Category: Climate Change

Cost of renewables fell in 2016, lowering global investment in clean energy – UN

A wind mill at the Parque Eólico Camilo Ortega Saavedra wind farm in the Department of Rivas, Nicaragua. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, even as investment in clean energy fell, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today reported. “Ever-cheaper clean tech provides a real opportunity for investors to get more for less,” said UNEP executive Director Erik Solheim. “This is exactly the kind of situation, where the […]

Renewable energy sources could be cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years – UN-backed report

Sustainable energy. Photo: World Bank/Dana Smillie

A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity. “[The report] is meant to spur discussion and debate about both […]

Research shows link between temperature rise and human influence, says head of UN climate panel

A girl from the Iñupiat community stands on a ice floe on a shore of the Arctic Ocean in Barrow, Alaska in the United States. The anomalous melting of the Arctic ice is one of the many effects of global warming that has a serious impact on the life of humans and the wildlife. Photo: UNICEF/Vlad Sokhin

Speaking today at a United Nations forum to invigorate political momentum on climate change, the head of a major UN panel on climate change underlined that human influence on the climate system cannot be disputed. “[Research has] demonstrated the link between cumulative past, present and future carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and a given temperature rise,” […]

Record-breaking weather in 2016 pushes world into ‘truly uncharted territory’– UN agency

A view of icebergs in Ilulissat Icefjord Greenland, where the melting of ice sheets is accelerating. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Global temperatures set yet another record last year and the world witnessed exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, warning that the extreme weather and climate conditions have continued into 2017. According to the agency’s Statement on the State of the […]

Hunger persists in chronic conflict zones despite strong global harvests – UN

Young boys head home after fishing for a day in the swamps of Nyal, South Sudan. Photo: FAO/Lieke Visser

Despite robust food supply conditions, droughts are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, and access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, a new United Nations report has found. “This is an unprecedented situation. Never before have we been faced with four threats of famine in multiple countries simultaneously,” […]

UN agency urges support for small farmers to help them not just get by, but thrive and feed others

A woman farmer working in a wheat field in rural Nepal. Photo: FAO/Saliendra Kharel

Highlighting growing challenges, such as climate change and natural resource scarcity, facing small farmers in developing countries, the head of the United Nations agricultural agency called for information technology tools that can help boost their resilience as well as feed a growing world population. “Millions of small family farmers need technical and financial assistance to […]