State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

5th World Water Forum

Representatives from the agriculture and energy industries convened here at the 5th World Water Forum to debate how, why, where and whether humankind’s rising demands for water, oil, food and energy will lead to conflict or cooperation. The Forum tackled issues of food and energy, conflicts over water, and pragmatic synergies among vital resource sectors. 

Agricultural global food production has so far kept pace with population growth. Yet 900 million people remain undernourished, rural migrants are leaving farms for cities, and from 2000 to 2030 demand for food crops in developing countries will increase 67 percent, straining the already over-tapped water resources.

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Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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