World’s top emitters a long way from aligning with climate goals


File photo: Investor group managing more than $16 trillion launched the world’s first step-by-step plan to help pension funds & others align their portfolios with Paris Agreement goals Twitter None of the companies have fully disclosed how they will achieve their goals to become a net zero business by 2050 or sooner The world’s biggest […]

Thousands evacuate as Sydney sees worst floods in decades


State Emergency Service personnel carry out an operation during severe flooding in Sydney Reuters Around 18,000 residents were told to evacuate their homes, as days of relentless rainfall caused rivers in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales Torrential downpours lashed Australia’s east on Monday, forcing thousands to flee the worst flooding in decades and […]

US-China talks signal rocky start to relations under Biden


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, joined by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, speaks while facing Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister, at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage in Alaska Reuters In recent weeks, […]

Study: Sea bed dredging emits as much carbon as aviation

Study: Sea bed dredging emits as much carbon as aviation

File Photo: A man fishes in front of vessel transporting a ship used for dredging at a beach in Banda Aceh on October 14, 2019 AFP Authors of the study said that protecting specific areas where bottom trawling is prolific could save emissions and help support global fish stocks Sea bed bottom trawling produces as […]

Two-thirds of tropical rainforest destroyed or degraded globally


File photo: A fire burns a tract of Amazon jungle as it is cleared by a farmer in Machadinho do Oeste, Rondonia state, Brazil September 2, 2019 Reuters The forest loss is also a major contributor of climate-warming emissions Humans have degraded or destroyed roughly two-thirds of the world’s original tropical rainforest cover, new data […]

UN: 17% food produced globally goes to waste

Nearly a billion tons of food were wasted around the world in 2019, the same year when 690 million people were impacted by hunger, according to a study that links food waste to global warming More than 930 million tons of food sold in 2019 landed in waste bins, according to a new UN research […]

UN: Latest climate pledges very far from Paris goals

File photo: The Collins Glacier is seen in the Fildes Bay, on King George island, Antarctica on February 2, 2019 Reuters Many leading polluters — including China, the US and Japan — either missed the NDC deadline or failed to build upon existing pledges, according to Climate Action Tracker Renewed promises to slash greenhouse gas […]

UN chief calls for action to ensure human rights for all

File photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with Reuters at UN headquarters, in New York City, New York on September 14, 2020 REUTERS António Guterres addressed ambassadors exactly one year after he issued a Call to Action for Human Rights Human rights have been battered during the Covid pandemic but recovery represents […]

UN Security Council to meet on global warming impact on world peace

Some non-permanent members of the council including Kenya and Niger have clearly expressed their concerns about climate change’s impact on national security The UN Security Council will hold a summit of world leaders Tuesday to debate climate change’s implications for world peace, an issue on which its 15 members have divergent opinions. The session, called […]

US tells G7 that it is back at the table to help with global recovery

The G7 includes United States, Britain, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canada US President Joe Biden’s administration told allies on Friday it was re-engaging with them to help steer the global economy out of its worst slump since the Great Depression, a contrast with the go-it-alone approach of Donald Trump. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen […]