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February 21, 2024
Biodiversity Editor

UAE renewables deal needs US$8 trillion

DUBAI/BERLIN: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company CEO and COP28 president Sultan Al-Jaber says he will work with the presidents-designate of COP29 (Azerbaijan) and COP30 (Brazil) to ensure the tripling of investment in renewables agreed in Dubai last December.…
February 10, 2024
Biodiversity Editor

Greenland ice loss threatens collapse of Atlantic current

PASADENA, CA: A study published in Nature has found the Greenland Ice Sheet lost 20 percent more ice over the past four decades than previously thought. The conclusion follows a 2023 study in Earth System Science suggesting ice losses from Antarctica and…
December 08, 2023
Biodiversity Editor

Airbus upgrades European Union firefighting capability

GETAFE, SPAIN: Airbus has completed testing its RoRo firefighting kit capable of dropping 20,000 litres of retardant over lines 400 metres long. For two weeks the company carried out a ground and flight-test programme in south-western and central Spain with…
December 06, 2023
Biodiversity Editor

Start planning for sea-level rise of two metres

NORWICH, UK: Robert Nicholls, professor of Climate Adaptation at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and director of the UK Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, says decision-makers and coastal communities must start preparing for multi-metre sea level…
November 29, 2023
Biodiversity Editor

Third U.N. Plastics treaty talks end without deal

NAIROBI: The third session of the United Nations Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution, or INC-3, ended without any concrete language or decisions on combatting plastic pollution. The delegates couldn’t even agree on what to do prior to…
November 10, 2023
Biodiversity Editor

OECD proposes plan to end plastic pollution by 2040

PARIS: The OECD has released a policy report for governments to reduce the environmental impact of plastic pollution by 2040. In 2022, 21 million tonnes of plastic ended up in landfill, was burned or dumped on land or sea. A comprehensive ‘Global Ambition’…
October 27, 2023
Biodiversity Editor

Anthropogenic climate change costs US$143 billion annually

TROMSØ, Norway: The climate change-attributed costs of extreme weather between 2000 and 2019 are estimated to be US$2.86 trillion, or an average societal cost of US$143 billion per year. The conclusion, produced by Rebecca Newman from the Reserve Bank of New…
August 28, 2023
Biodiversity Editor

Ecocide another step closer to becoming international law

MEXICO CITY: Mexico has joined the EU, Brazil, the Netherlands, Scotland, Spain (Catalunya) and Belgium in proposing respective laws to make ecocide a criminal offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The Stop Ecocide Foundation defines ecocide as…
May 03, 2022
Biodiversity Editor

Climate crisis leads to more war

BERLIN: As ‘Putin’s War’ with Ukraine enters its 10th week, Berlin-based think tank Adelphi and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have published 10 conclusions on why conflict prevention and peacebuilding need to become…
March 29, 2022
Biodiversity Editor

Scientists say preserving global GDP means preserving nature

POTSDAM: Prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Kunming, China next month, experts from the German Leibniz Research Network ‘Biodiversity’ have published 10 “Must Knows” on the preservation of nature as the basis of human life. "If we continue…
March 28, 2022
Biodiversity Editor

European oil majors face Putin windfall tax

BRUSSELS: A study by campaigning NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) says TotalEnergies, Shell and BP have purchased an estimated US$92.7 billion worth of oil from Vladimir Putin’s government since it annexed the Crimea peninsular in 2014. TotalEnergies has…
February 16, 2022
Biodiversity Editor

U.S. government forecasts ocean rise of two metres by 2100

WASHINGTON, DC: A report led by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), forecasts a two metre ocean level rise by 2100. The water level along America’s coastline will rise an additional 10-12 inches in the next 30 years - more than in…

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