Issues Magazine

Issues Magazine 94

A glimpse into this edition of Issues.
There is ample evidence to convince many that climate change is occurring. Reducing greenhouse gases remains important, but we had best start thinking harder about how we will adapt to the coming changes.
Imminent climate change impacts raise serious questions about the balance between prosperity and posterity and the consequences of “business as usual”.
What does climate adaptation mean for us and our communities, and what are the best ways to go about it?
Australia's carbon tax has created a "nuclear spring", with voters now more open to nuclear energy as a carbon-friendly energy option.
For Australia, climate change is emerging as one of the most profound challenges of the coming decades. The choices and plans we make as a society to address this challenge will affect our future social, economic and environmental resources.
The results of a survey into the current level of adaptation planning in Australian organisations give some interesting insights into adaptation activity and understanding.
The inevitable and continued warming of the Earth’s surface will have both direct and indirect negative impacts on human health. Reducing the effect of climate change on health rests on effective mitigation and adaptation strategies.
Agriculture faces a massive challenge: feeding a growing population under future climates that will be less suitable for crop growth. Much effort needs to be given to adaptation of agricultural and food systems.
A fast-changing environment forces farmers to think differently.
Looking at crop varieties and farming practices in Timor Leste is essential to food security in the face of climate change.
Pre-selection of crops is an important step towards food security in a changing climate. Projects in Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea are working with gene banks and the traditional custodians of seeds and diversity – women.
An Australian farmer is travelling to a remote location in Norway to make the historical first deposit of crop seeds from Australia in the Arctic “doomsday” seed vault.
In the face of climate change, conservation measures to protect species may not be enough. Managed relocation is the radical last resort.
If you haven’t heard about the growing campaign for fossil fuel divestment, and what it means for both your retirement funds and for the global economy, it’s time to pay attention - because now even the World Bank is on board.
As the hard trade-offs look like they’re only getting harder, more nuanced approaches to livestock development are needed.
Rainfall variability, a key constraint to agricultural production in many countries, is likely to be exacerbated by climate change. If planned and managed correctly, various forms of water storage can increase water security and help safeguard livelihoods and reduce rural poverty.