Melting Arctic ice, rising temps seen as planet warms

2014-12-17 21:54

Record high temperatures in Alaska, below average snow cover across the Arctic and excess summer ice melting in Greenland have been observed this year by scientists, raising new concerns about global warming.

Denmark wants more of Arctic seabed

2014-12-16 15:55

Seeking to demarcate its territory in light of increasing Arctic exploration, Denmark has requested formal recognition from the UN for an extended area of continental shelf.

UN chief applauds Lima climate deal

2014-12-14 22:22

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has applauded a global climate deal signed in Lima and urged countries to commit to tough negotiations taking place in Paris next year.

Kerry to climate talks: No excuses, get to work

2014-12-12 14:44

Secretary of State John Kerry has tried to spur slow-moving UN climate talks, telling nations to stop bickering over who is to blame for global warming and to shun the cheap route of high-polluting coal.

Still possible to limit global warming

2014-12-10 08:13

The world still has a chance to limit global warming to safer levels, but time is running out.

Namibia first to submit climate report

2014-12-08 20:40

Namibia is the first developing country to submit its biennial climate change mitigation report to the UN Framework Convention in Climate Change, its ministry of environment and tourism announced says.

Green Climate Fund - who's pledged

2014-12-06 20:42

The Green Climate Fund is intended to become a key channel of money to help poor countries take action.

Australia won't give to UN Green Climate Fund

2014-12-05 22:15

Australia will continue to directly pay for climate change mitigation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to the UNs' Green Climate Fund.

Deforestation may be directly causing Brazil’s drought

2014-12-04 13:56

Sao Paulo’s worst drought in 80 years can be directly attributed to the decades of deforestation of the surrounding Amazon, experts warn.

Germany targets coal plants to reach climate goals

2014-12-03 20:13

Germany's cabinet has agreed to plans to cut CO2 emissions by up to 78 million tons by 2020, pushing operators to shut some coal-fired plants.

Clinton: Protect Obama's environmental actions

2014-12-03 14:37

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says steps President Barack Obama has taken to help the environment must be protected at all costs.

UN calls fossil fuels 'high risk' investment

2014-12-02 16:11

Falling oil prices show the 'high risk' of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the UN's climate chief says at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal to slow global warming.

Hotter, weirder: How climate has changed Earth

2014-12-02 13:14

In the more than two decades since world leaders first got together to try to solve global warming, life on Earth has changed in stark ways.

Climate talks seek way to historic Paris pact

2014-12-01 18:15

The world's nations have gathered in Lima, Peru, in a renewed push for a deal to roll back carbon emissions threatening future generations.

Climate talks: The sticking points

2014-11-28 14:11

Some of the sticking points at UN climate talks starting in Lima - the last scheduled ministerial-level meeting before a global pact meant to be sealed in Paris in 12 months time.

China: Rich nations must do more at Lima climate meeting

2014-11-25 16:06

Developed countries must do more than their less wealthy counterparts to tackle climate change, the world's biggest polluter China says, reaffirming its longstanding position before a UN climate conference.

UK pledges $1.1bn to climate fund for poor states

2014-11-20 14:18

The British government has pledged $1.13bn toward a United Nations fund that will help poor countries tackle climate change.

Small volcanoes could slow global warming

2014-11-20 10:29

Small volcanic eruptions could be slowing global warming by spewing sulphur aerosols that reach the upper atmosphere and reflect sunlight away from the Earth, US scientists say.

China needs to cap coal use by 2020

2014-11-18 14:17

China needs to hit its 'peak coal' use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade, an government think tank says.

Obama pledges $3bn for global climate fund

2014-11-15 09:11

US President Barack Obama has pledged a $3bn US contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change.

Climate change may mean 50% more lightning

2014-11-13 22:33

Lightning has the power to spark wildfires and kill, and scientists say climate change may lead to 50% more of it by century's end.

Scientists: US-China pact won't slow warming much

2014-11-13 08:22

Don't expect the landmark US-China climate change agreement to nudge the world's rising thermostat downward much on its own, scientists say.

US China climate deal prods others to act

2014-11-12 13:10

A groundbreaking agreement struck by the US and China is putting the world's two worst polluters on a faster track to curbing heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.

Obama and Xi put their differences aside

2014-11-12 10:13

Despite their differences, the US and China have announced an unprecedented joint plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, as well as agreements on visas, trade and military ties.


Greenland ice loss may be worse than predicted

2014-12-17 07:38

A warming planet means that inland lakes may become far more common on Greenland, leading to swifter ice loss and faster sea level rise than previously predicted, scientists say.

Factbox: What was agreed at Lima climate talks

2014-12-15 10:25

UN climate negotiations have wrapped up in Lima with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed in Paris next year.

Deal reached at UN climate talks in Peru

2014-12-14 10:09

After late-night wrangling at UN talks in Peru, negotiators have reached a watered-down deal that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year.

Clock ticks as climate talks grapple with carbon cuts

2014-12-12 08:30

Environment ministers are facing mounting time pressure to shape a blueprint for a global pact on climate change with ground-breaking carbon curbs at its core.

Australia pledges $165m to UN climate fund

2014-12-10 10:11

Australia has bowed to international pressure and pledged $165m to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries.

Zero carbon emission goal not realistic - Saudi Arabia

2014-12-09 11:45

Setting a target of zero carbon emissions by 2050 is not 'realistic', Saudi Arabia's chief negotiator at UN talks for a new, world climate pact says in Lima.

Big polluting nations must do most on climate: Aus

2014-12-08 11:56

Nations with the biggest greenhouse gas emissions should be doing the most to fight climate change or the efforts of other countries will be cancelled out, Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop says.

Melting glaciers at US park threatens rare bug

2014-12-06 07:09

The expected disappearance of the famed glaciers at Montana's Glacier National Park could spell doom for a rare aquatic insect confined to high mountain streams that are warming due to climate change.

Slow progress on global climate agreement in Lima

2014-12-05 13:42

Negotiations around a draft for an upcoming global climate agreement are making slow progress at the UN conference in Lima, observers say.

Groups urge climate fund to exclude fossils

2014-12-04 08:35

Groups are demanding stronger rules on climate finance to poor countries after a report drew attention to Japan’s funding of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting global warming.

Peru: Deforestation on the rise, up 80% from 2001

2014-12-03 13:24

Destruction of the Peruvian Amazon is rising after expanding over more than 145 000 hectares last year – an 80% jump from the start of the century, the government says.


Project 90x2030 wants to see a change in SA's carbon-intense economy. It's an organisation encouraging South Africans from all sectors of society to do their bit to preserve the environment, by committing to changing the way we live by 90% by the year 2030. Watch.

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Climate talks open with hopes for deal

2014-12-02 08:18

About 190 governments have met in Lima amid hopes that a UN deal to slow climate change is within reach for 2015.

Clock ticking, UN climate talks resume in Lima

2014-12-01 13:17

Negotiators from more than 190 countries are set to get together in Lima for the last main stop of the UN climate negotiations on the road to a planned global warming deal in Paris next year.

Climate rhetoric faces the devil in the detail

2014-11-28 08:57

Politically sidelined since a 2009 UN summit almost ended in a bustup, climate change has resurfaced as a priority but faces a brutal test at talks opening in Lima on Monday.

Rising UV radiation prompts skin cancer fears in Chile

2014-11-24 14:57

Cancer experts in Chile are warning people to limit their exposure to the sun as dangerously high levels of ultraviolet radiation are expected over the next few months.

Environmentalists: Brazil's greenhouse gases rise

2014-11-20 13:19

Emissions of greenhouse gases in Brazil, Latin America's biggest country, are almost 8% higher in 2013 than one year earlier, a network of more than 30 environmental groups say.

Australia stands firm against G20 pack on climate change

2014-11-19 08:45

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that next year's landmark climate change summit in Paris will fail if world leaders decide to put cutting carbon emissions ahead of economic growth.

Obama stakes final 2 years on climate change

2014-11-18 10:24

With just two years left in power, President Barack Obama is elevating his efforts to combat global warming above almost all else as he seeks to leave an imprint on the world.

China must change economy to meet climate targets

2014-11-14 11:45

Chinese leaders have pledged for the first time to cap the country’s decades-long growth of greenhouse gas emissions.

G20 climate protesters bury heads in Bondi sands

2014-11-13 14:06

Scores of Australians have buried their heads in the sands of iconic Bondi beach to send a message to Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the dangers of climate change.

Pacific flotilla carries climate message to Australia

2014-11-12 16:23

Traditional Pacific island canoes have sailed into Sydney Harbour after a journey across a vast expanse of ocean, bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change.

Global energy system under stress

2014-11-12 11:25

With fossil fuels set to meet most of the increased global demand for energy, the IEA warns that climate change targets are at risk and conflicts could still wreak havoc with supplies.

US and China announce 'historic' climate accord

2014-11-12 09:09

The US and China have announced an action plan on greenhouse emissions as part of a 'historic' pact that was acclaimed by climate scientists but denounced by US Republicans.

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