By Rina Saeed Khan Published: April 21, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Climate change is without doubt one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century and the Ministry of Climate Change ought to be one of the most important ministries given how vulnerable Pakistan is on the climatic front. PHOTO: ZARTAJ GUL/ TWITTER As a journalist who regularly covers climate change related issues, I was taught early on by my former editor at BBC, Alex Kirby, that: “Your job is to communicate the science, not to do it, and if you do not know much about it, you will probably be better able to understand your readers’ ignorance and confusion about the subject. But never overestimate their knowledge, and never underestimate their intelligence.” I have always tried to communicate climate change in the easiest possible language, but the primary intention has always been to remain cognisant of the scientific facts. You cannot dumb-down climate change to the point where it … [Read more...] about Pakistan is in a climate crisis but its minister incharge is a bigger cause for concern
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Gallery: Many Appalachian residents don't believe climate change is real or caused by humans. Why, and how are scientists so certain? +10 more photos Paul Barys stood in front of a TV camera. Behind him, a green screen tracked ominous weather patterns. Five-day weather forecasts were largely unpredictable at the time, but the lean, bearded meteorologist knew something major was about to happen. It was 1993, and he'd been in the city for just eight years. His bosses were giving him the leeway afforded a veteran of nearly a decade, but he hadn't fully built the trust and credibility a 30-year career would later bring. But he stood there that night about to make a bold claim — one that, if he was wrong, could cost him that trust and derail his career. "It's going to be the worst storm in the history of Chattanooga," he told viewers that March night. His news manager was furious. "'Why did you say that?' he told Barys. 'You're sticking your neck way out. You're going to get it … [Read more...] about Many Appalachian residents don’t believe climate change is real or caused by humans. But why?
Politicians often rally their supporters with partisan red meat, but these days Republicans are using actual red meat. They’re accusing Democrats of a plot to ban beef, trying to rebrand the Green New Deal for climate action as a nanny-state assault on the American diet. At Thursday’s rally in Michigan, President Donald Trump portrayed a green dystopia with “no more cows.” In a recent Washington speech, former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka warned conservatives that leftists are coming for their hamburgers: “This is what Stalin dreamt about, but never achieved!” Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) actually ate a burger during a press conference on Capitol Hill, an activity he claimed would be illegal under a Green New Deal. In reality, nobody’s banning beef. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the driving force behind the Green New Deal, really did suggest that “maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” … [Read more...] about Inside the Race to Build the Burger of the Future
Three in five species of wild coffee are at risk of extinction as a deadly mix of climate change, disease and deforestation puts the future of the world's favourite beverage in jeopardy, new research warned on Wednesday (Jan 16). Farmers Eduardo winnow coffee beans on their family farm in Forquilha do Rio, municipality of Dores do Rio Preto, Espirito Santo, Brazil. (Photo: AFP/Mauro Pimentel) More than two billion cups of coffee are consumed every day, but the multi-billion-dollar industry is reliant on wild varieties grown in just a few regions to maintain commercial crop variety and adapt to changing threats posed by pests. Scientists at Britain's Kew Royal Botanic Gardens used the latest computer modelling techniques and on-the-ground research to predict how the 124 coffee varieties listed as endangered might fare as the planet continues to warm and ecosystems are decimated. Some 75 coffee species were assessed as being threatened with extinction: 13 classed as critically … [Read more...] about 60pc of coffee varieties face “extinction risk”
Nine years ago, Unilever announced that it planned to cut its environmental footprint in half by 2020. If you look at the company’s website today, that goal has quietly been pushed back to 2030. Hundreds of other companies, cities, and countries also set key environmental goals for 2020. With only one year to go, here’s a brief look at how a few of them are faring. 194 countries: Protecting the world’s most threatened ecosystems At a time when the world may be entering the sixth mass extinction–with a current rate of extinction more than 100 times the rate throughout geological time–we’re not doing enough to protect wild ecosystems. In 2010, 194 countries agreed to 20 conservation goals that they each planned to achieve by 2020. Most countries are making some progress; there are now many more marine protected areas, for example. But as of a 2016 report, only 5% were on track to meet their goals. In the meantime, populations of mammals, birds, fish, … [Read more...] about There’s only one year left to hit these 2020 environmental pledges