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WEF: Greenpeace challenges banks over $1.4 trillion invested in fossil...

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Davos-Klosters/IBNS: Since the groundbreaking Paris summit on climate change in 2015, 24 global banks have invested $1.4 trillion in the fossil fuel industry, according to Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International. Greenpeace’s report, It’s the Finance Sector, Stupid, published today, puts the blame for the climate emergency at the feet of the banks, insurers and pension funds that participate in Davos.
UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims
New York/IBNS: The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats.
WEF: New public-opinion poll calls for better climate education and urgent upskilling
Geneva, Switzerland/IBNS: A global survey of public opinion published today by the World Economic Forum finds that the world overwhelmingly blames global warming on human activity, with some regions slightly less trusting of climate science in 2020.
East Africa locusts threaten food insecurity across subregion, alerts UN agriculture agenc...
New York/IBNS: Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are dealing with desert locust swarms of “unprecedented size and destructive potential” that could spill over into more countries in East Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday.
Mobile protected areas needed to preserve biodiversity in the high seas
Washington/IBNS: World leaders are currently updating the laws for international waters that apply to most of the world’s ocean environment. This provides a unique opportunity, marine scientists argue this week, to introduce new techniques that allow protected zones to shift as species move under climate change.
5.3-magnitude quake hits New Zealand -- USGS
Beijing/Xinhua/UNI: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 jolted 178 km ESE of Raoul Island, New Zealand 0207 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Climate crisis ‘affecting quality of life and fuelling discontent’
New York/IBNS: The climate crisis, as well as persistently high inequalities, and rising levels of food insecurity and undernourishment, is affecting the quality of life in many societies and fuelling discontent, the UN warned on Thursday, on the publication of the 2020 World Economic Situation Report (WESP).
2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms
New York/IBNS: Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Wednesday.
Climate denial wastes time amid Australian bushfire crisis: official
Canberra/Xinhua/UNI: Australia's science minister has said that people arguing over the existence of climate change and its impact on bushfires are wasting time.
At least 61 killed, scores trapped as avalanches hits life in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
Islamabad/UNI: At least 61 people were killed and scores of others trapped in separate incidents of avalanches in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on Tuesday.
Hazardous bushfire smoke delays first day of Australian Open tennis qualifiers
Sydney/Xinhua/UNI: Thick bushfire smoke has delayed the first day of qualifiers at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Tuesday, with the toxic smog deemed too hazardous for athletes to play in.
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