Tag Archives: climate change impacts

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

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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

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

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

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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

Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

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Big winners in the 164-page Clean Growth Strategy include offshore windfarm developers. Photograph: Steve Morgan for the Guardian

Ministers publish long-delayed blueprint for hitting target of cutting emissions by 57% in next 15 years

October 12, 2017 — Millions of draughty homes in England and Wales will be insulated and overhauled by 2035 to save families as much as £300 a year on their energy bills, under the government’s climate change plans. Continue reading Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan

California wildfires: 29 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

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Firefighters fight a blaze in Anaheim Hills, in southern California. Around 8,000 firefighters are working across the state. Photograph: Palle/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Unprecedented wildfires raging in California’s wine country leave enormous devastation as fire agency says situation still ‘very serious’

October 12, 2017 — The death toll climbed to 29 on Thursday as wildfires continue to blaze almost completely out of control in California’s wine country and firefighters expect weather conditions to take a turn for the worse. Continue reading California wildfires: 29 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

California wildfires: 21 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

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Fires burn near vineyards in Napa County late Tuesday evening. ‘We’re still not out of the woods, it’s a very serious situation.’ Photograph: Palle/Zuma Wire/Rex/Shutterstock

Unprecedented fires raging in California’s wine country leave ‘enormous devastation’ with foreboding weather conditions expected

October 11, 2017 — The death toll has climbed to 21 as wildfires continue to blaze almost completely out of control in California’s wine country, and firefighters expect weather conditions to take a turn for the worse. Continue reading California wildfires: 21 dead as winds threaten to worsen out-of-control blaze

Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

native americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the dakota access pipeline
Native Americans march to a sacred burial ground disturbed by bulldozers building the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters were attacked by dogs and sprayed with a respiratory irritant when they arrived at the site. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

World leaders must do more to defend custodians of natural world whose lives are at risk from big business, says UN rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz

October 6, 2017 — Global leaders must do more to protect indigenous people fighting to protect their land and way of life if the world is to limit climate change, according to the UN special rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. Continue reading Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur