climate

Trump signs order rolling back Obama-era climate protections

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that looks to roll back many of his predecessor Barack Obama's environmental protections.

Croatian parliament ratifies Paris Agreement

Croatia's lawmakers on Friday unanimously voted for the ratification of the Paris Agreement, a treaty within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation and climate change responses.

Philippines' Duterte signs Paris Agreement on climate change

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, after previously signalling he would not ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, has signed it, local media reported Wednesday.

UN climate chief warns Trump not to pull out of Paris accord

United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa has warned US President Donald Trump not to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

Scientists move 'doomsday clock' closer to midnight

US President Donald Trump's "ill-considered" comments about expanding the US nuclear arsenal are among the reasons a group of nuclear scientists on Thursday moved their symbolic doomsday clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.

Scientists say 2016 was warmest on record, for third consecutive time

Last year was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, US government scientists said Wednesday, making 2016 the third year in a row to break records.

Extreme weather events dominated Australia in 2016

Australians weathered unusually warm and wet conditions in 2016 with fierce fires and damaging floods, a government agency said Thursday in its new annual climate report.

Scientists confirm largest coral die-off on Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has had the worst coral die-off since measurements began as a result of ocean warming, scientists based at James Cook University in Queensland announced Tuesday.

Climate change, drought claim second Bolivian lake

Climate change, drought and the diversion of water for mining have claimed another lake in Bolivia, almost a year after the country's second largest lake vanished, local media reported on Friday.

Trump has "open mind" on Paris climate agreement

US president-elect Donald Trump says he has an "open mind" about the international climate agreement reached in Paris last year.

47 countries commit to end fossil fuels production at Morocco talks

Forty-seven countries that are the most vulnerable to climate change on Friday pledged to switch their energy production as quickly as possible to renewable sources.

US businesses call on Trump to continue climate action

Hundreds of businesses and investors on Wednesday called on US president-elect Donald Trump to support policies to fight climate change and implement a global agreement adopted last year in Paris.

Croatian delegation joins UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech

A Croatian delegation led by Environment Minister Slaven Dobrovic on Tuesday joined the UN Climate Change Conference which began in Marrakech on November 7.

Global carbon emissions stabilizing due to US, China, researchers say

Global carbon emissions have remained largely steady for the past three years, even while economies have grown, scientists said in a study published Monday.

EU members on track for 2020 greenhouse gas emission target

The European Union remains on course to achieving its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gases by one fifth, despite emissions rising slightly last year, the bloc's environmental agency said Tuesday.

Developing countries hit hard by extreme weather events

Developing countries have been more affected by extreme weather events than industrialized countries, underscoring their vulnerability to climate change, a study released Tuesday showed.

COP22 climate talks begin: "We must be spurred on by action"

UN climate talks began Monday in Marrakesh, where leaders called on negotiators to ensure that the global accord on climate change reached in Paris is enacted swiftly.

Climate accord goes into effect in "historic day for the planet"

An agreement to limit global temperature rise caused by greenhouse gas emissions to below 2 degrees, adopted during a UN summit in Paris last year, entered into force on Friday.

"Unstoppable" Paris climate accord to come into force on November 4

The Paris Climate Agreement will go into effect on November 4 after the final threshold for its entry into force has been reached, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday.

Croatia begins preparations for ratification of Paris agreement on climate change

The Croatian Minister of Environment and Nature Protection, Slaven Dobrovic, said at a meeting of the EU Environment Council in Brussels on Friday that Croatia fully supported the Paris agreement on climate change and had begun preparations for its ratification.

Study: Paris climate commitments won't meet emissions target

Countries will need to double or triple their commitments made under the Paris Climate Agreement to keep the global temperature increase under the target 2 degrees Celsius, leading climate scientists said Thursday.

G20 leaders to agree to join Paris climate deal as soon as possible

All members of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies are expected to join the first universal action plan to mitigate the impacts of climate change, according to a late draft of the G20 summit communique seen by dpa on Sunday. 

US, China join Paris climate agreement, urge others to follow

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping entered their countries into the Paris climate agreement on Saturday, pushing forward global efforts to curb climate change.

There is no Planet B, Australian scientists tell Turnbull

More than 150 scientists have demanded that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urgently tackle the root causes of climate change, saying there is "no Planet B."

Kerry pushes countries to agree on greenhouse chemicals pact

Countries should quickly make the final push towards a new pact on curbing the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a set of chemicals that have a strong global warming effect, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in Vienna.

EU greenhouse gas emissions fall to new low, environment agency says

Emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union fell to a new low in 2014, the bloc's environmental watchdog said Tuesday, citing more use of renewable energy and better energy efficiency.

EU to offer 414 million euros for countries affected by El Nino

The European Commission said Monday that it would offer 414 million euros (464.5 million dollars) for countries hit by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which is wreaking havoc with food production in parts of Africa and other developing regions.

Croatian president hails Paris accord as step toward environment-friendly progress

Croatia recognises the importance of the Paris Agreement and is actively engaged in the document's preparation and adoption, President Grabar-Kitarovic was quoited as saying, according to a press release issued by her office.

Record 175 countries sign historic Paris climate agreement

A record 175 countries signed the Paris climate agreement during a ceremony Friday at United Nations headquarters, marking the largest number of nations ever signing an international agreement in a single day.

Countries begin signing historic Paris climate agreement

At least 171 countries began signing the Paris climate agreement during a ceremony at United Nations headquarters on Friday, marking the largest number of nations ever signing an international agreement in a single day.

John Kerry: Paris agreement's power is the message it sends

The power of the Paris agreement is the opportunity it creates by prompting the development of green technology and a new energy future, says US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Ban Ki-moon: 171 countries to sign Paris agreement on opening day

A record 171 countries are set sign the Paris climate agreement on Friday marking the largest number of countries ever signing an international agreement in a single day, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says.

Red from Angry Birds named UN ambassador for climate change

The United Nations has found an unusual ally for its fight against climate change in Red, the grim-looking red bird from the mobile game Angry Birds.

Study: Central, Eastern EU states are hindering climate goals

Nine central and eastern EU countries are holding back progress on the bloc's climate change ambitions by failing to invest funding from Brussels in green energy sources, according to a study published Tuesday.

UN: 2015 temperatures one degree above pre-industrial levels

Average global temperatures rose one degree above pre-industrial levels last year for the first time, the World Meteorological Organization said Monday in Geneva.

Study: German coal plants emit seven tonnes of mercury per year

Germany's coal-fired power plants are emitting seven tonnes of hazardous mercury per year, making the country the worst European quicksilver polluter after Poland and Greece, a study has shown.

Germany industry worries that plans to give up coal by 2050 too hasty

Berlin (dpa) - Germany should be wary about rushing to give up on coal as a power source, warns the head of the Federation of German Industry (BDI).