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‘Atmospheric rivers are connecting the Philippines, US’

Al Gore

Over the past week, the South-Central region of the U.S. has been experiencing devastating downpours and flooding across multiple states. This historic extreme weather, already responsible for several deaths and affecting thousands more, has poured more than 20 inches of rain in some locations. I just arrived here in the Philippines with The Climate Reality Project to train another 800 ...

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UN climate campaign to make Angry Birds happy

Angry Birds

The United Nations encourages young people to take action on climate change and make the Angry Birds happy on the International Day of Happiness The United Nations on Friday (March 18) announced a campaign to encourage young people to step up their actions to address climate change and ensure a sustainable and happier future for all. The campaign is launched in ...

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Kofi Annan: Forests destruction poses threat to climate change

Kofi_Annan

The world could miss out in the fight against climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if the current scale of forest destruction continues, according to Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel (APP). Mr Annan warned against the destruction of forests, which provide clean air and water, and local communities with food, shelter and livelihoods, saying, “Each day ...

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Net-zero emissions may become law in the UK

DavidCameron

Energy minister Andrea Leadson tells MPs the Government is seeking to commit to capture ‘the momentum of Paris’ A key Paris climate treaty commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions will be enshrined in UK law, the Government has said. Energy minister Andrea Leadsom told MPs that the Government wanted to capture “the momentum of Paris” and would seek to ...

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Red-hot February breaks global temperature records

Monthly global surface temperatures

Warnings of climate emergency after surface temperatures 1.35C warmer than average temperature for the month Global temperatures in February smashed previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount, according to Nasa data, sparking warnings of a climate emergency. The result was “a true shocker, and yet another reminder of the incessant long-term rise in global temperature resulting from human-produced greenhouse gases”, wrote ...

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Norway’s $830 billion Sovereign Wealth Fund pulls out of coal

Martin Norman

Norway’s $830 billion Sovereign Wealth Fund pulled out of 27 firms with links to coal last year as part of a policy to combat climate change, prompting campaigners to urge other big investors to follow suit. The fund, the world’s biggest, also said it sold holdings in 11 companies because of concerns about the destruction of tropical forests to make ...

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Reviewing China’s climate action ahead 13th Five-Year Plan

China

China will this week release its 13th Five-Year Plan, a new economic, social and environmental blueprint for the country’s development through 2020. After years of astronomical growth, China’s economic expansion has begun to slow. But instead of doubling down on the fossil fuel-intensive strategy that helped produce the country’s runaway growth, China’s leaders have stated that the old growth model has ...

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Fiji begins post-Cyclone Winston cleanup amid call for climate action

A massive clean-up operation has begun on the Pacific Island of Fiji after a powerful cyclone. Cyclone Winston hit the island last week, with winds of over 200 miles per hour, torrential rain, and waves of up to 12 metres. Many homes were destroyed, several people died and electricity lines were cut. It’s the first time that Fiji has been ...

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Southern Africa prepares for El Niño impact

Barbara Lopi

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) secretariat on Thursday (February 25, 2016) convened a two-day multi-sectoral stakeholder consultative meeting to develop a regional preparedness and response strategy to address the impacts of El Niño on Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Africa. The El Niño phenomenon is caused by warmer than average sea surface temperatures in the eastern ...

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Fiji begins post-Cyclone Winston cleanup amid call for climate action

cyclone

A massive clean-up operation has begun on the Pacific Island of Fiji after a powerful cyclone. Cyclone Winston hit the island recently, with winds of over 200 miles per hour, torrential rain, and waves of up to 12 metres. Many homes were destroyed, several people died and electricity lines were cut. It’s the first time that Fiji has been hit ...

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