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Climate-warming gases being smuggled into Europe, investigation says

Singapore Reuters Large amounts of climate-warming refrigerant gases from China and Turkey are being smuggled illegally into Europe, undermining a global pact to phase them out, a report by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) said on Monday. The gases are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a range of chemicals used mostly for cooling in industry and retail, […]

Climate change drives world to first 12-month spell over 1.5 degrees

Brussels, Belgium/London, UK Reuters The world just experienced its warmest January on record, marking the first 12-month period in which temperatures averaged more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, the European Union’s climate change monitoring service said on Thursday. Already 2023 was the planet’s hottest year in global records going back to 1850, as […]

World “way off track” in halting warming, UN warns ahead of COP26

US air poilution test

Geneva, Switzerland/Glasgow, UKReuters Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is “way off track” on climate goals, the UN weather agency said on Monday, showing the scale of the task facing governments scrambling to avert dangerous levels of warming. A report by the World Meteorological Organization showed that carbon dioxide levels […]

Greenhouse gases hit new record despite lockdowns, UN says

Climate change protest London Sept 2020

Geneva, Switzerland/New York, USReuters Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere hit a record high this year, a United Nations report showed on Wednesday, as an economic slowdown amid the coronavirus pandemic had little lasting effect.  The sharp, but short, dip earlier this year represented only a blip in the build-up of climate-warming carbon […]

Greenhouse gases accelerate to new peak in 2018, UN says

Petteri Taalas

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018, exceeding the average yearly increase of the last decade and reinforcing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday. The UN agency’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin is one of a series of studies to be published ahead of a UN […]

Pope Francis reflects on three decades of international cooperation on climate change

Pope arrives at general audience Nov 2019

Vatican CityRNS Only a few days after the United States officially gave notice of its intention to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, Pope Francis took the opportunity to praise a gathering of environmental regulators meeting in Rome this week.  In a statement to participants of the 31st meeting for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that […]

Implementing climate pact would dramatically save health care costs, say researchers

Thomson Reuters Foundation Implementing the Paris climate agreement by investing trillions of dollars to slow greenhouse gas emissions would be far cheaper than paying the costs of people sickened by polluted air, scientists said on Friday. Governments worldwide could save $US54 trillion in health care by investing less than half that amount in green projects […]