28 Mar

China Meets 2020 Carbon Target Three Years Ahead of Schedule

UN Climate Change News, 28 March 2018 – China reached its 2020 carbon emission target three years ahead of schedule with the help of the country’s carbon trading system according to Xie Zhenhua, China’s representative to UNFCCC negotiations. The development provides an important boost to the Paris Agreement on Climate Action, which has the central goal […]

09 Mar

Experts Establish Blueprint to Gauge Impact of Climate Change on Cities

UN Climate Change News, 9 March 2018 – Experts have established a global blueprint to better understand climate change, its impacts on cities, and the critical role local authorities play in solving this challenge. Cities are responsible for some 75% of global CO2 emissions, with transport and buildings being among the largest contributors. The research agenda […]

02 Mar

Unusually warm winter breaks up sea ice in the Arctic

By Maria-José Viñas, NASA’s Earth Science News Team Winter temperatures are soaring in the Arctic for the fourth winter in a row. The heat, accompanied by moist air, is entering the Arctic not only through the sector of the North Atlantic Ocean that lies between Greenland and Europe, as it has done in previous years, but […]

26 Feb

2017 Was Hottest Year on Record for World’s Oceans

The year 2017 was the hottest year ever recorded for the world’s oceans, according to a study by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP CAS). The study shows that ocean warming in 2017 has occurred in most parts of the world, even though the Atlantic and the oceans of the southern […]

21 Feb

Banks Steer European Shipping towards Low Carbon

UN Climate Change News, 21 February 2018 – Efforts to green the European shipping industry have received a boost this week, with two major banks pledging to fund €300 million worth of clean tech investments in ships over the next three years. The Dutch bank ING and the European Investment Bank (EIB) will each contribute €150 […]

14 Feb

Governments Must Tax Dirty Energy – OECD

UN Climate Change News, 14 February 2018 – Taxes are effective at cutting harmful greenhouse emissions from energy use, but taxation applied by major economies to CO2 emissions is not enough to fight climate change, say experts with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the report Taxing Energy Use 2018 published today. The report describes […]

02 Feb

Urban Wetlands Are Important for Climate Protection

UN Climate Change News, 2 February 2018 – From mangrove forests to coral reefs on the coast, to peatlands to floodplains inland, wetlands play a crucial role in the fight against climate change and help make urban areas more sustainable. On 2 February, we celebrate World Wetlands Day. As societies implement the Paris Agreement to keep […]

17 Jan

Damage from Natural Disasters almost Doubled in 2017 Compared to 2016

January 17, 2018 According to German reinsurer Munich RE, natural disasters caused more damage in 2017 than in any the previous five years, with much of the damage caused by extreme weather events linked to climate change, above all severe hurricanes, flooding and fires. Last year, natural disasters caused USD 330 billion worth of damage, nearly […]