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Early weather forecasts key to saving lives in drought - U.N.

With droughts set to become more frequent due to global warming, delivering timely, long-term weather forecasts to farmers in the developing world will be key to limiting damage and saving lives, the head of the U.N. food agency said. Better access to reliable weather data and early warning systems could help farmers in rural areas get ready to endure long spells of no rain, said FAO director-general Jose Graziano da Silva. "Most of the times poor rural communities in developing countries don`t even know that a drought is about to strike," he added

June 19, 2017

Global Warming Is a Matter of Survival for Pacific Islander Women

In some Pacific Island communities, due to rising sea levels, health centres and hospitals have been built on higher land making it difficult for a six-month pregnant woman to reach as she travels from island to island. Climate change in Papua New Guinea has contributed to mudslides and landslides, loss of food crops due to heavy rains or severe drought. Women are often at the sharp end of the impact of climate change. Flooding leads to lower food production which affects families and can lead to gender-based violence. Cash poverty and health risks increase

March 28, 2017
NBC News

Communicable diseases

Why global warming could lead to a rise of 100,000 diabetes cases a year in the U.S.

If the average temperature rises by one degree sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear. Now, a new study suggests the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year. People develop type 2 diabetes when their extra pounds and sedentary lifestyle make their bodies less sensitive to insulin. That in turn causes blood sugar to rise and can eventually lead to all sorts of diseases. Why the numbers of diabetics will rise is down to brown adipose tissue which kicks in when temperatures are low and the body needs heat to stay warm. So changes in the weather will trigger changes in sensitivity to insulin 

March 20, 2017
LA Times

Warming may disrupt four-fifths of world's oceans by 2050: study

Global warming will disrupt four-fifths of the world’s oceans by 2050 if greenhouse gas emissions keep rising, threatening fish, which are the main source of food for a billion people, scientists from the British National Oceanography Centre said

March 7, 2017

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year: WHO reports

Unhealthy environments are responsible for one-quarter of child deaths, according to two new reports from WHO. ‘A polluted environment is a deadly one, particularly for young children as their developing organs and immune systems, smaller bodies and airways, make them especially vulnerable to dirty air and water’

March 7, 2017
xinhuanet, Daily Star

Top Trump Advisers Are Split on Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The New York Times reports that ‘the White House is fiercely divided over President Trump’s campaign promise to cancel the Paris Climate Change agreement, with more moderate voices maintaining that he should stick with the agreement despite his campaign pledge’

March 2, 2017
New York Times