Nature writing, John Clare and a case for conserving the everyday

When I speak to conservationists more often than not the conversation will turn to interests in specific species and this will probably include a discussion of their interest in a particularly rare species. A prominent example in my own local area is a project to conserve populations of Fisher’s Estuarine Moth (Gortyna borelii lunata) and … Continue reading Nature writing, John Clare and a case for conserving the everyday

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The Rally for Nature

Although one wouldn't know if relying on BBC news to learn what is happening in the world, today was the day that the crowds descended on the politicians to protest about conservation's low profile in British politics. Twitter however, a much more reliable source of true news than the papers or certainly the BBC will … Continue reading The Rally for Nature

Risks to global food security

One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?

Farmers discuss climate and weather changes. Photo C. Schubert (CCAFS) Farmers discuss climate and weather changes. Photo C. Schubert (CCAFS)

This week sees the annual Chatham House conference on food security. This year’s theme is around the risks to food security that come from greater globalisation of the food system. The conference focuses/focused on the “geopolitical, supply-side and market-based threats” to the global food system, in particular generating discussion with senior policy-makers and business leaders on identifying risks and priorities for action to mitigate them in the hope of building a more resilient food system.

Many organisations aim to identify and map risks to the food industry and food security, climate change and its impact on agricultural production being a prominent one. Maplecroft, a horizon scanning, risk analytics organisation that supports global organisations in identifying, monitoring, forecasting and mitigating financial and other risks to their operations, investments and supply chains, recently published their Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas…

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