Australian surfers ride climate action wave
New York: Surfers have an intimate knowledge of the ocean, but have not been seen as leading figures amongst groups leading on climate change solutions. Thanks to groups such as Surfers for Climate in Australia, that perception is starting to change.
Egypt urged to ensure civil society’s full participation in COP27 climate summit
New York: Authorities in Egypt must ensure civil society can safely and fully participate in the COP27 UN climate change conference taking place there next month, a group of UN independent human rights experts said on Friday, expressing alarm over restrictions ahead of the summit.
1.5 degree climate pledge ‘on life support’, Guterres tells leaders during frank exchanges
New York: During a private meeting of Heads of State and Government, held on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for more action and leadership to tackle the climate crisis, warning that efforts to keep the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels is “on life support”.
Climate change impacts ‘heading into uncharted territory’, warns UN chief
New York: “Climate science is clear: we are heading in the wrong direction”, declares a major, multi-agency UN climate science report released on Tuesday, with a focus on increasing fossil fuel emissions and rising greenhouse gases, now at a record high, which risk thwarting plans to reduce global temperatures and avoid climate catastrophe.
WMO: Climate change in Africa can destabilize ‘countries and entire regions’
New York: Water stress and hazards like withering droughts and devastating floods are hitting African communities, economies and ecosystems hard, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Pollution and climate change upsurge the risk of ‘climate penalty’
New York: A rise in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves will not only increase wildfires this century but also worsen air quality – harming human health and ecosystems, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launched on Wednesday, the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.
UN General Assembly declares access to clean and healthy environment a universal human right
New York: With 161 votes in favour, and eight abstentions*, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on Thursday, declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a universal human right.
Landmark guidelines aim to protect children uprooted by climate change
New York: New UN-backed guidelines issued on Monday aim to protect, include and empower children forced to flee their homes due to the climate crisis, marking the first-ever global effort to address this increasingly major concern.
Top scientists meet at University of Kashmir, discuss climate change issue
Srinagar: Top scientists from the Government of India's Department of Science and Technology (DST) and several academic institutions met at the University of Kashmir here on Thursday to discuss the issue of climate change.
Canada and India sign MoU to establish stronger cooperation on environmental protection and climate action
Stockholm/New Delhi: Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault and India’s Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Stockholm on Thursday to increase bilateral cooperation on climate action, environmental protection and conservation.
Video games for climate action: winning solutions for the planet
From climate and environment themed videogames to special features, pop-ups, and real-life tree-planting opportunities embedded within beloved classics like PAC-MAN or Angry Birds, the gaming industry is working with the United Nations to engage audiences like never before and inspire a new wave of climate action.
‘Think resilience’ to protect against climate and other catastrophes
New York: More countries must “think resilience”, and urgently adopt and improve early warning systems to reduce risks from an increasing number of disasters across the world, a UN disaster forum concluded on Friday.
‘Don’t work for climate wreckers’ UN chief tells graduates, in push to a renewable energy future
New York: Today’s college graduates can become the generation to succeed “where my generation has failed” the UN chief said on Tuesday, urging the class of 2022, not to work for “climate wreckers” in industries that continue to profit from fossil fuels.
Climate change threatening access to water and sanitation
New York: Climate change is set to increase pressure significantly on people’s access to water and sanitation unless governments do more to prepare key infrastructure now, the UN warned on Friday.
UN joins faith-based initiative for shift towards climate-responsible finance
New York: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) joined religious leaders and others on Monday in signing a landmark joint appeal for climate-responsible finance “as a moral imperative towards children”.