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End war on nature and ensure ocean health, UN chief says in message for World Oceans Day

New York: Ending the “war on nature” must be part of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his message for World Oceans Day.

Chilliest Spring in years is cold comfort as CO2 emissions rise: WMO

New York: Confirmation that Europe has just had its chilliest Spring in years is cold comfort for the planet, amid rising greenhouse gas levels which will bring negative impacts for generations to come, UN weather experts said on Tuesday.

Global push needed to ensure ‘clean, affordable and sustainable electricity’ for all

New York: During the last decade, more people around the world have gained access to electricity than ever before. However, the number still not connected has grown in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia, according to a new UN report on universal access to energy, launched on Monday.

Groundwater preservation the key

Climate researcher Madhumita Sahoo works to identify solutions and approaches to manage groundwater resources to the advantage of people everywhere. SPAN writer Michael Gallant reports

Environmentalists move Sri Lankan Supreme Court against government, operators over ship fire

An environmental rights group and fishermen’s activists have petitioned the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against the government and the operators of the MV X-Press Pearl, over the environmental damage caused by the ship’s fire.

Low-intensity earthquake hits Jammu and Kashmir, no casualty

Srinagar/UNI: A low-intensity earthquake measuring 2.5 on Richter scale hit parts of Jammu and Kashmir in the wee hours on Sunday.

UN launches Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to counter ‘triple environmental emergency’

New York: Heads of Government, religious leaders, activists and artists joined the United Nations on Friday in a rallying cry to heal the planet, launching the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Restoration call for area ‘the size of China’ to protect falling biodiversity and food insecurity

New York: An area of land roughly the size of China needs restoring if the planet’s biodiversity and the communities who rely on it are to be protected, UN agencies said on Thursday.

Invasive pest spread another fallout from climate change, UN-backed study finds

New York: Climate change is making pests which ravage important agricultural crops even more destructive, heightening threats to global food security and the environment, a UN-backed study published on Wednesday has found.

Chinese deal to build fishing harbour in Sierra Leone triggers protests

Conservationists, human rights and animal welfare groups, and local landowners have started protesting against Sierra Leone government's plan of selling 250 acres of pristine beach and rainforest to China in a $55 million deal that would see an industrial fishing harbor built on the site, media reports said.

Waste not

Reducing food wastage can help conserve resources and the environment, says Debasmita Patra, food waste researcher teaching in an American university. SPAN writer Candice Yacono reports

New Report finds coal ash pollution rampant in India despite COVID-19 lockdown

New Delhi/IBNS: A new report released by Healthy Energy Initiative India and Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) has found that coal fly ash pollution was rampant in India in 2020-21 despite the COVID-19 lockdown.

World now likely to hit watershed 1.5 °C rise in next five years, warns UN weather agency

New York: Odds are increasing that the annual average global temperature will rise beyond 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, in at least one of the next five years, the UN weather agency warns in a new report issued on Thursday.

Cyclone Yaas may cross West Bengal by Wednesday evening

New Delhi/UNI: After making the fall at Dhamra port in Bhadrak district in Odisha in the morning, the Cyclone Yaas is likely to cross West Bengal coast by Wednesday evening.