Climate and Environment

Youth embody ‘spirit’ of 21st century more than parents, new survey shows

Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other global challenges, children and youth are nearly 50 per cent more likely than older people to believe that the world is becoming a better place, according to the results of a landmark intergenerational poll published on Thursday. 

As COP26 deadline slips, negotiators keep working to agree crucial climate deal

COP26, the UN climate summit in Glasgow, is running into overtime, as leaders and negotiators will keep working to reach a deal that could spare the world from catastrophic global warming.

Violence, insecurity and climate change drive 84 million people from their homes

As more people flee violence, insecurity and the effects of climate change, the number forcibly displaced now exceeds 84 million globally, according to new data released on Thursday by the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.
 

Era free of fossil-fuel powered vehicles comes into focus at COP26; draft outcome is met with calls for more ambition

A world where every car, bus and truck sold is electric and affordable, where shipping vessels use only sustainable fuels, and where planes can run on green hydrogen may sound like a sci-fi movie, but here, at COP26, many governments and businesses said they have started to work to make it a reality.

Women bear the brunt of the climate crisis, COP26 highlights

Women took the global stage on Tuesday to show that climate change isn’t gender neutral, and that climate action needs them: investing in women and girls creates ripple effects felt throughout entire communities and the frontline knowledge they possess is needed now more than ever, especially as new analysis has revealed that the announcements by world leaders at COP26 still leave our planet on the path to catastrophic global warming. 

New FAO analysis reveals carbon footprint of agri-food supply chain

Food processing, packaging, transport, household consumption and waste disposal are pushing the food supply chain to the top of the greenhouse gas emitters list, according to a  new study led by the UN agriculture agency, presented on Monday at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

COP26: Indigenous peoples, protests, and a call to end the war on nature

As millions took to the streets of cities around the world on Saturday, demanding greater climate action, some countries taking part in the COP26 negotiations, made new pledges to invest in nature-based solutions and a greener approach to farming. 

COP26: Thousands of young people take over Glasgow streets demanding climate action

“What do we want? Climate justice! When do we want it? Now!” echoed throughout central Glasgow on Friday as thousands of protesters took the streets during the dedicated “Youth Day” at COP26.

In Madagascar, pockets of famine as risks grow for children, warns WFP

“Pockets of famine” have now been reported in Southern Madagascar, the UN World Food Programme (WFPsaid on Tuesday.

Reducing methane emissions vital for climate action, but not ‘get out of jail free card’

A new reporting hub to reduce methane emissions – a powerful greenhouse gas responsible for at least a quarter of global warming – was launched on Sunday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as the UN Climate Conference (COP26) kicked off in Glasgow.