Polar bears could feel global warming's sting by 2025

2015-07-02 08:04

About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a US government report shows.

China to try to curb CO2 emissions earlier

2015-07-01 05:19

China will try to curb its carbon emissions before a 2030 target, its prime minister has said during a visit to Paris where he announced the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter's contribution to United Nations climate talks.

Brazil plans massive reforestation

2015-06-30 18:12

Brazil plans massive reforestation as part of its contribution to the global climate treaty.

Pink salmon risk double dose of acidification

2015-06-29 20:05

Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater.

Obama interviews Attenborough over climate change

2015-06-29 09:18

US President Barack Obama switched roles with British naturalist David Attenborough for an interview to ask him about the global effort required to combat climate change.

Deforestation freeze unlikely in US-Brazil climate declaration

2015-06-26 09:57

A target date for Brazil to reach zero net deforestation, something climate activists have been asking for, is not expected to be part a part of a US-Brazilian joint climate declaration to be issued next week, climate specialists say.

Dutch to cut emissions to protect citizens

2015-06-24 23:06

A Dutch court has ruled the Government must back a 25% cut in emissions by 2020 to protect its citizens.

China puts $6 trillion price tag on its climate plan

2015-06-24 08:00

It will cost China over $6.6 trillion to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals it will lay out later this month in its strategy for United Nations climate negotiations, the country's lead negotiator for the talks says.

Climate change may destroy health gains

2015-06-23 13:41

Climate change may wipe out the last 50 years' gains in global health by ramping up heatwaves, flood, drought, hunger and disease, an expert panel says.

Pope challenges world to clean up its filth

2015-06-19 12:43

Pope Francis' plea to make the state of the environment a central moral issue of our age has been greeted with applause from climate activists and a wide range of church, science and government leaders, but dismissive shrugs from those who doubt climate change.


Heatwave: Ice cream for apes, blackouts for humans

2015-07-01 19:22

A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe has brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent's zoo animals.

US, Brazil pledge to up renewable energy

2015-06-30 21:02

The United States and Brazil have pledged to increase their share of renewable energy in electricity generation from sources other than hydro-power.

Pace of climate talks far too slow

2015-06-29 23:07

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says negotiations on climate change were moving too slowly and urged governments to quicken the pace ahead of the December conference.

Court rules against Obama on mercury air pollution rule

2015-06-29 18:01

The US Supreme Court has invalidated a key Obama administration environmental regulation aimed at limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

SA, Brazil, China, India in push for climate financing

2015-06-29 06:35

South Africa, Brazil, China and India have voiced disappointment over the failure of rich countries to come up with billions of dollars needed to help them sign on to a landmark climate change deal.

Climate pressures threaten political stability

2015-06-25 08:11

Politically fragile countries may face breakdown as a result of mounting climate change pressures.

Solar, wind tech a 'priority' for W Cape housing

2015-06-24 10:40

Renewable energy technology is a key priority in the roll-out of low cost housing in the Western Cape, says a senior politician.

White House: Action needed now to slow climate change

2015-06-23 14:39

Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57 000 deaths a year in the United States from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argues in a report that warns of dire effects of global warming.

Climate change pushing poor farmer insurance

2015-06-19 19:56

Efforts to insure vulnerable people such as poor farmers against extreme weather and other climate risks are picking up pace.

UN chief welcomes pope's climate message

2015-06-18 22:05

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a warning by Pope Francis on climate change and called on governments to put the global common good above national interests.

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