A recent UN study says climate change is responsible for three consecutive years of world hunger . According to the United Nations’ annual food security report, average global temperatures touched record highs in 2014, 2015 and in 2016, while 15 million more people have been facing chronic food deprivation since 2016. Some 821 million people now face food insecurity — the same level as almost a decade ago.
IEA: Carbon emissions to reach record high in 2018
Carbon emissions will reach a record high in 2018 and weaken the Paris target to keep temperature rise to 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius, says International Energy Agency (IEA) chief Fatih Birol. While renewables have been growing strongly, their growth isn’t large enough to reverse CO2 emissions trends, Birol said.
WWF study: Humans have destroyed 60% of earth’s wild animal populations since 1970
A new study by WWF finds that humanity has destroyed 60% of earth’s wild animal populations since 1970 alone. The breakneck annihilation of wild mammals, birds, reptiles and fish is the result of destroying wild habitats to bring more land under agricultural use, over-fishing and killing of wild animals for human consumption.
WWF says the human equivalent of the tragedy would be to “empty North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania” – and that the destruction ultimately perils the very survival of human civilisation itself.