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World’s largest cruise ship sets sail, bringing concerns about methane emissions

New York City, US Reuters The world’s largest cruise ship is set for its maiden voyage on Saturday, but environmental groups are concerned that the liquefied natural gas-powered vessel – and other giant cruise liners to follow – will leak harmful methane into the atmosphere.  Royal Caribbean International’s Icon of the Seas sets sail from […]

Sunak delays UK petrol car ban, seeking voter support on climate

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a speech during a press conference on the net zero target, at the Downing Street Briefing Room, in central London, on 20th September, 2023.

London, UKReuters Prime Minister Rishi Sunak watered-down Britain’s plans to tackle climate change on Wednesday, saying he would delay a ban on sales of new petrol cars to maintain the consent of the British people in the switch to net zero.  Sunak said he remained committed to the legally-binding target of reaching net zero emissions […]

World needs $2.7 trillion annually for net zero emissions by 2050 – Wood Mackenzie

Birds and a plane are seen flying above emission from the chimneys of a chemical plant located near Port Botany in Sydney, Australia on 2nd June, 2017

London, UK Reuters Global investment of $US2.7 trillion a year is needed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and avoid temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius this century, a report by consultancy Wood Mackenzie said on Thursday.  Scientists have said the world ideally needs to limit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees […]

Canadian wildfire emissions double previous record as flames rage on

Locals gather to watch firefighting efforts amid heavy smoke from the Eagle Bluff wildfire, after it crossed the Canada-US border from the state of Washington and prompted evacuation orders, in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada, on 30th July, 2023.

Ottawa, CanadaReuters Forest fires in Canada this year have released 290 million tonnes of carbon, doubling a previous annual record, and emissions are set to rise as hundreds of flames remain active across the country, according to the EU’s Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service. The estimated Canadian fires emissions account for over 25 per cent of […]

“Climate time bomb ticking”, emissions must urgently be cut – UN chief


Reuters UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the “climate time bomb is ticking” as he urged rich nations on Monday to slash emissions sooner after a new assessment from scientists said there was little time to lose in tackling climate change. “The rate of temperature rise in the last half century is the highest […]

A third of humanity face life in climate hotspots, scientists warn

Greenland North of Kangerlussuaq ice sheet

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Thomson Reuters Foundation About 1.6 billion people now live in climate change “vulnerability hotspots”, a number that could double by 2050 if fossil fuels continue being used at the rate they are today, scientists warned at the COP27 UN climate talks in Egypt. That would put a third of the world’s population […]

Countries set out 12 month plan to speed up industry emission cuts

Norway Oslo electric bus

London, UKReuters Countries representing more than half of the global economy on Friday specified the steps they will take to help accelerate the low-carbon transition by cutting emissions in sectors including power, transport and steel. Announced at the COP27 climate talks in the coastal Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the United States, Germany, Japan and […]

Every fraction of a degree counts, UN says, as 2.8 degree Celsius warming looms

Egypt Sharm el Sheikh COP27

London, UKReuters Government pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions put the planet on track for an average 2.8 degrees Celsius temperature rise this century, after “woefully inadequate” progress to curb warming, a United Nations report said. Representatives from around the world will meet from 6th to 18th November at the COP27 climate talks in Egypt […]