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Alok Sharma to be president of UN climate conference

The UK government's new business secretary will also lead this year's big UN climate meeting.
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Farmers to tackle locust swarms armed with new app

A new smartphone app to tackle pests destroying crops has been developed -- and it could soon help farmers whose lands are being decimated by swarms of locusts, something the UN has called for 'rapid action' action on.
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Issues raised by coronavirus in geopolitics, science and economics | Letters

The World Health Organization should not exclude Taiwan from efforts to tackle the outbreak, writes David YL Lin of the Taipei Representative Office. David E Hanke says an anthropomorphic explanation of viruses can be dangerous. And Robert East warns about the potential effect on share pricesJennifer Rohn is right to warn that we should learn the lessons of Sars (Journal, 5 February) as the world combats the spread of the coronavirus. The issue of Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organiz...
Tags: Health, Science, Smoking, China, Society, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Who, World Health Organization, Un, Sars, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rohn

Climate change: Sacked climate chief 'may sue government'

Claire O’Neill, an ex-minister, had been due to preside over the UN climate meeting in Glasgow.
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Vast amounts of valuable energy, nutrients, water lost in world's fast-rising wastewater streams

Vast amounts of valuable energy, agricultural nutrients, and water could potentially be recovered from the world's fast-rising volume of municipal wastewater, a new UN study says.Some 380 billion cubic meters (380 trillion liters) of wastewater are now produced annually worldwide - five times the water passing over Niagara Falls -- enough to fill Africa's Lake Victoria in roughly seven years, Lake Ontario in four.And wastewater volumes are seen rising: 24% by 2030, 51% by 2050.
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Coronavirus latest updates: US bans foreign arrivals from China as deaths hit 259 – live news

Death toll rises, with 11,000 confirmed cases of infection in China. Follow the latest developmentsUS bars foreign nationals who have recently travelled to China‘The city is suffocating’: diary of the Wuhan lockdownTwo people in Britain test positive for coronavirusHelp or hindrance? How Chinese politics affected responseShare your stories 1.26am GMT There has been a lot of misinformation about the coronavirus circulating online. We have debunked a lot of it here. The latest unfounded rumour...
Tags: Science, China, US, World news, US news, Rome, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Un, Tokyo, Wuhan, Kunming, Mainichi, Coronavirus outbreak

US Carbon Emissions Are on Track to Fall a Shameful 4 Percent by 2050

To meet the goals set in the Paris Climate Accord and avert climate catastrophe, UN scientists say nations must cut their greenhouse gas emissions to half of their 2018 levels by 2030 and aim for net zero emissions by 2050. That means cutting emissions by 7.6 percent every year for the next decade. But according to a…Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, US, Paris, Carbon Emissions, Un, Energy Policy, Future Dystopias

The Climate Crisis May Have Helped Spawn Massive Locust Swarms in East Africa

East Africa is currently plagued with locust swarms of biblical proportions, but these swarms aren’t the act of an angry god. According to UN scientists, they may be a result of the human-caused climate crisis.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Africa, Un, Insects, East Africa, End Times, Locusts

Research suggests benefits of conservation efforts may not yet be fully visible

Last year, a UN report on global biodiversity warned one million species are at risk of extinction within decades, putting the world's natural life-support systems in jeopardy. But work published today in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution offers new hope that in some cases, conservation measures may not necessarily be failing, it is just too early to see the progress that is being made.
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UN Tells Canada to Stop Building the Trans Mountain Pipeline

First Nations folks have urged Canada to stop building the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries crude and refined oil from Alberta to British Columbia, for years. A new United Nations report is backing them up.Read more...
Tags: Science, First Nations, Canada, United Nations, Indigenous Rights, Un, British Columbia, Alberta, Pipelines, Trans Mountain Pipeline

How to Fix the Biggest Issue Plaguing UN Climate Talks

This year’s international climate talks were the longest in the negotiations’ 25-year history, ending two days late. But despite going into overtime, the talks—known as COP25—failed to deliver any movement on the issue that was at the top of this year’s agenda (and last year’s agenda for that matter). Polluting…Read more...
Tags: Science, Un, Carbon Markets, Cop25

The latest UN climate conference by the numbers: $100 million, 27,000 attendees, 1 prominent Swedish teenager, and 0 tangible outcomes

After weeks of climate change talks, this year's annual UN conference on the topic has yielded no tangible outcomes — despite its hefty price tag.
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UN Climate Summit Ends With a Whimper

The longest global climate conference in its 25-year history came to an end Sunday after negotiations ran nearly two days over its initial deadline. Unfortunately, talks in Madrid went about as well as they do every year at the United Nation’s (UN) historically ineffective summit: There was a lot of finger-pointing,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Un, Madrid, Climate Talks, United Nation, Paris Agreement, Climate Crisis, Cop25

UN Climate Summit Continues Spinning Its Wheels Into the Weekend, and Protestors Aren't Having It

The UN’s climate summit in Madrid—dubbed COP25 in UN jargon—continued into the weekend as countries remained deadlocked on divisive environmental issues, chief of which is how to handle a part of the Paris Agreement known as Article 6 that’s focused on carbon markets. After overrunning its initial deadline Friday, the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, United Nations, Carbon Emissions, Un, Madrid, Paris Agreement, Climate Change Ruins Everything

Climate change: Anger as protesters barred from UN talks

Around 200 environmental campaigners are barred from climate talks after Greta Thunberg speaks.
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Climate change: Major emitters accused of blocking progress at UN talks

Brazil, China, India and Saudi Arabia are criticised as anger grows at a UN climate change meeting.
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Climate change: Amazon oil boom under fire at UN talks

Indigenous people come to COP25 to protest plans to expand oil production in the western Amazon.
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Madrid climate talks will set the tone for Glasgow 2020

The outcome of the COP25 UN climate conference in Spain will influence the event in Scotland next year.
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Climate change: UN negotiators 'playing politics' amid global crisis

Political posturing is harming attempts to address key issues at the UN climate talks, participants say.
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A 14-year-old climate activist inspired by Greta Thunberg sits outside the UN on Fridays. She says she's been getting death threats.

Sixteen-year-told Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has encouraged students to skip school to demand action on climate change from their governments.
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Greta Thunberg isn't the only teenage climate activist you should know. A 14-year-old sits outside the UN every Friday — here's what her life is like.

Sixteen-year-told Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has encouraged students to skip school to demand action on climate change from their governments.
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Greta Thunberg at UN climate talks one year apart

Life has changed a lot for the environmental activist in the space of a year.
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Climate change: The COP25 talks trying to change the world

As the UN has its annual climate change conference, we look at what it's for and if it ever makes a difference.
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UN Report Says This is Our Last Shot to Take Action on Climate Change

World leaders have wasted a ton of valuable time not pursuing climate action—so much that our only hope now is curtailing greenhouse gas emissions at an unprecedented rate. Read more...
Tags: Science, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United Nations, Un, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Action

Slash emissions now or face climate disaster, UN warns

The world will miss its chance to avert climate disaster without an immediate and all-but-impossible fall in fossil fuel emissions, the UN said Tuesday in its annual assessment on greenhouse gases. The United Nations Environment Programme said that global emissions need to fall by 7.6 percent each year until 2030 to limit global temperature rises to 1.5C. The harsh reality is that emissions have risen on average 1.5 percent annually over the last decade, hitting a record 55.3 billion tonnes of...
Tags: Science, Paris, Un, United Nations Environment Programme

UN: ‘Quick wins’ needed to keep climate goals within reach

GENEVA (AP) — Countries have procrastinated for too long and need to begin making steep cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions immediately, or risk missing agreed targets for limiting global warming, a senior United Nations official said Tuesday. The appeal by Inger Andersen, who heads the U.N. Environment Program, came days before governments gather in […]
Tags: Business, Science, News, Ap, Nation, United Nations, Un, Geneva, Inger Andersen, U N Environment Program

Paris climate accords: US notifies UN of intention to withdraw

It means the US could formally leave the Paris Agreement a day after the 2020 presidential election.
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US formally notifies UN of withdrawal from Paris climate accord

The United States on Monday formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, making the world's largest economy the sole outlier from the agreement. President Donald Trump went ahead with the pullout despite mounting evidence of the reality and impact of climate change, with September the fourth month in the row with near- or record-breaking temperatures. With the notification, the United States will be out of the agreement negotiated by Trump's...
Tags: Science, US, Barack Obama, United States, Paris, United Nations, Un, Donald Trump, Trump

US tells UN it is bidding adieu to Paris climate deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has told the United Nations it has begun the process of pulling out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that he submitted a formal notice to the United Nations. That starts a withdrawal process that does not become official for one […]
Tags: Science, News, Washington, US, Ap, Nation, United States, Paris, United Nations, Un, State, Mike Pompeo

UN confirms Madrid as new location for climate summit

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations global climate meeting next month will take place in Madrid after previous host Chile canceled at short notice, officials said Friday. U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said representatives of the body that organizes the annual conference had accepted Spain’s offer to host it in the country’s capital Dec. 2-13. […]
Tags: Science, News, Berlin, Spain, Ap, Nation, Chile, United Nations, Un, Madrid, Patricia Espinosa

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