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WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate

The physical signs and socio-economic impacts of climate change are accelerating as record greenhouse gas concentrations drive global temperatures towards increasingly dangerous levels, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018, its 25th anniversary edition, highlights record sea level rise, as…

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Make this the year of ‘transformative solutions’ to avert disastrous climate change: UN Deputy Chief

It is within our power to make 2019 the “year of transformative solutions” and “avoid the disastrous effects of climate change“, which threaten ecosystems, the global economy, health and security, the UN Deputy Secretary-General told delegates gathered in Nairobi for the UN Environment Assembly, in mid-March. Amina Mohammed said that she had been inspired by…

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Over the next 100 years the full impact that climate change is having on groundwater resources will become apparent in half of the world’s aquifers

The findings come from the first assessment of how long it could take groundwater to react to the impacts of climate change in different parts of the world. The regions most “sensitive” to changes in climate include humid and wet areas, such as the Amazon, Indonesia and parts of central Africa, the research shows. In…

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Carbon emissions from advanced economies set to rise in 2018 for first time in five years

The world’s advanced economies will see an uptick in their carbon dioxide emissions this year, bucking a five year-long decline, according to the International Energy Agency. Based on the latest available energy data, energy-related CO2 emissions in North America, the European Union and other advanced economies in Asia Pacific grew, as higher oil and gas…

Low ozone above Antarctica on September 2000, left, and September 2018, right

Montreal Protocol assessment reveals healing ozone, untapped potential for climate action

The latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion reveals a healing ozone layer, global warming reduction potential, and options for more ambitious climate action. The quadrennial review from the Scientific Assessment Panel of the Montreal Protocol will be presented here at the 30th Meeting of the Parties to this historic accord. Its findings confirm first and…