Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows

Global heating continued unabated with extreme weather rife and greenhouse gases hitting new highs The last seven years were the world’s hottest on record, with the first analysis of global temperature in 2021 showing it was 1.2C above pre-industrial levels. The assessment of the year, by the European climate agency Copernicus, also found carbon dioxideContinue reading “Climate crisis: last seven years the hottest on record, 2021 data shows”

Climate change to blame? 2021 produced the second-costliest disasters on record – DW News

Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, 2021 brought more than its share of natural disasters. And as well as claiming around 10,000 lives, they also took a major financial toll. German reinsurer Munich Re says it was one of the most expensive years on record, with global damages estimated at around 280 billion dollars – only 120 billionContinue reading “Climate change to blame? 2021 produced the second-costliest disasters on record – DW News”

Super typhoon causes devastation as it rips through Philippines – BBC News

A popular tourist island is among areas left devastated after a powerful typhoon ripped through the southern Philippines, officials say. Super typhoon Rai made landfall on the holiday island of Siargao on Thursday, bringing winds of about 195km/h (120mph) and heavy rainfall. The tropical storm has levelled homes on islands along its path, displacing hundredsContinue reading “Super typhoon causes devastation as it rips through Philippines – BBC News”

Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN (September, 2021)

Number of extreme weather disasters shot up nearly fivefold from 1970s to most recent decade due to global warming. The number of weather disasters – such as floods and heatwaves – driven by climate change has increased fivefold during the past 50 years, killing more than two million people and costing $3.64 trillion in totalContinue reading “Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly: UN (September, 2021)”

Northern Spain sees major floods following Storm Barra – Global News

The River Arga in Spain’s northern region of Navarre broke its banks in the town of Villava on Friday, flooding streets and leaving many homes submerged under water with only their roof tops visible. Local media reported regional authorities were still quantifying the damage in Navarre caused by Storm Barra, adding the floods generated byContinue reading “Northern Spain sees major floods following Storm Barra – Global News”

Earth has 11 years to cut emissions to avoid dire climate scenarios, a report says

The current rate of greenhouse gas pollution is so high that Earth has about 11 years to rein in emissions if countries want to avoid the worst damage from climate change in the future, a new study concludes. Despite dipping in 2020 because of the global pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions are on track to returnContinue reading “Earth has 11 years to cut emissions to avoid dire climate scenarios, a report says”

At least 180 killed in India and Nepal flooding – DW News

Scores of people have been killed in devastating flooding and landslides in Nepal and India. Parts of the region are experiencing some of the heaviest post-monsoon rains in years. Rescue efforts have begun, but the damage is already immense.

More than 99.9% of studies agree: Humans caused climate change

More than 99.9% of peer-reviewed scientific papers agree that climate change is mainly caused by humans, according to a new survey of 88,125 climate-related studies. The research updates a similar 2013 paper revealing that 97% of studies published between 1991 and 2012 supported the idea that human activities are altering Earth’s climate. The current surveyContinue reading “More than 99.9% of studies agree: Humans caused climate change”

Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain

Rights council to decide on proposal this week U.S., UK, Brazil, Russia among critics – sources Lawyers say right could help in climate cases Britain and the United States are among a few countries withholding support for a proposal brought at the United Nations that would recognise access to a safe and healthy environment asContinue reading “Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain”

World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming, UN chief warns

Countries’ latest pledges to cut emissions would fail to avert disastrous climate change, UN report says. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned that a failure to cut global emissions is setting the world on a “catastrophic” path to 2.7 degrees Celsius heating. A UN report on 191 countries’ emissions promises found that they wouldContinue reading “World on ‘catastrophic’ path to 2.7C warming, UN chief warns”

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