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The Myth of Climate Wars?

by Alaa Murabit, Luca Bücken New York – In the years leading up to Syria’s civil war, the country endured three consecutive record-breaking droughts. By forcing internal displacement, the droughts arguably contributed to the social tensions that erupted in popular protests in 2011. But that does not mean that the Syrian conflict is a “climate war.” As extreme weather events ... Read More »

End fossil fuel subsidies with taxpayers’ money: Guterres

“We need to tax pollution, not people”, and “end subsidies for fossil fuels,” Secretary-General António Guterres told the World Summit of the R20 Coalition on Tuesday, a UN-supported environmental organization, founded by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The idea that subsidizing fossil fuels is a way to improve people’s lives could not be more wrong, said the UN chief in ... Read More »

Global hunger threatening families because of climate change

By Siddharth Chatterjee Nairobi, Kenya, May 2019 (IPS) – There is barely a corner of human life that will not be affected by climate change, and some of its impacts are already being felt. Consider this, 821 million people are now hungry and over 150 million children stunted, putting the hunger eradication goal, SDG 2, at risk. Today 15 May, ... Read More »

Act urgently on climate change: Urban 20 Group urge G20

Mayors and Governors of U20 cities, including Tokyo, Berlin, Jakarta, Rome and Osaka will present the Urban 20 Communiqué to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of G20 Summit in Japan U20 urges G20 leaders to ensure greenhouse gas emissions peak by 2020, reduce substantially by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. Tokyo, Japan (22 May 2019) — Mayors from ... Read More »

Climate change is the battle of my life: UN chief

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres saw the frontline of “the battle against climate change” for himself on Thursday, by taking to the tropical waters of the South Pacific off the coast of Fiji, on a solar-powered boat. Mr. Guterres was greeted on board the Uto ni Yalo, a traditional emission-free ship built as part of a naval fleet that combines ... Read More »

Save the whole planet from climate change in self-interest

Concluding a week-long visit to the South Pacific, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the world’s decision-makers to make “enlightened” choices on climate action because “the whole planet” is at stake. “Over the past week, I have witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change in the Pacific Island States”, the UN chief said in a statement concluding his visit ... Read More »

Save biodiversity from Nature’s destruction, climate change

LONDON, May 13 2019 (IPS) – The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ report on the global state of biodiversity is shocking but not entirely surprising. The question is, how much more evidence and repeated warnings will it take for governments, companies and financial institutions to wake up to the urgency and act? The accelerating destruction of nature and climate ... Read More »

UN chief in New Zealand to step-up climate change fight

New Zealand, May 12(AP/UNB) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has arrived in New Zealand as part of a trip to the South Pacific to highlight the issue of climate change. Guterres plans to spend three days in New Zealand where he will meet with Muslim leaders in Christchurch to show solidarity following the March 15 slaughter of 51 worshippers by ... Read More »

30 UN entities seek more action to deal with climate change

Dhaka, May 10 (UNB) – The leaders of more than 30 UN agencies and entities have issued a formal joint appeal for governments everywhere to “step up ambition and take concrete actions” to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. They made the call ahead of the landmark Climate Action Summit which has been convened by UN chief ... Read More »

Climate change imperils Sundarbans tiger habitats

In 50 years from now, by 2070, the entire population of Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans mangroves in Bangladesh is likely to be lost to climate change and sea level rise, a modeling study by Bangladesh and Australian researchers has predicted. Further, by 2050 researchers forecast that a Ceriops decandra-dominated mangrove stretch along the India-Bangladesh border would potentially be the only refuge of ... Read More »

Climate change affecting agriculture greatly: BD Minister

Dhaka, Mar 21 – Mentioning that the climate change does harm to the agriculture sector most, Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque on Thursday said Bangladesh will be at stake if the sector is affected. “Bangladesh will be at risk if the agriculture sector is affected due to climate change. We’re giving priority to the climate change issue,” he said ... Read More »

Taking the lead in fight against climate change

PARIS, Feb 22 2019 (IPS) – As the grandchild of Jamaican citizens who moved to Great Britain, Monique Taffe says she inherited a tradition of recycling and learned not to be part of the “throwaway culture”, as some environmentalists have labelled consumerist societies. “I saw how my grandmother re-used things, and that was passed down to my mother who inspired me ... Read More »

Aussie rodent becomes first ‘climate change extinction’

Australia officially declared a Great Barrier Reef rodent extinct today , making it the first mammal believed to have been killed off by human-induced climate change. The rat-like Bramble Cay melomys — whose only known habitat was a small sandy island in far northern Australia — has not been spotted in a decade. Researchers from Queensland determined a key factor ... Read More »

Hasina wants richer sections all over to fight climate change

Munich, Feb 17 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has underscored the ‘will’ of the richer segments of societies – everywhere – to act ambitiously against climate change as there are enormous amount of science, technology, innovation and finance  to address the problem. “Let me also say we’ve enormous amount of science – technology – innovation – finance to address ... Read More »

Climate change may destroy Sundarbans tigers in 50 years

Dhaka, Feb 14 (UNB) – A new study has warned that the Sundarbans’ famed ‘Royal Bengal Tigers’ could be gone within 50 years, especially from the Bangladeshi part, because of constant rise in sea levels and climate change. The study titled ‘Combined effects of climate change and sea-level rise project dramatic habitat loss of the globally endangered Bengal tiger in ... Read More »

Climate Change on the Menu

By Riccardo Valentini Vitero, Itali – When we think about winning the fight against climate change, most people concentrate on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, trucks, and other machines powered by fossil fuels. But while these emissions sources are certainly worthy of our attention, another culprit receives far less than it deserves: our food. Read More »

Australian students skip school for climate change protest

Thousands of Australian school students have urged greater action on climate change in protests across the country. The students skipped school on Friday to highlight what they say are inadequate climate policies by the Australian government. On Monday, Australian PM Scott Morrison rebuked their plans for “activism” during school hours and insisted his government was tackling climate change. Read More »

COP 24 must be the turning point towards ‘Just Transition’

The next round of global climate negotiations, COP 24, takes place in December. It will need to make rapid progress on implementing the Paris Agreement so as to close the gap between what science requires and what countries are doing. European trade unions believe it must also be a milestone on the journey towards a ‘just transition’, guaranteeing that workers ... Read More »

Living with Climate Change

By Patrick V. Verkooijen ROTTERDAM – For anyone still undecided about the consequences of global warming, the summer of 2018, one of the hottest on record, should have tipped the scales.Across far-flung longitudes and latitudes, regions are struggling with the fallout from large-scale climate-related events.  Read More »

Climate change report warns of growing impact on US life

Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns. “Future risks from climate change depend… on decisions made today,” the 4th National Climate Assessment says. The report says climate change is “presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the ... Read More »

Mitigating India’s climate-change misery

Gulrez Shah Azhar Santa Monica – The record-setting heat that blanketed the planet this summer was a sticky reminder that as global temperatures increase, people on the margins of society – the sick, the elderly, and the poor – will suffer disproportionately. And, nowhere will this suffering be more acute than in India. Read More »