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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.

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