, in fact, be very poor indeed.

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Amazonian Tropical Rain forest

Amazonian tropical rainforest near Manaus, Brazil. (Image credit: William Anderegg)

A surprising new study pinned down the climate factor most strongly tied to variations in terrestrial carbon storage: that is, the ability of plants and other features of the Earth’s surface to take up carbon, thus preventing it from going into the atmosphere.

Scientists are now arguing that the biggest driver is tropical nighttime temperatures, which are expected to warm at a faster rate than average temperatures otherwise will.

As these temperatures rise, they could begin to seriously interfere with forests’ ability to store carbon, leaking carbon into the atmosphere rather than sucking it out, and thus exacerbating global climate change.

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What is wrong with you people; can’t you read the signs? 
The final countdown | by: Michel Ouellette JMD

Climate change and poor planning are worsening the toll in lives and money that natural disasters wreak worldwide.

Natural disasters and climatic changes around the world are claiming more and more lives and costing billions of dollars in damage; not because their intrinsic nature, but only because of our poor judgment and planning.

Natural disasters, cataclysmic events and poor weather always have been and always will be. When there were only a few thousand or million people on earth, there were no highways, no high-rises, no infrastructures, no power plants, very few to kill and almost nothing to destroy. There were no medias.

Today, according to the United Nations experts, the direct economic cost of all disasters that happened since 2000 is estimated to roughly $1.4 trillion; the total price tag on people’s livelihoods and the wider economy having never fully been counted. Japan’s earthquake and tsunami of 2011 was probably the most costly natural disaster in history. Superstorm Sandy cost the United States more than $50 billion. , Following the unprecedented Russian summer of 2010 when heat waves claimed 55,000 lives, record wildfires burned through millions of acres of forest. The same thing happened both in The United States and Australia.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported last year that droughts and heat waves are growing harsher and longer in many regions, causing deaths, fires and crop failure. When rain does come, it is often more intense, causing flooding and landslides. Meanwhile, rising sea levels increase the height and damage potential of storm surges in coastal areas.

If we can predict and forecast all of this, why don’t we act accordingly?

In 2005, the Hyogo Framework for Action was adopted to encourage countries to become more resilient in the face of natural disasters. But the Global Assessment Report reveals that efforts have had limited success so far. 121 countries have passed legislation for reducing disaster risks since 2005, and more than half of the governments have made substantial progress in assessing and monitoring the risks their people face. But this has had no discernible effect on disaster losses, which continue to stack up around the world.

Don’t blame any God, blame yourself

So far, each step towards a global framework for addressing disasters has been framed by massive natural events. The Hyogo Framework was established in Kobe, Japan, as bodies were still being recovered from the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. The recent disasters casting shadows on this year’s event brought greater attention to the likelihood that climate change is worsening the intensity of weather events. Other than climate change, reckless urban development, the exploitation of groundwater, and deforestation are increasing the likelihood of disasters large and small, and weaken the resilience of communities to withstand them. The Global Assessment Report highlighted that many people suffering the worst effects of climate disasters are not the ones contributing to them.

Dumber and Dumber

Keep on building and living in the path of volcanoes, tsunamis and super storms. Yes, this view on the ocean, on the lake, on the river, on the mountain is beautiful. What the heck, I have insurances.

To be continued…


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« Les pics les plus enneigés du monde, qui courent de l’Himalaya aux monts Tian, à la frontière entre la Chine et le Kirghizistan, n’ont pas perdu de glace au cours de la dernière décennie. »

Cette affirmation allant à l’encontre de tous les derniers rapports sur les effets du réchauffement climatique, est issue d’une étude publiée mercredi 8 février dans la revue Nature qui, tout en confirmant mes dires a tout de même provoqué la stupéfaction de la communauté scientifique.

Selon le rapport, dirigé par John Wahr, professeur à l’université du Colorado aux Etats-Unis, la fonte des glaciers de l’Himalaya et d’autres régions montagneuses d’Asie, soit 30 % des glaciers du monde, aurait été limitée à 4 milliards de tonnes par an entre 2003 et 2010, soit bien moins que les précédentes estimations qui tablaient sur 50 milliards de tonnes annuelles. Ainsi, les sommets asiatiques auraient bel et bien fondu mais la perte de glace aurait été largement compensée par de nouvelles chutes de neige, ensuite transformée en glace.

Si la question de la vitesse du recul des glaciers de l’Himalaya reste incertaine, la fonte des autres calottes glaciaires à travers le monde demeure une grave préoccupation.