COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

passing the hammer
PASSING THE HAMMER. Salaheddine Mezouar (C-R), Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of COP22, hands over a symbolic hammer to Frank Bainimarama (C-L), Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the COP23, during the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

The concern is more whether other leaders who were already reluctant to foreswear fossil fuels as the main engine of economic growth for their countries will lose resolve

BONN, Germany (Nov. 7, 2017) — Following a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, Fiji’s prime minister on Monday, November 6, appealed for “urgent action” on climate change at UN negotiations in Bonn. Continue reading COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

Weatherwatch: climate change and overfishing bring explosion of jellyfish

swarm of comb jellyfish, which are a threat to nuclear power stations and to fish farms
Swarm of comb jellyfish, which are a threat to nuclear power stations and to fish farms. Photograph: Martin Almqvist/Getty Images/Johner Images

Warmer and more acid seas cause huge blooms of jellyfish, but scientists are working on ways to convert them into something useful

November 7, 2017 — The combination of climate change and overfishing is causing a population explosion in jellyfish. Since there are fewer fish to eat them, they appear off the British coast in vast Continue reading Weatherwatch: climate change and overfishing bring explosion of jellyfish

Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

a family in Delhi ride through the thick smog
A family in Delhi ride through the thick smog. Photograph: Harish Tyagi/EPA

Levels of airborne pollutants are off the scale in parts of India’s capital with effects likened to smoking 50 cigarettes a day

November 7, 2017 — A public health emergency has been declared by doctors in Delhi as air quality in the world’s most polluted capital city plunged to levels likened to smoking at least 50 cigarettes in a single day. Continue reading Delhi doctors declare pollution emergency as smog chokes city

UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles
Nitrogen dioxide pollution, mostly produced by diesel vehicles, has been illegally high in most urban parts of Britain since 2010. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers accused of ‘stubborn failure’ to tackle widespread and illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year

November 7, 2017 — The UK government is being sued for a third time over the widespread illegal levels of air pollution, which cause 40,000 early deaths every year. Continue reading UK government sued for third time over deadly air pollution

Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

syria’s surprise decision to sign the paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war
Syria’s surprise decision to sign the Paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave

November 7, 2017 — Syria has decided to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the world’s final functioning state to do so. The surprise decision, taken amid a brutal civil war in the country, will leave the US as the only country outside the agreement if it follows through on President Donald Trump’s vow to leave. Continue reading Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated