climate change

News in Brief 8 June 2021

  • Chilly Spring, cold comfort for planet as emissions rise again
  • Ocean blues, as CO2 spike threatens marine life, jobs
  • Rescued Rohingya given food, water in Indonesia
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Invasive pest spread another fallout from climate change, UN-backed study finds

Climate change is making pests which ravage important agricultural crops even more destructive, heightening threats to global food security and the environment, a UN-backed study published on Wednesday has found. 

UN chief calls for a global partnership to address COVID, climate change and achieve SDG’s

Speaking in a key international partnerships summit, António Guterres said that if governments embrace together the goals of phasing out coal, enhancing climate commitments, and investing in the Global Goals, there is an opportunity to rise to 'the biggest challenge of our lives'.

News in Brief 27 May 2021

  • World likely to hit watershed 1.5C rise in next five years: WMO
  • Israel-Palestine in spotlight at Human Rights Council
  • Kenya peacekeeper hailed a gender champion
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UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva – Tigray conflict latest, climate ‘abyss’ and Syria gets COVID jabs

In this week’s UN Catch-Up, first-hand information on the continuing humanitarian and security crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray – from the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF; an alert from the Central African Republic where fighting between Government forces and rebels in the north of the country has forced thousands to flee.

And, a warning from UN Secretary-General that the world is on the edge of an abyss from climate change, at the White House’s Climate Leaders’ Summit – as UNHCR unveils new data showing that climate shocks has displaced twice as many people as conflict in the last decade.

As ever, we have closing comments from regular guest Solange Behoteguy-Cortes, thanks for listening.

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Climate Change indicators have continued unabated, warns WMO

Latest research from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shows that climate change has not slowed down during the pandemic – and that action to reverse increasing greenhouse gas emissions, is more urgent than ever.

Ahead of the Leaders’ Summit on Climate convened by the United States on Thursday, here’s WMO meteorologist Laura Paterson, outlining the main findings of the UN agency’s State of the World Climate 2020 report, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 22 April 2021

  • ‘Rising hunger and desperation’ in Myanmar, warns WFP
  • COVID jabs from UN-partnered COVAX scheme arrive in Syria
  • Climate change disasters cause twice as much displacement as conflict, violence: UNHCR
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Climate change top challenge over the next decade, UNESCO global survey finds

Climate change and loss of biodiversity is seen as the most pressing challenge over the decade, according to the World in 2030 Survey report published on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

FROM THE FIELD: Costa Rica communities fight duel COVID and climate threat

Local communities in Costa Rica are working together to fight the challenging combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, thanks to support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

PODCAST: Fighting climate change, one building at a time

The role that buildings have to play in climate change rarely gets the same level of attention as issues such as energy production or transport, but they are a significant part of the problem. The UN estimates that, in 2019, emissions from buildings hit an all-time high, accounting for more than a third of all energy-related greenhouse gases.

In New York, home to UN Headquarters, these techniques are now being put into practice, and older buildings are being “retrofitted” with the latest materials, for the benefit of residents, and the environment.

Conor Lennon went to visit some New York projects that could help the City and State to achieve its strict and ambitious climate goals.

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