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Food aid for displaced people at a camp in Angola

Using land to tackle climate change could have ‘adverse impacts’ on global hunger

Relying heavily on land use to tackle climate change could slow the decline in global hunger, according to new research published in Nature Food. ... Read More

Food and farming | Feb 24. 2022.
Sabratha, Libya. Credit: Liquid Light / Alamy Stock Photo. AYWF1W

Mapped: African world heritage sites threatened by sea level rise ‘to triple by 2050’

Three times as many sites of sacred value, scientific wonder and natural splendour across Africa could face risks from human-caused climate change by... Read More

Sea level rise | Feb 10. 2022.
Students at english class. Madaba, Jordan. Credit: Thomas Imo / Alamy Stock Phot

Tackling gender inequality is ‘crucial’ for climate adaptation

Efforts to tackle gender inequality can play a key role in how countries adapt to the growing risks posed by climate change, a new study says. The... Read More

Risk and adaptation | Dec 15. 2020.
A woman collects water from a well during a heatwave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 20 May 2019. Credit: Xinhua / Alamy Stock Photo.

World population facing water stress could ‘double’ by 2050 as climate warms

The number of people exposed to water stress could double by 2050 if efforts are not made to keep global warming below 2C above pre-industrial levels... Read More

People | Jun 2. 2020.
Drought In Hilapgwa Valley, Zambia. Credit: Art Directors & TRIP / Alamy Stock Photo

Q&A: Could climate change and biodiversity loss raise the risk of pandemics?

Across the world, millions of people have tested positive for Covid-19 – and countless more have seen their lifestyles completely transformed as a ... Read More

Public health | May 15. 2020.
Satellite image showing the Dramatic differences in land use patterns on the US - Mexico border. Lush, regularly gridded agricultural fields on the U.S. side contrast with the more barren fields of Mexico.

Guest post: Climate change could reverse falling inequality between countries

Over recent decades, inequality between countries has fallen, in particular due to fast economic growth in China and India. But our new research sug... Read More

Guest posts | Mar 17. 2020.
A desert locust swarm in Ololokwe, Kenya, 22 January 2020. Credit: FAO/Sven Torfinn.

Q&A: Are the 2019-20 locust swarms linked to climate change?

The past few months have seen locust swarms as large as entire cities sweep across countries in East Africa and surrounding regions. With each ins... Read More

Explainers | Mar 10. 2020.
York preparing for the highest flood river level in twenty years, 17 Feb 2020. Credit: Gary Calton / Alamy Stock Photo. 2AYX113

Guest post: Are UK floods becoming worse due to climate change?

Once again, lives have been turned upside down by flooding across large parts of the UK, following the exceptional rainfall brought by storms Ciara a... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 20. 2020.
Collage of global media coverage of the Australian wildfires. Credit: Carbon Brief.

Media reaction: Australia’s bushfires and climate change

Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons, with swathes of the southern and eastern coastal regions having been ablaze fo... Read More

Media analysis | Jan 7. 2020.
The coast of Jameson land on the edge of Scoresbysund, north east Greenland.

In-depth Q&A: The IPCC’s special report on the ocean and cryosphere

Earlier today in Monaco, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing c... Read More

IPCC | Sep 25. 2019.
Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey, US, 5 November 2012. Credit: MC Images / Alamy Stock Photo. CYPCN7

Guest post: 10 climate-related events that cost the US $10bn in health impacts

Dr Vijay Limaye is a climate change and health science fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Prof Wendy Max is a professor of hea... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 18. 2019.
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