Category: Climate Change

Rich variety of life on earth essential says UN chief Guterres, marking biological diversity day

The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on Tuesday. Since December 1993, when the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force, its parties have acted to conserve the earth’s flora and […]

Climate change: An ‘existential threat’ to humanity, UN chief warns global summit

None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations chief told a major climate action summit on Tuesday, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity. Both leadership and innovation are essential for climate action, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his keynote address to the global gathering, known as […]

UN agencies urge global action as drought looms over Africa’s Sahel region

  United Nations agencies have urged greater international support to stave off severe food insecurity in Africa’s western Sahel; a region reeling from the effects of conflict and now threatened by drought and rising hunger. According to estimates, about five million people in northern Senegal, southern Mauritania and parts of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and […]

Nations begin drafting ‘operating manual’ for climate action at UN conference in Bonn

The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations began on Monday in Bonn, Germany, to further develop the “operating manual” for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to keep temperature rises this century, well below 2 degrees Celsius. “We are witnessing the severe impacts of climate change throughout the world”, said the Executive Secretary […]

Heatwaves, hurricanes, floods: 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate events, says UN

  Hurricanes, monsoon floods and continuing severe drought made 2017 the costliest year ever for severe weather and climate events, according to a new report by the United Nations weather agency launched on the eve of World Meteorological Day. “The start of 2018 has continued where 2017 left off – with extreme weather claiming lives and […]