climate change

News in Brief 3 January 2019

  • China gives $7 million to support food aid in South Sudan
  • Uganda's Ebola preparedness 'will go a long way:' WHO Chief
  • Agreement to curb greenhouse gases enters into force
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‘The longer we wait to reduce emissions, the more challenging will be’, warns climate expert

“The longer we wait for the substantial reduction of emissions, the more carbon dioxide we need to remove from the atmosphere, said Jonas Pasztor, Executive Director for the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative (C2G2). Yasmina Guerda sat down with Mr. Pasztor to talk about the technology that can be used to help with this global problem. 

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The most popular audio tracks from UN News for 2018

In this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast series, we’re bringing you a roundup of the most listened-to audio of 2018 here at UN News. 

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In 2019, ‘reasons for hope’ in a world still on ‘red alert’: UN chief Guterres

Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued “a red alert” over a range of dangers confronting the world, which “still persist” as 2019 looms: “These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test,” the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year.

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Fighting drought with Somalia’s sand dams

The construction of sand dams which retain water above and below sand bars, is improving access to water supplies for people in Somalia as the country continues to weather periods of damaging drought.

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Profiting from urban waste in Viet Nam

Women in Hoi An city in Viet Nam are profiting from rubbish and other waste while helping to create a more sustainable urban environment, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Appalachian cellist ditches the van, to pedal against climate change

Growing up close to the famous Appalachian Mountains, in the United States, made musician Ben Sollee appreciate natural beauty, and also spurred him into action when he saw the destruction caused locally by mountaintop coal mining. For this edition of our podcast, the Lid Is On, the American cellist and political activist Ben Sollee explained to UN News’s Yasmina Guerda at the COP24 climate change conference in Poland, that even though “music can’t stop the bulldozer” it can definitely raise awareness.

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Podcast: ‘Plant-based meat’ alternatives begin to bite, in battle against climate change

The livestock industry is responsible for a staggering amount of greenhouse gas emissions, with a single beef burger taking up to 450 gallons of water to produce. The UN is ramping up awareness on the issue, and two companies who make “plant-based meat”, were recently named “Champions of the Earth” by UNEP. Conor Lennon from UN News went along to see how the new generation of meat-free meals are going down with the notoriously hard-to-please burger-loving public of New York City.

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At COP24, countries agree concrete way forward to bring the Paris climate deal to life

After two weeks of crunch negotiations – with overtime – the almost 200 parties gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations COP24 two-week climate change conference, adopted on Saturday a “robust” set of implementing guidelines for the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, aimed at keeping global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels.

Half a Degree matters: Leading UN Climate Change Expert

At COP24, thousands gathered to find concrete ways to move forward on the historic Paris Agreement. Discussions were very much based on October’s alarming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC,  that said it wasn’t impossible to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius but that “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” would be required." Yasmina Guerda sat down with one of the leading scientists behind the report, Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz.

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