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Climate change not slowed by the COVID pandemic: UN

Friday - The pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the world remains behind in its battle to cut carbon emissions, according to the United Nations.

This year's giant Antarctic ozone hole probably due to climate change

Friday - A giant ozone hole has opened up over Antarctica this year. Already larger than the entire ice-covered continent, the ozone hole has surpassed the size of 75% of ozone holes measured since 1979 and is still growing. Scientists believe climate change might be the cause.

'Climate stars' among the world’s most ‘influential’ people

Phyllis Omido, a Kenyan environmental activist and Goldman Environmental Prize Winner.

Friday - Climate change was a big theme in Time Magazine’s 2021 list of “Most Influential People,” with a handful of climate scientists and environmental advocates making the list along with celebrities like Dolly Parton and Naomi Osaka.

Not a single G20 country is in line with the Paris Agreement on climate

Thursday - None of the world's major economies -- including the entire G20 -- have a climate plan that meets their obligations under the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to an analysis published Wednesday, despite scientists' warning that deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed now.

James Hansen warns rate of global warning set to double

Thursday - James Hansen, a climate scientist who shook Washington when he told Congress 33 years ago that human emissions of greenhouse gases were cooking the planet, is now warning that he expects the rate of global warming to double in the next 20 years.

Scientists call for 'fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty'

Thursday - "We, the undersigned, call on governments around the world to adopt and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, as a matter of urgency, to protect the lives and livelihoods of present and future generations." So begins an open letter from 2,185 scientists from 81 countries presented to the UN this week.

Time for a 'Constitution of the Earth'?

Thursday - Guido Montani, a professor of international political economy at the University of Pavia, argues the time has come for a "Constitution of the Earth."


NZ likely to come under pressure to cut methane emissions faster

Wednesday - New Zealand is on a list of high methane emitting countries identified by Europe and the US as needing to make greater efforts to cut back emissions of the greenhouse gas.

World now sees twice as many days over 50C

Wednesday - The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis has found.

Climate change could trigger migration of 216 million people: World Bank

Wednesday - Without immediate action to combat climate change, rising sea levels, water scarcity and declining crop productivity could force 216 million people to migrate within their own countries by 2050, the...

UN calls for 'repurposing' farm subsidies harming environment

Wednesday - Farming subsidies worth around $500 billion doled out by governments every year must be repurposed, three UN agencies warned on Tuesday, citing the environmental and health damage they cause.

At least 227 indigenous people died last year defending their lands

Tuesday - At least 227 environmental defenders died last year as a direct result of their efforts to protect land, water, wildlife, and their own climate futures. That’s the highest number ever recorded,...

Climate change and price stability mandates at central banks

Tuesday - Traditionally, financial market actors and monetary authorities have considered environmental matters as outside of the scope of monetary policymakers. This stance may change now that central banks...

Quantifying food-related global greenhouse gas emissions

Tuesday - Global emissions from the production of animal-based food are about double the amount of emissions from plant-based food production, according to a model by international researchers.

OECD boss: Carbon pricing should come through us

Monday - Efforts to price carbon should be elevated to the international level, the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development told EU finance ministers on Saturday.

No time left tor ‘incremental’ climate action, warns leaked IPCC report

Monday - Our planet has no time left for “incremental change” to avert climate disaster, says a leaked draft of the upcoming IPCC report. The draft is the third part of the IPCC assessment due to be published...

Harmonizing green incentives

10 Sep 21 - Thomas Pogge is an academic philosopher with a practical bent. His idea of a health impact fund was a practical solution to incentivise the development of drugs that would benefit those in poor...

Top 5 meat and dairy companies match Exxon in greenhouse gas emissions

10 Sep 21 - The world's five biggest meat and dairy companies emit the same volume of greenhouse gases as fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil.

The messy truth about carbon footprints

10 Sep 21 - How much attention should each of us be paying to our individual carbon footprint? That question is the subject of a contentious debate that’s been raging in climate circles for quite some time.


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National won't attend COP26

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Global conservation leaders vote for moratorium on ocean mining

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Greater Wellington welcomes $1.2 billion boost

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