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”

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”

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”

Mass protests in Brazil call for Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment

Crowds parade through cities as polling shows president’s ratings sinking to new depths Tens of thousands of protesters have returned to the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities to demand Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment, as a poll showed the Brazilian president’s ratings had plumbed new depths. Huge crowds paraded through downtown Rio on Saturday to voice theirContinue reading “Mass protests in Brazil call for Jair Bolsonaro’s impeachment”

World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change

Largest global climate protest since pandemic Strike takes place weeks before COP26 summit Hundreds of thousands protest in Germany alone, organisers say ‘No political party is doing close to enough’, Thunberg says Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday to demand urgent action to avert disastrous climate change, in their largestContinue reading “World’s youth take to the streets again to battle climate change”

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”

Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN

Extreme weather and climate events have become more frequent, intense and costlier since the 1970s — and that’s unlikely to change, a UN agency has said. But thanks to early warning systems, fewer people are dying. Disasters caused by extreme weather have become much more frequent and costly since the 1970s even as warning systems haveContinue reading “Weather disasters jump fivefold and will get worse: UN”

California’s top Democrats took money from big oil and gas. Then climate legislation died

When California legislators went home to their districts for their summer recess in mid-July, our state was gripped by climate disasters of historic proportions. It still is. The Dixie Fire became the second-largest single wildfire in California history. Desperately low water levels forced the Oroville hydro-electric plant offline for the first time ever, giving Californians even more reasonContinue reading “California’s top Democrats took money from big oil and gas. Then climate legislation died”

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