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UN Environment Assembly ends with ‘soft’ outcomes

As the third assembly closed in Nairobi, a ministerial declaration and 13 non-binding resolutions were passed, reports Liu Qin

On the final day of the United Nations (UN) Environment Assembly in Nairobi, a ministerial declaration plus 13 non-binding resolutions were passed, with countries committing to action to protect human health and tackle air, water, soil…Read more

Cut carbon emissions by a quarter more, urges UNEP

Governments must take immediate action to avoid a global temperature rise of three degrees Celsius or more and emissions must peak by 2020 to limit the rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius

Countries must act immediately to deepen emissions cuts if the world is to stand a chance at limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius this century, according to a new report…Read More

Loss and damage, here and now

Despite strenuous efforts by many rich governments, loss and damage due to climate change is evident everywhere; UN environment and climate bodies suggest some ways to deal with it

It is now known that human societies are not able to adapt to all the impacts of climate change. There is now so much extra greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and so little effort to…Read More

Adapting to climate change will cost a lot more than thought

The UN Environment Programme has increased by 4-5 times its estimate of how much money the world will need to adapt to climate change effects

The cost of adapting to a changing climate will be 4-5 times higher than what was estimated two years ago, says a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “The costs of adaptation could range from…Read More