Too hot for chocolate?

28 September, 2011 by (comments)

Only dentists will be happy about this news. It looks as though climate change is going to take a bite out of chocolate production, according to a new study by scientists at CIAT. As well as having the potential to affect the supply – and therefore the price – of chocolate, this is very worrying news for thousands ofRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions

This is what deforestation looks like from space…

11 July, 2011 by (comments)

…or rather, different kinds of deforestation. The first of these shots shows “classic” slash-and-burn agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon. It combines a series of satellite images taken between 1990 and 2000. The coloured clusters depict recently cleared areas of vegetation (purple) and those where vegetation is re-growing (green). The second image, from Mato Grosso, Brazil, shows vegetation clearance overRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

China smog a smokescreen to temperature rise

5 July, 2011 by (comments)

China’s coal burning frenzy in the last decade may be the reason behind stagnating global temperature rises between 1998 and 2008, a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. While increasing carbon emissions, burning coal can have an overall cooling effect with the release of aerosols into the atmosphere, which reflect heat back intoRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

2010: Hottest, wettest, coldest, driest on record

28 June, 2011 by (comments)

New research has found that 2010 was plagued by some of the most extreme weather and temperatures in recorded history, according to the Guardian, following WMO reports that 2010 was the joint-warmest on record with 2005. And this year is shaping up to be one for the record books also, in particular the costliest year for weather-related disasters.

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Filed Under: Climate Change

World media has the hots for climate change report

3 June, 2011 by (comments)

The just-released “hotspots” report from CCAFS, highlighting the mounting threat of climate change to smallholder farmers across the tropics, has generated worldwide media interest today. The report comes at a crucial time – in the run up to the UN’s Bonn climate change conference, starting next week – where it is absolutely essential that the impact of climate change onRead More …

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Climate “hotspots” put hundreds of millions at risk

2 June, 2011 by (comments)

A five-year global climate change research program led by CIAT has just published a major report into the expected global warming “hotspots” – and the news is not good for farmers in the the tropics. The report, released today by the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program (CCAFS), predicts that those in South Asia, including almost allRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Gearing up for climate change

18 May, 2011 by (comments)

CCAFS annual report lays the foundation for action The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Research Program of the CGIAR has just published its new annual report. The CIAT-led initiative is the world’s largest coalition of scientists working at the point where agriculture and climate change meet. The Annual Report 2010 covers the transition of CCAFS from aRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en