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Nations must triple efforts to reach 2°C target, says UNEP report

Joyce Msuya

Global emissions are on the rise as national commitments to combat climate change come up short. But surging momentum from the private sector and untapped potential from innovation and green-financing offer pathways to bridge the emissions gap. Those findings along with a sweeping review of climate action and the latest measurements of global emissions were presented by authors of the 2018 ...

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Climate finance growing, says UNFCCC

Patricia Espinosa

The Summary and Recommendations on the 2018 biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows of the Standing Committee on Finance shows that, on a comparable basis, global climate finance flows increased by 17% in 2015–2016 from 2013–2014 levels, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has said. The Standing Committee on Finance – the body that supports ...

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Virtual summit: Countries urged to raise ambition to tackle global warming

Hilda-Heine

Countries of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) reportedly broke new grounds on Thursday, November 22, 2018 by successfully organising the first gathering of Heads of States and governments completely online at www.vitualclimatesummit.org, setting a precedent for a future of low emissions international fora. The zero-carbon summit, which came as a response to the scientific report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last September, aimed ...

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UN reports new greenhouse gas record in the atmosphere

Petteri Taalas

The amount of gases that trap heat in the atmosphere have reached yet another record, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) reported on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. “There is no sign of a reversal in this trend,” the UN agency said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. Average concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) climbed to 405.5 parts per ...

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Virtual summit seeks to champion climate action, amplify voices

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

“God gave us light to see the beauty of creation. God gave us love to live in fellowship with creation, and God gave us strength to care for creation.” These are the inspiring words of ACT’s Climate Justice Ambassador Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town in South Africa. He spoke even as leaders from around the world on Wednesday, November ...

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People’s voices to be heard at COP24 UN climate talks

David Attenborough

Renowned naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, is one prominent advocate of an initiative to bring the voice of millions of citizens around the world to the UN Climate Change Conference holding in Katowice, Poland from December 2 to 14, 2018. The “People’s Seat” initiative combines digital technology, polling and the involvement of passionate climate change advocates, like Sir David Attenborough, to deliver messages about the need to act ...

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How gender influences understanding of climate change, by study

Gender and CC

While political views play a strong role in Americans’ opinions on climate change, there are many other individual, social, and cultural factors that influence public understanding of the issue. The Centre for Climate Change Communication of George Mason University in the US explores how views on climate change differ between men and women A large body of research shows a small-but consistent-gender ...

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How climate action can close emissions gap – Studies

Tomasz Chruszczow

Two key milestone publications by the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) released on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 highlight that success in tackling the global climate crisis can be achieved, but only if public and private sector actions are urgently stepped up. The reports – “Talanoa Dialogue Synthesis Report” and “Yearbook for Global Climate Action 2018” – take the ...

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China glacier melt speeds up in ‘wake-up call’ for world – Greenpeace

melting glaciers

Glacier melt at major sites in western China is accelerating fast, Greenpeace said on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. The melt is prompting thousands to evacuate in recent months and underscoring the vulnerability to climate change in a “wake-up call” for the world. Satellite analysis showed that the rate of retreat at glaciers in China’s remote western regions had more than ...

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North will experience severe, longer harmattan season, says NiMet

Sani Marshi

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has announced that the severity of harmattan period would be higher and longer over the northern states due to its proximity to the Sahara Desert compared to the south in 2018/2019 dry season. Director General of NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi, who gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on ...

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