BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 14 2015 (IPS) - In one Ugandan dialect, ‘kiwotoka’, describes the steamed look of banana plants affected by the Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) – a virulent disease that is pushing African farmers out of business and into poverty.
A report to be released later today by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society shows the woodland caribou are still under threat across the country.
Destacando el éxito peruano de conservación de los bosques con desarrollo local, el Convenio Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático otorgó al proyecto REDD+ del Parque Nacional Bahuaja Sonene y la Reserva Nacional Tambopata el premio Actividad Faro 2015 en la categoría “Financiam ...
14 December 2015 – Calling the Paris Agreement on climate change “a health insurance policy for the planet,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he never lost faith over his nine years in office that the international community could rise to the challenge and take steps to cu ...
Negotiators in Paris are again expected to work through the night in an effort to secure a new global climate deal.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday that an ambitious global climate deal was within reach, though political concessions were still required to get over some last hurdles.
(CNN)—The United Nations' leader said Friday that a "cleaner, streamlined text" of a global climate change agreement has emerged, expressing hope that negotiators in Paris will resolve "several outstanding issues" and finalize a deal soon.
French foreign minister says Paris talks are ‘extremely close’ to agreement but negotiations will overrun into Saturday
US reaches out to China to smooth divisions and negotiations are taken behind closed doors as countries try to secure an agreement by Saturday
11 December 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that he is encouraged by progress of the talks at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, where the negotiations under way are perhaps the most significant and complex ever attempted.
Tropical groundwater may prove to be a climate-resilient source of freshwater in the tropics as intense rainfall favors the replenishment of these resources, according to a new study.
A “high-ambition coalition” makes a final push, Fabius’s unusual responsibility, and a campaign to save ugly food.
[PARIS] China aims to increase Africa’s expertise in novel bamboo products through a new knowledge exchange network, it was announced at the COP 21 summit.
PARIS, France, Dec 10 2015 (IPS) - When Dr. Evelyn Nguleka says that the world’s people shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds them, she explains that she’s not only referring to protecting farmers, but also to safeguarding the environment.
US, UK and others accused of ‘cynical’ ploy in response to developing countries’ firm stance on holding rich nations accountable for climate change damage
As summit enters closing stages, UN secretary general urges negotiators to set aside national interests to reach a strong global deal for all
An agreement on a plan to slow global warming could come Saturday.
12 December 2015 – Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives made history today.
Paris, 10 December 2015 - Recognizing the link between climate change and human rights is an important step towards protecting the fundamental rights of communities across the planet, according to a new United Nations report presented at the Paris climate meeting today.
With two days of negotiations left, the Paris climate talks “are running suspiciously on time”. But big issues — such as agreeing on an actual warming target — still remain.
[PARIS] Pacific islands need to ensure that a goal to strengthen ocean data collection remains in the final UN climate deal now being negotiated so they can plan their survival, a meeting has heard.
10 December 2015 – Meeting with civil society groups today at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he counts on these groups to help keep governments accountable, so they implement what they have committed to in words.
Nearly 200 governments honing in on a deal to fight climate change have set lofty aspirations for protecting vulnerable countries from rising seas, but delegates said there were still gaps in the latest draft of an agreement.
Study raises concerns over accelerating climate change as the icy mass under state’s surface releases carbon into atmosphere
The Obama administration’s climate centrepiece is bulletproof, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told Climate Home on Thursday.
Key observers say the chances of failure at the Paris climate talks are diminishing, but red lines still remain between rich and poor countries
The Pacific atoll of Tuvalu is one of the countries most threatened by global warming. Already, people have begun leaving as sea levels rise. Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga fears that the world still doesn't care about the world's most threatened populations.
The larger the protected area, the more likely it is to experience downgrading, downsizing and degazettement.
LE BOURGET, France — The climate deal being negotiated here is meant to begin a transformation of the world’s energy systems, but it has another goal that has received far less attention: a sweeping effort to save the world’s forests.
[PARIS] Indigenous people prevent carbon emissions through their stewardship of forests and pristine environments, a side event at the COP 21 summit heard.
Rising sea levels and tidal waves are washing away coastlines on many of the 196 inhabited islands of the Maldives, and there is no insurance policy to cover the costs.
Technical approaches to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change remain poorly understood by many developing countries, a report launched at the COP 21 summit warns.
A non-native species of lizard has been discovered in Bermuda, a potential problem for the island's critically endangered Bermuda skink. The observation was made by Florida International University biology student James Stroud.
Troubles in the Mediterranean and potential fixes in the Seychelles show why the world’s seas need more attention during the climate negotiations.
[KATHMANDU] The first study in two decades of the Ganges river dolphins in Nepal estimates that the numbers of the endangered species have increased to about 50 individuals. This is an improvement over the two dozen sightings recorded in the 1990s.
The Galápagos Islands have long offered researchers a natural laboratory in which to study unique volcanic features and a diverse population of native plants and animals
With a historic, planetwide pact on the line, hundreds of diplomats in Paris are preparing to extend the U.N. climate change conference into Saturday
8 December 2015 – Dozens of non-governmental organizations rallying outside the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris today voiced the importance of bringing more women to the forefront of discussions, both in terms of who is negotiating the new climate agreement and what wil ...
The mood extended to the science on Monday, with news of a probable fall in global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels in 2015 – for the first time in the absence of economic recession. This is thanks to one-time climate bad-boy China shutting so many coal plants that its emissions fell a ...
For years, many scientists thought we had a secret weapon to protect coral reefs from nutrients flushed into the seas by human activity.
Christiana Figueres on what’s next after Paris, a backstage look at Bill Gates’ climate initiative, and the blame game revs up as negotiations reach the final stage.
Christiana Figueres sits down with Nature as the Paris talks enter their final days.
I like to think of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a kindly but stern group of schoolteachers warning countries about their contribution to climate change like the parents of a wayward child.
War-ravaged South Sudan is home to a rich assortment of wildlife, researchers from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, U.S., and South Sudan’s Wildlife Service have found.
The US has promised to double to $861m aid to countries on the frontline of climate change in the final push to reach an agreement to avoid dangerous global warming at crucial UN talks in Paris.
A coalition representing more than 100 countries, formed in secrecy six months ago, has emerged at key UN talks in Paris to push for a legally binding global and ambitious deal on climate change.
French diplomacy is fighting 23 years of entrenched positions in international climate talks as backroom negotiations continue with the aim of pushing through a draft agreement by Wednesday.
Australian rainforest trees with large fleshy fruits are rare because few animals are capable of dispersing them, a new study suggests.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has presented a draft for a global climate agreement. But consensus is still a long way off, with many questions likely to be unsolved until the Paris conference's final moments.
LE BOURGET, France — In an effort to help smooth the passage of a sweeping new climate accord here this week, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Wednesday a proposal to double its grant-based public finance for climate-change adaptation by 2020 to $860 million, from $430 million.