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News in Brief 11 October 2022

  • Ukraine: UN rights office condemnation for wave of missile attacks
  • DR Congo sees deadly surge in intercommunal violence
  • WMO report urges swifter action on transition to clean energy
Global emissions must decrease by 45 per cent by 2030 in order to avoid climate catastrophe.
WMO/Leonor Hernandez

‘We cannot afford greenwashing’: Guterres highlights key role of Net-Zero experts

As part of the UN’s climate action efforts, the Secretary-General’s Net-Zero Expert Group met for the first time on Wednesday, on a mission to develop stronger and clearer standards for net-zero emissions pledges by non-State entities — such as businesses, investors, cities and regions—and speed up their implementation.

Coastal erosion reveals the extent of ice-rich permafrost underlying active layer on the Arctic Coastal Plain in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

If you’re not thinking about the climate impacts of thawing permafrost, (here’s why) you should be

Earth’s permafrost is thawing, and indigenous communities in the Arctic and scientists around the world say it’s high time this alarming loss of ground ice receives the global attention – and dedicated research – it deserves. As this phenomenon reshapes landscapes, displaces whole villages, and disrupts fragile animal habitats; it also threatens to release dangerous microorganisms and potential carbon emissions that have been locked in ice for thousands of years.