Experts see few paths for planet-saving climate goal

2016-09-22 19:41

The global target to prevent climate catastrophe, crafted at a landmark summit last year in Paris, will be very difficult if not impossible to hit, say some of the world's top scientists.

Obama: Oceans key to protecting planet from climate change

2016-09-15 22:12

President Barack Obama says he created the first monument in the Atlantic Ocean because the planet cannot be protected without protecting its oceans.

SA under pressue to ratify COP21 agreement... because of Trump

2016-09-14 16:53

South Africa is under pressure to ratify the COP21 climate change Paris agreement before the end of the year, as doing so could make it binding on a potential Donald Trump-led US.

Eats shoots and rarely breeds: Giant pandas still at risk

2016-09-13 17:27

The giant panda may have been taken off the endangered species list, but the emblematic black and white bear still faces a plethora of risks, including epidemics and climate change, Chinese breeding centres say.

Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching

2016-09-11 20:27

Hawaii officials have proposed a series of steps to fight coral bleaching that's threatening the state's reefs, including new marine protected areas, limits on fishing and controlling polluted run-off from land.

OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet, but big changes in energy, pollution

2016-09-04 22:18

Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the US has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama's presidency.

Eroding Alaska island village votes to move to mainland

2016-08-19 07:36

Residents of a tiny island village in Alaska have voted to move from their badly eroded home to the mainland, but there likely isn't enough money for the impoverished community to follow through on the decision.

Melting glaciers pose threat beyond water scarcity - floods

2016-08-16 17:30

South American glaciers are dying from soot and rising temperatures, threatening water supplies to communities that have depended on them for centuries and experts warn the deterioration also raises the danger of sudden, dangerous glacial floods.

'Alarming' bleaching of Maldives corals - conservationists

2016-08-08 14:57

Coral reefs in the Maldives are under severe stress after suffering mass bleaching this year as sea temperatures soared, a top conservationist body has warned.

Alaskan woolly mammoths died of thirst - study

2016-08-03 16:01

One of the world's last surviving groups of woolly mammoths likely died of thirst as the salty seas rose around these iconic Ice Age creatures 5 600 years ago, researchers say.


World leaders to focus on refugee crisis, Syria at UN

2016-09-19 10:14

World leaders meeting at the UN will be trying to make progress on two intractable problems at the top of the global agenda - the biggest refugee crisis since WWII and the Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year.

Greenland's ice starts melting early

2016-09-14 18:31

Temperature records were broken in Greenland this year after parts of the territory's vast ice sheet began melting unusually early, the Danish Meteorological Institute says.

Tiny red-eyed frogs find safe haven in Nicaragua

2016-09-13 22:03

Thousands of tiny frogs with bright green skin and big red eyes have found a safe haven from climate change in a Nicaraguan nature reserve.

Brazil ratifies Paris CO2 Agreement

2016-09-12 23:15

Brazil, the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in Latin America has ratified the Paris Agreement to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Heat makes history in Spain

2016-09-06 17:55

Spain's weather agency says some places in the south of the country are smashing September heat records.

US, China climate move signals hope

2016-09-03 20:41

Climate activists and small nations at risk of global warming's direst consequences, welcomed the ratification by China and the United States of a global pact.

July was Earth's hottest month in modern times

2016-08-17 20:21

July has been marked the Earth's hottest month in modern times, setting a new record for planet-wide heat that has not been seen in 137 years of record-keeping, US government scientists said.

Climate change blamed for vanishing fish in Lake Tanganyika

2016-08-10 07:18

Fish are becoming more scarce in Africa's oldest and deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika, because of climate warming, not just overfishing, US researchers say.

Nature's 2016 resource 'budget' already used up - report

2016-08-04 20:42

In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year's allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air - the quickest rate yet, according to a new report.

Global heat, sea level hit record highs in 2015

2016-08-03 11:14

Global heat, greenhouse gases and sea levels all climbed to record highs last year, making 2015 the worst in modern times across a range of key environmental indicators, international scientists say.

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