United Nations Report Demonstrates Urgency of Climate Change Policies

Early today, a United Nations (U.N.) report composed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was released in Geneva, Switzerland, detailing the fast approaching effects of climate change and their impact on global food security. The report examined the correlations between various measures such as rising earth temperatures, soil degradation, and carbon dioxide emissions to analyze the future of food security worldwide. Soil is being lost significantly faster than it is forming which is made worse by the weather effects of global warming such as flooding, wildfires, and droughts. In an effort to create more usable soil, many countries are draining wetlands, a process that, for every 2.5 acres drained, produces the equivalent amount of Carbon Dioxide as burning 6,000 gallons of gasoline. Others are clearing forests to make room for livestock, which every year releases an emissions level equal to driving 600 million cars. All of these statistics are just a part of the broader narrative on food security. By 2050, the population is estimated to reach almost 10 billion people. With ten percent of the population already undernourished, humans currently taking up over 70 percent of ice-free land, and the amount of viable soil shrinking rapidly, the world […]

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