United Nations
Carbon dioxide levels hit new record; COVID impact ‘a tiny blip’, WMO says  
Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:00:34 -0500
Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere hit a new record of 410.5 parts per million in 2019, and are expected to keep rising this year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on Monday.  
Climate crisis: ‘Nowhere near the finish line’ – UN chief 
Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:18:02 -0500
Pointing to its “pioneering legislation and policies”, on Thursday the UN chief hailed the 27-member European Union (EU) as a “a leader on climate action”, that had shown that it was possible to cut emissions while achieving economic growth. 
UN warns of catastrophe as second hurricane in two weeks hits Central America  
Tue, 17 Nov 2020 10:49:25 -0500
The United Nations warned on Tuesday of catastrophic consequences from Hurricane Iota, the second major tropical cyclone to hit Central America this month.   
Climate change: UN chief calls for ‘great leap’ towards carbon neutrality
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:01:58 -0500
As countries work to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, they also have the chance to “get it right” on climate change, the UN Secretary-General told a virtual gathering of influential leaders on Monday. 
A deep dive into Zero Hunger: farming the seas
Sun, 15 Nov 2020 00:05:06 -0500
With the world population expected to rise to 9.7 billion by 2050, food production will need to keep pace, and experts believe the Ocean can provide much of the sustenance we need. The second story in our two-part series on aquaculture focuses on the opportunities for significantly scaling up fish farming.
A deep dive into Zero Hunger: the seaweed revolution
Sat, 14 Nov 2020 00:05:07 -0500
If just two per cent of the Ocean were to be sustainably farmed, the world could easily be fed, according to experts. In the first story of a two-part series looking at the opportunities and challenges facing Ocean farming, we take a look at the huge potential role of seaweed in mitigating climate change, cutting marine pollution, and achieving the UN goal of Zero Hunger.
COVID disruption will ‘pale in comparison’ if world fails to act on climate change, SDGs
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 14:04:52 -0500
The fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “go hand in hand”, the UN chief told a major development bank conference on Thursday.
UN chief stresses need for greater speed to achieve carbon neutrality
Mon, 09 Nov 2020 12:42:20 -0500
Although more Governments and businesses are committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the world is still falling far short of that goal, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in his latest push for a cleaner, greener future. 
Climate Action Superheroes empower children to protect the planet
Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:55:10 -0500
Eight new animated characters on a mission to protect the planet, have been pressed into service by the UN to empower children worldwide and boost the drive towards sustainability by 2030. 
UN and partners express regret over US departure from Paris climate accord
Wed, 04 Nov 2020 16:18:27 -0500
The UN climate change secretariat, UNFCCC, has underlined its commitment to work with stakeholders in the United States and beyond, to accelerate climate action, in line with an historic treaty on limiting global warming and curbing greenhouse gas emissions. 
FROM THE FIELD: Planning a route to green cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sat, 31 Oct 2020 00:30:05 -0400
Bosnia and Herzegovina  is showing how even highly polluted cities can be transformed into well-planned, climate-resilient urban hubs.
Caribbean vital to tackling COVID-19, climate change, UN chief tells regional leaders
Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:37:41 -0400
The twin crises of COVID-19 and climate change present a once in a generation opportunity for the Caribbean and its development partners to form a new alliance for inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, the UN Secretary-General told regional Heads of Government on Thursday. 
After nearly a decade away, La Niña weather system is back…
Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:04:56 -0400
Many will be familiar with El Niño – the ocean-warming phenomenon that affects global weather patterns – but how about La Niña, which is linked to cooler sea temperatures? 
Reduce risk to avert ‘era of pandemics’, experts warn in new report
Thu, 29 Oct 2020 10:11:27 -0400
Unless there is a “seismic shift” in how countries collectively deal with infectious diseases, future pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, cause greater damage to the global economy and kill more people than COVID-19, international experts warned in a UN-backed report published on Thursday. 
UN builds momentum for restoring forests as world enters key decade for ecosystems 
Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:15:19 -0400
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is leading a push for the world to scale up efforts to restore landscapes and forests over the next decade, with eyes on a target to salvage 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands, an area bigger than India in total. 
UN chief hails Republic of Korea’s vow to achieve carbon neutrality
Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:53:48 -0400
The Republic of Korea’s pledge towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 has been hailed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as “a very positive step in the right direction”. 
2020 Climate Action Award winners shine ray of hope
Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:27:32 -0400
In a year that has cast darkness upon many, the 2020 UN Global Climate Action Awards, announced on Tuesday, shone a light on the positive action that many across the globe are taking, to combat climate change.
Exported used cars ‘dumped’ on developing nations, driving up pollution, UN warns
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 16:11:57 -0400
Used vehicles exported from richer countries are contributing to increased air pollution in developing nations and hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a report published on Monday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). 
Africa climate change report reveals heat rising north and south, Sahel getting wetter
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 13:24:03 -0400
Africa needs to prepare better for climate change by responding to a wide range of potential risks, a multi-agency report led by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, the first in a series of continent-by-continent assessments.
Climate action: UN chief encouraged by Japan’s 2050 net zero pledge 
Mon, 26 Oct 2020 11:30:11 -0400
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Japan’s announcement on Monday that it would reduce carbon emissions to zero, by 2050, as part of the global effort to slow the worldwide rise in temperatures, and prevent the most damaging effects of human-made climate change.