Category: Climate Change

Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

UNHRC Video Screenshot Junior, a teenage youth activist from Côte d’Ivoire, speaks via videolink to the UN Human Rights Council about protecting the environment.     At the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, a teenager from Côte d’Ivoire has explained why protecting the environment matters so much. The rare and refreshing intervention came from 14-year-old activist Junior, who […]

Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle, says UN weather agency WMO

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Aerial view of melting glaciers on King George Island, Antarctica. This latest report of an Arctic temperature more typical of the Tropics comes a few months after the Argentine research base, Esperanza, on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, set a new record temperature.    Reports that temperatures in a Russian town in […]

May confirmed as warmest on record, CO2 levels hit new high despite COVID economic slowdown

WMO/Tapio NiemiLate September sunrise as seen from Paalijärvi observation tower in Alajärvi, Finland. May 2020, was the warmest on record, UN weather agency WMO has confirmed.     Last month was the warmest May on record and carbon dioxide levels also hit a new high despite the economic slowdown from COVID-19, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said […]

Post-pandemic ‘green shift’ in transport could create up to 15 million jobs

UN Photo/Evan SchneiderA bus driver in New York City wears a mask to protect himself against the Coronavirus.    Transforming the transport sector to be more environmentally-friendly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, could create up to 15 million new jobs worldwide and help countries move to greener, healthier economies, according to a UN-backed report […]

What COVID-19 can learn from climate change: establishing crisis governance

In 2020, we are faced with two simultaneous global crises. The only comfort we may take from this is that both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic require systems of global governance, and establishing this for one will most likely benefit the other. Climate change experts shed light on this hypothesis at a panel discussion […]