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Islands of climate ambition

By Andrew Holness and Frank Bainimarama Kingston/Suva – Small island developing states like ours are barometers of the world’s commitment to climate action and sustainable development. Our economies and societies thrive when national ambitions and progress are supported by bold global action. However, global inaction on climate change is threatening our way of life, development achievements, and growth prospects, and ... Read More »

Nature’s solution to climate change – whale cabon captor

By Ralph Chami, Sena Oztosun, Thomas Cosimano, and Connel Fullenkamp Scientific research now indicates more clearly than ever that our carbon footprint—the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere where it contributes to global warming through the so-called greenhouse effect—now threatens our ecosystems and our way of life. But efforts to mitigate climate change face two significant challenges. Read More »

IHS Markit launches first global index for carbon credits

Global Carbon Index combines proprietary information and futures markets data to produce the first benchmark for the global price of carbon London (September 25, 2019) – IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, today announced that it has launched the IHS Markit Global Carbon Index, the first benchmark for the global price of carbon ... Read More »

At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

United Nations, Sept 24 (AP/UNB) — President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters. Read More »

Who benefits from false climate solutions?

by Karin Nansen Montevideo – In a recent special report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that addressing climate change will require fundamental changes to the way we manage forests and farmland. The data are new, but the underlying conclusion isn’t: for over a decade, scientists, environmentalists, and civil society organizations have been warning that our prevailing – ... Read More »

‘Hour of darkness’ for Bahamas; 43 dead, toll to rise

Abaco, Bahamas (AP) — Search and rescue teams are still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwaters and debris after Hurricane Dorian, while the official death toll has risen to 43 and is likely to increase even more, top officials said. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said late Friday 35 were known dead on Abaco Island and eight in ... Read More »

Rohingya repatriation needs more global focus: Jap expert

Tokyo (Japan), Sept 7 (UNB) – The international community needs to focus more on repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State instead of focusing only on their food, shelter and healthcare issues, says a Japanese South Asian affairs expert. “We’ve to work on how to bring them (Rohingyas) back to their original country (Myanma),” Ryohei Kasai, ... Read More »

Hurricane death toll in Bahamas at 30 as aid begins to land

Carrying possessions in plastic bags, some weary Bahamians whose homes were smashed by Hurricane Dorian waited Thursday for a flight out of the disaster zone as an international humanitarian effort to help the Caribbean country gained momentum. The death toll rose to 30. A few hundred people gathered at the partly flooded Leonard M. Thompson airport on Abaco island in ... Read More »

Can social safety nets help address climate change

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – Representatives from the government, development partners, academia, think tanks and UN agencies came together here on Monday to discuss the role social safety nets play in addressing climate change, building community resilience and helping Bangladesh achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. “This is an important shift in our thought process on disaster management. ... Read More »

Explosive hobby cleaning up French rivers using magnets

Equipped with powerful magnets, history enthusiasts and environmentalists scour France’s rivers, pulling out bits of scrap metal, bikes, scooters and the odd kitchen appliance. Sometimes, too, they fish other more unexpected objects out of the water, such as unexploded munitions. Magnet fishing has fast become a popular pastime, according to public safety officials, but French authorities have clamped down over ... Read More »

Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Helheim Glacier, Aug 20 (AP/UNB) — This is where Earth’s refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what’s happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it “the end of the planet.” He is referring to geography more than the future. ... Read More »

A geoengineering Trojan Horse

by Silvia Ribeiro Mexico City – Although the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, the progress toward reducing greenhouse-gas emissions remains as disappointing as ever, leading some to tout new technological solutions that could supposedly save the day. Harvard University’s David Keith, for example, would have us consider geoengineering – that is, deliberate, large-scale, and highly risky interventions ... Read More »

24 dead in Himachal, 3 in Punjab: Heavy rain lashes N India

Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – At least 24 people were killed in Himachal Pradesh and three people died in Punjab in rain-related incidents on Sunday as the two states received rainfall over ten times more than normal, officials said, reports The Indian Express. Recording its wettest day this monsoon, Punjab received rainfall 1,300 per cent above normal on Sunday and ... Read More »

Govts adopt new IPCC report on climate change and land

Geneva, 13 August (Indrajit Bose) – Member governments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) adopted the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the ‘Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems’ (also called the ‘Land Report’) and the underlying assessment report on Wednesday, 7 August in Geneva ... Read More »