environment

‘Tipping point’ for climate action: Time’s running out to avoid catastrophic heating

The temporary reduction in carbon emissions caused by global COVID-19 lockdowns did not slow the relentless advance of climate change. Greenhouse gas concentrations are at record levels, and the planet is on path towards dangerous overheating, a multi-agency climate report published on Thursday warns. 

News in Brief 6 September 2021

  • UN chief to lead call for Afghanistan humanitarian appeal 
  •  Australia must drop coal ‘or see climate change cause economic havoc’: UN adviser
  •  Conservation rights defenders killed with shocking frequency, says UN rights chief  
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Time running out for countries on climate crisis front line

The world’s running out of time to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius, a matter of life or death for climate vulnerable countries on the front line of the crisis, the UN Secretary General reiterated on Thursday.

Report reveals progress on environmentally protected areas, but quality must improve

Although the world has made major progress toward a decade-long target for environmental protection areas, it has fallen far short on commitments regarding their quality, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners said in a report published on Wednesday. 

Japan: UN experts ‘deeply disappointed’ by decision to discharge Fukushima water

Three independent UN human rights experts expressed deep regret on Thursday over Japan’s decision to discharge potentially still radioactive Fukushima nuclear plant water into the ocean, warning that it could impact millions across the Pacific region.  

News in Brief 26 February 2021

  • UN climate report a ‘red alert’ for the planet: Guterres 
  • People falling even further behind in COVID-19 crisis, says UN rights chief  
  • Condemnation over new attack on Nigerian school, hundreds of girls missing 
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UN offers science-based blueprint to tackle climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution

Without nature’s help, “we will not thrive or even survive”, the UN chief said on Thursday, launching a major report on the environment. 

Step up action and adapt to 'new climate reality', UN environment report urges

Though countries have made progress in planning for climate change adaptation, there are significant financing shortfalls in getting them to the stage where they provide real protection against droughts, floods and rising sea levels, a new UN environment report has found.