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September 17, 2021 | Via BBC

UN Warning over Nations’ Climate Plans

Despite all the promises to take action, the world is still on course to heat up to dangerous levels. That’s the latest blunt assessment of the United Nations. Its experts have studied the climate plans of more than 100 countries and concluded that we’re heading in the wrong direction. Scientists recently confirmed that to avoid the worst impacts of hotter conditions, global carbon emissions needed to be cut by 45% by 2030.

August 10, 2021 | Via The Guardian

IPCC Report Shows ‘Possible Loss of Entire Countries within the Century’

Global heating above 1.5C will be “catastrophic” for Pacific island nations and could lead to the loss of entire countries due to sea level rise within the century, experts have warned. The warnings come as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its landmark report on global heating on Monday, which showed that greenhouse gas emissions needed to be halved to limit heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

August 9, 2021 | Via Reuters

U.N. Sounds ‘Deafening’ Warning on Climate Change

The United Nations panel on climate change told the world on Monday that global warming was dangerously close to being out of control – and that humans were “unequivocally” to blame. Already, greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are high enough to guarantee climate disruption for decades if not centuries, the report from the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned.

May 27, 2021 | Via Sky News

World at Risk of Hitting Temperature Limit in Next Five Years

There is a 40% chance that global temperatures will reach 1.5C above pre-industrial levels in the next five years, UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said. Last year WMO said there was a 20% chance of the threshold being breached. In its latest forecast, however, the organization said the worsening of the odds is due to improvements in technology showing that the world had “actually warmed more than we thought already”.

May 20, 2021 | Via Sky News

Largest Iceberg in the World Breaks off Antarctica

The biggest iceberg in the world has broken loose from an ice shelf in Antarctica, the European Space Agency has confirmed. The iceberg, dubbed “A-76”, is 109 miles (175km) long and 16 miles (25km) wide, making it larger than the Spanish island of Majorca and surpassing the now second-largest iceberg, which is 3,380sq km. Ice melt around the world has been accelerated by climate change.

April 29, 2021 | Via The Guardian

World will Lose 10% of Glacier Ice Even if it Hits Climate Targets

A tenth of the world’s mountain glacier ice will have melted by the middle of this century even if humanity meets the goals of the Paris climate agreement, according to figures compiled exclusively for the Guardian. The loss is equivalent to more than 13,200 cubic kilometres of water – enough to fill Lake Superior. The compiled results are considered the most accurate estimate yet of how mountains will lose their white snow-caps and blue ice-rivers.

April 22, 2021 | Via Sky News

Earth Day Summit Aims for More Consensus on Cutting Emissions

US President Joe Biden will aim to kick-start a crucial year of action on climate change today as he hosts 40 world leaders at an Earth Day summit. The virtual White House meeting coincides with Mr Biden’s expected promise to slash America’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030. A senior official said the Biden administration is increasing its own targets in order to more effectively convince other countries to do the same.

April 20, 2021 | Via The Guardian

Carbon Emissions to Soar in 2021

Carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to jump this year by the second biggest annual rise in history, as global economies pour stimulus cash into fossil fuels in the recovery from the Covid-19 recession. The leap will be second only to the massive rebound 10 years ago after the financial crisis, and will put climate hopes out of reach unless governments act quickly, the International Energy Agency has warned.

March 30, 2021 | Via The Guardian

Climate Crisis ‘Likely cause’ of Early Cherry Blossom in Japan

Japan’s famous cherry blossoms have reached their flowery peak in many places earlier this year than at any time since formal records began nearly 70 years ago, with experts saying the climate crisis is the likely cause. Referred to in Japan as sakura, the blossoms used to reach their peak in April, coinciding with the start of the new school and business year.

February 23, 2021 | Via NBC News

Extinction Threatens Third of Freshwater Fish Species

Nearly a third of all freshwater fish species are threatened by extinction, according to a new report released by 16 conservation groups on Tuesday. Migratory populations have declined by more than three-quarters since the 1970s. “The World’s Forgotten Fishes” says that 80 freshwater species — which make up more than half of all the world’s species — have already been declared extinct, with 16 disappearing in 2020 alone.

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