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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Food Security and Climate Change

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Food : Stop Hunger Now logoWorld Food Day is just around the corner: October 16 will be a global day of action against hunger. This year’s World Food Day theme, “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too,” draws focus to the effects of climate change on global food security. As the world endures changes in temperature and precipitation, the projected state of global food security is concerning. According to the World Food Programme, food producers will need intensive labor support, including technological improvements, to avoid massive crop loss or even complete unavailability of cultivation. Key regions in Africa, China, the United States Great Plains and others are projected to experience extreme climate changes that will minimize the accessibility of food to distributors around the world. By Aly Mashek. Read more.


The Paradox of “Last Chance Tourism”

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A new study shows travelers are flocking to those destinations most ravaged by climate change.

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Move over, bleisure travel, staycations, and voluntourism. Nowadays, climate change is dictating travel trends. Case in point? Experts have coined a new term for those quests to soak in the most threatened and rapidly diminishing corners of the globe: “last chance tourism,” or LCT. This refers to destinations such as Australia’s rapidly bleaching Great Barrier Reef, the melting ice sheets of Antarctica, and the alternately flood- and drought-threatened islands of Galapagos and the Maldives. Think of LCT as climate change tourism, vanishing-earth voyaging, or, if we’re being dramatic, doomsday travel. By Katie O’Reilly, Lifestyle Editor, Sierra Club. Read more.


The Power of the Marine Tourism Industry in Fighting Climate Change

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ฺby JJ Harvey, International Coordinator, Green Fins


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It is not often that people associate the SCUBA diving industry or snorkelers with being a potential leader when it comes to fighting climate change or other marine conservation aspects in today’s climate. However, due to initiatives such as Green Fins, more and more diving and snorkelling businesses are becoming the new weapon in the fight to ensure the sustainability of one of the world’s fastest and increasingly popular activities in what is now the world’s fastest growing industry – tourism.

Green Fins is paving the way to unite politics and marine conservation efforts to ensure the sustainability of popular diving destinations around the world. Established through a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme and The Reef-World Foundation, Green Fins uses a unique and proven three-pronged approach; green certifications of dive centres, strengthening regulations, and environmental education for dive staff, divers and governments. Over 400 dive and snorkel operators across six countries have signed up for free membership, and are using Green Fins as a platform to set examples of sustainable business operations. Participating members are awarded a unique certificate based on annual assessments that is co-signed by the national government, the United Nations, and The Reef-World Foundation.

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Building Reef Resilience

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Source: Scuba Diver Life

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“Resilience” has become a buzzword when it comes to the future health of coral reefs, but how exactly can you help in the face of climate change?

As a diver, you’ve probably heard that reefs are under intense and unprecedented pressures — you’ve probably seen evidence of this on your own dives. And, you’re probably aware that the sources of these pressures are global and extensive; climate change and ocean acidification. It’s easy to feel helpless when it comes to the strife of our coral reefs. There’s very little we can do to influence this…or is there? Green Fins promotes an ecosystem approach to strengthening reef resilience.

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EarthCheck debriefing on global carbon reporting and COP21

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EarthCheck logo -COP21On December 12, 2015, 196 nations represented at the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, gave their support to what is now known as the ‘Paris Agreement’.

The Paris Agreement has 5 key elements which are centred on the monitoring, recording, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

Drought-hit central western Queensland communities look to build resilient future

November 24 2015 – Despite unprecedented drought across a vast area of outback Queensland, a group of local councils has embarked on a long-term planning project aimed at building resilient communities to withstand future dry times and economic challenges. Chrissy Arthur Read more.

The Dutch Ruling On Climate Change That Could Have A Global Impact

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Photo: Much of the Netherlands is below sea level, including Amsterdam – Ari Shapiro/NPR

25 June 2015 – In a ruling that could echo far beyond the Netherlands, a Dutch court has sided with an environmental group and said the government must cut carbon emissions by 25 percent in five years in order to protect the country’s citizens. Ari Shapiro. Read more.



24 April 2015 – Six indigenous communities have launched an ecotourism initiative that would show off their ancestral forests in a bid to develop alternate economic models that local government in Indonesia could embrace, moving away from extractive industries such as mining and palm oil plantations. The initiative is called GreenIndonesia. Dan Klotz. Read more.



20 April 2015 – BRUSSELS, HONG KONG, CASABLANCA, WASHINGTON DC and LIMA: With the groundswell of political visibility and a number of key events about Climate Change building up to the COP21 climate negotiations later this year, the independent programme Airport Carbon Accreditation today provided an update on its progress since going global in 2014. Vicky Karantzavelou. Read more.