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80 countries may ramp up climate pledges

According to a UN statement issued on 28 May, some 80 countries wish to increase their voluntary climate pledges under the Paris Agreement. This is a much needed step, as scientists believe that even if all countries complied 100% with their 2015 pledges, it would not be enough to avert a climate crisis.

In the 2015 Paris climate accord, countries from around the world made voluntary pledges to curb global warming. However, according to current climate models, even more drastic steps are needed
to keep global warming below a maximum of two degrees, which was the aim of the accord.

“We need to step up ambition quite radically. We are not talking about a small incremental approach,”

said Luis Alfonso de Alba, the United Nations Secretary General’s envoy on climate change, although
he declined to say which countries were expected to announce higher climate ambitions.

According to the latest research, we have 30 years at best to save humanity from the catastrophic impacts of global warming Image: Shutterstock
Further information: The New York Times

Americans also think that climate change is a problem

A new survey by CBS News shows that two-thirds of the Americans believe climate change is a crisis or a severe problem. 56 percent believe that immediate action is required to resolve the situation.

Message from Greta Thunberg: We need action more than hope

Here’s an inspiring and thought-provoking talk from a young climate activist who, at only 15, has become the iconic face of the fight against climate change.

Europeans support EU targets associated with climate neutrality

93 percent of the European population believe that climate change is a severe problem, and 92 percent support the targets set by the European Union for climate neutrality by 2050, reveals a new report from the European Commission.

Poland to launch large scale water saving programme

The Polish government has approved the main outlines of a water saving programme in which funds totalling about three billion euros will be invested to double the country’s water reserves by 2027. The finalised plan is to be adopted by early 2021.

David Gilmour auctions his guitars to combat climate change

Pink Floyd’s singer, guitarist and leading composer has auctioned his guitars for a record price of $21 million and gave the proceeds to Client Earth, a charity that works to combat climate change. This is the highest price that a collection of guitars has ever fetched at auction.

Compostable fashion: T-shirts tuned to sustainability

A new T-shirt by Vollebak is made from algae and wood pulp from sustainable sources.

Water be quoted on the stock exchange?

An unusual solution has been proposed to remedy the damage caused by droughts in the Czech Republic.

OGarden – The self-watering compact garden

The Kickstarter campaign for OGarden was started in 2016. The inventors collected money for an innovative idea that revolutionizes home growing of vegetables and fruit. The tiny self-watering indoor garden can grow 90 kinds of vegetables and fruit at once.

Surfers in action to protect nature

This is how fast-wearing neoprene suits can become practical yoga mats – all for sustainability.

The idea for the Hungarian house free of utility bills was born on the ocean

Ákos Blaskovich was sailing the Pacific Ocean when he decided to create affordable houses suitable for mass production without any utility bills and with a zero ecological footprint. The idea of the Noah House was born.