Climate News Roundup: Week of April 30th

Scientists race to save world’s rice bowl from climate change, National Geographic, May 2nd

Climate change is predicted to cause more intense and frequent floods and droughts in Southeast Asia, threatening the world’s rice bowl and millions of people who live there unless preventive actions are taken soon, scientists warn. According to the World Bank, global warming could reduce agricultural productivity in the region by 10 to 50 percent in the next 30 years.

Study: climate change causes plants to flower earlier, USA Today, May 3rd

As the climate warms, many plants are flowering 8.5 times sooner than experiments had predicted, raising questions for the world’s future food and water supply, a new international study concludes.

Panetta warms climate change having ‘dramatic impact’ on national security, The Hill, May 4th

Climate change has had a direct effect on national security, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said this week. In recent years, the Defense Department and the services have spearheaded a number of alternative-energy initiatives and seemingly embraced environmentally friendly practices on the battlefield.

Climate change is real and here: what to do now to protect your building, Habitat, May 4th

Climate change and its effects are with us. And while global efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions are ongoing, scientists continue to warn us that, no matter how valiant our efforts, we are in for a certain amount of global warming and a host of potential catastrophes. As an urban coastal region, New York City is especially vulnerable to a diverse range of changes that accompany alterations in climate. How, then, do co-op boards and condo associations move forward?

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