The European Union called for support for technological transfer to enhance ‘circular economy’ at a working group meeting held February 24, 2022 ahead of the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2).
Hundreds of businesses, financial institutions, civil society organisations and stakeholder groups have joined hands with more than two million individuals to call on governments to start negotiations on a new global treaty to combat plastic pollution.
The resumed fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) takes place online and in Nairobi on 28 February – 2 March 2022.
Years of artisanal mining along the Madre de Dios River and its tributaries have left their marks, both seen and unseen. Miners, swarming to the region in a modern-day goldrush, have cleared away pockets of this sliver of the Peruvian Amazon.
As the world follows news about the Russian invasion of Ukraine this week, a group of international scientists are warning that the world can't lose sight of another major threat: climate change.
Climate scientists have long warned that the world is not on track to prevent the average global temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels – a best-case threshold specified by the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
Today we are releasing the second part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 6th Assessment report. WMO is proud to be the co-hosting and founding organization of the IPCC. The physical science basis report was published in August, today we are talking about the already very visible ...
Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks.
Region by region, the analysis describes “widespread, pervasive impacts” to ecosystems, people, settlements, and infrastructure.
Climate adaptation investments need to speed up to restore degraded ecosystems effectively and equitably, given that climate change affects the lives of billions of people worldwide, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said Monday.
The world's leading climate scientists have warned that inadequate adaptation efforts in regions facing the serious impact of climate change along with over exploitation of natural resources, rapid urbanization and social inequalities will have a devastating effect on 3.6 billion people and nature.
The U.N. climate panel's latest major report, released on Monday, details how climate change is impacting nature, societies and economies, as well as what we can do to adapt in a warming world.
For much of the world, climate-change stress is right here, right now — and the latest highly-anticipated United Nations’ report confirms this emergency.
The UN’s climate science body today released a major report on the impacts that climate change will have on humans and the planet, and how we may adapt to them.
Increased heat waves, droughts and floods, caused by human-induced climate change, are already exceeding the tolerance thresholds of plants and animals, according to a fresh warning issued Monday from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
A major new report highlights the need for humans to stop climate change in order to protect their own well-being. DW's Heather Moore says it's time to listen.
Glaciers appear in many chapters and sections of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), titled the Working Group II report of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment. Released on 28 February, it offers detailed observations of historical and recent changes, and provides ...
Climate change impacts in Aotearoa New Zealand are real and future risks are high, according to the latest report released today by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Life in some locations on the planet is rapidly reaching the point where it will be too hot for the species that live there to survive, international climate experts said in a report Monday.
The world’s leading climate scientists on Monday warned human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature, with people and ecosystems least able to cope being the hardest hit.
I study the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus), which is native to the Yangtze River Basin of central China. This particular species is critically endangered in the wild owing to habitat loss and overcatching — a particular problem is their use in traditional Chinese medicine.
Kristin Aquilino, a scientist at the University of California, Davis, knows that expectations are just disappointments in disguise.
The 7th EU-Africa Business Forum 2022, jointly organised by the African Union (AU) Commission, the European Union (EU) and European business organisations recently, launched the Joint EU Africa Business Declaration to influence policymaking and business activities, and reconcile concrete actions ...
Every morning, Anna Baltodano and Michael Chizkov look out from their terrace in search of sloths. Notoriously slow-moving and with fur the color of tree branches, the animals blend into the trees where they sleep, eat and move — ever so languidly — among monkeys, iguanas and toucans.
Over the past 70 years, humanity has made great strides on a number of metrics: increasing life expectancy, cutting hunger and disease, boosting education levels.
Reading national climate plans feels like perusing corporate advertising brochures. There is an ever-increasing focus on the promise of innovation: hydrogen fuel, new nuclear technologies and carbon capture and storage, the plans claim, will close the gap between what the world needs and what re ...
Each year, pregnant female elephant seals take an approximately 240-day trek over 10,000 kilometers across the Eastern North Pacific Ocean before returning to their breeding beaches to give birth within five days of their arrival.
University of Sydney researchers tested wheat in heat and carbon-intense conditions that replicate future climate change and found that many common varieties produce fewer grains—a wake up call for growers nationwide.
Curtin University researchers have identified a "game-changing" way of protecting native animals—including pygmy possums, western bush wallabies and Australian painted-snipe birds—using sophisticated DNA technology.
The ability of rice plants to modify their root systems to adapt to the surrounding soil water conditions is a great example of a phenomenon called phenotype plasticity. However, the exact mechanism behind this remained unknown.
University of Otago research surveyed 986 conservation volunteers to get a sense of who they are, what they do, what motivates them, and their attitudes towards conservation in New Zealand.
People driven from their homes as global warming redraws the map of habitable zones are unlikely to find refuge in countries more focused on slamming shut their borders than planning for a climate-addled future, according to a top expert on migration.
Studying the global climate—and how it's changing—involves examining thousands of small processes, chemical mechanisms, local weather phenomena, and more.
Governments have delayed action on climate change for too long, and incremental changes in energy and food production will no longer be enough to create a climate-resilient future, a new analysis from scientists around the world warns.
The icefields that stretch for hundreds of miles atop the Andes mountain range in Chile and Argentina are melting at some of the fastest rates on the planet.
The UN on Monday launched a global effort to forge a landmark treaty curbing plastic pollution—an "epidemic" with escalating costs for the environment and human health.
Thomas Bernauer contributed to the latest IPCC report on adaptation to climate change. He sees nature and good governance as our most important resources for coping with the effects of climate change:
Deadly with extreme weather now, climate change is about to get so much worse. It is likely going to make the world sicker, hungrier, poorer, gloomier and way more dangerous in the next 18 years with an "unavoidable" increase in risks, a new United Nations science report says.
These last 60 years have been completely monumental for Australia's marine life. Over the last six decades, humpback whale populations have drastically increased by several thousands, thanks to authorities cracking down on poachers.
An astounding new species of orchid has been discovered in the cloud rainforest of Northern Ecuador. Scientifically named Maxillaria anacatalina-portillae, the plant -- unique with its showy, intense yellow flowers -- was described by Polish orchidologists in collaboration with an Ecuadorian com ...
World leaders are setting their sights on controlling plastic pollution at the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), where India will play a vital role in pressing the issues of sustainable use and recycle economy, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Monday.
Mr President, Madame Executive Director, Excellencies, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my privilege to deliver this statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
Wealthy countries should provide at least $60 billion every year to the world's poorest nations to combat biodiversity loss, an alliance of environment groups said Tuesday.
The labyrinthine world of insects is in deep trouble. Scientists have uncovered startling declines in their populations , with the United Nations estimating that half a million species could be lost by the midpoint of this century.
When Hurricane Irma ravaged south Florida in September 2017 it inundated homes, knocked out electricity for millions and killed more than 30 people.
The gang-gang cockatoo, the animal emblem of the Australian Capital Territory, will be officially listed as a threatened species after a large decline in its numbers due to the climate crisis and the bushfire disaster.
Climate scientists from around the world issued dire warnings on Monday, in the latest IPCC report on the dangers posed in the unfolding climate crisis. Among them is extreme heat, a crisis that on average already claims more American lives than hurricanes and tornadoes combined.
The negative impacts of climate change are mounting much faster than scientists predicted less than a decade ago, according to the latest report from a United Nations climate panel.
The impacts of climate change are piling up faster and faster, hurting people around the world and costing Canada billions of dollars in damages from wildfires in the West to reduced seafood harvests in the East, says a new report from the world’s top global warming research body.
The threat that climate change poses to human well-being and the health of the planet is “unequivocal”, says the latest report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).