Category: Climate Change

Deliver ‘significant results now’, UN General Assembly President tells COP25 climate conference

WMO/Injoo Hong Storm clouds forming over Banghwa-ri in Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea. It is “imperative” that the COP25 climate conference underway in Spain delivers “significant results now”, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the UN General Assembly (PGA), said on Tuesday. “Science is unequivocal on the urgency to act, both at global and national levels”, he told the conference […]

COP25: UN climate change conference, 5 things you need to know

  Climate change is happening—the world is already 1.1°C warmer than it was at the onset of the industrial revolution, and it is already having a significant impact on the world, and on people’s lives. And if current trends persist, then global temperatures can be expected to rise by 3.4 to 3.9°C this century, which would […]

UN emissions report: World on course for more than 3 degree spike, even if climate commitments are met

UN Photo/Kibae Park Emissions at a manufacturing complex in Toronto, Canada. (file) Even if countries meet commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world is heading for a 3.2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise over pre-industrial levels, leading to even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts, warns a report from the UN Environment Programme, released on Tuesday. The annual Emissions Gap Report, which […]

Climate change: Another year of record gas emissions, warns UN meteorological agency

WMO/Monika Nováková A funnel cloud in Plechotice, Slovakia. Levels of the three main heat-trapping gases emitted into the atmosphere – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide – have reached yet another high, the UN meteorological agency, WMO, said on Monday. In an appeal to Governments to do more to reverse countries’ reliance on producing energy […]

Australia wildfires: communities must stay vigilant, urges UN weather agency

As Australia’s “catastrophic” and deadly wildfire emergency continues, UN weather experts on Tuesday echoed Government warnings for people to remain vigilant in the face of the fast-moving threat and tinderbox conditions. In Geneva, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) noted that dozens of fires are raging, affecting around six million in eastern New South Wales state, […]

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Blue’ finance flows in the Seychelles

Protecting marine areas from over-exploitation and providing the people who have traditionally lived off the sea with a sustainable alternative livelihood does not come cheap, but in the Seychelles, a focus on financial instruments is making that task easier. The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is rich in biodiversity. However, years of […]