Climate change endangers heritage

November 14, 2017 by  
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BONN, 14 November 2017: Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands — nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday.

The number of sites at risk has grown to 62 from 35 in 2014, when one in seven were listed, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which released the report at UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

Among the ecosystems most threatened by global warming are coral reefs, which bleach as oceans heat up, and glaciers melt. Read more

August got hotter

September 22, 2016 by  
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MIAMI, 22 September 2016: Last month was the hottest August in modern times and marked the 16th month in a row when global records for heat were shattered planet-wide, US authorities said Tuesday.

The string of unusual heat across land and sea surfaces is “the longest such streak in the 137-year record,” said the monthly climate report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The NOAA report also found that global temperatures over the entire year so far have been “the highest on record.” Read more

ADB: Disasters could double

December 1, 2015 by  
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MANILA, 1 December 2015: Climate disasters may double in the next two decades unless the world cuts its carbon dioxide emissions, the Asian Development Bank said Friday, with “high risk” nations in Asia set to be hard hit.

As the world climate summit opens in Paris, the Manila-based lender said deadlier storms, floods and heat waves were linked to rising global temperatures, adding to a growing chorus on the catastrophic effects of climate change.

The report, which looked at disasters from 1970 to 2013, said if carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere continued to rise at an annual rate of two parts per million, the frequency of climate disasters could double in 17 years. Read more

Climate change protest at Heathrow

July 14, 2015 by  
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LONDON, 14 July 2015: A group of climate change activists cut through a perimeter fence at London Heathrow airport on Monday to stage a protest on one of its two runways, causing cancellations and delays to flights, officials said.

Thirteen activists from the group Plane Stupid took part, attaching themselves to each otherĀ and to fencing with bicycle locks and what look like plaster casts on their arms, photos on their Twitter account showed.

“Nine have been arrested and the remaining four protesters have been removed to a safe area,” a police spokesman said, indicating that officers were still trying to unlock them.

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