This Clown Again: Former Japanese Prime Minister says global warming has made rice ‘Tastier’

Former Prime Minister Taro Aso says that he believes global warming has improved the quality of rice in Japan.Former Prime Minister Taro Aso claims that global warming has allegedly improved the quality of rice in Japan. Aso continued his remarks by saying that while people associate a warmer climate with negative consequences, there is “something good” that could come from it. This isn’t the first time the 81-year-old politician has made controversial comments in front of the public eye. In January 2020, Aso stated that Japan has been ruled under a single language and ethnic identity for the past 2,000 … Continue reading This Clown Again: Former Japanese Prime Minister says global warming has made rice ‘Tastier’

Costa Rica wins £1m from Prince William’s Earthshot prize

Two best friends who grow coral and the country of Costa Rica are among the winners of the first ever Earthshot Prizes. The annual awards were created by the Duke of Cambridge to reward people trying to save the planet. There were five winners announced in London, each receiving £1m. Prince William was joined by stars including Emma Watson, Dame Emma Thompson and David Oyelowo for the ceremony at Alexandra Palace. Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and KSI were among the acts that performed – and in keeping with the eco message, the music was powered by 60 cyclists pedalling on bikes. … Continue reading Costa Rica wins £1m from Prince William’s Earthshot prize

South Korea to raise emissions reduction goal to 40% by 2030

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in South Korea’s government on Friday said it would raise its greenhouse gas reduction goal from 26.3 percent to 40 percent by 2030, as part of efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The revised nationally determined contribution (NDC) was proposed by the ruling party in June and will be officially introduced at the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, with a government plan presented to the United Nations in December. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has proposed a “Green New Deal” aimed at helping his country bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic … Continue reading South Korea to raise emissions reduction goal to 40% by 2030

Lake Tanganyika’s water levels rise triggered by Burundi floods

Natural disasters have forced more than 100,000 people to flee their homes in Burundi in recent years, the Save the Children charity says. Most of them had lived on the shores of Lake Tanganyika where water levels had risen because of heavy storms, causing floods and landslides. People described waking up at night to find their homes and farms swallowed by the lake, the world’s second-deepest. Save the Children said it was the “forgotten crisis”. Lake Tanganyika runs through Burundi and several other African states. It is the longest fresh water lake in the world. Its water levels rose to 776.4 metres … Continue reading Lake Tanganyika’s water levels rise triggered by Burundi floods

Death toll rises to 77 from Turkey floods with 47 still missing

At least 77 people have been killed and emergency workers continue to search for 47 others missing after flash floods swept through Turkish Black Sea provinces, authorities said. The floods last week brought chaos as torrents of water tossed dozens of cars and heaps of debris along streets, destroyed buildings and bridges, closed roads and damaged electricity infrastructure. At least 62 people died as a result of floods in Kastamonu province. Another 14 people died in Sinop and one in Bartin, the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said on Monday. Forty-seven people were reported missing in Kastamonu and Sinop, … Continue reading Death toll rises to 77 from Turkey floods with 47 still missing

Italy may have registered Europe’s hottest temperature on record

The Italian island of Sicily may have registered the hottest temperature ever recorded in Europe – 48.8C (119.8F). Regional authorities reported the reading, which needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), near Syracuse on Wednesday. According to the WMO, the current official record in Europe is 48C, registered in Athens, Greece, in 1977. The latest heatwave in Italy is being caused by an anticyclone – nicknamed Lucifer – moving up from Africa. Anticyclones are areas of high atmospheric pressure where the air is sinking. Lucifer is forecast to head north across mainland Italy, further raising temperatures in … Continue reading Italy may have registered Europe’s hottest temperature on record

Biden wants half of US car sales to be zero-emission by 2030

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order setting the “ambitious target” of making half of all new vehicles sold in the United States by 2030 zero-emission, the White House has said. The executive order, to be inked on Thursday, calls for 50 percent of US vehicles sales to be “battery-electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles” in fewer than 10 years. It is the latest move by the Biden administration to undo former President Donald Trump’s dramatic loosening of many environmental regulations and climate protections. The new target was also announced along with a voluntary commitment from the top … Continue reading Biden wants half of US car sales to be zero-emission by 2030

Thousands of school children join Australia climate change protest

Thousands of Australian children are walking out of school to attend protests, calling for action on climate change. Up to 50,000 students are expected at School Strike for Climate rallies across the country. It’s the latest grassroots campaign by young people pushing for action on the climate crisis. Australia has long faced criticism for refusing to set more ambitious emissions targets. David Soriano, a 17-year-old attending a Syndey rally told reporters he was worried about the future and wants the government to see the youth movement “as one to be reckoned with”. “We’re scared and concerned. We’re doubtful that there … Continue reading Thousands of school children join Australia climate change protest

Asia accounts for 99 out of 100 top cities facing the biggest environmental risks

Traffic congestion in Jakarta, Indonesia. Asian cities are facing the greatest risks from environmental hazards including extreme heat, climate change and natural disasters, according to a new report from Verisk Maplecroft. Among the 100 cities most at risk, 99 of them are in Asia, with 37 in China and 43 in India. Globally, the report found 414 cities across the world, with a population of more than 1 million each, are vulnerable to pollution, dwindling water supplies, extreme heat, natural hazards and climate change. Collectively, those cities are home to 1.4 billion people. Here are the top riskiest cities in the … Continue reading Asia accounts for 99 out of 100 top cities facing the biggest environmental risks

Good News: EU to cut CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030

The EU has adopted ambitious new targets to curb climate change, with a pledge to make them legally binding. Under a new law agreed between member states and the EU Parliament, the bloc will cut carbon emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The EU parliament had pushed for a higher target of a 60% reduction. “Our political commitment to becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050 is now also a legal one,” said EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen. “The Climate Law sets the EU on a green path for a generation.” The … Continue reading Good News: EU to cut CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030

China’s ‘Glacier Bro’ presumed dead

A popular Chinese social media influencer and environmentalist dubbed “Glacier Bro” is presumed dead after falling into icy waters in Tibet, Wang Xiangjun, 30, was reportedly exploring a glacial waterfall when he disappeared on 20 December. His body has not yet been found, but his social media account appeared to confirm his death on Saturday, Wang was known for his videos exploring glaciers and his efforts to highlight the impact of climate change. Footage shared on Chinese social media appears to show him lose his balance while climbing near the base of a waterfall and he is seen slipping into … Continue reading China’s ‘Glacier Bro’ presumed dead

Glaciers in China are melting at shocking pace, scientists say

Meltwater flows over the Laohugou No. 12 glacier in the Qilian mountains, Subei Mongol Autonomous County, in Gansu province, China, on September 27, 2020. Glaciers in China’s bleak Qilian mountains are disappearing at a shocking rate as global warming brings unpredictable change and raises the prospect of crippling, long-term water shortages, scientists say, the largest glacier in the 800-kilometer (500-mile) mountain chain on the arid northeastern edge of the Tibetan plateau has retreated about 450 meters since the 1950s, when researchers set up China’s first monitoring station to study it. The 20-square kilometer glacier, known as Laohugou No. 12, is … Continue reading Glaciers in China are melting at shocking pace, scientists say