Wednesday, 25 November 2020

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Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

GENEVE: Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said 7,348 major disaster events had occurred between 2000 and 2019, claiming 1.23 lives, affecting 4.2 billion people and costing ...

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A decade of climate change: Earth’s temperature hottest on record

MADRID (Reuters) – The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain. An annual assessment of the Earth’s climate ...

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Oxford Names ‘Climate Emergency’ Its 2019 Word of the Year

LONDON: Oxford Dictionaries has named “climate emergency” as its 2019 Word of the Year, choosing it from an all-environmental shortlist that also included “climate action,” “climate denial,” “eco-anxiety,” “extinction” and “flight shame.” The Word of the Year citation is intended to highlight “a word or expression shown through usage evidence ...

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EU bank will stop funding fossil fuel projects

BRUSSELS: The European Investment Bank, the EU’s lending arm, said Thursday it will stop funding fossil fuel projects from 2022 as part of a new strategy aimed at fighting climate change. “We will stop financing fossil fuels and we will launch the most ambitious climate investment strategy of any public ...

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Scientists around the world declare climate emergency

Forty years ago, scientists from 50 nations converged on Geneva to discuss what was then called the “CO2-climate problem.” At the time, with reliance on fossil fuels having helped trigger the 1979 oil crisis, they predicted global warming would eventually become a major environmental challenge. The scientists got to work, ...

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Iceland commemorates first glacier lost to climate change

REYKJAVIK: Iceland on Sunday honoured the passing of Okjokull, its first glacier lost to climate change, as scientists warn that some 400 others on the subarctic island risk the same fate. As the world recently marked the warmest July ever on record, a bronze plaque was mounted on a bare ...

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Climate crisis: Ethiopia plants 350m trees in a day

ADDIS ABABA: About 350m trees have been planted in a single day in Ethiopia, according to a government minister. The planting is part of a national “green legacy” initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings. Public offices ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio: Climate change can be reversed if we act now

HOLLYWOOD: “We don’t need advanced technology. Mother Nature has seaweeds and shellfish which sequester five times more carbon than land-based plants,” said Bren Smith, winching a glistening haul of glossy brown kelp out of the sea. A fisherman-turned-“steward of the sea,” who runs a restorative ocean farm growing seaweed and ...

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UN kicks off major climate change effort

UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls it the defining issue of our time: climate change is moving to the center stage at the United Nations, three years after the Paris agreement went into force. A major UN push for progress on climate change kicks off next week when Guterres travels ...

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