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Experts: Security risks of climate change cannot be ignored

The G8 cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the extreme security risks that climate change will pose to the international community, write John Podesta and Peter Ogden. Read more from the Center for American Progress by clicking here.

UPGRADING WEATHER SERVICES IS A KEY PRIORITY FOR FOOD SECURITY

UPGRADING WEATHER SERVICES IS A KEY PRIORITY FOR FOOD SECURITY
World Meteorological Organisation Press Release

GENEVA, 24 JUNE 2008 (WMO) – Restoring, improving and sustaining authoritative observations of weather, climate and water in the developing world is a key priority for food security, according to Mr Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological organization (WMO). That required upgrading and maintaining the observational infrastructure of the National Meteorological Services, especially in the Least Developed Countries.

Wired: Scientists fighting disease with climate forecasts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A cyclone wrecks coastal Myanmar, spawning outbreaks of malaria, cholera and dengue fever. Flooding inundates Iowa, raising an array of public health concerns.

As these disasters draw attention to weather hazards, which many fear could be exacerbated by climate change, scientists are working to be able to better predict health dangers as they forecast the weather.

"Everything is connected in our Earth system," Conrad C. Lautenbacher, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said at a panel on "Changing Climate: Changing Health Patterns."

BBC: Space cameras to monitor Congo Basin forests

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Plans to use a state-of-the-art camera onboard a satellite to monitor deforestation levels in Africa's Congo Basin have been unveiled.
The high resolution RALCam3 camera, designed and built by UK scientists, will provide the first detailed view of the area's rate of forest cover loss.

Book Review: Six Degrees By Journalist Mark Lynas'

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By Henry Lutaaya
Editor Sunrise Newspaper, Uganda

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Rilla Norslund, the head of DANIDA's Agricultural Sector Programme Support (ASPS) in Uganda, recently found her child crying in the bedroom. As Rilla narrated to an audience of scientists and Journalists at the recent Open forum on Biotechnology in Africa, her child was angered by the fact that millions of people continue to live recklessly and in complete disregard of dire warnings about the future of their planet.

West Africa Seasonal Climate Forecast For July-September 2008 Released

Climate scientists meeting in Niamey, Niger-West Africa, last month, held a forum to map out the performance of the climate in the period July, August and September.

OPINION: The Media, Climate and Society-The African Story

By Patrick Luganda
NECJOGHA Secretariat Kampala

Food Security Maps For Planning

Climate forecast modeling can now be used to develop Food Outlook models in East Africa. These food models are now used to develop future food maps (pre-rain season) that can help in mitigation planning therefore enabling timely food interventions. This development will enable scientific modeling to forecast severity of drought and famine in East African countries.

Scientists Link Upsurge in Fatal Malaria To Temperature Rise

Malaria studies in East Africa’s highland areas show increasing incidents of fatal malaria in areas previously free of the killer disease. A team of scientists in Kenya around the Lake Victoria basin highlands, based in Kisumu is collaborating with climate scientists to feed into existing malaria preventive programs.

MSc in Climate Change

University of East Anglia, School of Development Studies

MSc in Climate Change and International Development (MScCCID) 1 year full time

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Food Summit : Some progress but more needs to be done

The UN food summit closes with a strong statement on agriculture, but fails to adequately address trade, biofuels, safety nets, and implementation

By Joachim von Braun
Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Nigerian Conservation Foundation developing carbon studies

As part of global mitigation strategies to reduce the impact of climate change, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is current developing carbon studies (trade, sequestration) in Nigeria. The pilot study is located in one of NCF’s project sites, Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos State.

Welcome to the new NECJOGHA.org

Welcome to NECJOGHA.org, the new Internet home of the Network of Climate Journalists of the Greater Horn of Africa.

Using this state-of-the-art, community-based site, climate journalists, scientists and experts in the GHA will be able to share information and ideas. All registered users will have access to features such as: