Environment

  • Governments face pressure to protect nature in biodiversity 'super year'
    Reef fish swim above recovering coral colonies on the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns, Australia on October 25, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   ROME, February 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Governments are under pressure this year to agree on protecting at least 30% of the planet's land and seas by 2030, not only to conserve endangered species and ensure food and water supplies, but also to help regulate an increasingly erratic climate.   This week in Ro
  • Climate change could pose 'catastrophic' security threat, experts warn
    A police officer drives past a refinery in the industrial east end in Pasadena, Texas, US on September 18, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   NEW YORK, February 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Climate change could become a "catastrophic" threat to global security, as people lose their livelihoods, fall ill and battle over scarce water and food, a host of U.S. security, military and intelligence experts warned on Monday.   Pressures from global warming could i
  • In Mexico's cradle of corn, climate change leaves its mark
    Porfirio Garcia's dry corn field is seen in Tepeteopan, state of Puebla, Mexico on January 16, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   TEHUACAN, Mexico, February 21 (Reuters): At least 9,000 years ago, humans began domesticating corn for the first time near Tehuacan, in the central Mexican state of Puebla, laying the foundation for permanent settlements in the Americas.   But in the past few years, more frequent and longer droughts have forced many farmers in the area t
  • India bigger problem than China for climate change: Bloomberg
    Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers a speech at the High-level Dialogue on U.S.-China Economic Relations in New York, the United States on June 14, 2017. (IANS File Photo)   New York, February 20 (IANS): Michael Bloomberg, the aspirant for the Democratic Party's nomination for President, has said that India was a big problem for climate change than China and drew immediate media criticism.   Asked by the moderator at the Democratic debate on Wedn
  • The ski resort with no snow contemplates a warmer future
    Tourists walk on ski slopes closed due to lack of snow, at the ski resort of The Mourtis in Boutx, France on February 10. (REUTERS Photo)   LE MOURTIS, France, February 12 (Reuters): This year's winter in France has, so far, been the mildest in more than a century, and that has had a direct impact on the ski resort of Le Mourtis, in the Pyrenees mountains.   "There's no snow," said French holidaymaker Frederic Foltran, setting off for the piste this week
  • CO2 concentration set for biggest annual rise, fuelled by Australian bushfires
    Charred trees are pictured in a patch of forest burnt during the recent bushfires near Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia on January 22. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, January 25 (Reuters): The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere this year is likely to show one of the largest annual rises since measurements began in 1958, partly fuelled by Australian bushfires, according to research by Britain's Met Office.   The concentration of CO2
  • CO2 concentration set for biggest annual rise, fuelled by Australian bushfires
    Charred trees are pictured in a patch of forest burnt during the recent bushfires near Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia on January 22. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, January 25 (Reuters): The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere this year is likely to show one of the largest annual rises since measurements began in 1958, partly fuelled by Australian bushfires, according to research by Britain's Met Office.   The concentration of CO2
  • UK's Prince Charles says climate change is humanity's greatest threat
    Britain's Prince Charles delivers a special address during the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on January 22. (REUTERS Photo)   DAVOS, Switzerland, January 24 (Reuters): Britain's Prince Charles said on Wednesday that global warming and climate change are the greatest threats humanity has faced, calling on business leaders in Davos to act now to create a sustainable economic future.   In a speech to the annual me
  • World's oceans were the warmest in 2019: Study
    Ocean. (IANS File Photo)   Beijing, January 14 (IANS): The world's oceans were the warmest in 2019 than any other time in the recorded human history -- especially between the surface and a depth of 2,000 metres, an international team of 14 scientists from 11 institutes has revealed, with a warning that global ocean temperature is not only increasing but speeding up.   The past 10 years were the warmest on record for global ocean temperatures, with the past five ye
  • Global warming behind river ice cover loss: Study
    Climate Change.(IANS File Photo)   NEW YORK, JANUARY 2 (IANS): River ice cover will decline by about six days for every one degree Celsius increase in global temperatures, leading to economic and environmental consequences, says a new study.   According to the study, published in the journal Nature, more than half of Earth's rivers freeze over every year. These frozen rivers support important transportation networks for communities and industries located at h
  • EU agrees to become carbon neutral by 2050
     The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the opening of the General Debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 24, 2019. (IANS File Photo)   Madrid, December 13 (IANS): European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have agreed to make the 28-member bloc carbon neutral by 2050.   However, coal-reliant Poland has been given time until June to fully endorse the co
  • Deadlock in UN talks on climate finance
    Madrid, December 13 (IANS): As the two-week long hectic UN climate change talks head to close with outcomes inadequate to address the climate emergency, negotiators and envoys on Friday are apprehensive of the increasingly contentious topics like climate finance -- a support to developing countries, including India.   Experts told IANS that the issue of climate finance is addressed in a number of the negotiations in relation to long-term finance, the Green Climate Fund,
  • Last remaining tropical glaciers will melt away in 10 years
    New York, December 10 (IANS): The last remaining tropical glaciers between the Himalayas and the Andes will disappear in the next decade owing to climate change, a new study has found, stressing that the glacier's melt rate is similar to visiting a terminal cancer patient and documenting the change in their body but not being able to do anything about it.   The glaciers in Papua, Indonesia, are "the canaries in the coal mine" for other mountaintop glaciers around the wo
  • Ocean oxygen loss threatens aquatic species: Report
    Madrid, December 8 (IANS): The loss of oxygen from the world's oceans is increasingly threatening fish species and disrupting ecosystems, a new IUCN report warned.   Ocean oxygen loss, driven by climate change and nutrient pollution, is a growing menace to fisheries and species such as tuna, marlin and sharks, said the report, presented at the ongoing UN climate change conference (COP25) in this Spanish capital on Saturday.   "With this report, the scale of d
  • Russia in climate change drive
    Smoke rises from chimneys of the gas boiler house as the temperature dropped to minus 10 degrees Celsius in Moscow, Russia on November 22, 2019. (EPA-EFE  File Photo)     Moscow, November 29 ( EFE-EPA): Russia, the fourth most contaminating country in the world with a heavy dependence on fossil fuels, is upping its efforts to bring down its emissions. Russia ratified the Paris Agreement in September, the first global deal on climate, and it must now adopt t
  • Australia urged to avoid Great Barrier Reef’s possible 'in danger' status
    Tropical fish swim along the edges of a coral reef off Great Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia on November 25, 2016. (EPA-EFE File Photo)   Sydney, Australia, November 29 (EFE-EPA): Environmental organizations on Friday urged the Australian government to prevent the United Nations cultural agency from including the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, on the World Heritage endangered list. “Australia has a unique opportunity to show glo
  • Iran's ancient forests are undiscovered oasis
    A general view of the Hyrcanian forests recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, in Mazandaran province, northern Iran on August 28, 2019. (EPA-EFE File Photo)     Gorgan, Iran, November 28 (EFE): Iran's ancient woodlands that date back some 50 million years make them a unique place that is still unknown to many. The Caspian Hyrcanian Mixed Forests straddle a huge massif that extends 850 kilometers along the southern coast of the Caspian Sea along
  • European Parliament declares climate emergency
    A man rides his motorcycle past a wildfire on peatland in Ogan Ilir, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia on August 5, 2019. (EPA-EFE File Photo)     Strasbourg, France, November 28 (EFE): The European Parliament on Thursday declared a "climate emergency," making Europe the first continent to do so. The declaration came days before the start of a major UN climate summit in Madrid and two weeks before the European Commission presents the first draft o
  • Cut global emissions by 7.6% every year: UN report
    (IANS File Photo)   Geneva, November 26 (IANS): On the eve of a year in which nations are due to strengthen their Paris climate pledges, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Tuesday warned that unless global greenhouse gas emissions fall by 7.6 per cent each year between 2020 and 2030, the world will miss the opportunity to get on track towards the 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature goal of the Paris Agreement. UNEP's annual Emissions Gap Report says that
  • 30% rise in skin problems due to pollution
    New Delhi, November 20 (IANS): With the air quality worsening in the Delhi-NCR region, health experts on Wednesday revealed that doctors have observed 30 per cent jump in skin related problems here.   Toxic high pollution in the Delhi-NCR is not only taking a toll on people's health but is also adversely affecting their skin, causing allergies, rashes and premature ageing, thereby forcing them to seek medical treatments.   According to VK Sharma, Professor and Hea