Climate Change News: Adaptation Projects, the Transformation of the Australian Bush and Food Security

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Extreme weather, Learn

Climate Change 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.

Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Bangladesh
The Bangladesh Community-Based Adaptation Project, executed by Bangladesh’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and implemented by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), has reached 18,269 households engaging citizens in afforestation, agriculture, livestock, and fishery-based livelihood adaptation and training measures. The project promotes the diversification of livelihoods and income generation through the rational use of coastal land to produce forest, fruit and fish resources. (UNDP)

How African Farmers Adapt to Climate Impacts
When I think about climate change in Africa, the word that comes to mind is ‘injustice’ – the reality that those least responsible for climate change, are the one’s most exposed to its impacts: chronic food insecurity, sterile soils, and erratic weather. Based on research from East Africa, a new paper documents a number of changes that are being made by small-scale farmers to cope with climate impacts. (Greenpeace Africa)

Climate Adaptors: From Fishing to Crab Farming in Indonesia
Shifts in the weather have changed the lives of fishermen in Bali. They no longer can predict the best days to sail and catch fish and they needed an immediate alternative to maintain a steady income. So, many fishermen have turned to successfully farming mangrove crabs in the mangrove forests in their neighborhoods. (Jakarta Globe)

Study: How Climate Change Will Transform the Australian Bush
Within decades, environments across Australia will be substantially different from those that currently exist, according to a study. CSIRO research released on Wednesday investigated how climate change will affect plants, animals and ecosystems and found large, ecologically relevant environmental change for most of the continent. (The Conversation)

El Salvador Battles the Tide of Climate Change
Climate change has come early to the Bajo Lempa region of western El Salvador. Rising sea levels and deforestation have destroyed the mangrove crops that villagers depend on to survive. The forest of towering, dead mangrove trees stretches along the beach as far as the eye can see. (The Independent)

How Will Climate Change Affect Food Production?
Food is one of society’s key sensitivities to climate. A year of not enough or too much rainfall, a hot spell or cold snap at the wrong time, or extremes, like flooding and storms, can have a significant effect on local crop yields and livestock production. While modern farming technologies and techniques have helped to reduce this vulnerability and boost production, the impact of recent droughts in the USA, China and Russia on global cereal production highlight a glaring potential future vulnerability. (The Guardian)

The Arctic’s Record-Breaking Ice Melt
August global temperatures are the 4th highest on record, and Arctic sea ice extent shrinks to all-time lowest extent on record in August, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean dropped below the previous all-time record set in 2007. This year also marks the first time that there has been less than 4 million square kilometers (1.54 square miles) of sea ice since satellite observations began in 1979. (GlobalChange.gov)

Stephanie Hedean is a Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant and a Volunteer at The Nature Conservancy.

Image credits: United Nations Development Programme (Bangladesh video); Begbie Images (Australian bush) via Flickr Creative Commons License and NOAA Visualizations Lab.

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