In the News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. Here’s what we’ve found and are reading. Tell us what interesting news has hit your screens this week.
Climate Change Threatens South Africa Tea Crops
The health benefits of a unique tea called Rooibos has helped create a multi-million dollar a year industry in South Africa. The plant only grows in some parts of the Western Cape. Attempts to grow it in similar dry regions of Australia, China and the United States have all failed. Now, experts are predicting increased temperatures and erratic rainfall in the region, and tea growers say that climate change is putting the crop’s future – and the industry as a whole – at risk. (Idea Trotter)
Climate Change Rate Could Be Faster Than Thought, Study Suggests
China‘s carbon emissions could be nearly 20% higher than previously thought, a new analysis of official Chinese data in the journal Nature Climate Change showed, suggesting the pace of global climate change could be even faster than currently predicted. (The Guardian)
Renewable Energy Investment Set Record In 2011
Global investment in renewable energy reached a record of $257 billion last year, with solar attracting more than half the total spending, according to a U.N. report released Monday. Investment in solar energy surged to $147 billion in 2011, a year-on-year increase of 52 percent thanks to strong demand for rooftop photovoltaic installations in Germany, Italy, China and Britain. (Huffington Green)
Climate Change Will Boost Number of U.S. West’s Wildfires
Climate change will make U.S. western wildfires, like those now raging in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, more frequent over the next 30 years, researchers reported on Tuesday. More broadly, almost all of North America and most of Europe will see wildfires more often by the year 2100, the scientists wrote in the journal Ecosphere, a publication of the Ecological Society of America. (Reuters)
How Cities Are Leading the Fight Against Climate Change
When it comes to creating big solutions for a sustainable future, cities are at the forefront of innovation. C40, a network of the world’s megacities, launched a new online platform, which aims to be at the forefront of discussions on green urban innovation. The new site C40.org highlights the actions taken by 58 of the world’s largest cities that are C40 members. The site hopes to engage leaders by having them read about other cities’ programs and host conversations about cities’ roles in preventing climate change. (Mashable)
Stephanie Hedean is a Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant and a Volunteer at The Nature Conservancy.
Image Credits: Al Jazeera (South Africa Tea Crops); C40.org (Cities Leading Fight)
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