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1060. Measuring "Doughnuts": It Is Possible to Ensure a Decent Life for All Humanity within Planetary Boundaries

A paper published in the Journal of Cleaner Production applied the concept of doughnut economics, which advocates the realization of social justice without destroying the natural environment and attempted to examine whether there is a safe and just operating space where basic needs can be met without disturbing the Earth system for all humankind. The results show that, while theoretically possible, large-scale transformation across all sectors and dietary changes are needed, especially through improving agricultural practices and material cycles.
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1059. World Population Prospects 2024

On July 11, the United Nations World Population Prospects 2024 report was released. The global population is projected to reach about 8.2 billion by mid-2024 and will continue to grow for the next 6 decades, peaking at 10.3 billion in the mid-2080s then returning to around 10.2 billion by the end of this century.
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1058. World Population Day 2024: Demographic and Economic Share of the Asian Monsoon Region in the Global Context

On this year's World Population Day, we introduce the demographic and economic share of the Asian monsoon region from JIRCAS's Green Asia Report Series, "Driving sustainable food systems transformation in the Asia-Monsoon region with science, technology, and innovation: background and key issues for 'Green Asia' project".
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1057. Human Impacts on Tropical Forest Degradation Are Greater than Expected

Tropical forest degradation is a major cause of carbon emissions and biodiversity loss. A paper published in Nature estimates that the human impact of tropical forest degradation is more than 200% greater than previous estimates.
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1056. The Summer of 2023 Was the Hottest in the Last 2000 Years

While the past 12 months have been reported to be the hottest on record, a paper published in Nature estimated that the summer of 2023 was the hottest in the last 2,000 years, with a maximum temperature variation of 3.93 °C when compared to the coldest summer reproduced under 536 CE conditions.
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1055. Global Food Price Trends for June 2024 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released its Global Food Price Trends on July 5. The average value in June 2024 was 120.6 points, almost unchanged from the previous month, with lower grain prices offsetting higher prices for vegetable oil, sugar, and dairy products. This was 2.1% lower than the previous year and 24.8% lower than the historic high of 160.3 points in March 2022.
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1054. The Impact of Canada’s 2023 Forest Fires

Canada's record-breaking 2023 forest fires emitted as much as 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, four times the amount of carbon emitted by the global aviation sector, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).
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1053. Recent Trends in Agrifood Systems Research

Using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze global agrifood systems research trends over the past 13 years, a report shows that despite a 60% increase in agrifood systems research, very little research has been done in the poorest, hungriest, and most vulnerable countries to climate change.
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1052. Carbon Storage in Agriculture

In recent years, there have been high expectations for carbon storage in the agricultural sector as part of climate change mitigation measures. On June 19, an op-ed in the journal Nature highlighted the efforts of farmers and scientists to develop farming practices that promote carbon sequestration while improving yields.
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1051. Debunking 8 Myths About Climate Change

All over the world, record-breaking temperatures are being reported. On the other hand, it seems that there are still many people who dismiss climate change as an unfounded story. UNEP has addressed and debunked eight myths about climate change.
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1050. Addressing Water Shortages in Agriculture

In a future where the climate is predicted to be completely different from the present, water scarcity could have a significant impact on agriculture. On June 19, a spotlight article in the journal Nature highlighted the urgent need to address water-related challenges in agriculture and the need to improve crop tolerance or select crop varieties that can survive in dry conditions to begin with.
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1049. International Day of the Tropics

Tomorrow, June 29, is International Tropical Day. JIRCAS's Tropical Agriculture Research Front (TARF) on Ishigaki Island is engaged in basic and fundamental research that takes advantage of climate and geographical conditions, and at the same time, contributes to domestic agriculture through the conservation and management of genetic resources and the cultivation of crop varieties for the southwest islands.
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1048. From JIRCAS Southeast Asia Liaison Office: Thai Mangoes

This weekend, June 29, is International Tropical Day. Thailand, which is a tropical region, is very rich in tropical fruits that are cheap and delicious. Today’s blog features Thai mangoes among such tropical fruits.
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1047. Globally, 80% of people support stronger climate action

According to the Peoples' Climate Vote 2024 conducted by UNDP, the University of Oxford, and GeoPoll, 80% of respondents support calls for their governments to take stronger actions on the climate crisis.
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1046. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2024

On June 7, the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2024 was released, reporting that global fisheries and aquaculture production broke records and that aquaculture surpassed capture fisheries in aquatic animal production for the first time.
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1045. Exploring the Limits of Enduring Dangerous Heat Wave (Repost)

Heat waves have been reported all over the world. Today, we are reposting an article previously introducing the PNAS paper published in 2023 on the limits of humanity's heat waves.
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1044. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Should Be Extended to 2050

On June 17, prominent scientists announced in the journal Nature that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be extended to 2050 and proposed a roadmap for their implementation.
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1043. The Last 12 Months Have Been the Hottest Year on Record

NASA announced that May 2024 broke the monthly temperature record, making the past 12 months the hottest year on record.
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1042. Global Nitrous Oxide Emissions Have Risen Significantly Over the Past 40 Years

On June 11, the Global Carbon Project released the global nitrous oxide (N2O) balance, pointing to a 40% increase in anthropogenic emissions as the main cause of the increase in nitrous oxide emissions over the past 40 years. Emissions from agriculture were the largest source of emissions.
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1041. Thailand's Diverse Rice Food Culture

June 18 is Sustainable Gastronomy Day. From Bangkok, where the Southeast Asia liaison office is located, we will introduce the diverse rice food culture of Thailand.