Climate Change

Global Warming to Cost $2 Trillion in Lost Productivity by 2030

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http://www.voanews.com - Reutgers
FILE - A man cools off from a public tap after filling bottles during intense hot weather in Karachi, Pakistan, June 23, 2015.
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Rising temperatures caused by climate change may cost the world economy over $2 trillion in lost productivity by 2030 as hot weather makes it unbearable to work in some parts of the world, according to U.N. research published Tuesday.

It showed that in Southeast Asia alone, up to 20 percent of annual work hours may already be lost in jobs with exposure to extreme heat — with the figures set to double by 2050, as the effects of climate change deepen. ... Read more about Global Warming to Cost $2 Trillion in Lost Productivity by 2030

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Record High Seafood Consumption Not Sustainable, Warns UN

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http://www.ipsnews.net - Aruna Dutt
A fish market in the Philippines. Credit: Kara Santos/IPS.
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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2016 (IPS) - The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year.  “Life below water, which the Sustainable Development Agenda commits us to conserve, is a major ally in our effort to meet a host of challenges, from food security to climate change,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
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Shattered records show climate change is an emergency today, scientists warn

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https://www.theguardian.com - Damian Carrington
Flooding in Straiton, Scotland, in December. Scientists say it will increase in future. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
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Unprecedented temperature levels mean more heatwaves, flooding, wildfires and hurricanes as experts say global warming is here and affecting us now.

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Climate Change, Global Health Intimately Linked, UN Official Stresses

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http://www.voanews.com - Lisa Schlein
FILE - Smoke rises from a brick kiln on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Jan. 26, 2015. Global health hinges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a climate change expert said Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
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GENEVA—Global health hinges on drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a chief mover in the field of climate change told delegates Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, praised the groundbreaking Paris Climate Change Agreement signed by 177 countries and likely to come into force in the next year or two.  She says the deal is promising for both the climate and global health.
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Mosquitoes' rapid spread poses threat beyond Zika

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http://www.reuters.com - Ben Hirschler
An Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen at the Laboratory of Entomology and Ecology of the Dengue Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in this March 6, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/ALVIN BAEZ/FILES
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As the world focuses on Zika's rapid advance in the Americas, experts warn the virus that originated in Africa is just one of a growing number of continent-jumping diseases carried by mosquitoes threatening swathes of humanity.

The battle against the insects on the streets of Brazil is the latest in an ancient war between humankind and the Culicidae, or mosquito, family which the pests frequently win.
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