Climate change

  • Small steps can make Earth greener
    New Delhi, January 30 (IANSlife): According to a recent UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, green pandemic recovery could cut up to 25 per cent off predicted 2030 greenhouse gas emissions and bring the world closer to meeting the 2 degrees Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Environment experts also believe that there is a greater need to make lifestyles sustainable on a mass scale. Lifestyle emissions are linked to many sources and sectors. Foremost among the
  • Climate change termed as 'global emergency' in biggest-ever poll
    United Nations, January 28 (IANS): Almost two-thirds of over 1.2 million people surveyed worldwide have said that climate change is a "global emergency", urging greater action to address the crisis, results from the biggest-ever climate poll revealed. Issued on Wednesday, the UN Development Programme (UNDP)'s "People's Climate Vote" poll also showed that people supported more comprehensive climate policies to respond to the challenges, reports Xinhua news
  • 'Uninhabitable hell': Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns
    As climate change-related disasters soar, a failure to act to prevent them is an act of 'wilful' negligence, the UN's disaster chief says BARCELONA, October 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A jump in climate-related disasters this century, along with the global coronavirus pandemic, show political and business leaders are failing to stop the planet turning into "an uninhabitable hell" for millions, the United Nations said on Monday. The last two decades saw
  • Indigenous Amazon activist fights to save forest and tribe's future
    MANAUS, Brazil, October 9 (Reuters): Samela Sateré-Mawé, a 24-year-old biology student, has one guiding belief - if the rainforest dies so will her Amazon tribe. "Indigenous people are an extension of nature, and nature is an extension of us," said the environmental activist, who joined Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future movement to save the forest. Environmental activism, she told Reuters, is just a new name for what the Sateré-Mawé
  • Rescue network seeks to save, rehab California's fire-stricken wild animals
    LOS ANGELES, October 8 (Reuters): A 350-pound (159-kg) black bear was released by a veterinary team into the remote woodlands of northern California this week, newly healed from crippling burns it suffered last month in one of the state's devastating summer wildfires. The adult male bruin was the first of several four-legged fire victims admitted for medical treatment and successfully rehabilitated by a wildlife-rescue network launched in September by two of the state's
  • EU's tussle over climate change ambition heats up after Parliament vote
    BRUSSELS, October 7 (Reuters): The European Parliament has voted in favour of a legally binding target for the European Union to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2030, against 1990 levels, according to vote results released on Wednesday. The goal is more ambitious than the net emissions cut of "at least 55%" by 2030 proposed by the European Commission, which wants to finalise the target by the end of the year. To do that, Parliament will need to agree the
  • White most affected ethnic group from climate change: Poll
    LONDON, OCTOBER 7 (IANS): The British public think that White people around the world are the most affected ethnic group from the ravages of climate change, despite the fact that the most impacted regions are in poorer countries in the global South, a poll survey said on Wednesday. The Savanta ComRes poll, commissioned by the charity Christian Aid, revealed that twice as many British adults think that White people across the world are the most vulnerable ethnic group to the negative
  • September was the world's hottest on record, EU climate change service says
    LONDON, October 7 (Reuters): Last month was the world's hottest September on record, with unusually high temperatures recorded off Siberia, in the Middle East, and in parts of South America and Australia, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Wednesday. Extending a long-term warming trend caused by emissions of heat-trapping gases, high temperatures this year have played a major role in disasters from fires in California and the Arctic to floods
  • 'We don't give up really easy': Navajo ranchers battle climate change
    CEDAR RIDGE, Ariz., October 5 (Reuters): Two decades into a severe drought on the Navajo reservation, the open range around Maybelle Sloan’s sheep farm stretches out in a brown expanse of earth and sagebrush. A dry wind blows dust across the high-desert plateau, smoke from wildfires in Arizona and California shrouding the nearby rim of the Grand Canyon. The summer monsoon rains have failed again, and stock ponds meant to collect rainwater for the hot summer months are
  • David Attenborough leads call for world to invest $500 billion a year to protect nature
    LONDON, September 30 (Reuters): British broadcaster David Attenborough led a call from conservation groups on Wednesday for the world to invest $500 billion a year to halt the destruction of nature, warning that the future of the planet was in "grave jeopardy." Attenborough, whose new film "A Life on Our Planet" documents the dangers posed by climate change and the extinction of species, issued the call hours ahead of a U.N. summit aimed at galvanising actio
  • 'Taiwan is Taiwan': China name dispute moves from birds to climate change
    TAIPEI, September 27 (Reuters): The dispute over international organisations referring to Taiwan as Chinese has moved from wild bird conservation to climate change, after a global alliance of mayors began listing Taiwanese cities as belonging to China on its website. China has ramped up pressure on international groups and companies, no matter how small or obscure, to refer to democratic Taiwan as being part of China, to the anger of Taiwan's government and many of its peop
  • World's youth rallies against climate change
    As climate impacts surge, Greta Thunberg's Fridays for Future protesters mount more than 3,100 demonstrations around the world BRUSSELS, September 25 (Reuters) - United under Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, young people rallied worldwide on Friday to demand urgent action to halt catastrophic climate change, in their first global protest since the coronavirus crisis began. With wild weather wreaking havoc across the world – from fires ravaging the U.S. West, to abnormal
  • A young violinist's lonely mission to pressure Russia on climate change
    MOSCOW, September 24 (Reuters): The young violinist holding a sign reading "Strike for Climate" on a Moscow square didn't have long to wait for the police to arrive. His one-man protest lasted just 30 minutes before he was detained this summer for the second Friday in a row. The city's COVID-19 lockdown is now over but protests remain illegal, presenting a new challenge for Arshak Makichyan's mission to build a movement from scratch to pressure the go
  • Military-style Marshall Plan needed to combat climate change, says Prince Charles
    LONDON, September 21 (Reuters): Climate change poses such a severe threat that the world's only option is to adopt a military-style response reminiscent of the U.S. Marshall Plan to rebuild post-war Europe, Prince Charles said on Monday. A long-time advocate for nature, the British royal said climate change was rapidly becoming a "comprehensive catastrophe" that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "At this late stage I can see no other way f
  • Battle from Below: The South African miners fighting climate change
    ERMELO, South Africa, September 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Four nights a week, Given Zuli packs some food, meets his colleagues at the entrance of an abandoned coal mine in South Africa's eastern Mpumalanga province, and descends into the earth for up to 12 hours, chipping away at the black rock. Zuli is one of thousands of small-scale, illegal miners across South Africa - a number believed to be on the rise as unemployment spikes in a brittle economy - who make a liv
  • As world falls behind on U.N. wildlife targets, bright spots offer hope
    LONDON, September 15 (Reuters): All the world's governments have fallen short on pledges made a decade ago to protect wildlife, though cases of conservation show that the destruction of nature can be slowed, and even reversed, according to a U.N. report published on Tuesday. The report outlined recommendations for far-reaching changes in sectors from farming to urban planning, and a rapid phase-out of the fossil fuels driving climate change, to help save a million species s
  • Wild weather this year shows growing impact of climate change, scientists say
    LONDON, September 10 (Reuters): The planet is showing signs it's in peril. In recent weeks, the world has seen ferocious wildfires in the U.S. West, torrential rains in Africa, weirdly warm temperatures on the surface of tropical oceans, and record heat waves from California to the Siberian Arctic. This spate of wild weather is consistent with climate change, scientists say, and the world can expect even more extreme weather and higher risks from natural disasters as global
  • Merkel says world needs to do more to combat climate change
    BERLIN, August 28 (Reuters): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that global efforts to combat climate change were insufficient, and that she would accelerate the fight to combat it in coming years. At a news conference, she said the European Union needed to adjust the climate goals it has set for 2030, and that she wanted a carbon pricing mechanism for the industry and transport sectors. The European Commission will next month propose a new 2030 climate target fo
  • India can be 'global superpower' in fighting climate change: Guterres 
    New Delhi/New York, August 28 (IANS): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday asked India to end its reliance on polluting, financially volatile and costly fossil fuels and invest in clean, economically resilient solar power. Addressing TERI's Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture virtually from New York due to Covid-19 restrictions, the UN chief asked all G20 countries, including India, to invest in a clean, green transition. "Today, as we endure the twin crises of Covi
  • Greta Thunberg urges Merkel to get out of climate "comfort zone"
    BERLIN, August 20 (Reuters): Swedish activist Greta Thunberg urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel "to be brave enough to think long-term" in a meeting on Thursday where they discussed the climate crisis and measures to fight global warming. During a 90-minute conversation in the chancellery, Merkel explained her climate policy priorities for Germany's European Union presidency, the goal of achieving EU climate neutrality by 2050 and interim targets to reduce gree