FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

13 October 2020, Geneva/Rome - As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

FAO - News Article: FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition

FAO - News Article: FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition

18 September 2020, Rome/New York - FAO unveiled today its new Green Cities Initiative and Action Plan to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition in and around the cities in a post COVID-19 era.

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

Raised by Wolves Questions Whether Humanity Can Be Saved

First, there are Mother and Father, two androids dispatched by their creator to raise human children to be pacifist atheists after religious wars destroyed Earth.Campion, a boy raised by Mother and Father on Kepler-22b on a vegan mono diet of tubers (scurvy who?

What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

Thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably died in the southwestern US, in what ornithologists have described as a national tragedy that is likely related to the climate crisis.

WIRED25: Ghetto Gastro Sees Food as a Weapon

WIRED25: Ghetto Gastro Sees Food as a Weapon

Along with cofounders Lester Walker and Pierre Serrao, Gray spoke during the opening night of WIRED25 about the importance of food justice, changing value systems around cooking, and the future of the culinary world in underrepresented communities.

Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance

Foodies and Factory Farmers Have Formed an Unholy Alliance

Despite this important opportunity, most food movement leaders have rejected plant-based meat imitations.Some food movement leaders complain about plant-based imitation meats because they are new and not yet time-tested.

The End Is Nearer for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Wrappers

The End Is Nearer for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Wrappers

“This action follows new analyses of data that raised questions about potential human health risks from chronic dietary exposure—findings that warrant further study,” FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn and Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, wrote in a statement.

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

Frog Eats Beetle. Beetle Crawls Through Guts to Escape

The problematic thing about being a frog is that you don’t have to chew your food, which means that if you’ve happened to nab the aquatic beetle Regimbartia attenuata, your food might come out the other end in an undesirable fashion: alive and literally kicking.attenuata can escape from the frog vent,” Sugiura writes in an email to WIRED.

Mad Scientists Revive 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes

Mad Scientists Revive 100-Million-Year-Old Microbes

Elsewhere in the world’s oceans, much of the seafloor sediment is organic matter.There’s no upwelling and much less life at the surface, so much less organic matter is sinking to the seafloor to form sediment.

Meet the Mountain Chickadee

Meet the Mountain Chickadee

“To claim dominance, a mountain chickadee darts or hisses at the other bird, or it’s revealed by those who hang back around a feeder,” says McCallum.

Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them

Airbnb Quietly Fired Hundreds of Contract Workers. I'm One of Them

My office life resembled that of any full-time employee: I snacked on charcuterie boards and fresh ahi poke bowls, rejiggered my calendar to accommodate conflicting meetings, and cheered for employees on their work anniversaries (a peculiar Silicon Valley ritual that celebrates equity accruing).Unlike full-time employees, contract workers aren’t entitled to Airbnb’s premium health care, generous 401(k), unlimited paid vacation time, transportation coverage, and stock options.

FAO - News Article: Thirty countries will benefit as Global Environment Facility funds FAO-led projects

FAO - News Article: Thirty countries will benefit as Global Environment Facility funds FAO-led projects

Nations from Brazil to Yemen will see a boost to their efforts to protect biodiversity; reverse land degradation; adapt to climate change; safeguard international waters; and promote sustainable food systems.

A Better Jobs Report Belies America's Breadlines

A Better Jobs Report Belies America's Breadlines

The stock market, which has rebounded strongly in recent days and which spiked Friday morning as Wall Street processed the good news, seems to be discussing a different planet entirely from the one where thousands of cars still idle in breadlines.

An Onslaught of Crises Has Created a Modern Paradox

An Onslaught of Crises Has Created a Modern Paradox

Originally, I started thinking about crisis fatigue specifically in relation to lockdown, because there was a big debate about how long realistically you could expect the British public to abide by very strict lockdown and social distancing rules.

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

Let's Rebuild the Broken Meat Industry—Without Animals

Let's Rebuild the Broken Meat Industry—Without Animals

In a full page ad in The New York Times, the CEO of Tyson Foods warned that the “food supply chain is breaking.” In response, the government has rushed in to save the industry, with President Donald Trump enacting the Defense Production Act to keep slaughterhouses running, deeming them critical infrastructure.

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

In response to COVID-19, FAO has been collecting information and carrying out analysis, at regional and country level, on the pandemic's likely consequences on agriculture and food security, which will feed into a global data facility.

Amid a Pandemic, Magic Spoon Eats Cake

Amid a Pandemic, Magic Spoon Eats Cake

But there was plenty of fun at Magic Spoon, a cereal startup celebrating its first year in business.Making it through year one as a startup seemed like cause for celebration, but so was the last month of sales, some of the highest Magic Spoon has seen yet.

'Microplastic Hot Spots' Are Tainting Deep-Sea Ecosystems

'Microplastic Hot Spots' Are Tainting Deep-Sea Ecosystems

“That does matter if fish and other animals are doing that, too, because we only eat their muscle tissue,” she says, because the plastic could be moving through the lining of their guts and concentrating in those edible bits.

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Bad Is Bad. The expected radiation exposure for a Mars excursion for an astronaut—a federal worker—far exceeds the levels permitted for terrestrial workplace activities by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

FAO - News Article: Assessing El Niño’s impact on fisheries and aquaculture around the world

22 April 2020, Rome - While considerable resources are invested in seasonal forecasts and early-warning systems for food security, not enough is known about El Niño's impact on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, even though its name was given in the 1600s by fishers off the coast of Peru.

FAO - News Article: COVID-19: Our hungriest, most vulnerable communities face “a crisis within a crisis”

FAO - News Article: COVID-19: Our hungriest, most vulnerable communities face “a crisis within a crisis”

If they become ill or constrained by restrictions on movement or activity, they will be prevented from working their land, caring for their animals, going fishing, or accessing markets to sell produce, buy food, or get seeds and supplies.

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

It may seem like a bit of conjecture – avian innovations resulting in species longevity – but Simon Ducatez, a post-doctoral researcher in Barcelona and McGill University and Louis Lefebvre, a Canadian professor of biology at McGill, have arrived at the conclusion scientifically.

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Back in January, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted the worst was still to come, and that by June, the size of the swarms could grow by a factor of 500.And now, at the worst time, a second wave of locusts 20 times bigger than the first has descended on the region, thanks to heavy rains late last month, according to the FAO.

For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror

For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror

Unsheltered people still rely on congregate settings to meet their basic needs, like food and hygiene, though the latter often goes unmet.The conditions of homelessness would leave a healthy person vulnerable to catching a disease like Covid-19, and unhoused people tend not to be healthy.

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

GMOs Could be a Key to Sustainable Farming

Illustration: Alvaro DominguezBut unfortunately, the packages on my counter and elsewhere in my kitchen, like my fancy organic sauerkraut (“Our passion for healthy, natural living is reflected in all our products”), told me very little that was relevant to climate change .

The Nonprofits and Companies Helping to Fight the Pandemic

The Nonprofits and Companies Helping to Fight the Pandemic

Feeding America has a Covid-19 Response Fund that is helping to ensure food banks across the country can feed those in need right now, including the children who rely on school meals to eat.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba

12 March 2020, Havana/Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved a $119 million disbursement for a FAO co-designed project to boost the resilience to climate change of vulnerable rural communities in Cuba.

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

Blaine County residents are ordered to stay home “unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.” The county says that individuals may go to grocery stores and gas stations, pick up food to go from restaurants, and recreate outside so long as they follow social distancing.

Amazon Warehouses Will Now Accept Essential Supplies Only

Amazon Warehouses Will Now Accept Essential Supplies Only

Amazon customers can expect greater availability of things like soap and dog food, and potential shipping delays when it comes to less pressing items like clothing and electronics.“We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” reads an announcement on Amazon’s official forum for sellers.