Environmental Impact

Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

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FRED PEARCE
Trees cleared in the western Amazon region of Brazil in September 2017. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
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The world is losing trees faster than ever. An area the size of Italy disappeared last year. Or did it? New research suggests three-quarters of those lost forests may already be regrowing. That hardly means we are out of the woods. Fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity still needs a global campaign to reforest the planet. But it does suggest that, given the chance, nature will do much of the work. ... Read more about Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

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WFP: Climate Change to Accelerate World Hunger

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Lisa Schlein
FILE - Malnourished and displaced Somali children sit in a tent in their camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, May 25, 2017.
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The World Food Program warns climate change will have a devastating impact on agriculture and the ability of people to feed themselves. The WFP forecasts a huge increase in worldwide hunger unless action is taken to slow global warming. 

The WFP warns progress in reducing global hunger is under threat by conflict and the increase in climate disasters. For the first time in several decades, the WFP reports the number of people suffering from chronic food shortages has risen. ... Read more about WFP: Climate Change to Accelerate World Hunger

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Antarctica has lost 2.71 trillion tons of ice. Here’s what that looks like

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Umair Irfan and Javier Zarracina
All the ice that melted at the South Pole in the past 25 years, visualized with swimming pools. By Umair Irfan and Javier Zarracina  Updated Sep 12, 2018, 8:43am EDT --Blocks of ice drift on the water off the coast of Collins glacier on King George Island, Antarctica on February 1, 2018. AFP/Getty Images
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The frigid expanse of land at the Earth’s Southern pole is covered by 90 percent of the planet’s ice. If all the ice in Antarctica’s ice sheets were to melt, it would raise sea levels by 190 feet.  ... Read more about Antarctica has lost 2.71 trillion tons of ice. Here’s what that looks like

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Which cities face most, least air pollution according to new WHO data

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(CNN)Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills 7 million people each year, according to a new study from the World Health Organization.

The study is an analysis of what the WHO says is the world's most comprehensive database on ambient air pollution. The organization collected the data from more than 4,300 cities and 108 countries. ... Read more about Which cities face most, least air pollution according to new WHO data

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Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

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Alister Doyle
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OSLO (Reuters) - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday.

Climate change will become a steadily bigger threat to biodiversity by 2050, adding to damage from pollution and forest clearance to make way for agriculture, according to more than 550 experts in a set of reports approved by 129 governments.  ... Read more about Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

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World Can Achieve Climate Goals, With All 10 Billion People Prospering

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Rona Fried
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It can feel overwhelming and even futile when we hear targets like zero emissions by 2050, while population reaches 10 billion and the world’s economy triples in size – how can we possibly stay below 2°C temperature rise?
 
A new tool shows it is possible to meet this goal while ensuring everyone has a good standard of living. People can have the food they need, live in comfortable homes, and even travel.

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Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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Rona Fried
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There’s nowhere to hide now that Global Forest Watch has launched – citizens around the world now have all the information they need to monitor the state of the world’s forests.
 
Global Forest Watch combines the latest satellite technology, open data and social media crowdsourcing to produce "near-real time, reliable, and actionable data" about what’s happening to forests worldwide.
 
High resolution data from half a billion NASA Landsat satellite images measures whether tree cover is growing or lessening.

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Peak Meat Production Strains Land and Water Resources | Vital Signs Online

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Michael Renner
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Global meat production rose to an estimated 308.5 million tons in 2013, an increase of 1.4 percent over 2012.1 The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts additional growth of 1.1 percent in 2014 to 311.8 million tons.2 Production is thus reaching new peaks, despite drought conditions in Australia and New Zealand and disease outbreaks in the United States and Eastern Europe.3 However, the annual rate of growth has slowed from 2.6 percent in 2010.4 ... Read more about Peak Meat Production Strains Land and Water Resources | Vital Signs Online

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