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A Closer Look at the Sustainability of Our Groundwater Aquifers

Researchers use a new approach to assessing the world’s largest aquifers in hopes of improving groundwater management during drought periods — The largest aquifers in the world are a vital source of freshwater for agriculture and other human uses. During times of drought, these resources are crucial to food security; understanding groundwater storage and depletion …

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Rising CO2 levels could push ‘hundreds of millions’ into malnutrition by 2050

An additional 290 million people could face malnutrition by 2050 if little is done to stop the rise of greenhouse gas emissions, a study finds — The increased presence of CO2 in the atmosphere could cause staple crops to produce smaller amounts of nutrients such as zinc, iron and protein, the researchers say. Using international …

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Food waste: alarming rise will see 66 tonnes thrown away every second

New analysis warns food loss is set to increase by a third by 2030 unless urgent action is taken — The amount of food that is wasted each year will rise by a third by 2030, when 2.1bn tonnes will either be lost or thrown away, equivalent to 66 tonnes per second, according to new …

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Solar geoengineering could ‘fail to prevent damage to crop yields’

Releasing aerosols into the atmosphere in order to limit the rise in global temperature would not stave off damage to crop yields, a new study suggests — Scientists have suggested that intentionally releasing aerosols into the atmosphere – a type of “solar geoengineering” – could help to limit global warming by reflecting away incoming sunlight …

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UN issues warning of climate instability across Arab region

Development agency says dry countries face ‘famine and food insecurity, loss of livelihoods and life, and the displacement of millions’ — Climate change threatens conflict and poverty in the Arab region, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a report, published on Wednesday, the agency suggested climate risks could derail development gains, such as …

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The long wait to ‘Zero Hunger’

To date, the Philippines has no comprehensive law directly addressing food insecurity and hunger. Where is the Zero Hunger Bill? — (MANILA, Philippines) Hunger is said to be the world’s ‘greatest solvable’ problem. This global problem, however, still persists until today. According to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute in 2017, the …

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In-depth: How the UK plans to adapt to climate change

The UK government last week published its updated strategy for tackling the impacts of climate change, including higher temperatures, drought and flooding — The 128-page plan is the second iteration of the UK’s National Adaptation Programme (NAP), which sets out the the government’s approach to dealing with current and future climate change. The first NAP …

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Fast Facts: What has the government done to alleviate malnutrition

The Philippine government has shown a history of focused policy, but scattershot implementation — (MANILA, Philippines) Many bills attempting to address the state of hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines have been brought before Congress, but precious few have been enacted into law.   However, initiatives addressing hunger and malnutrition have been slightly more numerous …

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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world’s poor at risk

Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges — Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse …

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