Climate Change News

FAO news on climate change 

Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise 11 April 2014 New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them.This is the first time that FAO has released its own global estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU), contributing to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). [more]
Forest surveys provide baseline data for participation in REDD+ 12 March 2014 Forests have the capacity to sequester and store enormous amounts of carbon – in trees, ground litter and the soil. When forests are destroyed or degraded, or converted for another use, they emit sequestered carbon into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, contributing to climate change. Ensuring the sustainable management of forests is critical to global climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. [more]
Sharing Knowledge on Greenhouse Gas Emission 14 February 2014 Accra, 30 January 2014 - Interagency coordination and more exchange of experiences of good practices among member countries are important to address climate change and develop strategies for mitigation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture that are consistent with foods security and rural development goals of member countries. This was a major outcome of the Third FAO Regional Workshop on Statistics for Greenhouse Gas Emissions held in Morocco, last December 2013. [more]
Forest Community agrees to take joint action towards greening the economy 12 December 2013 12 December 2013, Rovaniemi/Rome - The Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy was adopted today by the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). The Action Plan provides a solid platform for the forest sector to support transformation to a green bio-based economy in Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Forest leaders decided to name the strategic document The Rovaniemi Action Plan, after the city where their joint session "Metsä2013" is taking place. [more]
FAO warns of the risk of a double tragedy in the Philippines 27 November 2013 Immediate assistance from the international community for Philippine farmers is critical to avoid a double tragedy befalling rural survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, FAO announced today.FAO is calling on the donor community to urgently step forward and provide more than $11 million to get money to rural people to help clean and clear agricultural land and de-silt irrigation canals in the aftermath of the devastation caused by the typhoon. [more]
FAO urges policy-makers to strengthen forest producer organizations in the face of climate change 26 November 2013 Strengthening forest producer organizations should contribute significantly to reducing poverty, improving livelihoods and enhancing economic development of smallholder forest owners and farmers, FAO said today at the International Conference on Forest Producer Organizations , taking place in Guilin, China, 25-28 November 2013. [more]
Four million people food insecure in Madagascar 9 October 2013 9 October 2013, Rome - Rice production badly hit by erratic weather and locust invasion. As many as 4 million people in rural areas of Madagascar are food insecure following this year's reduced harvest. Production of rice – the Indian Ocean island's staple – and maize has been badly hit by erratic weather and a locust invasion. A further 9.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity, say two United Nations agencies.The extent of the island's food crisis is revealed in a report from the joint Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission conducted in June/July by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). This blamed the poor agricultural season on a combination of factors: erratic weather conditions last year, cyclones early this year – causing flooding – followed by a period of poor rains. [more]
Major cuts of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock within reach 26 September 2013 26 September 2013, Rome - Greenhouse gas emissions by the livestock sector could be cut by as much as 30 percent through the wider use of existing best practices and technologies, according to a new study released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The report, Tackling climate change through livestock: A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities , represents the most comprehensive estimate made to-date of livestock's contribution to global warming – as well as the sector's potential to help tackle the problem. [more]
Norway invests $23.7 million in crop diversity to help farmers face climate change 25 September 2013 24 September 2013, Muscat, Oman - The government of Norway has pledged $23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage the world's most important food crops, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize."In just ten years we will have a billion more people at the global dinner table, but during that same time we could see climate change diminish rice production by ten percent with a one degree increase in temperature," said Marie Ha ga, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which will play a key role in distributing the funds. "Our best hedge against disaster is to make sure we have a wide array of food crops at our disposal to keep harvests healthy in the bread baskets of the world." [more]
Impact of climate change on forests requires early action 17 September 2013 17 September 2013, Rome - Early action and more investments are needed to respond to the threats of climate change on the world's forests. It will probably cost less to adjust forest management strategies immediately to the impacts of climate change than to react to the aftermath of climate-inflicted damage, FAO said in its new Climate change guidelines for forest managers .Early action will also help to improve the livelihoods and food security of local communities. Decreased forest ecosystem services, especially water-cycle regulation, soil protection and the conservation of biodiversity, may affect millions of people in rural areas, who use forests for food, fuel, timber, medicines and income. For example, 4-5 million women in West Africa earn about 80 percent of their income from the collection, processing, and the marketing of nuts harvested from shea trees. [more]

last updated:  Thursday, November 10, 2011