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Press Review: Asia’s coasts to be first casualties of rising sea levels

March 25th, 2014
in:Nature, Economy
by:Rebecca Silus
located in:Colombia, Australia, New Zealand
tags:Africa, Asia, biodiversity, climate-change, Columbia, famine, farming, food insecurity, global-warming, sea levels, South America

As global warming intensifies and sea levels begin to rise, experts predict that the first countries to be affected are located along Asia’s coasts.

Here hundreds of millions of people will lose their homes and face food insecurity, disease, and shortages of clean drinking water. Although countries such as the UK will be spared the extreme consequences of climate change in the next 50 years, the report encourages leaders to take it as a sign of what is to come and begin to take action before it is too late. [The Guardian]

Experimental farms in Columbia are able to produce more food per acre without chemicals or fertilizers by raising cows on land planted with a mixture of trees and grasses instead of traditional open pastures. In doing so, the cows produce twice as much milk and meat while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing biodiversity, and making the land more resilient to the effects of climate change. The practice, known as agroforestry, can be adapted for a wide range of ecosystems and has been implemented in Africa, New Zealand, Australia and South and Central America. [The Nature Conservancy, Global Environment Facility, Christian Science Monitor]

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