Climate & Warming

Young Colombians file landmark climate lawsuit

The group of plaintiffs aged 7 to 26 who filed a climate change lawsuit against the Colombian government on Jan. 29, 2018. Photo taken in Bogota, Nov. 25, 2017. Photo courtesy Dejusticia.

A group of young Colombians, one as young as seven, filed a lawsuit against the Colombian government (on Monday 29th Jan 2018) demanding it protect their right to a healthy environment in what campaigners said was the first such action in Latin America.

The lawsuit, filed at a Bogota court, alleges the government's failure to stem rising deforestation in Colombia puts their future in jeopardy and violates their constitutional rights to a healthy environment, life, food and water. Read more »

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

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The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18m inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten years around 1.7m people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers and canals while only 700,000 have arrived. Read more »

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks

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Cooling off in extreme heat in New York City. Guian Bolisay via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

As hurricanes and floods grab headlines, heatwaves associated with climate change are claiming lives around the world

by Laurie Goering | @lauriegoering | Thomson Reuters Foundation Read more »

Drought Recovery Taking Longer

As global temperatures continue to rise, the prevailing wisdom in the climate science community is that droughts will grow more frequent and more extreme in the 21st century. Though temperatures were already rising in the 20th century, the global trend in drought length and severity was ambiguous, with no clear pattern. However, the impacts of droughts was less ambiguous, particularly in recent decades. Read more »

How world cities moving forward on climate change leave the US President behind

A partial map of all the cities which pledge to fight climate change, with or without Donald Trump.
Global Convenant of Mayors/Google Earth

Nandan Sharalaya, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management Read more »

Rapid thinning of Patagonia's glaciers illustrates the global impact of climate warming

Patagonian icefields

Forests, grasslands, deserts, and mountains are all part of the Patagonian landscape that spans more than a million square kilometers of South America. Toward the western side, expanses of dense, compacted ice stretch for hundreds of kilometers of the Andes mountain range in Chile and Argentina. Glaciologist Eric Rignot described these icefields as “one of the most beautiful places on the planet.” Their beauty is also apparent from space. Read more »

Global stocktake shows the 43 greenhouse gases driving global warming

A wide range of industrial processes have released greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Paulo Resende/

The most comprehensive collection of atmospheric greenhouse gas measurements, published today, confirms the relentless rise in some of the most important greenhouse gases.

The data show that today’s aggregate warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO₂), methane (CH₄) and nitrous oxide (N₂O) is higher than at any time over the past 800,000 years, according to ice core records. Read more »

The Food Industry is cooking the planet

Large chemical fertiliser producers are successfully taking over the world’s food supply and exploiting it for profit. Image: Stuart Rankin via Flickr

One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry, but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking.

By Paul Brown, Climate News Network Read more »

8 in 10 people now see climate change as a “catastrophic risk” – survey

Nearly nine in 10 people say they are ready to make changes to their standard of living if it would prevent future climate catastrophe, a survey on global threats found Wednesday (24 May 2017). The survey of more than 8,000 people in eight countries – the United States, China, India, Britain, Australia, Brazil, South Africa and Germany – found that 84 percent of people now consider climate change a "global catastrophic risk".

By Laurie Goering Read more »

Corona Beer joins Parley for the Oceans to clean up marine plastic

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Bali Beach

Mexican beer brand Corona has partnered with Parley for the Oceans in plan to end marine plastic pollution, one of the biggest threats to human health and the survival of the planet's largest and most important ecosystem, the world's oceans. The long-term partnership launches with a plan to protect 100 Islands by 2020 starting in six key regions in different parts of the world – Mexico, Maldives, Australia, Chile, Italy and Dominican Republic. Read more »

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