climate change

    • World Bank: Climate change could force 216m people from their homes

      World Bank: Climate change could force 216m people from their homes

      Reduced agricultural production, water scarcity, rising sea levels and other adverse effects of climate change could cause up to 216 million people to leave their homes and migrate within their own countries by 2050, the World Bank warned.The estimate from the Washington-based development lender released Monday updates a 2018 report with new figures from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and East Asia and the Pacific to provide a more complete overview of the potential toll from rising global temperatures, AFP reported.

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    • Religious leaders call for more sacrifices to protect the planet

      Religious leaders call for more sacrifices to protect the planet

      The leaders of the Catholic, Anglican and Greek Orthodox churches called on the global community to do more to protect the planet's future, dpa reported. With All, regardless of faith or worldview, should listen to the "cry of the earth and the poor," consider their behaviour and pledge meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the planet, according to a document signed by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, issued on Tuesday.

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    • Switzerland lays out climate disclosure timeline plans

      Switzerland lays out climate disclosure timeline plans

      The Swiss government on Wednesday joined a small number of rich countries that have set a timeline for major companies to disclose the risks they face from climate change, news wires reported. Under the recommendations, companies are urged to mark the actual and potential impacts of climate change on their business, as well as explain how they identify and manage such risks and opportunities.

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    • Code red for humanity, global warming accelerates

      Code red for humanity, global warming accelerates

      Earth’s climate is getting so hot that temperatures in about a decade will probably blow past a level of warming that world leaders have sought to prevent, according to a report released Monday that the United Nations calls a “code red for humanity,” AP reported. “It’s just guaranteed that it’s going to get worse,” said report co-author Linda Mearns, a senior climate scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. “I don’t see any area that is safe ... Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.”

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    • UN top scientific body to unveil landmark climate report

      UN top scientific body to unveil landmark climate report

      As heart-stopping images of fires and floods dominate news cycles worldwide, the UN's climate science panel will unveil on Monday its much-anticipated projections for temperature and sea-level rises less than three months before a crucial climate summit in Scotland, AFP reported. After two weeks of virtual negotiations, 195 nations approved the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) comprehensive assessment of past and future warming on Friday in the form of a "summary for policymakers".

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    • Shell to appeal Dutch climate ruling

      Shell to appeal Dutch climate ruling

      Royal Dutch Shell confirmed today it will appeal a Dutch court ruling ordering the energy company to accelerate its carbon emission reduction target, news wires reported. The Anglo-Dutch company also said it will seek to ramp up its energy transition strategy in the wake of the ruling.

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    • Floods in Europe show need to curb emissions, experts say

      Floods in Europe show need to curb emissions, experts say

      Climate scientists say the link between extreme weather and global warming is unmistakable and the urgency to do something about climate change is undeniable, AP reported. Scientists can’t yet say for sure whether climate change caused the flooding in Germany, but they insist that it certainly exacerbates the extreme weather that has been on show from the western US and Canada to Siberia to Europe’s Rhine region.

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    • Australia will fight UN downgrade of Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status

      Australia will fight UN downgrade of Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status

      Australia said Tuesday it will fight against plans to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status due to climate change, while environmentalists have applauded the UN World Heritage Committee’s proposal, AP reported. The committee said in a draft report on Monday that “there is no possible doubt” that the network of colorful corals off Australia’s northeast coast was “facing ascertained danger.”

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