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Global freshwater fish populations at risk of extinction, study finds

Global freshwater fish populations at risk of extinction, study finds

Freshwater fish are under threat, with as many as a third of global populations in danger of extinction, according to an assessment.Populations of migratory freshwater fish have plummeted by 76% since 1970, and large fish – those weighing more than 30kg – have been all but wiped out in most rivers. The global population of megafish down by 94%, and 16 freshwater fish species were declared extinct last year.The report by 16 global conservation organisations, called , said that global populations of freshwater fish were in freefall. The problems are diverse and include pollution, overfishing...

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State-owned fossil fuel firms' plan to invest $1.9tn could destroy climate hopes

State-owned fossil fuel firms' plan to invest $1.9tn could destroy climate hopes

Oil projects over the next decade would destroy hopes of meeting Paris climate goals, thinktank warns Environment correspondentTue 9 Feb 2021 01.01 ESTLast modified on Tue 9 Feb 2021 05.01 ESTThe world’s state-owned fossil fuel companies are poised to invest about $1.9tn (£1.4tn) in the next decade in projects that would destroy any prospect of meeting the .A large proportion of these investments are likely to become , with at least $400bn unlikely to be profitable if the world sticks to its promises to hold global heating to less than 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels, according to...

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Global ice loss accelerating at record rate, study finds

Global ice loss accelerating at record rate, study finds

Rate of loss now in line with worst-case scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Environment correspondentMon 25 Jan 2021 04.00 ESTLast modified on Mon 25 Jan 2021 15.39 ESTThe melting of ice across the planet is accelerating at a record rate, with the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets speeding up the fastest, research has found.The rate of loss is now in line with the worst-case scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading authority on the climate, according to a .Thomas Slater, lead author and research fellow at the...

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UK ministers gain power to allow lower-standard food imports

UK ministers gain power to allow lower-standard food imports

Trade bill vote rejects Lords amendment giving MPs greater scrutiny of trade deals Environment correspondentTue 19 Jan 2021 15.06 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 15.33 ESTMinisters will be able to approve the import of animal and agricultural products of a than currently permitted in the UK, after attempts to amend the trade bill failed.The government has not to allow the import of chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef, but has refused to sign those pledges into law.The House of Lords to the trade bill that would have required future trade agreements to be scrutinised by...

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Countries adapting too slowly to climate breakdown, UN warns

Countries adapting too slowly to climate breakdown, UN warns

Report says not enough funding is being made available to deal with effects of extreme weather Environment correspondentThu 14 Jan 2021 05.00 ESTLast modified on Thu 14 Jan 2021 10.55 ESTMillions of people around the world are facing disaster from flood, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather, as governments fail to take the measures needed to adapt to the impacts of climate breakdown, the UN has warned.Nearly three-quarters of countries around the world have recognised the need to plan for the effects of global heating, but few of those plans are adequate to the rising threat, and...

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World is in danger of missing Paris climate target, summit is warned

World is in danger of missing Paris climate target, summit is warned

Minister tells more than 80 world leaders that not enough is being doneSat 12 Dec 2020 14.30 ESTLast modified on Sat 12 Dec 2020 17.10 ESTThe world is still not on track to fulfil the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the UK’s business secretary Alok Sharma warned, after a ended with few new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions.Sharma said: “[People] will ask ‘Have we done enough to put the world on track to limit warming to 1.5C and protect people and nature from the effects of climate change?’ We must be honest with ourselves – the answer to that is currently no.”He said progress had been...

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UN secretary general urges all countries to declare climate emergencies

UN secretary general urges all countries to declare climate emergencies

Governments around the world should all declare a state of climate emergency until the world has reached net zero CO2 emissions, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, has told a .At least 38 countries have already , often owing to their vulnerability to the impacts of climate breakdown, which are already being felt.“Can anybody still deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency?” Guterres said on Saturday. “I urge all others to follow.”Declaring an emergency would require countries to step up their actions on greenhouse gas emissions urgently. An increasing number of governments have...

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EU member states agree 55% cut in carbon emissions by 2030

EU member states agree 55% cut in carbon emissions by 2030

Accord reached after Poland held out for concessions puts bloc on path to climate neutrality by 2050 Environment correspondentFri 11 Dec 2020 09.03 ESTFirst published on Fri 11 Dec 2020 03.22 ESTEU member states have agreed to strengthen their target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, in line with their long-term goal of net zero carbon by 2050.The EU made a commitment on Friday to cut carbon by 55% in the EU by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, after member states wrangled into the early morning as Poland held out for concessions.“Today’s agreement puts us on a clear...

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Bison recovering but 31 other species now extinct, says red list

Bison recovering but 31 other species now extinct, says red list

Three frog and one shark species have vanished, and Amazonian dolphin and oak trees are threatened Environment correspondentThu 10 Dec 2020 08.42 ESTFirst published on Wed 9 Dec 2020 09.10 ESTEurope’s biggest land mammal, the , is beginning to recover in numbers thanks to conservation efforts and breeding programmes, according to an .By the early years of the last century, the once abundant European bison could be found in a few places, and it was only after the second world war that animals were reintroduced into the wild in small numbers. By 2003 there were 1,800 in the wild, and by last...

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Rich failing to help fund poor countries' climate fight, warns UN secretary general

Rich failing to help fund poor countries' climate fight, warns UN secretary general

Exclusive: António Guterres says key promise of $100bn funding will be missed, damaging trust in Paris deal Environment correspondentWed 9 Dec 2020 08.00 ESTLast modified on Wed 9 Dec 2020 09.31 ESTRich countries will miss a key promise they made to the poor world on the climate crisis by failing to provide the money necessary for them to cope with its effects, damaging the prospects for global action, the UN secretary general has said.Developing countries were supposed to receive at least from public and private sources this year and in future years to help them cut greenhouse gas...

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Humanity is waging war on nature, says UN secretary general

Humanity is waging war on nature, says UN secretary general

Humanity is facing a new war, unprecedented in history, the secretary general of the UN has warned, which is in danger of destroying our future before we have fully understood the risk.The stark message from António Guterres follows a year of global upheaval, with the causing governments to shut down whole countries for months at a time, while wildfires, hurricanes and powerful storms have scarred the globe.Guterres said: “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back – and it is already doing so with growing force and fury. Biodiversity is collapsing. One...

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Global sustainable fishing initiative agreed by 14 countries

Global sustainable fishing initiative agreed by 14 countries

Governments to reduce pollution in oceans and end subsidies that contribute to overfishing Environment correspondentWed 2 Dec 2020 00.01 ESTLast modified on Wed 2 Dec 2020 00.03 ESTGovernments responsible for 40% of the world’s coastlines have pledged to end overfishing, restore dwindling and stop the flow of plastic pollution into the seas in the next 10 years.The leaders of the 14 countries set out a series of commitments on Wednesday that mark the world’s , in the absence of a fully fledged .The countries – Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico,...

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European governments failing to protect citizens from air pollution, data reveals

European governments failing to protect citizens from air pollution, data reveals

Governments across are failing to protect their citizens from toxic air pollution, with most Europeans still breathing filthy air in their cities, according to data.Pollutants from farming, domestic heating and vehicles are beyond the levels needed to ensure breathable air within World Health Organization guidelines, despite EU legislation, government pledges and years of campaigning.Only Ireland, Iceland, Finland and Estonia showed levels of fine particulate matter – one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution – that were below the WHO guidelines in 2018, according to by the European...

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Reaching UK net zero target cheaper than we thought, says climate adviser

Reaching UK net zero target cheaper than we thought, says climate adviser

Reaching net zero carbon emissions in the UK is likely to be much easier and cheaper than previously thought, and can be designed in such a way as to , a senior adviser to the government has said.Chris Stark, the chief executive of the Committee on Climate Change, the UK’s independent statutory adviser, said costs had come down rapidly in recent years, and past estimates that moving to a low-carbon economy would cut trillions from GDP were wrong.“Overall, the cost is surprisingly low – it’s cheaper than when we made our assessments. Net zero is relatively low-cost across the economy,” he...

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US election result boosts preparations for UN climate summit

US election result boosts preparations for UN climate summit

Preparations for the next vital UN summit on the climate – one of the to set the world on track to meet the Paris agreement – have been given a by the election of Joe Biden as president.The election caps a remarkable few weeks on international climate action, which have seen China, the EU, Japan and others commit to long-term targets on greenhouse gas emissions to fulfil the Paris climate agreement.Biden has vowed to return the US to the Paris agreement, from which , and to set a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, commitments that were underlined by his references to the climate...

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Global food production emissions 'would put Paris agreement out of reach'

Global food production emissions 'would put Paris agreement out of reach'

Study calls for more focus on farming and food waste, behind a third of greenhouse gas production Environment correspondentThu 5 Nov 2020 14.00 ESTLast modified on Thu 5 Nov 2020 14.02 ESTOur diets and agricultural production around the world are so carbon-intensive that emissions from the global food system alone would be enough to put the Paris climate goals out of reach, even if all the other major sources of emissions were closed down, research has shown. account for about a third of global greenhouse gas production at present. The world’s food systems produced about 16bn tonnes a year...

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Intensive farming worldwide threatens Paris climate accord, report says

Intensive farming worldwide threatens Paris climate accord, report says

Rising emissions of nitrous oxide from farming are putting world on track to exceed 2C heating Environment correspondentWed 7 Oct 2020 11.13 EDTLast modified on Wed 7 Oct 2020 11.49 EDTThe spread of intensive farming is threatening to jeopardise the world’s chances of meeting the terms of the Paris agreement on the climate crisis, as the increasing use of artificial fertiliser and growing populations of livestock are raising the concentration of a key greenhouse gas to levels far beyond those seen naturally.Nitrous oxide is given off by the overuse of artificial fertilisers, and by organic...

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Greenland's ice melting faster than at any time in past 12,000 years

Greenland's ice melting faster than at any time in past 12,000 years

Increased loss of ice could trigger sea level rise of up to 10cm by end of century Environment correspondentWed 30 Sep 2020 11.00 EDTLast modified on Wed 30 Sep 2020 15.19 EDT is starting to melt faster than at any time in the past 12,000 years, research has shown, which will raise sea levels and could have a marked impact on ocean currents.New measurements show the rate of melting matches any in the geological record for the Holocene period – defined as the period since the last ice age – and is likely to accelerate, according to a .The increased loss of ice is likely to lead to sea level...

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Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds

Melting of the will cause sea level rises of about two and a half metres around the world, even if the goals of the Paris agreement are met, research has shown.The melting is likely to take place over a long period, beyond the end of this century, but is almost certain to be irreversible, because of the way in which the ice cap is likely to melt, the new model reveals.Even if temperatures were to fall again after rising by 2C (3.6F), the temperature limit set out in the Paris agreement, the ice would not regrow to its initial state, because of self-reinforcing mechanisms that destabilise...

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Young people resume global climate strikes calling for urgent action

Young people resume global climate strikes calling for urgent action

School pupils, youth activists and communities around the world have turned out for a day of climate strikes, intended to underscore the urgency of the climate crisis even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.Social distancing and other Covid-19 control measures dampened the protests, but thousands of activists posted on social media and took to the streets to protest against the lack of climate action from world leaders. Strikes were scheduled in at least .Friday’s strikes – some in the form of mostly socially distanced physical marches on the streets, and some purely online meetings –...

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China pledges to become carbon neutral before 2060

China pledges to become carbon neutral before 2060

will reach carbon neutrality before 2060 and ensure its greenhouse gas emissions peak in the next decade, Xi Jinping has told the UN general assembly.“China will scale up its intended nationally determined contributions [under the Paris climate agreement] by adopting more vigorous policies and measures,” the Chinese president said, calling for a from the coronavirus pandemic.The unexpectedly forthright commitment will give fresh impetus to the UN’s efforts to galvanise action on the climate crisis, which has been as the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the world’s societies and economies...

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EU's farm animals 'produce more emissions than cars and vans combined'

EU's farm animals 'produce more emissions than cars and vans combined'

Greenpeace says bloc must get a grip on reducing greenhouse gases from livestock or risk missing Paris agreement targets Animals farmed is supported by, environment correspondentTue 22 Sep 2020 11.37 EDTLast modified on Tue 22 Sep 2020 11.38 EDTCows, pigs and other farm livestock in Europe are producing every year than all of the bloc’s cars and vans put together, when the impact of their feed is taken into account, according to a new analysis by Greenpeace.The increase in meat and dairy production in Europe over the past decade has made farming a much, but while governments have targeted...

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World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

World's richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new research.Carbon dioxide emissions rose by 60% over the 25-year period, but the increase in emissions from the richest 1% was three times greater than the increase in emissions from the poorest half.The report, compiled by and the Stockholm Environment Institute, warned that rampant overconsumption and the rich world’sare exhausting the world’s .Such a concentration of carbon emissions in the hands of the...

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Trump exiting Paris accord will harm US economy – LSE research

Trump exiting Paris accord will harm US economy – LSE research

Withdrawing from the Paris agreement does not make economic sense for the US, a group of economists has argued, as the cost of clean energy has fallen since the agreement was signed in 2015, while the risks of climate catastrophe have increased.Economists from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at the London School of Economics examined the economic case for the US withdrawal, which President Donald Trump signalled in June 2017, and which will .They found that climate breakdown would cause growing losses to US infrastructure and property, and impede the rate of economic growth this...

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Supertrawlers ramp up activity in UK protected waters during lockdown

Supertrawlers ramp up activity in UK protected waters during lockdown

Fishing time in first half of 2020 almost double that in whole of last year, Greenpeace says Environment correspondentThu 13 Aug 2020 02.00 EDTSupertrawlers vastly stepped up their fishing in the UK’s protected waters during the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year, while most of the UK’s smaller vessels were .The amount of time supertrawlers spent fishing in marine protected areas in the first half of this year was nearly double that spent in the waters in the whole of last year, according to a Greenpeace investigation. There were 23 supertrawlers catching fish in UK protected areas in...

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