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Preventing water crises

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

A floating solar farm was built in Germany

The first utility-scale floating solar power plant was launched recently in Rechen, Germany. The 2300 solar panels afloat on the surface of a quarry pond are expected to produce 736 MWh of electricity per year.

Freiburg sets an example

In the fourth largest city of the state of Baden-Württemberg, urban development took a green direction a number of decades ago, which may serve as an example for other municipalities.

Gigantic dust cloud proposed to protect Earth

470 million years ago, Earth entered an ice age after an asteroid or minor planet broke up and created a gigantic dust cloud that obstructed sunlight. Scientist are now studying how humanity could create something similar to cool the planet’s climate.

130 banks commit to sustainability

The financial institutions that have officially committed to introducing the UN-backed principles of “responsible banking” to fight climate change control assets totalling $47 trillion.

Plastic Cup’s international effort to protect the River Tisza

Participants of the environmental initiative Plastic Cup have removed approximately 70 tonnes of waste from the River Tisza. To avoid further pollution of the river, an international cooperation will be necessary.

66 countries pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

At the UN Climate Action Summit, the governments of sixty-six countries pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Legal personhood proposed for a river in England

Residents of the town of Frome in the county of Somerset, UK would like to grant legal personhood to the eponymous river.

The Budapest Water Summit will be open to all visitors

On 15 October, the Budapest Water Summit 2019 will begin with the opening speech of President János Áder, the Chief Patron of the event. Invitation to three-day conference has been accepted by heads of state, ministers and high-ranking representatives of international organisations, financing and scientific institutes.

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.