Archive for ‘Human Effects’

It is only matter of time before the small island nation of Kiribati is submerged. Their tipping point has already occurred.

Monday, February 15th, 2010

It is only matter of time before the small island nation of Kiribati, made of 33 small atolls (ring-like coral islands) of no more than 6.5 feet above sea level, is submerged. Thus, their tipping point has already occurred.

Source: Debate on Climate Shifts to Issue of Irreparable Change – Washington Post

Date: 29 January 2006

At least 50 million people to be environmental refugees by 2010

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Climate change is now creating more refugees than war and political unrest combined, and scholars have calculated that 50 million people worldwide will be displaced by 2010 by rising sea levels, desertification, evaporating aquifers, weather-induced flooding, and other serious environmental changes. However, despite the massive number of environmental refugees, they are currently unable to receive the much needed aid that would help them to recover and relocate themselves, since their state as environmental refugees has yet to be officially recognized in world conventions.

Source: Scholars Predict 50 Million “Environmental Refugees” by 2010

Date: NA

Source: Climate Change Creating More Refugees than War

Date: NA

Source: Climate refugees in Pacific flee rising sea – Washington Times

Date: April 19, 2009

Only 43% of cereal produced is free for human consumption

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Only an estimated 43% of cereal produced is available for human consumption, as a result of harvest and post-harvest distribution losses and use of cereal for animal feed.  (UNEP report ‘Environmental Food Crisis’) (P.19)  “…feeding cereals to animals instead of using the cereals directly as human food represents the annual calorie need for more than 3.5 billion people.” (P.27)

Source: The Environmental Food Crisis – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Date: NA

684,000 child deaths due to insufficient zinc and vitamin A intake

Friday, February 12th, 2010

It is estimated that 684,000 child deaths worldwide could be prevented by increasing access to vitamin A and zinc. Vitamin A and zinc supplementation can have a synergistic impact on growth and development, as well as survival. Countries with low per capita incomes can make significant progress if appropriate policies are matched by political will.

Source: WFP Annual Report

Date: 2007

Source: UNICEF

Date: May 2006

Source: World Food Programme: Hunger Stats

Date: NA

146 million children under five years old underweight

Friday, February 12th, 2010

More than 70 percent of the world’s 146 million underweight children under age five years live in just 10 countries, with more than 50 per cent located in South Asia alone. These 146 million constitute one quarter of all developing countries’ children.

Source: Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition – UNICEF

Date: May 2006

Source: The State of the World’s Children – UNICEF

Date: 2010

Source: World Food Programme: Hunger Stats

Date: NA

2009 hits record high with over 1.02 billion people in the world hungry

Friday, February 12th, 2010

World hunger projected to reach a historic high this year (2009) with 1.02 billion people going hungry every day. According to Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme “The rapid march of urgent hunger continues to unleash an enormous humanitarian crisis. The world must pull together to ensure emergency needs are met as long term solutions are advanced”.

Source: FAO news release

Date: 19 June 2009

Source: World Food Programme:  Hunger Stats

Date: NA

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Reversing Meat-Eating Culture to Combat Climate Change

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Livestock Production and Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers

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Plant-Based Diets - A solution to our public health crisis

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Leaders Preserving Our Future - Insights Paper - WPF - November 2010

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Maintaining a Climate of Life - Summary Report

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Livestock's Climate Impact

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Livestock & Sustainable Food

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Reducing Shorter-Lived Climate Forcers Through Dietary Change

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The global cost of biodiversity loss: 14 trillion Euros? - EU Commission (2008)

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Forests, Fisheries, Agriculture: A Vision for Sustainability (2009)

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