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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

2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record
2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Nino phenomena, says the UN’s World Meteorological Organization

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization says some 30 percent of the world’s population now experience ‘extreme hot temperatures’ for at least several days each year

BONN, Germany (Nov. 6, 2017) — 2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Niño phenomena, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization said Monday, November 6. Continue reading 2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

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

how shanghai would look with a rise of just 2c
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

UNEP: Six crucial actions to help close the world’s ’emissions gap’

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Solarpark Büttel solar farm, Büttel, Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany Credit: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo

Current pledges by nations to reduce their emissions add up to no more than a third of the reductions needed to avoid 2°C of global warming, according to a new UN Environmental Program (UNEP) report

November 1, 2017 — This “emissions gap” is possible to close, it says, but countries need to take action quickly. Continue reading UNEP: Six crucial actions to help close the world’s ’emissions gap’

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

Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

plastic bags stick out of a pile of rubbish in the kebera slum in nairobi
Plastic bags stick out of a pile of rubbish in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first

August 28, 2017 — Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect. Continue reading Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod

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Nearly 100 countries ratify or accept the landmark agreement that seeks to curb global warming, but the Philippines is not among them

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Nov. 8, 2016) — As the Philippines marked the 4th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Paris climate change agreement came into force.  Continue reading Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod

Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

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READY FOR THE NEGOTIATORS. A general view taken on October 31, 2016 shows part of the site of the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh a week before the start of the talks. AFP/Stringer

As 15,000 negotiators, CEOs and activists from 196 nations gathered in Marrakesh settle in for the 12-day UN talks, all eyes are on the United States, where voting Tuesday November 8, could thrust climate denier Donald Trump into the White House

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Nov. 7, 2016) — Under an ominous shadow cast by the US presidential election, the world’s nations gather in Morocco Monday, November 7, to flesh out a landmark climate deal that promises to save humanity from itself.  Continue reading Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

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

Paris Deal Won’t Be ‘Enough’ To Stave Off Worst Effects Of Climate Change

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The world must dramatically curb greenhouse gas emissions beyond cuts agreed to in the Paris climate deal if we hope to avoid the worst effects of climate change, warns a new United Nations report. ERLEND KVALSVIK/GETTY IMAGES

We’re on track to see a global temperature rise of far more than 2 degrees Celsius

November 3, 2016 — The Paris Agreement was the most significant climate change accord in history. More than 190 countries vowed to slash greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb global warming.  Continue reading Paris Deal Won’t Be ‘Enough’ To Stave Off Worst Effects Of Climate Change