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Deforestation Exacerbates Somali Famine


A Somali child undergoing treatment at a refugee facility in Kenya.

The famine in the Horn of Africa has reached epic proportions but the Center for International Forestry and Research (CIFOR) report that this could have been easily avoided. Thanks to deforestation practices occurring within the region the famine has struck low income and agriculturally dependent populations the hardest. Continue reading

Economists Say Climate Change Is Bad For The Economy

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The economy is in trouble, but we already knew that. So what’s new? Well, 144 top economists were surveyed by the New York University School of Law and most agree climate change is a threat to the United States and the global economy.

84% of those surveyed agreed the effects of greenhouse gases on the environment present a “clear and present danger” to those economies.

Most also agreed the sectors hardest hit would be the agriculture, followed by fishing and forestry.

This may sound harmless but if agriculture takes a serious hit we will have problems feeding ourselves… I mean even more than the problems we are currently having feeding ourselves.

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Economists’ responses to the statement: “The environmental effects of greenhouse-gas emissions, as described by leading scientific experts, create significant risks to important sectors of the United States and global economy.”

Senators continue to debate whether or not climate change is a threat. Sadly is seems we are still in the Bush era of fact equals opinion, particularly when it comes to science.

So what about a solution? Continue reading

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