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Calls for increased action, new commitments trail Global Climate Action Summit

Californian Governor, Jerry Brown

Top UN officials welcomed the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit that concluded on Friday, September 14, 2018 in San Francisco, showcasing a surge of climate action and commitments from regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society; and calling on governments everywhere to step up their efforts to tackle climate change. Leaders from all sectors of society gathered at ...

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Revamped UN portal to capture, drive climate action

Patricia Espinosa

As leaders gather in California this week for the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS2018), UN Climate Change is presenting a revamped version of its Climate Action Portal, featuring the accelerated action underway by cities, regions, companies and investors to achieve the collective goals of the Paris Agreement. The preview coincides with what has been dubbed “the biggest moment for climate ...

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Halving emissions by 2030 is possible, says report


A report published on Thursday, September 13, 2018 shows the potential for all sectors of global economy – energy, food and agriculture, industry, buildings and transport – to halve greenhouse gas emissions by around 2030. Stronger policies, the digital revolution and greater climate leadership are necessary to accelerate the economic transformation, say the authors. The report, launched by Christiana Figueres ...

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Climate action by non-state actors on the rise

Erik Solheim

A new accounting of global climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions finds a broad spectrum of commitments from non-state and subnational actors with potential to support and ultimately outpace governments in their emissions reductions. The exhaustive review from UN Environment, released on Monday, September 10, 2018 ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), highlights the crucial role of non-state actors ...

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How Americans respond to information about global warming’s health impacts


Many people in the United States tend to see global warming as a distant threat even though it poses significant risks to public health. In a study, the Centre for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, found that informing people about the health implications of global warming can increase public engagement with the issue and reduce differences ...

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IPCC considers global warming report for approval

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Special Report on “Global Warming of 1.5 °C” from October 1 to 5, 2018 at its 48th Session to be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The report, whose full title is “Global Warming of 1.5 °C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and ...

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UN report says Africa worst hit by climate change, women more vulnerable

Jose Graziano da Silva

The UN says Africa is the worst hit region with climate change resulting to the biggest impact on acute food insecurity and women are more vulnerable. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) made this known in the 2018 global report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition released on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in Rome, Italy and made available ...

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Trump-nominated UN agency chief says climate change a real threat

David Beasley

The head of a major UN agency who was nominated to the post by the Trump administration said on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 that he believes climate change to be a global threat. David Beasley, a former Republican Governor of South Carolina, was appointed executive director of the World Food Programme in March 2017. He spoke at the launch of ...

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Uprooting the climate menace, by Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

In a presentation at the #RiseForClimate and Stop the Soot Summit in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on September 11, 2018, Nnimmo Bassey, Director of the ecological think tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), urged his audience to rise and take real climate action I bring you greetings of peace and a pledge to stand in solidarity with you all until ...

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Netherlands accelerates climate adaptation action, forms Global Commission

Van Nieuwenhuizen

The Government of the Netherlands and the Global Centre on Adaptation on Monday, September 10, 2018 unveiled plans for the formation of a forthcoming Global Commission on Adaptation, featuring the Netherlands as a key convener, which will be overseen by the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates, and ...

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