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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

Using sunlight to clean water

Researchers at the University of Szeged are working on a nanotechnological water treatment device. Their innovation may provide clean water for millions worldwide in the future.

Leonardo DiCaprio helps create new environmental alliance

Leonardo DiCaprio, the Hollywood star famous for his environmental activism, has joined billionaire investors and philanthropists Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth to found a new non-profit world organisation for environmental protection.

World’s largest floating solar park to be built in Singapore

Solar farms installed in agricultural areas and solar panels fitted to the roofs of buildings are no longer a rarity these days. Their efficiency, however, is not optimal, and occupying crop land isn’t a very practical solution, either. In China and Singapore, attempts are being made to maximize the production of renewable energy by using waterborne, floating photovoltaic power generation systems.

The UN Secretary General urges immediate action to avoid a climate catastrophe

Speaking in Abu Dhabi, UN Secretary General António Guterres emphasised that the process of climate change is happening faster than predicted.

The worst ocean polluting countries to join the effort to eliminate waste

The ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set to adopt a joint declaration to combat marine plastic waste.

DiCaprio sends the message again: we are still on track to destroy our world

Only a few years after the brutally honest documentary Before the Flood, a new film has been made, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, about the shocking consequences of global warming. Ice on Fire seeks to find out whether we can still reverse the impact of climate change.

Costa Rica sets an example

The Central American country has been a paragon of environment-friendly governance for decades. It has set the ambitious goal of phasing out fossil fuels altogether by 2050.

Global temperature may rise by as much as 3 degrees

Due to the insufficient commitments of governments so far, global temperature may increase by twice the tolerable amount, 3 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century relative to the preindustrial period, warned UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa.

Extensive cooperation to stop marine pollution

At their meeting in Japan, the environment ministers of G20 countries agreed on a global framework for the introduction and application of measures to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste pollution.

German cities declare climate emergency

During environmental and climate emergencies, local decision-makers must place an even greater emphasis on the principle of ecological sustainability in their decisions.

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