Category Archives: Environment

10May/22

World could see 1.5C of warming in next five years, WMO reports

 – The world faces a 50% chance of warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, if only briefly, by 2026, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday.

That does not mean the world would be crossing the long-term warming threshold of 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), which scientists have set as the ceiling for avoiding catastrophic climate change.
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22Apr/22

Climate change triggering global collapse in insect numbers: stressed farmland shows 63% decline – new research

Tim Newbold, UCL and Charlie Outhwaite, UCL

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  • The world may be facing a devastating “hidden” collapse in insect species due to the twin threats of climate change and habitat loss.

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15Apr/22

SeaWorld Celebrates National Dolphin Day with More than Five Decades of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Conservation of the Species


SeaWorld proudly supports National Dolphin Day today with more than five decades of rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation of dolphins as part of its commitment to protecting marine animals and their habitats worldwide. More than 68 sick, injured, and orphaned dolphins have been helped by SeaWorld in the last six years alone, the success of which is informed by the study of animals in its care. SeaWorld has experience in caring for seven distinct species of dolphin. Continue reading

28Mar/22

‘It’s our sun’: Rural South Africans seek greater gains from clean energy

South Africa seen as poster child for ‘just transition’

Community trusts set up to channel energy profits to locals

Power cuts and low-skilled, short-term jobs fuel frustration

 – The grassy greens and browns of South Africa’s semi-desert Karoo region are fast becoming dotted with flashes of silver and white, as solar and wind farms spring up across the vast, sun-soaked land in Northern Cape province.

But nearby communities – where unemployment and drug-use are a persistent problem – say that even as profits trickle into their towns, more can be done to distribute fairly the benefits from the renewable energy they believe belongs to them.
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22Mar/22

OPINION: The world needs a new water agenda

/Thomson Reuters Foundation/– From major floods in Germany and China last year and eastern Australia this year, to ongoing and prolonged droughts across North and East Africa, the world is confronting a new climate change-induced water reality.
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03Mar/22

Only 40% of homes in England meet Energy Standards

New Open Property Group research found that just 40% of homes in England meet the recommended Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘C’. Continue reading

28Feb/22

IPCC scientists warn climate change losses becoming difficult to avoid

Scientists say climate-driven losses to surge without action
Risks already evident, from Madagascar to Bangladesh
Richer countries not immune from compounding threats

LONDON, Feb 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) –  Since late January, the African island nation of Madagascar has been hit by four tropical storms, driving fresh losses in a country with 1.6 million people already in need of food and other aid following repeated droughts and the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

27Feb/22

Clean Futures Fund Forced to Suspend Humanitarian Operations at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Due to Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Capture of the Facility

Clean Futures Fund learned yesterday that the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant has been seized by Russian Federation forces as part of their unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Approximately 50 power plant workers and a crew of the Chernobyl Fire Brigade are trapped at the plant without Ukrainian protection and are unable to leave. Continue reading

11Feb/22

One Ocean Summit: the CMA CGM Group decides it will no longer carry plastic waste on its ships

During the One Ocean Summit organized by Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, announced in a speech that the Group would no longer be transporting any plastic waste aboard its ships. Continue reading