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World’s hard-fought battle against climate change

By Thalif Deen UN, Sep 23 2019 (IPS) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres describes the ongoing crisis as a “climate emergency”– as the world continues its hard-fought battle against devastating droughts, floods, hurricanes and rising sea levels that threaten the very existence of small island developing states located in low-lying areas. The heatwave in Europe last summer was a scorcher ... Read More »

Iceland honours first glacier lost to climate change

Iceland is planning to mark the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change which threatens some 400 others on the subarctic island. On August 18, a plaque will be unveiled to Okjokull — which translates to “OK glacier” — in the west of Iceland, local researchers and their peers at Rice University in the United States, who ... Read More »

Some reef islands resilient to climate change

The Pacific’s low-lying reef islands are likely to change shape in response to climate change, rather than simply sinking beneath rising seas and becoming uninhabitable as previously assumed, new research has found. Atoll nations such as Tuvalu, Tokelau and Kiribati lie only a few metres above sea level and are considered the world’s most vulnerable to global warming, with fears ... Read More »

Sustainable development needs fundamental governance changes

New York, 8 July 2019: “The world is off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most governments have failed to turn the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real transformational policies. Even worse, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise in a growing number of countries.” “The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not just a matter of ... Read More »

Organic croplands emit 40% less GHG, mitigate climate change

With a share of 10–12% in carbon-dioxide equivalents (CO2-eq.), agriculture contributes substantially to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Considering indirect emissions from agriculture-related activities such as fertiliser production and land use change, this share can be up to 30%. In 2005, the agricultural sector contributed 56% to the emissions of the anthropogenic non-CO2 GHGs, i.e. nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane ... Read More »

Preserving biodiversity vital to reverse tide of climate change

The food people eat around the world is becoming “alarmingly homogenous” according to UN data, even though access to a wide variety of nutritious food has never been greater. That warning comes as the world marks the International Day for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, which this year highlights the impact of environmental neglect on food security and public health. Biodiversity ... Read More »

UN chief outlines ‘intertwined challenges’ of climate change

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji on 15 May 2019., by UN Photo-Mark Garten

Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Tuesday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations. “The Pacific region is on the frontline of climate change”, he said. “That means you are also our important allies in the fight ... Read More »

Workers change the world

The president of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament reflects on her retirement at the forthcoming elections and on the battles to come. On May 1st we celebrate the achievements of workers throughout the world and renew our commitment to the struggle for workers’ rights and against exploitation. I will be one of the many rallying on May Day ... Read More »

Weather change increases health risk to children

Health Desk Sudden change in weather pattern, burning sun, excessive sweating and dehydration are increasing health risks to children. As children are very vulnerable to weather change, a little fluctuation in temperature can cause several problems in their system leading to cough, fever, dehydration and diarrhoea. “Most of the children are suffering from fever as they are very sensitive to ... Read More »