Campaigners called on Wednesday for global banks to stop financing industrial activities driving animal and plant species toward extinction, after a report ranked 50 lenders involved in sectors that pose the greatest threat to wildlife.
Floods, droughts, hotter weather and a desert locust invasion — the impacts of climate change are hitting Africa hard, and worse is ahead for the region’s food supplies, economy and health, the UN climate agency said.
The retreat of North America’s ice sheets in the latter years of the last ice age may have begun with “catastrophic” losses of ice into the North Pacific Ocean along the coast of modern-day British Columbia and Alaska, scientists say.
One likely consequence of climate change is a growing risk in Japan of mosquito-borne infectious diseases, according to a draft assessment report presented by an expert panel of the Environment Ministry.
The United Nations and Britain will host an online climate summit in December, the fifth anniversary of the UN Paris Agreement, in a last-ditch bid to have countries meet a deadline to upgrade their emissions-cutting pledges.
The warning signs are flashing red. The California wildfires were surely made worse by the impacts of global heating. A study published in July warned that the Arctic is undergoing “an abrupt climate change event” that will probably lead to dramatic changes. As if to underline the point, on September 14 it was reported that a huge ice shelf in northeast Greenland had torn itself apart, worn away by warm waters lapping in from beneath.