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UN: Growing threat to food from decline in biodiversity

Published on the BBC News website on the 22nd February 2019

By Matt McGrath
Environment correspondent

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The plants, animals, crops and micro-organisms that are the bedrock of food production are in decline, according to a UN study.

If these critical species are lost, the report says, it “places the future of our food system under severe threat”.

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‘Is it time to get angry about climate change?’

Ray Cobbett asks if it’s time to get angry over climate change?

Published in the Portsmouth News on the 12th February 2019

By Ray Cobbett of Havant and East Hampshire Friends of the Earth

In 2018 the UN’s International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted that we have just 12 years to prevent average world temperatures rising above 1.5C.

Beyond that and we risk a future of biblical flooding, massive forest fires, daily temperatures in some cities approaching 50C as well as mass migration and species extinction.

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How Hampshire's nature champion inspires change

Ray Cobbett filling birdfeeders in his garden in Emsworth Credit: Celeste Hicks/Friends of the Earth

Ray Cobbett has spent much of his retirement campaigning with Friends of the Earth’s local group in Havant. He turned 80 this year yet shows no sign of slowing down.

Published on the Friends of the Earth UK website on the 14th January 2019
Story by Celeste Hicks

When Ray Cobbett retired from his job at IBM in the 1990s, he was looking for a project to inject his considerable energy into.

“It was only when I got out of business that I started to reflect on what was happening to the world around us,” he says. “I’d always had a strong sense of what is right and fair, but I’d never had the time to think about how our way of life was impacting the planet.”

Ray looked up his Friends of the Earth local group in Havant, which had been running since the 1970s. Membership had dwindled, but Ray loves a challenge.

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