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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 […]

Human activity is leading to more disasters – UN report

South Africa Ntuzuma floods

London, UKReuters Human activity is contributing to an increasing number of disasters, with 350 and 500 medium-sized or large disasters a year occurring globally in the past two decades and more frequent events expected, according to a UN report. The number of disasters – many of them weather-related such as fires and floods, but also […]

Islamophobia on the rise, according to United Nations report

India Muslims protest Chinas treatmenmt of Uighurs

RNS A new report from the United Nations highlights growing Islamophobia and excessive surveillance of Muslims in countries around the world. The United Nations Human Rights Council report, which was released last week, is unsparing in its critique that governments around the world, including in the United States and China, should do more to combat […]

Climate pledges for 2030 put world far off 1.5 degrees goal, UN warns

New York City UN building

Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation Updated plans to reduce emissions, submitted so far by about 75 nations ahead of November’s COP26 summit, barely make a dent in the huge cuts needed to meet global climate goals, the UN climate chief said on Friday, calling for redoubled efforts. A UN report summarising the revised climate action plans – covering […]

“Uninhabitable hell”: Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns

Japan Futaba Town Fukushima Prefecture

Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation A jump in climate-related disasters this century, along with the global coronavirus pandemic, show political and business leaders are failing to stop the planet turning into “an uninhabitable hell” for millions, the United Nations said on Monday. The last two decades saw the number of disasters caused by extreme weather nearly double to […]

UN chief warns against repressive measures amid coronavirus crisis

Antonio Guterres Sept 2019

Reuters UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday the coronavirus could give some countries an excuse to adopt repressive measures for reasons unrelated to the pandemic as he warned that the outbreak risks becoming a human rights crisis. Guterres released a UN report highlighting how human rights should guide the response and recovery to the […]