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26 02 2021 | 11:28

Texas Refineries Released Tons of Pollutants During Storm.

Texas oil refineries released hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollutants including benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide into the air as they scrambled to shut down during…

26 02 2021 | 11:02

Climate change 200 million years ago helped dinosaurs walk from South America to Greenland, study suggests.

Why did it take sauropods 15 million years to cross the supercontinent of pangea? Why did it take sauropods - the family of dinosaurs which includes the very biggest creatures ever to have walked…

25 02 2021 | 07:10

Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council - on addressing climate-related security risks to international peace and security through mitigation and resilience building.

[Watch the video on webtv.un.org] Mr. President, Excellencies,  I thank the British Presidency for convening this debate, and for your invitation to brief on a subject of grave concern. The…

25 02 2021 | 07:06

As Extreme Weather Events Increase, What Are the Risks to Wildlife?

A hailstorm in South Texas. Tornadoes in Tennessee. Wildfires across the West. A barrage of Gulf Coast hurricanes.

17 02 2021 | 08:45

Top Economists Warn U.S. Against Underestimating Climate Damage.

A new paper argues that returning to estimates for the cost of carbon dioxide used in the Obama era would leave the U.S. far behind its Paris Agreement goals.

16 02 2021 | 11:21

Polar Vortex: Everything You Need to Know.

Let's not waste time. You will need: warm clothes, plenty of firewood and enough supplies (flour, yeast, toilet paper — the usual) to not have to leave the house for the next week or two.

15 02 2021 | 12:43

Did the Climate Crisis Enable the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Experts have described the coronavirus pandemic as the kind of crisis that will become even more likely as the planet warms. But now, researchers think that climate change may have actually played a…

12 02 2021 | 07:27

More than 12 million UK people face severe health risks or death caused by climate crisis, study says.

Having a home flooded may cause post-traumatic stress disorder and extreme heat inflates risk of heart disease, researchers say. More than 12 million people in the UK face serious health problems –…

12 02 2021 | 06:50

Weatherwatch: latest sea level rise forecast alarms scientists

Warming of oceans due to greenhouse gas absorption may accelerate rise to beyond 1 metre by 2100. Rising sea levels seem one of the more distant threats of the climate emergency, unless you live in…

10 02 2021 | 09:42

'Invisible killer': fossil fuels caused 8.7m deaths globally in 2018, research finds.

Pollution from power plants, vehicles and other sources accounted for one in five of all deaths that year, more detailed analysis reveals. Air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as…

10 02 2021 | 09:22

Since 1850, These Historical Events Have Accelerated Climate Change.

  From 1880, the Earth's average surface temperature has risen by 0.07°C every decade. Evidence shows that key historical developments such as industrial revolutions contributed significantly to…

09 02 2021 | 10:17

World's largest iceberg shatters into a dozen pieces.

Iceberg A68a was once large enough to hold the five boroughs of New York five times over; now, it's shattering like a broken window. The world's largest iceberg has shattered into a dozen pieces,…

08 02 2021 | 14:10

A 'Disasterologist' Discusses Climate Change.

2020 was so bad that even disasters outdid themselves. Last year the United States alone experienced at least 16 weather and climate disasters with losses topping $1 billion each. That's more than…

03 02 2021 | 13:32

Sea level rise could be worse than feared, warn researchers.

Danish team predict possible 1.35m rise by 2100 and highlight issues with previous modelling. The rise in the sea level is likely to be faster and greater than previously thought, according to…

03 02 2021 | 09:27

Lapland town of Salla highlights climate crisis with 2032 Olympics campaign.

The race to host the 2032 summer Olympics looks set to be one of the most fiercely contested in history. So when the Lapland town of Salla announced its intention to vie with Jakarta, Istanbul and…

03 02 2021 | 08:42

12 New Books Explore Fresh Approaches to Act on Climate Change

Despite a journey to this moment even more treacherous than expected, Americans now have a fresh opportunity to act, decisively, on climate change. The authors of the many new books released in just…

02 02 2021 | 11:17

'Listen to the Science,' Climate Campaigners Urge as New Study Details Global Warming Emergency.

Climate campaigners on Thursday pointed to a study showing that Earth is hotter than it's ever been during the entire epoch of human civilization as the latest proof of the need to treat human-caused…

29 01 2021 | 09:29

World leaders shine spotlight on ‘neglected’ topic of climate adaptation at summit.

Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau among leaders to attend first global summit focused on adapting to climate crisis World leaders met at a virtual summit on Monday to discuss the…

23 01 2021 | 11:49

Joëlle Gergis on mourning and making sense of what we have lost on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

Climate scientist and writer Joëlle Gergis speaks about the incalculable loss already suffered due to climate change and why the only way forward is to acknowledge the grief rather than ignore it.

23 01 2021 | 11:39

Top scientists warn of 'ghastly future of mass extinction' and climate disruption.

Sobering new report says world is failing to grasp the extent of threats posed by biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. The planet is facing a “ghastly future of mass extinction, declining…