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Deepika Padukone steps down as MAMI chairperson | India records 1,68,912 COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, 904 deaths | Maharastra CM Uddhav Thackeray meets Covid-19 task force, no decision on lockdown so far | Telangana writes to Centre flagging Covid-19 vaccine shortage | UP govt restricts gatherings at religious places amid Covid surge

Climate crisis and economic shocks leave millions food insecure across Central America

New York: Reporting that hunger has increased almost fourfold in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past two years, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that 1.7 million people are in the ‘emergency’ category of food insecurity, calling for $47.3 million now, to provide urgent food assistance.

2021: Critical year to ‘reset our relationship with nature’, says UN chief

New York: During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions.

‘Staggering’ rise in climate emergencies in last 20 years, new disaster research shows

New York: The first 20 years of this century have seen a “staggering” rise in climate disasters, UN researchers said on Monday, while also maintaining that “almost all nations” have failed to prevent a “wave of death and illness” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Environmental conditions found to affect stability of virus that causes COVID-19: Study

New York: A new study led by Marshall University researcher M. Jeremiah Matson found that environmental conditions affect the stability of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in human nasal mucus and sputum.

First person: COVID-19 is not a silver lining for the climate, says UN Environment chief

New York/IBNS: Greenhouse gas emissions are down and air quality has gone up, as governments react to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, has cautioned against viewing this as a boon for the environment. In this First Person editorial, Ms. Andersen calls instead for a profound, systemic shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet.

Countries violate rights over climate change, argue youth activists in landmark UN complaint

New York: The failure of governments to act on the climate crisis, constitutes a violation of children’s rights, according to a landmark complaint presented to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child by 16 youth activists.

Climate emergency ‘a new danger’ to peace, youth activists hear ahead of World Day

New York: Among the efforts to build a sustainably peaceful world, “urgent climate action is needed” to curb environmental threats to all our well-being and security, the Secretary-General told the annual peace gathering in New York on Friday, addressing a largely youthful crowd.  

New report sets climate tests for project assessments

Ontario, Jan 30 (IBNS): A new report by climate and assessment experts has developed a set of tests that could help determine whether federal projects support Canada’s commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Climate change recognized as ‘threat multiplier’, UN Security Council debates its impact on peace

New York, Jan 26 (IBNS): As climate change is increasingly recognized as a “threat multiplier” by scientists, political representatives, and civil society across the world, the United Nations Security Council held an open debate on Friday to discuss its concrete impact on peace and security, and focus on tangible ways to diminish the effects of global warming.

Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C approved by governments

Incheon, Oct 8 (IBNS): Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment.

‘Direct existential threat’ of climate change nears point of no return, warns UN chief

New York, Sept 11 (IBNS): The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, calling for more leadership and greater ambition for climate action, to reverse course.

New Antarctic process contributing to sea-level rise and climate change: Study reveals

Sydney, Apr 24 (IBNS): Anew Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)-led study has revealed a previously undocumented process where melting glacial ice sheets change the ocean in a way that further accelerates the rate of ice melt and sea level rise.

Tiny sea creatures hold secrets to Earth’s climate: NASA

Washington, Apr 11 (IBNS): Each new season brings change. Seasonal change on land is something that we’re familiar with and adjust to regularly.

Early action key to preventing crises related to El Niño and La Niña – UN relief official

New York, Jan 3 (JEN):  La Niña is expected to impact weather around the world in 2018, a United Nations relief official said, urging governments and the international community to act early to mitigate the impacts from this potentially destructive weather pattern and its counterpart, El Niño.

Villagers of Assam's Dima Hasao district convert a wasteland into a green hill

Guwahati, May 16 (IBNS) : While destruction of forest continued and it is at the peak, villagers of a remote village in Assam's hills district Dima Hasao have transformed a wasteland into a green forest by plantation drive.