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제목 This month’s top climate stories from AlertNet Climate
Dear Climate-L readers:

Please take a look at this month’s top climate stories from AlertNet Climate (http://www.trust.org/alertnet/climate-change), the Thomson Reuters Foundation's daily news website on the human impacts of climate change.

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BANGLADESH

Bangladesh plans to begin requiring rooftop water harvesting systems in new buildings in Dhaka in an effort to address the city’s worsening water shortages and curb drops in groundwater levels.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/dhaka-turns-to-rainwater-harvesting-to-ease-water-crisis/

BENIN

Benin is taking steps to ensure there is less devastation from seasonal floods this year as rainfall forecasts suggest the country is at high risk of flooding between now and October.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/benin-hopes-for-less-destruction-from-floods-official/

INDONESIA

The second installment of a $1 billion aid package promised by Norway to help Indonesia slow deforestation and reduce emissions will only be released once Jakarta sets up two independent bodies to govern forest protection efforts, Norwegian officials have said.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/jakarta-must-set-up-forest-bodies-to-unblock-aid-norway/

Indigenous Papuans are at risk of further marginalisation and the forests and ecosystems on which they rely face destruction due to an ambitious food security project by the Indonesian government, activists say.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/indonesia-food-security-project-threatens-papuan-way-of-life-activists/

KENYA

Faced with worsening drought and pests problems, Kenyan farmers are moving agriculture indoors – into polyethylene greenhouses.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/kenyas-farmers-turn-to-greenhouses-to-beat-changing-weather/

The sun is providing the energy to store vaccines and keep them fresh at rural Iloodokilani health centre in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/solar-fridge-keeps-vaccines-fresh-for-kenyas-rural-poor/

Camel rearing is fast catching up with cattle farming as Kenya’s main source of meat as herders struggle to cope with more frequent droughts, especially in the semi-arid north.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/camel-rises-up-the-menu-in-drought-hit-kenya/

MALI

Farmers in a fertile area of central Mali sustained by the Niger River are replanting forests that are dwindling due to a shortage of rain, hoping to protect the wildlife on which their incomes depend, including fish, birds and hippos.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/malians-reforest-climate-threatened-delta

NIGERIA

A Nigerian environmental group has urged the country’s president, GoodLuck Jonathan, not to sign into law a bill creating a climate change commission in the country, saying this would steer focus away from other environmental issues.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/plan-for-nigeria-climate-change-commission-sparks-debate-papers

PAKISTAN   

Increasingly harsh and unpredictable weather is hurting mango production in southern Pakistan, driving farmers to cut down trees in favour of higher-earning crops like cotton, sugar cane and wheat. But the crop switch is reducing the region’s tree cover, leading to higher carbon emissions and hotter living conditions for many farmers, as well as a loss of culture in a region where mango growing has long been a part of life.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/pakistans-mango-orchards-disappearing-as-weather-shifts

As population growth and climate change increase competition for water around the world, India and Pakistan may find water a growing source of conflict, analysts say.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/water-shortages-threaten-renewed-conflict-between-pakistan-india/

QATAR

Qatar is increasingly turning to sustainable energy resources to deal with the challenges of a growing population, economic expansion and climate change.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/qatari-inventor-drives-push-to-harvest-abundant-solar-power/

TANZANIA

Are Zanzibar’s preparations to participate in carbon trading reaping benefits for the poor? Just ask Zanzibar’s Fatuma Mchezo.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/zanzibars-preparations-for-carbon-trade-helping-poor/

UNITED STATES

North American Indian tribes, who have lived close to the land for generations, are disproportionately affected by climate change, according to a study released by the National Wildlife Federation.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/north-american-indians-to-suffer-disproportionate-climate-impacts/

ZIMBABWE

With poor crop yields now a perennial problem and this year looking worse than ever, subsistence farmers like Thumeliso Mabasa have become living proof of an old adage: desperate times call for desperate measures. He and other farmers are being advised to lobby for the use of genetically modified crops - currently banned in Zimbabwe - as a way of dealing with worsening extreme weather linked to climate change.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/drought-hit-zimbabwe-farmers-push-government-to-lift-gmo-ban

DROUGHT

The race by U.N. and aid agencies to respond to worsening drought and hunger in the Horn of Africa suggests how far the world still has to go to put in place effective measures to prevent droughts turning into disasters.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/qa-preparedness-key-as-climate-shifts-threaten-more-drought-un/

FORESTS

Deforestation is still occurring at an alarming rate in Asia Pacific countries despite a slight increase in overall forest cover, a leading climate scientist said Friday, and a better system to put a value on the ecosystem and the services it provides is needed to stop the losses.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/value-on-ecosystem-services-needed-to-curb-asia-pacific-deforestation-ipcc-chief/

WATER

Efforts to feed an extra 2 billion people by mid-century could lead to widespread destruction of forests, wetlands and other natural systems that protect and regulate the world’s water, researchers warn. But finding ways to boost agricultural production while protecting nature could produce big benefits, including reduced poverty and hunger in some of the world’s most fragile countries and hikes in food production that are sustainable beyond 2050.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/water-systems-at-risk-from-growing-demand-for-food-expert

MALARIA

Shifts in the world’s climate and responses to those shifts – including construction of more irrigation systems – threaten to increase the spread of malaria, health experts say.

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/malaria-hikes-may-have-link-to-climate-shifts-responses-experts

BLOGS

Putting food security on a path toward resilience

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/putting-food-security-on-a-path-towards-resilience/

‘Drowning nations’ threaten new 21st century statelessness

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/drowning-nations-threaten-new-21st-century-statelessness/

Small seed packets, big policies tackle Horn of Africa drought

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/small-seed-packets-big-policies-tackle-horn-of-africa-drought/

The squeeze: Brazil cuts off credit to illegal loggers

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/the-squeeze-brazil-cuts-off-credit-to-illegal-loggers/

‘Unholy brew’ of climate change threatens security

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/unholy-brew-of-climate-change-threatens-security/

Preparing for drought can pay off as climate impacts take hold

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/preparing-for-drought-can-pay-off-as-climate-impacts-take-hold/

Syria’s woes paint picture of environmental migration to come

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/syrias-woes-paint-picture-of-environmental-migration-to-come/

Alley-cropping: Coming soon to a forest near you?

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/blogs/climate-conversations/alley-cropping-coming-soon-to-a-forest-near-you/

AlertNet Climate, a news website of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, takes a daily front-line look at the development and humanitarian impacts of climate change.

Laurie Goering
AlertNet Climate editor
Thomson Reuters Foundation
44-(0)20-7542-8067 London direct
laurie.goering@thomsonreuters.com

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