Focus on Climate Change

UN conference inspires Nepal award for women in science

A UN-sponsored conference on space and sustainable development has inspired the creation of an award for women scientists in Nepal.

That’s according to Manisha Dwa with the Nepal Astronomical Society, based in the capital, Kathmandu.

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Science “has answers” to rising sea level threat

Many of the world’s biggest cities are exposed to rising sea levels but scientists and Mayors can work together to protect millions of people from the threat, climate experts said on Friday.

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SIDS share “unique challenges” to food security and nutrition

The launch of a Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in the Small Island Developing States or SIDS has been welcomed by the UN.

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“Put aside short-term national gain” to save the ocean: UN chief

UN Member States need to “put aside short-term national gain” in order to protect the ocean, which represents “the lifeblood of our planet”.

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2016 “very likely” to be world’s hottest year on record

This year is “very likely” to be the world’s hottest year on record according to the  World  Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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One of world’s worst humanitarian crises “struggling for attention”

One of world’s worst humanitarian crises underway in the Lake Chad Basin is “struggling for attention” according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Jan Eliasson.

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Climate change “major” cause of displacement in Mexico: UN expert

Climate change is a major cause of displacement in Latin America, including in Mexico, a UN independent expert has said during a recent visit to Mexico City.

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Farming reform to stop climate change: a young Ugandan’s Costa Rica mission

One young Ugandan studying agriculture in Central America has big plans to return home and help African farming become more climate-friendly.

Tom Okot, who was internally displaced from his war-torn home region of Northern Uganda, is a student at Earth University, in Costa Rica.

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60 million people worldwide affected by El Niño phenomenon

Floods, drought and other extreme weather events triggered by the current El Niño phenomenon are affecting an estimated 60 million people worldwide, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) reports.

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Climate change “biggest threat” to access to water

Climate change is the “biggest threat” to people’s access to water according to the president of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

President Ameenah Gurib is one of ten Heads of State and Government, who have been appointed to the UN’s High-Level Panel on Water.

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