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July is hottest month ever recorded

Europe heatwave

July 2019 has beaten July 2016 to become the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, a leading climate change institute reported on Monday, August 5. Tourists in Rome struggle in the heat. Photo credit: AFP/Getty The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said data showed last July’s global temperature was marginally higher than the previous record-holder three years ago when the ...

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German minister urges doubling of climate research funds

Anja Karliczek

German Research Minister, Anja Karliczek, on Monday, August 5, 2019 said she wants the resources available to her department for climate research to be almost doubled. German Research Minister, Anja Karliczek “To date, some €1.6 billion (or $1.8 billion) had been earmarked for the period up to 2024 for climate research, Karliczek told dpa. “I will push for research into ...

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IRENA, UNFCCC seek to accelerate renewables as climate solution

patricia espinosa

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) are jointly ramping up efforts to fight climate change by promoting the widespread adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC The new strategic partnership builds on a long history of cooperation that aims to ensure a low-carbon climate-resilient world in line with ...

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CAN urges govt action ahead IPCC report on climate, land

Stephan Singer

On the eve of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Action Network (CAN) members have called on governments to urgently incorporate policies and lock commitments that halt deforestation, drive sustainable use of land, protect forests, restore ecosystems, and secure land property rights for small scale farmers and indigenous communities. Stephan ...

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Drought hits 570,000 residents in central China

Drought China

More than 570,000 people in central China’s Hunan Province have been affected by drought, resulting from heatwaves and a lack of rainfall while other areas have difficulty getting drinking water, local authorities said on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Severe drought has hit central China The drought has affected a total of 571,800 people in the province and 42,600 people need ...

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11 dead, around 6,000 hospitalised as heatwave scorches Japan

Heatwave Japan

Eleven people were killed and nearly 6,000 hospitalised in Japan due to heat-related illnesses last week, the government said on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. A deadly heatwave has continued to scorch Japan The heatwave saw 5,664 people taken to hospitals, 1,199 of whom displayed severe symptoms requiring being admitted for at least three weeks of treatment, and 1,792 requiring shorter ...

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MDAs charged on climate mitigation projects for third Green Bond

Dr Peter Tarfa

The Federal Ministry of Environment has charged Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to identify projects that could be funded by Green Bond (GB) to mitigate negative effects of climate change in Nigeria. Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, gives welcome remarks as dignitaries like Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary of the ministry; Dr Amos ...

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Stakeholders examine messages from IPCC 1.5 °C report at Accra forum

IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in collaboration with the African Academy of Science (AAS) and the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resource in Africa (UNU-INRA), has hosted a forum to explore the significance and implications of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C for Africa. Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke of the International Climate and Development Centre ...

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Climate crisis: Why I want to strike

School climate strike

Young people are leading the way on climate change, and governments need to pay attention. Olumide Idowu, co-founder of ICCDI Africa, underlines the need for urgent climate action in these poetic lines A school climate strike I want to strike because our leaders haven’t acknowledged, prioritised, or properly addressed the climate crisis. I want to strike because marginalised communities across Nigeria – ...

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Fresh heatwave hits Europe

Europe heatwave

For the second time in less than one month, Europe is witnessing a widespread and intense heatwave, with many new maximum and minimum temperature records, disruption to transport and infrastructure and stress on people’s health and the environment.  Tourists in Rome struggle in the heat. Photo credit: AFP/Getty Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands saw new national temperature records, as temperatures passed ...

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