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USDA Report explains Effects of Climate Change on Global Food Security

USDA Report explains Effects of Climate Change on Global Food Security

Climate change is not an issue just for animal and plant species, but for humans too. A new report by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed that climate change may have a negative impact on global food security. It means we may have less food in future due to climate change.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack released the major scientific assessment in the COP-21 Paris Climate Conference. In a statement, Vilsack said, “Accurately identifying needs and vulnerabilities, and effectively targeting adaptive practices and technologies across the full scope of the food system, are central to improving global food security in a changing climate”.

Japan to Restart Its Whaling Program

Japan to Restart Its Whaling Program

Despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice and the International Whaling Commission to put a ban on whale hunt, Japan has announced that it will resume its whaling program, now called NEWREP-A.

According to Japanese officials, their whaling program has a scientific perspective, but the international authorities have ruled that they have no scientific reason to slaughter marine mammals.

The worldwide outrage arrives among numerous efforts to protect whale species throughout the world that are still facing issues such as climate change and overfishing.

Several conservationists all over the world have been furious after it was found that a Japanese fleet has left for the Antarctic on December 1, 2015, for a mission to kill hundreds of minke whales.

ExxonMobil Put On Mock Trial in Paris

ExxonMobil Put On Mock Trial in Paris

In a recent mock trial held at Paris, ExxonMobil was charged with blackmailing, deception and public manipulation. The trial coincided with the ongoing international talks on climate change at COP21.

The trial was headed by US environmentalist Bill McKibben and Canadian author Naomi Klein. The court was presided by indigenous and environmental activists who weighed the evidence of the oil-and-gas multinationals alleged ‘climate crimes’.

The event, ‘Exxon v. the People’, stressed ExxonMobil’s court action by a New York state attorney that started last month. The attorney investigated the company’s alleged illegal spreading of global warming denial for decades against state investor laws that prohibit firms from deliberately misleading the public.

Political agenda needs to be reformed

Political agenda needs to be reformed

The political elites include the democratic or authoritarian faces of their States and they have authority over the sections where climate reforms should take place. They rule the nation as they are the nation, the voice of reason and to be specific they are everything.

The reasoning or the environment doesn’t matter to them they are more interested in wealth accumulation, domination and power. They don’t make sure that fossil fuels stay deeper underneath the ground but they ensure that it is the sustainable plans that buried.

The present climate change talks have not been helpful in transforming the environmental landscape, but have also helped in the reproduction and reforming of the political agenda.

Kids Exposed To Agricultural Pesticides at Small Age May Have To Deal With Impaired Lung Capacity

Kids Exposed To Agricultural Pesticides at Small Age May Have To Deal

Findings of a new study have shown that exposure to agricultural pesticides at a small age might put kids at risk of impaired lung capacity later in their life. The findings of the study were published on Thursday in the journal Thorax.

According to the study researchers, kids who get exposed to certain pesticides have similar effects on their lung capacity as those kids exposed to secondhand smoking.

Study’s senior author Brenda Eskenazi, a professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health at the University of California, Berkeley, said, “This is the first evidence suggesting that children exposed to organophosphates have poorer lung function”.

Cargill joins other major American companies in signing White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge

Cargill joins other major American companies in signing White House’s American B

The climate change impact on agriculture may prove significant, and everybody can play a role in tackling this global challenge. That’s why Cargill, the US’s largest privately held corporation, has joined other leading American companies like great Minnesota businesses such as Target, Best Buy and General Mills in signing the American Business Act on Climate Pledge by the White House.

Scientists Report High Levels of Radiations from Fukushima Nuclear Accident off West Coast

Scientists Report High Levels of Radiations from Fukushima Nuclear Accident off

A team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Thursday reported that they have detected higher levels of radiation linked to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

Researchers said they have so far sampled a number of sites and those sites are showing signs of contamination.

Ken Buesseler, the Woods Hole scientist who was the first to begin monitoring radiation in the Pacific after the accident, said in a statement that their recent findings have a crucial importance.

Firstly he said although the levels of radiations detected are far below government-established safety limits for human health or to marine life, their presence suggests that there is high need for closely monitoring the levels of contamination.

Climate Change Forcing Pacific Islanders to Migrate

Climate Change Forcing Pacific Islanders to Migrate

Climate change is causing huge damage to our environment and is resulting in warming up of earth. Now a recent survey has shown that sea level rise caused due to climate change has forced people living in low-lying Pacific islands to migrate.

People of these areas are now asking that they are in high need of refugee asylum after climate change resulted in sea level rise. Although several people have associated ‘refugee crisis’ with the current tensions in Syria, natives of Kiribati, Tuvalu, and Nauru said that irreversible effects of climate change are forcing them to leave their homes and move to other distant places.

Ban Ki-moon tries to temper expectations for climate talks going on outside Paris

Ban Ki-moon tries to temper expectations for climate talks going on outside Pari

On Thursday, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, attempted to rage expectations for the ongoing climate talks outside of Paris. He recommended negotiators to not make the perfect an enemy of the good.

On a brief stop at headquarters prior to returning to France, he told reporters, “There is no perfect agreement. But our goal is clear: an agreement that truly addresses climate change, and puts the world on track for long-term prosperity, stability and peace. That is what the days ahead in Paris can and must deliver”.

During most of his tenure, Mr. Ban has tried to push for a climate agreement. He will soon start his final year as secretary general. Securing a pact in France has been seen by many as vital to his legacy.

Tone and Wordings of Public Corporations Vary On Corporate Disclosure about Risk of Climate Change

Tone and Wordings of Public Corporations Vary On Corporate Disclosure about Risk

According to company documents and legal and corporate governance experts, the tone and wordings in various US companies vary widely when it comes to disclosure to investors about the risk climate change has on their business.

As per the guidelines issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2010, the companies need to address climate risks depending on laws, regulations, international treaties, the consequences of business trends or potential physical impacts of climate events.

Andrew Logan, director of oil and gas and insurance programs for Ceres, a nonprofit that works to address environmental concerns, said there is a wide gap between what companies know and what they are actually disclosing.

Carbon Tax may Accelerate Shift from Carbon-producing Fossil Fuels to Sustainable Energy, says Elon Musk

Carbon Tax may Accelerate Shift from Carbon-producing Fossil Fuels to Sustainabl

World leaders and policymakers are in Paris to discuss climate change. They are making plans how to tackle global warming in near future. But, South African-born Canadian-American business magnate Elon Musk thinks youth has the power to prevent global warming. He said only carbon tax can help in accelerating the shift from carbon-producing fossil fuels to sustainable energy.

During a conference at the Sorbonne in Paris, SpaceX CEO said young people have the power to make a change. Musk said carbon tax should not be according to revenue. It should be revenue neutral, he added. If government acts as Musk wants, then it will receive the same amount of money. According to Musk, taxes would be weighted heavily on carbon.

Oxfam Report says Rich People are among High Polluters

Oxfam Report says Rich People are among High Polluters

A newly released report of Oxfam showed the richest one-tenth in the world could be blamed for 50% of all carbon emissions. The lifestyle choices of the world’s 10% richest population produce about 11 times higher CO2 than poor people around the globe, the report said.

The poorest half of the world, which includes about 3.5 billion individuals, produces just 10% of all carbon dioxide emissions. But still, they are mostly affected by the climate change. They are experiencing deadly natural disasters like drought and flooding, according to the report.

People in Low-Lying Pacific Islands are Migrating, reveals Study

People in Low-Lying Pacific Islands are Migrating, reveals Study

It has been known to all that climate change is taking place and it is also causing an irreversible affect on the environment across the world. Recently a team of researchers has found that people living in low-lying areas in Pacific island have started migrating because of the effects of climate change.

The study showed that one in 10 people living in three Pacific nations has migrated in the past decades after climate change led to some irreversible changes in the area around them.

It was found that global warming in those areas led to sea level rise, eroding the land around their homes and destroyed crops and groundwater.

France Plans To Spend on Renewable Energy and Environmental Projects in Africa

France Plans To Spend on Renewable Energy and Environmental Projects in Africa

France on Tuesday pledged that it will be giving African countries more than €2 billion ($2.1 billion) for the development of renewable energy. The funds will be given over the period of next four years, said French President Francois Hollande.

It has been known that Africa produces very less greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, that are produced from burning of fossil fuels. Scientists have linked the emission of greenhouse gases to rapid climate change.

According to scientists, Africa is vulnerable to a changing climate as most of its population is poor, rural and dependent on rain-fed agriculture.

Gov. Jerry Brown Pledges His Support for Climate Change

Gov. Jerry Brown Pledges His Support for Climate Change

California Governor Jerry Brown is favoring the goals of US President Barack Obama and it seems that he has found a sweet spot in climate-change communication. Some top masterminds of brown are farming two irreconcilable rhetorical strategies: a fateful doom and gloom, and sunny, pragmatic optimism.

President Obama has departed from the US to attend the summit despite lack of Republican congressional support. President Obama will be standing in support of the emerging multi-national treaty that aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Gov. Brown’s presence at the Paris climate summit shows that the largest US state will help in limiting the global warming to below two degrees Celsius.

Exxon hires High-profile Attorney to Handle NY Climate Change Probe

Exxon hires High-profile Attorney to Handle NY Climate Change Probe

In an effort to fight New York climate change probe, oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil Corp has hired a high-profile lawyer. People familiar with the matter said the star attorney’s involvement is an aggressive response by the company to probe into its climate change disclosures.

Exxon Mobil’s new star lawyer is Theodore V. Wells, Jr., a litigation partner at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. The attorney will help the company in fighting the climate change probe. Eric Schneiderman, New York Attorney General, started investing about a year ago whether the Irving headquartered Exxon intentionally hid risks of climate change from its investors.

Long-extinct Creature Tribrachidium ate with More Complexity than Earlier Thought

Long-extinct Creature Tribrachidium ate with More Complexity than Earlier Though

Biologists used principles of computational fluid dynamics and found that Tribrachidium, a tri-radially symmetrical fossil creature that lived during the late Ediacaran seas, was a suspension feeder. The animal ate floating food particles from its surrounding water.

The biologists used computer models to simulate the feeding behavior of Tribrachidium. The mysterious extinct organism’s link to today’s species has baffled scientists for a long time. Before the new findings, scientists believed that the organism that lived on the planet millions of years ago formed simple ecosystems.

Veterinarians euthanize stranded dolphin calf found in Elkhorn Slough

Veterinarians euthanize stranded dolphin calf found in Elkhorn Slough

A dolphin calf that was saved after being stranded in upper Elkhorn Slough has been euthanized by veterinarians. The Sausalito-based Marine Mammal Center spokeswoman said that on Saturday, the health of the pre-weaned dolphin was getting deteriorated after being taken away from its mother.

Laura Sherr mentioned that veterinarians after consulting the National Marine Fisheries Services have reached a conclusion that the young dolphin couldn't survive in the wild on its own, so they took the most humane option and decided to euthanize the animal.

‘Two degrees Celsius’ Model divides Climatologists

‘Two degrees Celsius’ Model divides Climatologists

World leaders have arrived at Paris to take part in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference and decide how to tackle global warming. It is believed that a topic ‘two degrees Celsius’ will be discussed in this week’s climate change talks in Paris.

A number of climate scientists have experts argued that a rise of two degrees Celsius in earth’s global air temperature will be catastrophic for all living beings. But many other researchers think the rise of two degrees Celsius is result of weak studies. They are convinced that the climate change is real, but the two degrees is an impractical spur to policy action.

Climate Change Protests worldwide call for Bold Agreement at Paris summit

Climate Change Protests worldwide call for Bold Agreement at Paris summit

Leaders from around the world have arrived in Paris for historic United Nations climate talks. People worldwide want world leaders to take bold decisions to tackle climate change. From Melbourne to Mexico City, thousands of people joined the global climate march this weekend to press international delegates to make bold agreement at the summit.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which kicks off Monday, will be attended by more than 150 international leaders. Earlier, climate change protests were supposed to be held in Paris, but terrorist attacks a few days ago that took lives of more than 120 people forced French police to ban protests.




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