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Why Take Climate Change Seriously?

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“FAO. Climate Change threatens our ability to achieve global food security, eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development.”

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Anthropogenic climate change is altering our environment heavily through a number of factors, including the increase in ocean acidity, extreme droughts in a number of geographical locations worldwide, more rainfall in other regions – leading to a huge increase in floods even affecting current agricultural practices and crop yields, thawing permafrost in the Arctic, and overall problems with agricultural soils around the world due to a number of reasons, such as poor soil management. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) states in its updated strategy (Rome, July 2017) that we have to implement sustainable agriculture and farming techniques to ensure global food security. This alone is not enough, however, since the risks and threats of human-caused climate change expand to all our activities, and our consumption habits.

Despite of the many problems we are facing in today´s world, where climate change is the number one threat to our planet and its ecosystem, progress is being made all over the world e.g. in terms of transforming local energy systems into renewable sources, such as solar energy. The question is, whether this transformation is rapid enough to meet the goals that were set and signed in the Paris Agreement?

Watch this video presentation, published by IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency – “Are we deploying renewables fast enough to stay below 2 degrees of global warming”?

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