OSLO (Reuters) – The United Nations will seek ways to toughen environmental laws this week to crack down on everything from illegal trade in wildlife to mercury poisoning and hazardous waste.
The U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA), a new forum of all nations including environment ministers, business leaders and civil society, will meet in Nairobi from June 23-27 to work on ways to promote greener economic growth.
OSLO, June 17 (Reuters) – Climate change is a growing threat
to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by
warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its
soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.
Tourism’s greenhouse gas emissions, on current rising trends
buoyed by ever more travel, are set to reach about 10 percent of
the world total by 2025 from between 3.9 and 6 percent now, it
OSLO, June 12 (Reuters) – The armadillo, mascot of the FIFA World Cup, is threatened with extinction in the wild because of hunting, loss of habitat and even from the soccer tournament itself, scientists said on Thursday.
Brazilian Three-Banded Armadillos defend themselves by rolling into a ball – making them attractive as a symbol of the World Cup.
OSLO/BONN (Reuters) – China’s hints that it will cap its soaring greenhouse gas emissions and a U.S. plan to cut emissions in the power sector, while representing a shift, do not add up to a strong cure for global warming by the world’s top two emitters.
Other nations have hailed Washington and Beijing for a newfound commitment to tackle climate change. Governments are working on a deal, due in Paris in late 2015, to slow rising temperatures to avert more heatwaves, floods and rising seas.
BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Rising sea levels have washed the remains of at least 26 Japanese World War Two soldiers from their graves on a low-lying Pacific archipelago, the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands said on Friday.
“There are coffins and dead people being washed away from graves. It’s that serious,” Tony de Brum told reporters on the sidelines of U.N. climate change talks in Germany.
BONN, Germany, June 6 (Reuters) – China led calls by emerging economies on Friday for the rich to raise financial aid to the poor as a precondition for a United Nations deal to combat global warming.
Many countries at U.N. climate negotiations from June 4-15 have welcomed news this week that the United States plans to slash emissions from power plants, but emerging nations said cash was just as important to unlock progress.
BONN, Germany, June 5 (Reuters) – China plans to cap its soaring emissions of greenhouse gases as soon as possible but has not yet decided when, Beijing’s top negotiator at U.N. climate talks said on Thursday.
Xie Zhenhua, vice chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, also welcomed U.S. measures to combat global warming, saying both nations were “working very hard to address climate change”.
BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Global warming is causing trillions of dollars of damage to coral reefs, aggravating risks to tropical small island states threatened by rising sea levels, a U.N. report said on Thursday.
The rise in sea levels off some islands in the Western Pacific was four times the global average, with gains of 1.2 cms (0.5 inch) a year from 1993 to 2012, due to shifts in winds and currents, said the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP).
BONN, Germany, June 4 (Reuters) – The United States won
praise at U.N. talks on climate change on Wednesday for its plan
to cut carbon emissions, but a group of scientists said it too
little to put the world on track to limit global warming.
The European Union, which often says it is doing more than
the United States to lead a fight against global warming, told
the June 4-15 meeting of 170 nations that it would over-achieve
its targets for cutting greenhouse gases by 2020.
BONN, Germany (Reuters) – The European Union touted its success in cutting greenhouse gases at U.N. talks on climate change on Wednesday, where a U.S. plan to cut power plant emissions has lifted hopes for a global deal in 2015.
An adviser to the Chinese government also suggested on Tuesday that Beijing could cap its soaring emissions in coming years. That would be a big step for the world’s top emitter, which says it needs to burn coal to spur growth.