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Climate-Smart Villages Boost Nepali Farmers’ Harvests

Nepali farmers are finding that environmentally friendly cultivation methods increase yields—and also help them adapt to rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

Investors Opt Out of Fossil Fuels as Climate Summit Nears

As momentum builds for a new deal on climate change, investors are becoming increasingly nervous about having their cash in fossil fuels.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

Too Warm, Too Few Fish: Health Warning for World’s Oceans

Rampant overfishing combined with the impact of climate change is seriously endangering the well-being of the oceans, environmental analysts say.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Irish Leader Says Economic Changes Are Needed to Tackle Climate Challenges

At a meeting building toward the Paris climate summit, Ireland’s president calls for a new economic order to address the threats of global warming.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

Muslim Scholars Say Climate Change Poses Dire Threat

An Islamic declaration adds to growing pressure religious leaders are exerting on richer nations to reduce the burden they are putting on the Earth’s climate.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

Prospect of Warmer Winters Doesn’t Mean Fewer Deaths

New scientific study pours cold water on the theory that mortality rates will drop in winter months as the climate warms.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE

Health Sector Needs Firmer EU Hand on Climate Change

Health care systems should be required to observe tighter rules with regard to their climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions, lobbyists say.

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Calls for Moral Campaign on Climate Crisis

A hard-hitting message from the Vatican warns of the threat global warming poses to the world’s ecosystems—and everyone on the planet.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE

World Must Wake Up to China’s Energy Revolution

A new report says a successful outcome at this year’s Paris climate talks will be far more likely if the world takes note of how China is reducing emissions.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

United Nations: Global Finance Must Face Up to Climate Challenge

Trillions of dollars need to be redirected into building low-carbon economies to avoid serious climate change, the U.N. warns.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Braces for Even Worse Wildfire Season

Years of drought and higher temperatures mean the chance of devastating wildfires in the southwest U.S. is higher than ever—particularly in southern California.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE

Call for an End to Business as Usual on Climate and Human Problems

A U.N. special envoy urges a unified approach to global action on tackling the interlinked issues of climate change, sustainable development and human rights.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

Changing Climate Causes Weather Chaos in Chile

What is being described as an environmental catastrophe is hitting Chile as torrential rains batter the north while the south suffers prolonged drought and wildfires.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

China Ramps Up Rhetoric on Climate Change

A senior Chinese official warns that climate-related temperature rises could seriously affect the country’s harvests and major infrastructure projects.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

Serious Doubts Over Europe’s Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Target

Europe has made substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, but its long-term reduction aims look unachievable, says a new report.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

Urgent Campaign Aims to Curb Pollutants’ Deadly Effects

Carbon dioxide is public enemy No. 1 in the fight against climate change, but other pollution is having a big impact—and causing millions of premature deaths.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE

Cannabis Growers Blamed for Leaving California High and Dry

As California endures its worst drought since records began, illegal marijuana plantations are being accused of further depleting precious water resources.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE

California Rains Bring Little Relief From Devastating Drought

Unless substantial rain falls soon, California’s worst drought on record threatens dire consequences for the state’s massive agricultural industry.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

Investment Falters as Fossil Fuels Face ‘Perfect Storm’

Increasing oil production but falling demand is creating big problems for the fossil fuel industry as some investors are now turning away from the sector.

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 READ MORE

Debate Heats Up on Risk of Frozen Fossil Fuel Assets

Investors are wondering whether putting money into fossil fuels makes sense—and the same question is now being asked by heavy hitters in the banking industry.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Pledge Gets Dollars Flowing Into Climate Fund

Many developing countries are already suffering the impacts of climate change, but a special fund to help them adapt to a warming world has been bolstered by promises of billions of dollars from wealthier nations.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE

A Wrench Thrown Into Coal’s Publicity Machine

An Australian think tank’s data challenges coal industry claims that it drives economic growth, is a key element of alleviating “energy poverty” worldwide and improves quality of life.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE

Insurance Industry Sleeps Through Climate Alarm Calls

Disasters linked to climate change could cost insurance companies billions of dollars, but a new survey finds that many of them—particularly in the U.S.—are paying scant attention to the threat.

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 READ MORE

Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is keen interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE

Outlook Palls for Fossil Fuel Investments

Warnings within the world of high finance are coming thick and fast that the increasingly urgent need to combat climate change means investors could lose heavily by sinking funds into coal, oil and gas.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE

Surfers Fear Climate Change Will Wipe Out Big Waves

Dedicated surfers, deeply involved with monitoring the natural coastal environment around the world, warn that climate change now poses a major threat to this booming leisure industry.

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE

Investor Heavyweights Call for Clear Action on Climate

As a major U.N. climate summit got underway in New York on Tuesday, some of the world’s biggest institutional investors demanded clearer policies on climate change and the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Action and Economies Can Grow Together

A new global commission report by major political and business figures refutes the claim that economic expansion and tackling climate change can’t both be achieved at the same time.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

China May Be Ready to Kick Coal Habit

Signs are hopeful that China, the world’s No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to become less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE

Marine Economy Sinks as Ocean Acidity Rises

Research has highlighted the negative effect acidification of oceans can have on marine life, but now fishing communities are waking up to the big threat it poses to their livelihoods.

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 READ MORE

Warming Threatens to Cut Crop Yields

The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is factored in.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE

Heat Has Deadly Impact on Nepal’s Gulf Workers

Warnings that temperature extremes resulting from climate change can have a serious impact on human health have come too late for many Nepali migrants who have died working in Gulf states.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Corn’s Gravy Train Faces Derailment

Corn produced annually in the U.S. is estimated to be enough to fill a freight train stretching around the world, but climate change and unsustainable use of water resources and fertilizers threaten the industry.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE

Flow Chart Unclear for Glacial Rivers

Glaciers in the high Himalayas and on the Tibetan Plateau are a vital source of water for millions of people in Asia, but scientists question what will happen to supplies if the rate of melting continues to rise due to climate-related factors.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE

Rain Forest Tribes Seek World Cup Spotlight

Leaders of indigenous tribes in the Amazon rain forest seek to use the global spotlight on the soccer World Cup in Brazil to publicize the plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE

Drought Fuels World Cup Blackout Fears

Matches in the football World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil in two weeks, could be hit as the country’s worst drought in decades is severely reducing hydropower energy supplies.

Posted on May 29, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Companies Doze as Climate Change Threatens

The advances of science and the rapid changes in the economy are leaving the U.S. corporate world far behind, say researchers, who warn that the sector must change urgently.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE

Coffee Is on a High

There’s concern in the international markets over what’s happening to coffee production, under attack by drought, disease and rising temperatures.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE

Questions on the Future of Fracking

The fracking industry is radically changing the U.S. energy industry. But there are growing doubts about how sustainable it will prove.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE

Hollywood Goes Big on Climate Change

Some of Hollywood’s biggest guns are throwing their weight behind the drive to persuade society that climate change is a real problem that deserves to be taken seriously.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE

Corporations Weigh Risks, Opportunities of Changing Climate

For business and industry climate change brings a range of concerns—and offers plenty of new opportunities as well.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE

Bulgaria’s Micro-Hydro Power Surge

Bulgaria has less than six years left to reach its binding EU target of producing 20 percent of its energy from renewables. One renewable energy form—micro-hydro technology—is causing controversy.

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 READ MORE

India’s Diesel Fumes Fuel Glacier Melt

Air pollution is a lethal problem in Kolkata and other parts of India—and it is helping to melt the not-so-eternal snows of the Himalayas, scientists say.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE

Ireland’s Turf War Plan Is ‘Bad News for Climate’

Ireland is embroiled in a struggle between traditionalists who want to continue burning peat as fuel and conservation groups who say the practice adds significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE

China Unveils Comprehensive Pollution Monitoring System

Measures would require the country’s biggest polluters to report air emissions and wastewater discharges on a more or less continuous basis—and make the information available to the public.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE

Worse Cyclones Will Hit East Asia

Climate scientists have found indications that Asian tropical cyclones are not only getting stronger but are also likelier to strike east Asia—China, Japan and Korea.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE

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It’s Getting Hotter in Oz

Influential members of the new Australian government are rejecting measures designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but the mounting evidence of increasing heat is contradicting them.

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE

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Carbon Market Looks a Little Livelier

Many U.S. companies are adopting their own carbon pricing systems, while in Europe there’s a hint of new life for efforts to persuade industry to switch to low-carbon technologies.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE

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China’s Pollution Problems Threaten Oz Coal Exports

Concerned about air pollution and climate change, China is set to reduce its coal consumption. And that will be a headache for Australia, which supplies nearly a third of the growing nation’s coal.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Climate Change Adds to East Africa’s Food Plight

Climate change poses a serious threat to farming in East Africa, a region that depends on agriculture and whose population is growing very fast.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE

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