IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva (Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

Western climate subsidies risk hitting emerging markets: IMF

The head of the IMF warned Friday that Western subsidies to combat climate change and encourage the transition to clean energy sources risked hitting the economies of the developing world. The United States under President Joe Biden has passed…

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Workers sort through sacks of plastic waste at a workshop of the startup company “TileGreen”, where it is recycled into eco-friendly interlocking tiles used in outdoor walkways, in the Ashir min Ramadan (10th of Ramadan) industrial city, about 60 kilometres east of Egypt’s capital. (Photo by Ahmed HASAN / AFP)

Out of Nile, into tile: Young Egyptians battle plastic plague

Entrepreneurial young Egyptians are helping combat their country’s huge plastic waste problem by recycling junk-food wrappers, water bottles and similar garbage that usually ends up in landfills or the Nile….

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Climate activists protest outside the World Bank headquarters against fossil fuel projects during the IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Washington, DC on October 14, 2022. (Photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP)

Should fossil fuel firms be forced to clean up carbon pollution?

Could fossil fuel companies be forced to remove planet-heating carbon pollution from the atmosphere? Researchers argue in a new paper that would be a cheaper, fairer solution to the climate…

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Scientists sound alarm as ocean temperatures hit new record

The world’s oceans, which have absorbed most of the excess heat caused by humanity’s carbon pollution, continued to see record-breaking temperatures last year, according to research published Wednesday.  Climate change…

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Waves crash into a seawall in Pacifica, Calif., Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Chiu)

California storm leaves thousands without power, another ‘atmospheric river’ looms

Utility crews in northern California worked to restore power to tens of thousands of homes on Friday following two days of fierce winds and torrential rain, even as the region…

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Two-thirds of glaciers on track to disappear by 2100

The world’s glaciers are shrinking and disappearing faster than scientists thought, with two-thirds of them projected to melt out of existence by the end of the century at current climate…

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during a joint press conference with Pakistan’s Prime Minister at the Pakistani pavilion at the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh

UN unveils global ‘early warning’ system for disasters at $3 billion

The United Nations on Monday unveiled a five-year plan to build a global early warning system for deadly and costly extreme weather events amplified by climate change. The price tag — a relatively modest $3.1 billion,…

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China says U.S. must ‘take responsibility’ for breakdown in climate ties

Climate change diplomacy between China and the United States cannot be separated from broader political tensions between the two sides, and Washington must take responsibility for the breakdown in talks,…

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Climate plans would allow up to 2.6C of global warming: UN

Country climate pledges leave the world on track to heat by as much as 2.6 degrees Celsius this century, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning that emissions must fall 45 percent…

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Nobel Peace Prize could sound alarm over Ukraine war or climate

As speculation mounts ahead of Friday’s much-anticipated Nobel Peace Prize announcement, observers suggest the committee may sound the alarm over the war in Ukraine or climate change. Prize experts are…

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The AES Corporation’s coal-fired power plant is shown in Kapolei, Hawaii during a ceremony to mark the closure of the facility, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022. (AP Photo:Caleb Jones)

Hawaii quits coal in bid to fight climate change

The last bits of ash and greenhouse gases from Hawaii’s only remaining coal-fired power plant slipped into the environment this week when the state’s dirtiest source of electricity burned its…

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A worker stands beside floating solar panels for the Sirindhorn Dam hydro-solar farm run by the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) in Ubon Ratchathani on February 23, 2022. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Climate change, global warming, net zero emissions – What has Thailand done so far?

Thailand is among many countries facing issues with climate change. With many world leaders committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, what has Thailand done so far? Thai…

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This aerial photo taken on June 23, 2022 shows a flooded area after heavy rains in Yingde, Qingyuan city, in China’s southern Guangdong province. (Photo by AFP) / China OUT

What is causing record floods and heatwaves in China?

Record floods in southern China this month displaced more than half a million people, while searing heat buckled roads in other parts of the country. Authorities have issued extreme weather warnings…

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A delegate bearing a message on his back “1.5C is life” attends the People’s Plenary during the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow on November 12, 2021. – A draft statement of the COP26 summit called on nations to ease their reliance on fossil fuels as talks entered their final hours without any sign of delivering the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to 1.5C. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Countries urged to curb fossil fuels on COP26 final day

A draft statement of the COP26 summit Friday called on nations to ease their reliance on fossil fuels as talks entered their final hours without any sign of delivering the…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres greet Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha as they arrive to attend the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021 / AFP

Thailand’s bold commitments at COP26

There was a round of applause for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who attended the World Leaders Summit of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow last week, for boldly…

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A replica of the COP26 summit’s main UN negotiation stage, carrying activists dressed as world leaders, is half-sunk in the Clyde Canal during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Climate talks struggle with gap between rich, poor nations

GLASGOW (AP) — Large rifts remain as United Nations climate talks tick down to a Friday deadline. A lot of the divide comes down to money, which nations have it…

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A protester holds a placard as youth activists march against climate inaction on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 5, 2021. – Two days of demonstrations are planned to highlight the disconnect between the glacial pace of emissions reductions and the climate emergency already swamping countries across the world. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Youth groups protest lack of action at climate summit

Thousands of youth descended on the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday to protest what they say is a dangerous lack of action by leaders at the COP26 climate summit….

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres greet Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha as they arrive to attend the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. Christopher Furlong / POOL / AFP

Over 100 global leaders pledge to end deforestation by 2030

GLASGOW (Reuters) – More than 100 global leaders have pledged to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by the end of the decade, underpinned by $19 billion in public and private funds to invest in protecting and restoring…

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Thailand vows to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2065 at COP26

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday expressed Thailand’s willingness to fight climate change, aiming to reach carbon neutrality in 2050 and net zero emissions by 2065. He was addressing the…

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This file photo shows strange relationship between England and Scotland. Attendees watch a video message from Britain’s late Queen Elizabeth II during an evening reception to mark the opening day of COP26 on the sidelines of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on November 1, 2021. – COP26, running from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow will be the biggest climate conference since the 201 (Photo by Alberto Pezzali / POOL / AFP)

‘Time for action’, Queen Elizabeth tells climate change summit

GLASGOW (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth told the United Nations climate change summit on Monday that “the time for words has now moved to the time for action”, as she urged world leaders…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool

“One minute to midnight” says Johnson as climate conference opens

GLASGOW, Nov 1 (Reuters) – A U.N. conference critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change kicked off on Monday, its task made even more daunting by the failure of…

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Delegates attend the First Plenary Meeting of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on October 31, 2021, on the first day of the conference.

Global climate talks open to ever more daunting challenge

GLASGOW (Reuters) – World leaders began arriving on Monday at a U.N. conference critical to averting the most disastrous effects of climate change, their challenge made even more daunting by the failure…

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This screengrab made available by the European Space Agency (ESA) on September 3, 2021 shows French astronaut Thomas Pesquet delivering a speech in a pre-recorded meassage from space which will be broadcast on September 5 during the “Giant Dictation (Dictee Geante)” event held in Paris. – Pesquet will read to the participants an excerpt from Marguerite Duras’ book “Un barrage contre le Pacifique (The Sea Wall)”. (Photo by EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

‘Never seen anything like it’: astronaut on 2021 climate disasters

Paris (AFP) – From his perch 400 kilometres above Earth, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has had a unique perspective on the climate-fuelled natural disasters that have swept the planet over the past…

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U.N. warns world set for 2.7°C rise on today’s emissions pledges

LONDON (Reuters) – Current commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions put the planet on track for an average 2.7 degrees Celsius temperature rise this century, a United Nations report said on Tuesday, in another…

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Greenhouse gas levels hit record; world struggles to curb damage

GENEVA/GLASGOW, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a record last year and the world is “way off track” on capping rising temperatures, the United Nations said on Monday,…

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Children collecting water from a dry riverbed in Tangi-Shadyan, Afghanistan.

Unprecedented hunger to follow in wake of the climate crisis – WFP

The world faces an exponential increase in hunger fueled by the climate crisis if urgent global action to help communities adapt to climatic shocks and stresses is ignored, the United…

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A man-made rock barrier stops the water from eroding the land on Hoopers Island, Maryland on August 9, 2021, where the evidence of climate change is being felt. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

When global warming stops, seas will still rise

Paris (AFP) – Even if humanity beats the odds and caps global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, seas will rise for centuries to come and swamp cities currently…

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Flood in Bang Bal district of Ayutthaya province. (Photo by Thai PBS)

Thailand lacks annual flood assessment – climate change expert

Thailand lacks regular flood risk assessments, which should be carried out every one or two years, to see what has changed since the last flood, in terms of land use…

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WHO says air pollution kills 7 mn a year, toughens guidelines

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million…

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Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev is seen on video screens as he addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly remotely, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters. (Spencer Platt/Pool Photo via AP)

Racism, climate and divisions top UN agenda as leaders meet

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Racism, the climate crisis and the world’s worsening divisions will take center stage at the United Nations on Wednesday, a day after the U.N. chief issued…

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A police vehicle blocks a street near the United Nations headquarters Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in New York. The 76th Session of the UN General Assembly begins this week. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

As leaders reconvene at UN, climate and COVID top the list

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Last year, no leaders came at all. This year will be quite different — sort of. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging in many parts of…

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In this file photo taken on August 8, 2021 A local resident gestures as he holds n empty water hose during an attempt to extinguish forest fires approaching the village of Pefki on Evia (Euboea) island, Greece’s second largest island. – Britain on Monday, August 9, called for urgent global action to tackle climate change, after a UN report warned the planet has warmed more than previously estimated. (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP)

World shudders at ‘terrifying’ UN climate report

Paris (AFP) – World leaders, green groups and influencers reacted Monday to a “terrifying” UN climate science report with a mix of horror and hopefulness as the scale of the emergency…

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Journalists watch a screen showing China’s President Xi Jinping delivering a speech during the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2021 in Boao, south China’s Hainan province on April 20, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

China’s Xi to attend online Biden climate summit

China’s President Xi Jinping will attend US President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit this week, Beijing said Wednesday, as the world’s top polluting nations seek rare common ground despite wider…

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A young activist holds up a placard as she protests in front of Parliament during a climate strike protest march in Wellington on September 27, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand unveils a blueprint to fight climate change

New Zealand unveiled a blueprint Sunday to phase out petrol-powered cars while its dairy industry, a key pillar of the economy, must slash cow numbers under the ambitious plan to be carbon…

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China-Japan-South Korea agree to reduce plastic waste

Climate change, air pollution and marine debris are the major concerns in environmental cooperation between China, Japan and South Korea over the next five years. At the 21st Tripartite Environment…

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg wins ‘alternative Nobel Prize’

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was named on Wednesday as one of four winners of the 2019 Right Livelihood Award, known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize….

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Thai youth to join worldwide climate protests tomorrow

Thai youth will tomorrow (Friday) join their brothers and sisters in more than 100 countries to launch a worldwide climate strike and protest to put pressure on their respective governments…

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