Sustainability and Climate

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Deforestation is a major driver of greenhouse gas emissions, contributing significantly to global climate change. This infographic, part of a series focused on agriculture’s role in greenhouse gas emissions, delves into the specific impacts of land use change and deforestation. It highlights the direct and indirect emissions caused by deforestation, including carbon dioxide from tree felling and methane from anaerobic fermentation. The infographic also presents key mitigation strategies, such as reforestation, afforestation, and sustainable forest management, emphasizing their potential to significantly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

This infographic provides a comprehensive analysis of the dairy and cattle industry’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, highlighting major sources and potential mitigation strategies. Dairy farming, responsible for about 62% of total livestock emissions, produces significant amounts of methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide primarily through enteric fermentation, manure management, and feed production. Key strategies to reduce these emissions include improving feed and nutrition, selective breeding, enhancing animal health, and increasing productivity. The report underscores the potential to significantly reduce global GHG emissions from livestock by implementing these strategies, with a specific focus on reducing emissions per unit of milk and meat produced.

The document titled “Contribution of Agriculture to Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” issued by the Institute for Development Impact, delves into the profound impact of agricultural activities on climate change. It investigates how practices such as crop production, livestock farming, and land use change contribute to the emission of greenhouse gasses. The report meticulously examines the specific drivers behind these emissions within the contexts of crop cultivation, livestock production, and land use patterns. Furthermore, it identifies regions that play significant roles in greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. Notably, Asia emerges as a major contributor to agricultural greenhouse gasses, while Africa shows a notable increase in emissions from livestock over the past two decades, underscoring ongoing challenges even in low-income regions.

The report concludes by outlining strategic areas where emission reductions can be targeted, emphasizing the urgency and opportunity for mitigating the environmental impact of agricultural practices.

The infographic provides a comprehensive analysis of the adverse effects of climate change on educational systems worldwide. It elucidates how climate-related disasters, including rising sea levels and temperatures, precipitate food and water scarcities, infrastructural damages, and forced migrations, severely hampering educational access and quality. Drawing on examples from countries like the Central African Republic, Chad, and Nigeria, the paper illustrates the profound implications of such environmental shifts.

Authored by the Institute for Development Impact, it calls attention to the vulnerability of education systems to climate change and advocates for the integration of climate resilience into educational planning. The goal is to ensure sustainable solutions that enhance learning opportunities amidst the escalating threats posed by climate change.

The document, titled “Impact of Climate Change on Agricultural Productivity,” from the Institute for Development Impact, explores how global climate trends, such as rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, are impacting agricultural productivity. It discusses the increased risk of food security, especially in vulnerable regions, due to the projected rise in global temperatures and the frequency of extreme weather events like droughts, floods, and storms. The report also highlights the significant losses in agricultural production in least developed and middle-income countries, and the vulnerability of staple crops and livestock to climate change. Specific examples from countries like Somalia, Niger, and Chad illustrate the dire consequences of these climatic changes on agriculture and food security.

Ahead of the pivotal COP28 in Dubai, the world faces a stark climate reality, underscored by 2023 being the hottest year on record. This trend, signaling a significant rise in Earth’s temperature since 1880, calls for urgent action. Pre-COP28 events, such as the Africa Climate Summit and Climate Week in New York, have set the stage by focusing on renewable energy, sustainable growth, and resilience. COP28 will explore finance, technology, and inclusion, addressing climate financing, loss and damage, and innovations like green hydrogen. The conference must also acknowledge the disproportionate impact of climate change on Indigenous communities and low-emission countries. Despite strides in renewable energy and policies like the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act and the EU’s Green Deal, more integrated strategies are needed. COP28 presents an opportunity for global leaders to showcase their commitment to comprehensive climate action.