FOSSIL FUELS. Steam and fumes emerge from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany on March 2, 2012. File photo by Oliver Berg/EPA Researchers predict that average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5°C if all known reserves of oil, gas, and coal are burned
BONN, Germany (May 24, 2016) — Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unliveable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday, May 23.
Continue reading Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth Forward looking … the waterfront in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Patrick Brooks Brandenburg/Getty Images/Aurora Creative Oregon city’s education board will now insist on teaching that ‘the climate crisis is created by human beings’
May 24, 2016 — Schools in Portland, Oregon, have voted to abandon textbooks that “express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities”.
Continue reading Portland schools ditch textbooks that question climate change Arctic would warm by as much as 20°C by 2300 with disastrous impacts if action is not taken on climate change, warns new study
May 23, 2016 — The planet would warm by searing 10°C if all fossil fuels are burned, according to a new study, leaving some regions uninhabitable and wreaking profound damage on human health, food supplies and the global economy.
Continue reading World could warm by massive 10C if all fossil fuels are burned SPECIAL ENVOYS. Macharia Kamau (L) and Mary Robinson (R) are the United Nations’ special envoys for El NiÃ±o and climate. Kamau photo by Miguel Medina/AFP; Robinson photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP The new special envoys will be responsible for ‘raising the profile and sounding the alarm,’ says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UNITED NATIONS (May 22, 2016) — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, May 20, appointed former Irish President Mary Robinson and Kenyan diplomat Macharia Kamau as special envoys for El Niño and climate.
Continue reading UN names special envoys for El Niño and climate CLIMATE TALKS. The Philippines calls for more radical action from other countries to make sure the world does not warm higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Photo by Renee Karunungan The Philippines current commitments include 70% carbon mitigation by 2030. All of these commitments, however, are conditional.
BONN, Germany (May 22, 2016) — The Philippines announced on Wednesday, May 18, during the third day of climate negotiations that it will review and revise its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to align better with the 1.5-degree target.
Continue reading PH to revise UN climate pledges to align with 1.5-degree target The study by the University of East Anglis is the first to link CO2 emissions with more frequent hot days. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Tropical regions likely to suffer biggest increase in hot days and extreme weather because of climate change, say scientists
May 16, 2016 — New evidence that poorer countries will suffer the worst effects of climate change has shown that the number of hot days in tropical developing countries is likely to increase markedly as global warming takes hold.
Continue reading Global warming will hit poorer countries hardest Flooding and drought will affect more people but few countries are planning for it, warns the World Bank. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images Organisation urges better city planning and defensive measures to defend against rapid rise in climate change-linked disasters
May 16, 2016 — The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank.
Continue reading Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk Images of the devastated Canadian city show just how destructive fire can be to urban populations. But the risk is greatest in informal settlements, where high population density and low-grade construction can be a deadly combination
May 16, 2016 — With patches of lawn on fire in the front yards of his neighbourhood’s suburban homes and flames rising up the trees at the back, Jared Sabovitch frantically got into his car and began driving away from his home in Fort McMurray, Alberta, the Canadian city recently overtaken by wildfires.
Continue reading Where are the world’s most fire-prone cities Latest monthly figures add to string of recent temperature records and all but assure 2016 will be hottest year on record
May 16, 2016 — Last month was the hottest April on record globally – and the seventh month in a row to have broken global temperature records.
Continue reading April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs SEVERE DROUGHT. An Indian woman collects water from an almost dried up well at Chintamanivadi village, India, April 20, 2016. File photo by Divyakant Solanki/EPA An Indian Supreme Court justice lashes out at the government over its lack of preparedness
NEW DELHI, India (May 12, 2016) — India’s top court criticized the government Wednesday, May 11, for failing to set up a disaster fund to help drought-hit farmers and villagers suffering crop losses and severe water shortages.
Continue reading Top court orders disaster fund for drought-hit India