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Flooded U.S. Air Force base underscores climate risk to security: experts

Flooding at a U.S. Air Force base in Nebraska that damaged buildings and forced the removal of a plane integral to the nation's nuclear attack response highlight the risks climate change poses to national security, experts said on Monday.
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In St. Lucia, Britain's Prince Charles touts 'blue economy'

On the first leg of his Caribbean tour, Britain's Prince Charles touted a "vital blue economy," built on sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, as part of the solution to climate change, noting that rising sea levels represent an especially severe threat to nearby island nations.
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U.S. youth plan Washington rally to protest climate inaction

Hundreds of youngsters are planning to skip school to join a rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers are calling an international Youth Climate Strike to seek action on climate change.
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U.S. youth rally in Washington protests climate inaction

Hundreds of youngsters skipped school to rally in Washington on Friday as part of what organizers called an international youth climate strike to seek action on climate change.
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'Worse than Voldemort': Global students' strike targets climate change

Tens of thousands of school students around the world walked out of classes on Friday in a global strike to protest against government inaction on climate change.
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New Zealand students walk out of class, kicking off global strike

Thousands of school students walked out of class across New Zealand on Friday kicking off a global student strike against government inaction on climate change.
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World Bank, AfDB commit $47 billion to African climate finance

The World Bank and the African Development Bank will together commit more than $47 billion by 2025 to help African countries tackle the effects of climate change, the banks said on Thursday.
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Environmental groups take France to court over climate change inaction

Environmental groups including Greenpeace and Oxfam have filed an unprecedented court action against the French government, accusing it of insufficient policy actions to tackle climate change.
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New Zealand PM Ardern backs students striking for climate action

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave her support on Wednesday to a youth movement urging government action to tackle climate change ahead of protests by students across the world later this week.
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Swedish student Greta's climate 'school strike' goes global

Students around the world are expected to skip school on March 15 in order to demonstrate against climate change, taking their cue from Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg whose weekly "school strike for climate" has won a global following.
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WWF calls for a New Deal for Nature and People at the Fourth UN Environmental Assembly

It is clear we are failing to address nature loss; Biodiversity continues to decline, with devastating consequences. Global wildlife populations have declined on average by 60 per cent in the past 40 years. This is a warning sign that nature is in a state of emergency. Each year, around US$125 trillion worth of ecosystem services are provided to the global economy. Urgent, decisive, global action to bend the curve on devastating nature loss is needed to secure the future for the planet and people.

 

With negotiations entering the second week and a crucial phase at UNEA-4. WWF has major concerns about the lack of ambition and limited progress by countries.

 

Global efforts to reverse nature loss have lacked urgency, political commitment and effective delivery so far. Protecting and restoring nature and biodiversity is fundamental to our health, well-being, economies, and continued and growing prosperity around the world.

 

"Climate, nature and sustainable development are intrinsically linked. To accelerate progress on achieving global goals set by world leaders, restoring nature must be a priority. The coming week presents an opportunity for ministers to show the world that they are committed to addressing the nature crisis we are facing. We need the world to come together for an ambitious, science-based New Deal for Nature and People by 2020 to pull our planet back from the brink of decline and reverse the catastrophic loss of nature. The science could not be clearer, human activity is pushing the planet and the Earth systems that we depend on to the edge. Urgent action is required if we are to secure a prosperous future for humanity," said Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International

 

WWF is calling for strong commitments by Heads of State in 2020 to strengthen global targets and mechanisms that will reverse the loss of nature by 2030. To do so, governments, businesses and civil society need to work together and raise their ambition for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

 

WWF urges Ministers, that are making critical decisions, at the UNEA-4 to strengthen their commitments, in the following areas:

 

Plastics: Agree on a mandate and a process for reaching a global, legally binding agreement on marine plastics pollution to address the failure of our global system that produces, uses and disposes of plastic, resulting in millions of tons of plastic pollution on land and in rivers, lakes and oceans each year. This instrument is vital in holding every nation accountable to deliver the changes needed to halt plastic leakage into our oceans by 2030.

 

Food: Ensure sustainable consumption, production and food security for all through integrated policies on agriculture and food systems.

 

Forests: Enhance collaboration and strong policy measures to eliminate deforestation and ecosystem conversion and degradation from agricultural commodity supply chains.

 

Biodiversity: Propose an ambitious Heads of State declaration on Nature; strong post-2020 global biodiversity framework agreed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with an enhanced implementation mechanism; and show leadership for the nature-related sustainable development goals, ensuring that nature rises up the international political agenda.

 

Sustainable Development Goals: With only one year to go until the environmental targets of the SDGs mature, Ministers need to propose a clear way forward to maintain the integrity and ambition of the environmental targets of the SDGs, and ensure commitment to align the SDG targets, which mature in 2020, with the new post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

 

 

The UNEA is the world's highest level decision-making body on environmental issues. UNEA-4 provides an opportunity to strengthen international policies to address the threat of  catastrophic biodiversity loss.

 

Citizens around the world are taking notice and calling for global action on plastics pollution, climate change and nature loss. Governments have the opportunity to act, before it's too late  - there will not be a just and prosperous future for all on a depleted planet.

 

 

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Will Women Build the Sustainable Infrastructure of the Future?

Will Women Build the Sustainable Infrastructure of the Future? Comments|Add Comment|PrintInstalling a rooftop solar panel in Malawi. Photo by JonStrand/Wikimedia Commons The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This groundbreaking research, produced by the Global Commission and more than...

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Former NY Mayor Bloomberg to forgo 2020 White House bid, will focus on climate change

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will not seek the Democratic nomination for U.S. president in 2020 but will instead launch an effort aimed at combating climate change, he said on Tuesday.
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Trump climate deregulation could boost CO2 emissions by 200 million tonnes a year: study

The Trump administration's plans to roll back climate change regulations could boost U.S. carbon emissions by over 200 million tonnes a year by 2025, according to a report on Tuesday prepared for state attorneys general.
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White House drafts guidelines for panel questioning climate threat to security

The White House is advancing plans to form a presidential panel that will question science used in U.S. military and intelligence reports showing that human-driven climate change poses national security risks, according to a source briefed by participants in the negotiations.
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Washington Governor Inslee's White House bid to focus on climate change

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee said on Friday he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 2020, joining the crowded field as a relative unknown who hopes to catch fire by making climate change a central issue of his campaign.
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German students walk out of school in climate change protest

Thousands of students in the German port city of Hamburg marched out of school on Friday led by teenage Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg to call for more action on climate change.
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Evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard': scientists

Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a "gold standard" level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday.
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Swedish student leader wins EU pledge to spend billions on climate

The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive said on Thursday, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming.
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U.S. judge dismisses boys' lawsuit against Trump climate rollbacks

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by two Pennsylvania boys and an environmental group seeking to stop U.S. President Donald Trump from rolling back regulations addressing climate change, saying the court does not have power to tell the White House what to do.
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White House readies panel to question security risks of climate

The White House is readying a presidential panel that would question U.S. military and intelligence reports showing human-driven climate change poses risks to national security, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
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Spain proposes $53 billion public investment in climate change plan

Spain's Socialist government announced a 47 billion euro ($53 billion) public investment plan on Wednesday to tackle climate change over 10 years, which would be partly financed by issuing green bonds.
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British children walk out of lessons on climate strike

Thousands of British children marched out of lessons on Friday to demand action on climate change, earning a mild rebuke from the prime minister's office for disrupting classes, but praise from the energy minister and activists.
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Antarctic ice shelves: Searching for clues on climate change

In a remote island outpost on the edge of the Antarctic, hundreds of miles from the southern tip of Chile, scientists at a research base are scouring the ice for clues about everything from climate change to cures for cancer.
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Climate crisis could speed demise of Norwegian oil: central bank chief

Global efforts to fight a "crisis" of man-made climate change could spell a faster than expected end to Norway's oil and gas industry, the nation's central bank governor said on Thursday.
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This Month in Climate Science: Threatened Coffee, Asylum Applications and Antarctic Ice Loss

This Month in Climate Science: Threatened Coffee, Asylum Applications and Antarctic Ice Loss Comments|Add Comment|PrintNew research finds 60 percent of all coffee species are threatened with extinction. Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what's to come if we don't reduce emissions at a quicker pace. Our blog series, This...

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Climate change seen as top threat, but U.S. power a growing worry: poll

Climate change is the top security concern in a poll conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, followed by Islamist terrorism and cyber attacks while respondents in a growing number of countries worried about the power and influence of the United States.
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Democrats float 'Green New Deal' to end fossil fuel era

Democrats on Thursday laid out a "Green New Deal" that would eliminate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions within a decade, an effort to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race.
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STATEMENT: Green New Deal Rekindles Climate Conversation in the U.S.

STATEMENT: Green New Deal Rekindles Climate Conversation in the U.S. WASHINGTON (February 7, 2019) — Today Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a joint resolution that proposes wide-ranging efforts to counter climate change and reduce economic inequality. The resolution has garnered at least 64 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 9 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate. Following is a statement from Dan Lashof, Director, WRI US: “The Green...

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Democrats launch 10-year 'Green New Deal' for clean energy

Rising Democratic star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Senator Ed Markey on Thursday laid out the goals of a Green New Deal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, setting a high bar for Democrats who plan to make climate change a central issue in the 2020 presidential race.
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5 Things to Look for in the Green New Deal

5 Things to Look for in the Green New Deal Comments|Add Comment|PrintWind farm in Power County, Idaho. Photo by U.S. Department of Energy/Flickr The Green New Deal means different things to different people. In some ways, that’s part of its appeal. On the other hand, a Green New Deal can’t mean anything anyone wants it to, or it will come to mean nothing at all. More concept than concrete plan so far, the Green New Deal would fight climate change while simultaneously creating good jobs and...

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More U.S. companies discussing climate change in wake of hurricanes, wildfires

The bankruptcy of major California utility PG&E Corp as a result of over $30 billion in costs from California wildfires sparked by the state's prolonged drought will likely prompt more companies to discuss how they will respond to the effects of climate change on their businesses.
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Motor racing: Extreme E puts 'docu-sport' on environmental map

An 'Extreme E' race series launched on Thursday plans to showcase electric SUVs in some of the world's harshest and most remote environments while also highlighting the effects of climate change.
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U.S. lawmakers urge Pentagon to revise climate change report

Three Democratic U.S. lawmakers, including the House armed services committee chairman, on Wednesday urged the Pentagon to revise a report on climate change, saying it omitted required items such as a list of the 10 most vulnerable bases.
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Climate Change, Frigid Temperatures and the Polar Vortex: 3 Things to Know

Climate Change, Frigid Temperatures and the Polar Vortex: 3 Things to Know Comments|Add Comment|PrintUnusually cold temperatures grip the United States. Photo by Max Pixel Parts of the United States are expected to be colder than Antarctica this week, and three-quarters of the U.S. population will likely experience temperatures that dip below freezing. Climate deniers are already using the polar vortex to call into question the existence of global warming. Yet a cold snap in one region has...

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We Rely on Water for Everything We Need. Why Don't We Manage It That Way?

We Rely on Water for Everything We Need. Why Don't We Manage It That Way? Comments|Add Comment|PrintAn irrigation project in Rwanda. Flickr/World Bank Photo Collection This op-ed was posted at Devex. Every year, the World Economic Forum asks leaders from government, business, and civil society to rank their most pressing risks. For eight consecutive years, including 2019, water crises have been in the top 5. Water is up with climate change, extreme weather, infectious disease, and cyber...

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Coal compromise would secure German energy supply: Altmaier tells paper

A compromise hammered out early Saturday by a government-appointed commission would provide a secure energy supply while allowing Germany to meet its climate change target for 2030, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told a German newspaper.
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U.S. EPA senior official falls short of calling climate change a crisis

The Trump administration's senior air pollution official said on Friday that he and his agency were still exploring the science of climate change and fell short of calling it a crisis.
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Europe should be more ambitious on climate change: EU's Malmstrom

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday that Europe should be more ambitious on issues such as climate change as a way to unite the bloc around a single vision.
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RELEASE: Global Leaders Call to Accelerate Adaptation in Response to Mounting Climate Impacts

RELEASE: Global Leaders Call to Accelerate Adaptation in Response to Mounting Climate Impacts DAVOS, SWITZERLAND (January 23, 2019) – Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank, and Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, met with global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos today to discuss practical solutions to respond to the growing consequences of climate change. Even if the goal of keeping...

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Photo Essay: Poor Communities in Surat, India, Take Climate Resilience into Their Own Hands

Photo Essay: Poor Communities in Surat, India, Take Climate Resilience into Their Own Hands Comments|Add Comment|PrintSurat, India is a coastal city of 4.5 million people. Photo by Lubaina Rangwala/WRI Urban flooding is a major and growing concern. Japan experienced floods and mudslides that killed more than 120 people last year. The Indian state of Kerala witnessed a 100-year flood that swamped several metropolitan areas. And a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

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'A List' climate change firms outperform on stock market - survey

Apple , L'Oreal and Mitsubishi Electric are among more than 120 global firms which scored top marks in a ranking of corporate efforts to slow climate change.
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Climate Action Barometer: 12 Charts Explain Where We Are Today, and Where We Need to Be in 2020

Climate Action Barometer: 12 Charts Explain Where We Are Today, and Where We Need to Be in 2020 Comments|Add Comment|Print Countries committed under the Paris Agreement to a broad goal of limiting global temperature rise to under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), ideally 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F). The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that half a degree of warming makes a huge difference, and 1.5 degrees C is the safer target. So how and...

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U.S. State Department says may ask Trump to scrap another Obama climate order

The U.S. State Department said in a report released by the investigative arm of Congress on Thursday it may recommend President Donald Trump revoke an Obama-era order directing federal agencies to consider climate change in international development programs.
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This Month in Climate Science: Emissions at All-time High, Extremer Weather, Bad Report Card for the Arctic

This Month in Climate Science: Emissions at All-time High, Extremer Weather, Bad Report Card for the Arctic Comments|Add Comment|PrintScientists recently found that the oldest and thickest Arctic ice has declined by 95 percent. Photo by Martin Fuchs/Pixabay Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what's to come if we don't reduce...

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'Not the greatest crisis': Trump's EPA pick downplays climate threat

U.S. President Donald Trump's new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers on Wednesday he does not believe climate change is a major crisis, and would continue to undo Obama-era emission limits if confirmed.
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Many coffee species threatened with extinction, scientists warn

Climate change and deforestation are putting more than half the world's wild coffee species at risk of extinction, including the popular commercial coffees Arabica and Robusta, scientists warned on Wednesday.
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Failure to curb climate change a top risk: Davos survey

The risk that global efforts to tackle climate change will fail has risen despite concerns about powerful storms, floods, and droughts, a survey released by the World Economic Forum said on Wednesday, days before its annual gathering in Davos.
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4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy

4 Ways to Shift from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy Comments|Add Comment|PrintRooftop solar panels in Yokosuka, Japan. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Matthew R. Cole/U.S. Navy The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This groundbreaking research, produced by the Global Commission...

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Greenland's residents grapple with global warming

Nestled between icy peaks and lapped in frozen ocean waters, the tiny town of Tasiilaq in southeastern Greenland is home to some 2,000 people.
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