So you thought you weren’t contributing to climate change? Think twice! Food production accounts for one third of greenhouse gas emissions. With global population numbers increasing (expected to reach 9 billion by 2050), feeding the world and tackling climate change will pose a great challenge, especially if we don’t begin adapting.
Next month, in Rio, the UNFCCC will be blowing out 20 candles. But has the UN´s climate change organ matured and aged gracefully, and should Rio+20 be a big celebration? United Explanations provides a recap of global climate change negotiations.
As the Arctic heats up, so does the battle for its opening seaways and mainly its energetic resources, which are becoming exposed on the seabed as the ice melts. But who do these resources belong to? And what will countries resort to for control over the strategic riches?
As the 20,000 delegates in Durban head into their second and final week of climate negotiations, what are the ones with the EU badges saying? What are their positions, who are their allies, and what do they mean by ‘yes, but…’ to a second round of Kyoto commitments?
The UN Security Council states that “climate change poses a real threat to international peace and security”. War and drought in Somalia are leading an unprecedented migration across the border into Kenya. Lack of access to water remains one of the major drivers of the ongoing conflict in Darfur. Water becomes, then, a key element for peace.
The ninth biennial issue of the State of the World’s Forests, published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the outset of the International Year of Forests 2011, considers the theme “Changing pathways, changing lives: forests as multiple pathways to sustainable development.”
In year 2009 the brazilian tropical forest experienced the lowest deforestion rate of the last 21 years, with ‘only’ 7,464 square km being deforested. That is to say more than the surface of the metropolitan area of Sao Paulo.
In Ukraine almost 3 kg of carbon emissions are generated just to produce one US$ of GDP. On the contrary, in Egypt only 15.5 g are emitted. Why? Because of the energy mix and the energy intensity.
The 8 September 2000, during the 8th plenary meeting at the United Nations General Assembly a historic resolution was adopted. Under the code A/55/L.2 the General Assembly joined efforts and approaches by adopting the so called United Nations Millennium Declaration. The Declaration was concreted in 8 goals, which received the name of ‘Millennium Development Goals’.