Category Archives: Climate Change

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

flying insects caught in a malaise trap
Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

October 18, 2017 — The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Continue reading Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Puerto Rico hurricane shows islands must have renewable energy

localised electric grids allow communities to keep power even if centralised systems go down
“Localised electric grids allow communities to keep power even if centralised systems go down.” (Photo: Deposit Photos)

As the world resumes climate talks in Bonn next month, island states will use the devastating hurricane season to fuel calls for expanded renewable energy investment

October 17, 2017 — It is an exciting time for renewable energy with the price of solar and wind now outcompeting fossil fuels in many markets around the world and the technology getting better by the day. Continue reading Puerto Rico hurricane shows islands must have renewable energy

Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

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Planting trees is one of the best ways to harness the power of nature to cut carbon emissions, says study. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Natural solutions such as tree planting, protecting peatlands and better land management could account for 37% of all cuts needed by 2030, says study

October 17, 2017 — Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement, an international study showed on Monday. Continue reading Regreening the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil use – report

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

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POPE AT FAO. Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, on October 16, 2017 in Rome, on the occasion of World Food Day. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Francis says love rather than pity should be placed at the heart of international development efforts, and throws his weight behind efforts in the UN to negotiate a global accord on managed, safe migration

ROME, Italy (Oct. 16, 2017) — Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday, October 16, with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialized world. Continue reading Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

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Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

UN talks on loss and damage are failing to deliver for vulnerable communities. After a devastating hurricane season, the developed world must step up

October 16, 2017 — Harvey, Irma, Ophelia. This year’s devastating and record-breaking hurricane season reminds us that storms turbo-charged by human-caused climate change are not a distant future threat, but a reality faced by people around the world. Continue reading Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

Trump stance on Paris climate deal ‘sad’, says pope

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In May, US president Donald Trump told the pope he would read his essay on ecology (Photo: British Province of Carmelites)

Speaking on World Food Day, Francis said climate change was a driver of hunger and migration and the Paris climate agreement was the legal basis for the solution

October 16, 2017 — Pope Francis expressed dismay on Monday at US president Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris climate deal. Continue reading Trump stance on Paris climate deal ‘sad’, says pope

US signs G7 statement recognising climate threat to food security

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Ministers of agriculture from the G7 and EU met in Bergamo, Italy on the weekend (Photo: G7 presidency)

Secretary of agriculture agrees statement on global hunger, but unlike previous G7 statements a reaffirmation of the Paris climate deal was dropped

October 16, 2017 — Donald Trump’s secretary for agriculture signed a communique on Sunday recognising climate change threatens the global food supply. Continue reading US signs G7 statement recognising climate threat to food security

Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change

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Clamite change? Photograph: Ivan/Getty Images

Scientists investigating marine life in the Baltic Sea have found mussels, oysters and clams are emitting greenhouse gases – but cows still trump them

October 16, 2017 — Swedish scientists have found that flatulent shellfish are creating vast amounts of greenhouse gases, leading to a predictable slew of comments about farting cockles and clams. But Continue reading Are flatulent shellfish really contributing to climate change

The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

china still uses a stack of coal but data shows it has stopped
China still uses a stack of coal but data shows it has stopped construction at 33 sites in the past three months. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

A recent story on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark

October 16, 2017 — This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty. Continue reading The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya
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More Filipino children face the dangers of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya – another viral disease that shares clinical symptoms with dengue, but is incurable

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 15, 2017) — More Filipinos are now exposed to viral diseases due to climate change impacts in the country. Continue reading Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH