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‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe

up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the unep report
Up to 36 million birds are being are stolen or killed annually, according to the UNEP report. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP

UN report warns crimes such as logging and poaching are putting ‘high pressure’ on ecosystems in 15 countries in the Danube-Carpathian region

November 22, 2017 — An environmental “looting” spree is threatening biodiversity and pristine forests across 15 countries in central and eastern Europe, the UN has warned. Continue reading ‘Looting’ spree threatens wildlife and forests across eastern Europe

From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

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How Shanghai would look with a rise of just 2C: the UN warned this week of a potential 3C scenario. Photograph: Nickolay Lamm/Courtesy Climate Central

An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis shows

November 3, 2017 — Hundreds of millions of urban dwellers around the world face their cities being inundated by rising seawaters if latest UN warnings that the world is on course for 3°C of global warming come true, according to a Guardian data analysis. Continue reading From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high – UN

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EMISSIONS. The report also says that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago. Image from Shutterstock.

The report also said that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago, when the sea level was up to 20 meters higher than now

GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 1, 2017) — The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, October 30, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement. Continue reading Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high – UN

UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

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‘The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,’ says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 27, 2017) — United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) head Erik Solheim on Wednesday, October 25, said nations “need to speed up” when it comes to climate change. Continue reading UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

More people heading to court to spur action on climate change, study finds

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High tides on the Mekong delta in Vietnam. The Vietnamese government says 40% of the delta could be submerged if sea levels rise by one-meter in decades to come. Photograph: Linh Pham/Getty Images
  • Study by UN and Columbia finds ‘proliferation’ of cases instigated by citizens
  • Lion’s share of court cases are in US but number also growing around the world

May 23, 2017 — Governments around the world are increasingly being challenged in court to do more to combat the threat of climate change, with litigation ranging from a group’s attempt to stop an Continue reading More people heading to court to spur action on climate change, study finds

Theresa May urged to persuade Trump not to quit Paris climate accord

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Protesters march to the Tesoro oil refinery in Los Angeles to protest against the US reliance on fossil fuels and calling attention to the issue of climate change. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

US president prepares to undermine historic deal on climate change

May 6, 2017 — Theresa May is facing calls from Britain’s leading environment and development groups to use her influence to persuade Donald Trump that the US must remain committed to the Paris climate change agreement. Continue reading Theresa May urged to persuade Trump not to quit Paris climate accord

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges

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Glacial retreat in Western Antarctica. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Current climate commitments are insufficient to reduce emissions by the amounts needed to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, says UNEP report

November 3, 2016 — The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.  Continue reading World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges