UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, US

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UNITED NATIONS. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

The resolution creates a working group tasked with identifying gaps in international environmental law and determining whether there is a need to a new regulatory structure

UNITED NATIONS (May 11, 2018) — The UN General Assembly on Thursday, May 10, took a first step to create a global pact for the environment, an initiative championed by French President Emmanuel Macron but opposed by the United States. Continue reading UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, US

Hurricane season may be even worse in 2018 after a harrowing 2017

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Flooded homes at Citrus Park in Bonita Springs, Florida on 16 September 2017, six days after Hurricane Irma. Photograph: Nicole Raucheisen/AP

The initial forecasts of an above-average season for hurricanes, beginning on 1 June, follow a punishing spate of storms last year

May 11, 2018 — The US may have to brace itself for another harrowing spate of hurricanes this year, with forecasts of an active 2018 season coming amid new research that shows powerful Atlantic storms are intensifying far more rapidly than they did 30 years ago. Continue reading Hurricane season may be even worse in 2018 after a harrowing 2017

Kinder Morgan pipeline: Al Gore joins fight to block ‘destructive’ project

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Gore says he supports ‘all of the Canadians – including the First Nations – who are fighting to stop this destructive pipeline’. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Gore says pipeline expansion in Canada ‘would be a step backward in our efforts to solve the climate crisis’

May 11, 2018 — Al Gore has thrown his support behind opponents of a contentious Canadian pipeline project and condemned the planned expansion as federal officials in Canada scramble to ensure it goes ahead. Continue reading Kinder Morgan pipeline: Al Gore joins fight to block ‘destructive’ project

Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

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Flooded permafrost tundra in northeast Siberia. Hydrology is a key control on methane emissions in wetland and permafrost ecosystems. Credit: Joshua Dean

Methane is generally considered secondary to carbon dioxide in its importance to climate change, but what role might methane play in the future if global temperatures continue to rise

May 11, 2018 — The greenhouse gas, methane, is produced by both natural processes and human activities. While there has been much attention paid to curbing anthropogenic emissions, a changing Continue reading Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

Bonn climate talks: key outcomes from the May 2018 UN climate conference

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The Bonn climate change conference, 6 May 2018. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth

Over the past two weeks, more than 3,000 diplomats and observers have been in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how to bring the Paris Agreement on climate change to life when it enters force in 2020

May 11, 2018 — Each year, the Bonn “intersessional” falls midway between the annual conferences of parties (COPs), held in November or December, where ministers arrive to hammer out political disagreements. Continue reading Bonn climate talks: key outcomes from the May 2018 UN climate conference