02 Nov, 2021

News Feed - October 2021

by Alessandro Balduzzi

Cop26 failure could mean mass migration and food shortages, says Boris Johnson

A failure by world leaders to commit to tackling the climate emergency at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow could prompt “very difficult geopolitical events” including mass migration and global competition for food and water, Boris Johnson has said.

The Guardian

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‘Children going to die’: UN warns of ‘acute’ Afghan food crisis

The World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley told Reuters news agency that 22.8 million people – more than half of Afghanistan’s 39 million population – are facing acute food insecurity and “marching to starvation” compared with 14 million just two months ago.

Al Jazeera

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Elon Musk offers $US6 billion to UN World Food Programme if it can prove it'll end world hunger

Elon Musk says he'll donate $US6 billion to the UN's anti-famine branch if it can prove it will "end world hunger". The World Food Programme has been campaigning for billionaires to donate more to its efforts.


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Earth is reaching its best-by date. Better food processing and packaging can help restore its health

The world currently wastes one-third of all food produced. The food processing and packaging industry can contribute to the transformation of food systems. Food packaging can adopt many approaches to a more sustainable supply chain.

World Economic Forum

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Maine just voted to become the nation’s first ‘right to food’ state. What does that mean?

Maine voters approved an amendment Tuesday that enshrines the “right to food” — the first of its kind in the United States. The amendment to the state’s constitution declares that all people have a “natural, inherent and unalienable right” to grow, raise, produce and consume food of their own choosing as long as they do so within legal parameters.

Washington Post

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World Bank Says 86 Million Africans Will Be Forced to Migrate Due to Climate Change

As many as 86 million Africans will be forced to migrate within their own countries by 2050 due to the effects of changing weather patterns, according to a study by the World Bank. The forced movements in areas of West Africa and the Lake Victoria basin could start in less than a decade and then intensify, the Washington-based lender said in the report ahead of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties in Glasgow.


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Unlike the US, Europe is setting ambitious targets for producing more organic food

President Joe Biden has called for an all-of-government response to climate change that looks for solutions and opportunities in every sector of the U.S. economy. One way to address this concern is to expand organic agriculture. But the U.S. isn’t currently setting the bar high for growing its organic sector. Across the Atlantic, Europe has a much more focused, aggressive strategy.

The Conversation

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Climate change will start impacting global supply of corn and wheat as early as 2030, NASA study finds

Global crop supplies are facing a grim future because of climate change. New research from NASA shows that by the end of the century, the availability of corn, wheat, soybeans and rice are projected to look drastically different — and that the world will start feeling the implications as early as 2030.

Cbs News

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