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November 2007
Opportunities and risks of wood energy production
Greenhouse gas emissions and poverty could be reduced, deforestation could increase

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November 2007
Paying farmers to protect the environment?Paying farmers to protect the environment?
FAO publishes The State of Food and Agriculture 2007

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October 2007
Biennial Report GTOS 50

As is now well-known, the increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations, as well as other greenhouse gases, due to human activity, has produced concerns regarding the energy balance of the global atmosphere, and this shift in balance will cause global patterns of temperature to increase and precipitation to change — the broad outlines are that wet areas will get wetter and dry areas will get drier. What is less well known is just how daunting the task is of stabilizing climate change. Stabilizing emissions does not stabilize the concentration in the atmosphere, and even after achieving stabilization of CO2 in the atmosphere, climate will continue to change, with both ocean and land temperature continuing to rise for decades, and sea levels continuing to rise for centuries. The world has therefore already a future “pre-committed” to warming on account of carbon dioxide that humans have already added to the atmosphere. Human activities are also signifi cantly infl uencing Earth’s environment in many ways in addition to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. For many parts of the planet, the challenging environmental concerns are “place-based”: shortages of clean and accessible freshwater, health threatening changes in the chemistry of the atmosphere, severe degradation of ...

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September 2007
Climate variability and change: Adaptation to drought in Bangladesh
A resource book and training guide

In Bangladesh, where agriculture is the largest sector of the economy, agricultural production is under pressure from increasing demands for food. A large percentage of the population is already vulnerable to a range of natural hazards with increasing climate variability and climate change expected to aggravate the situation further by causing more frequent and intense droughts and increasing temperatures. General Circulation Model data project an average temperature increase in Bangladesh of 1.0ºC by 2030 and 1.4ºC by 2050. Within this context, FAO and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) are guiding an assessment of livelihood adaptation to climate variability and change in the drought-prone areas of Northwest Bangladesh. The project, implemented under the Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme and in close collaboration with the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), is specifically designed to characterize livelihood systems, profile vulnerable groups, assess past and current climate impacts, and increase understanding of local perceptions of climate impacts, coping capacities and existing adaptation strategies. The initiative has guided development of a good practice menu of adaptation options that is being evaluated and field tested in partnership with local communities. As part of this initiative, a series of capacity-building and training activities on “climate change impacts ...

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