Tragic: California mansions burn as wildfires spread

Hundreds have been forced to evacuate from their homes due to a swift-moving wildfire in southern California that has torched some 20 mansions so far. The Coastal fire in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, has grown to 199 acres since it began on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the largest wildfire in the US has burned around 170 homes in New Mexico, and continues to threaten communities and businesses. Fire season is off to an early start, partly due to a decades-long drought. The Coastal fire is not contained, officials said in an update on Thursday, although the winds that have fuelled … Continue reading Tragic: California mansions burn as wildfires spread

Mass bleaching event detected in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is being devastated by another mass bleaching event, officials have confirmed. It is the fourth time in six years that such severe and widespread damage – caused by warm sea temperatures – has been detected. Only two other mass bleaching events have ever been recorded. Scientists say urgent action on climate change is needed if the world’s largest reef system is to survive. There are particular concerns that this bleaching event has occurred in the same year as a La Niña weather phenomenon. Typically in Australia, a La Niña brings cooler temperatures. Scientists are now fearful … Continue reading Mass bleaching event detected in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Australia declares La Niña weather event has begun

Australia has said a La Niña event has developed for a second consecutive year, meaning there is a greater risk locally of floods and cyclones. Last time the weather phenomenon contributed to “once in a century” rains battering parts of Australia. But La Niña can lead to significant weather changes in different parts of the world. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is yet to declare a La Niña but has warned one may re-emerge. This year’s event could be weaker, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (Bom). “Climate models suggest this La Niña will be short-lived, persisting until the late … Continue reading Australia declares La Niña weather event has begun

Obama tells young people to stay angry on climate fight

Barack Obama has called on young people to “stay angry” in the fight against climate change at the COP26 summit. The former US president urged them to apply political pressure to make a change, but warned they would need to accept compromises along the way. Mr Obama said the world is “nowhere near where we need to be” to avoid a future climate catastrophe. He criticised Donald Trump’s “active hostility toward climate science”, but said the US is ready to lead again. Mr Obama also scolded China and Russia’s leaders for not physically attending the COP26 summit. Speaking in Glasgow, … Continue reading Obama tells young people to stay angry on climate fight

Serbia eyes 17 billion euro investment in renewable energy in next 20 years

Coal miners wait for the start of their shift in Lazarevac, Serbia Serbia must invest 17 billion euros ($19.6 billion) in renewable energy sources like hydro and solar over the next 20 years to replace ailing coal-fired plants and secure supply to meet rising demand, the country’s energy and mining minister said. Serbia and its neighbours, Bosnia and Kosovo, all heavily reliant on coal for power production, are under pressure to reduce their fossil fuel footprint and pollution as they aspire to join the European Union. “We are talking about investments over the next 20 years that are at a … Continue reading Serbia eyes 17 billion euro investment in renewable energy in next 20 years

#SaveTheEarth: 190 nations pledge to quit coal at COP26

Major coal users including Poland, Vietnam and Chile are committing to shift away from the fossil fuel, in pledges made at the COP26 climate summit, the UK government says. Coal is the single biggest contributor to climate change. The UK said 190 nations and organisations had vowed to quit coal. But some of the world’s biggest coal-dependent countries, including Australia, India, China and the US, did not sign up to the pledge. Signatories to the agreement have committed to ending all investment in new coal power generation domestically and internationally. They have also agreed to phase out coal power in … Continue reading #SaveTheEarth: 190 nations pledge to quit coal at COP26

Minister in wheelchair unable to attend COP26 summit

An Israeli minister has said she could not attend the COP26 summit on Monday because it was not wheelchair accessible. Karine Elharrar tweeted that it was “sad” the UN “does not provide accessibility to its events”. An official in Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s delegation said they had formally complained to organisers. Mr Bennett said he would not attend on Tuesday if Ms Elharrar could not access the summit, the official added. UK ambassador to Israel Neil Wigan tweeted that he had apologised “deeply and sincerely” to the minister. “We want a COP Summit that is welcoming and inclusive to … Continue reading Minister in wheelchair unable to attend COP26 summit

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