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Urban centres — and the urban poor — are at the most risk from heat waves, a recent online event heard.

Heat wave Harry?

As temperatures soar, naming the threat may save lives

Giving heat waves names and strength ratings, as for hurricanes, could drive home the spiking danger from a threat that kills more people in the United States each year than storms and floods but rarely hits headlines, heat experts say. “People do not understand this risk and we need to change that,” said Kathy Baughman

A farmer shows a corn shoot infested with fall armyworm at his farm in Narayangaon village in the western state of Maharashtra, India, Dec. 18, 2018.

Technology eases farming ‘drudgery’ and risk as climate threats grow

Farming technological innovations can make the work more secure and appealing around the world

Thomson Reuters Foundation – In India, farmers growing crops for seed company Mahyco get a text message after they deliver their harvest, noting its weight and how much was usable — followed quickly by another text saying their money is in the bank. That reliable flow of cash through their accounts means when a farmer


Ice melts on the Aletsch Glacier in Fiesch, Switzerland, August 12, 2015. One of Europe’s biggest glaciers, the Great Aletsch coils 23 km (14 miles) through the Swiss Alps — and yet this mighty river of ice could almost vanish in the lifetimes of people born today because of climate change.

Climate change could cross key threshold in a decade — scientists

Exceeding global warming targets could mean drastic action is necessary

The planet could pass a key target on world temperature rise in about a decade, prompting accelerating loss of glaciers, steep declines in water availability, worsening land conflicts and deepening poverty, scientists said last week. Last December, 195 nations agreed to try to hold world temperature rise to “well below” 2 C, with an aim of

World Farming To Get Climate Adaptation Aid

Development agencies worldwide are joining forces to spend $200 million in a 10-year program to help the agriculture sector prepare for climate change and cut greenhouse gas emissions, farm research groups said Nov. 17. The funding will go to research on how to feed a growing, more affluent world population in the face of expectations