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From the front lines of climate change

Loren Legarda and Marcela Guerrero Manila/San Jose – On April 22, dignitaries representing no fewer than 175 parties signed the global climate change agreement concluded in Paris in December, setting a record for the adoption of an international accord. The show of support is heartening. It provides hope that the momentum that led to the breakthrough deal in December remains ... Read More »

NASA: Global warming now changing how Earth wobbles

Washington – Global warming is shifting the way the Earth wobbles on its polar axis, a new NASA study finds. Melting ice sheets, especially in Greenland, are changing the distribution of weight on Earth. And that has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study published Friday in ... Read More »

Mild hot spell over parts of Bangladesh to remain 3 more days

The mild hot spell scorching Rajshahi and Khulna divisions may continue for three more days, the Met Office has forecast. Weathermen said on Friday rainstorm may take place in Mymensingh, Khulna and some places in Sylhet in this period. The heat wave is the first of the season. According to the Bengali calendar, summer starts on the first day of ... Read More »

We’re changing climate at an unprecedented’ rate

By Elaisha Stokes Hardly a week goes by anymore without some scientific agency reporting that Earth has surpassed some sort of alarming threshold: biggest monthly temperature anomaly, lowest amount of sea ice in the Arctic, highest wind speeds of any tropical storm, quickest pace of sea level rise. But two new reports are especially alarming, even for the generally catastrophic ... Read More »

US East Coast states paralysed by record snowstorm

All non-essential travel has been banned in New York, transport suspended and bridges shut as the city is hit by one of its worst snowstorms. Parts of the eastern United States have received 40in (102cm) of snowfall in a huge blizzard that is sweeping across the region. Travel restrictions in New York came into place at 14:30 (19:30 GMT). Read More »

The right incentives for a low-crrbon future

Thomas Fricke Berlin – The climate agreement that world leaders reached in Paris last month has been widely celebrated for establishing the ambitious target of limiting the increase in global temperature to well below 2º Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But the agreement is just one step, albeit an important one. Policymakers now must figure out how to achieve this goal ... Read More »

Climate change increasing vector-borne diseases

Dhaka – Bangladesh’s parisite experts have said that the frequency of vector-borne parasitic diseases is increasing in human and animals as weather has effects on vector population dynamics and disease transmission. They also said that high temperature and humidity favours the reproduction and survival of vectors of different diseases. They were speaking on the inaugural session of twelfth biennial conference ... Read More »

Russia ‘warming 2.5 times quicker’ than global average

Moscow – Russia is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, the environment ministry said Friday, sounding an alarm on the rise in floods and wildfires nationwide. A government report on environmental protection said temperatures in Russia had warmed by 0.42 degrees Celsius per decade since 1976, or 2.5 times higher than the global warming ... Read More »

Climate change and the unrestrained elite

George Monbiot Neoliberalism is not the root of the problem: it is the ideology used to justify a global grab of power, public assets and natural resources by an unrestrained elite. Humankind’s greatest crisis coincides with the rise of an ideology that makes it impossible to address. By the late 1980s, when it became clear that manmade climate change endangered ... Read More »