On 1st day, UN climate conference sets up fund for countries hit by disasters like flood and drought
Nearly all the world’s nations finalized the creation of a fund to help compensate countries struggling to cope with loss and damage caused by climate change, seen as a major first-day breakthrough at this year’s U.N. climate conference as early cash started going into it.
Pressure builds to eliminate fossil fuel use as oil executive, under fire, takes over climate talks
The pressure to phase out fossil fuels is mounting on the oil company chief who on Thursday took over fragile international climate negotiations that opened in Dubai amid concerns about what some say is contradictory dual roles.
UN weather agency says 2023 is the hottest year on record, warns of further climate extremes ahead
The U.N. weather agency says 2023 is all but certain to be the hottest year on record, and warning of worrying trends that suggest increasing floods, wildfires, glacier melt, and heat waves in the future.
A look at what to expect as latest UN climate talks get under way in oil-rich UAE
The Middle East plays host to its second straight U.N. climate conference over the next two weeks, with countries hoping to agree on new ways to keep the planet from catastrophic heating by the end of the century.
Leaked document says US is willing to build energy projects in case Snake River dams are breached
In a strong sign that the U.S. will consider breaching four controversial dams on the Snake River, a leaked Biden administration document says the government is prepared to help build clean energy projects to replace the power generated by the dams.
Barcelona may need water shipped in during a record drought in northeast Spain, authorities say
Tighter water restrictions for drought-stricken northeast Spain have gone in effect as authorities in Catalonia say that Barcelona may need to have fresh water shipped in by boat in the coming months.
Emirati-designated COP28 leader forcefully denies report UAE wanted to seek oil deals in summit
The Emirati president-designate for the upcoming United Nations COP28 climate talks has forcefully denied a report alleging his nation planned to use the summit to strike oil and gas deals, a day before the summit was due to begin.
Climate contradictions key at UN talks. Less future warming projected, yet there's more current pain
Experts say the world is heading for considerably less warming than projected a decade ago, but that good news is overwhelmed by much more pain from current climate change than scientists anticipated.
Why it took 17 days for rescuers in India to get to 41 workers trapped in a mountain tunnel
Indian rescuers faced repeated and unexpected setbacks during the 17 days they dug through a mountain in the country's north to reach 41 construction workers trapped after a tunnel collapsed there earlier this month.
Powerful storm pounds the Black Sea region, leaving more than a half-million people without power
A powerful weekend storm in the Black Sea region toppled trees, tore down power lines and caused coastal flooding, and government officials and media reports said more than half a million people were without power in southern Russia and Ukraine.
A landslide in Alaska has devastated one family, killing three members and leaving two kids missing
Authorities have identified those missing or killed in an Alaska landslide this week as five family members and their neighbor, a commercial fisherman who made a longshot bid for the state's lone seat in the U.S. House last year.
UN chief gives interview from melting Antarctica on eve of global climate summit
On the eve of international climate talks, U_N_ Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited globally-important Antarctica, where ice that’s been frozen for millions of years is melting due to human-caused climate change, sending the message that “we absolutely need to act immediately.”.
Biden declares emergency over lead in water in US Virgin Islands
President Joe Biden declared an emergency over lead-in-water contamination in the U.S. Virgin Islands earlier this week after tests on St. Croix revealed levels more than 100 times the limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency – among the worst results a U.S. community has seen in decades.
EPA offers $2B to clean up pollution, develop clean energy in poor and minority communities
The Biden administration is making $2 billion available to community groups, states and tribes to clean up pollution and develop clean energy in disadvantaged communities in what officials called the largest-ever investment in environmental justice.
Solar panels will cut water loss from canals in Gila River Indian Community
In a move that may soon be replicated elsewhere, the Gila River Indian Community recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over a stretch of irrigation canal on their land south of Phoenix.
UN report says world is racing to well past warming limit as carbon emissions rise instead of plunge
A new United Nations report calculates that the globe is speeding to 2.5 to 2.9 degrees Celsius (4.5 to 5.2 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming since pre-industrial times, set to blow well past the agreed upon international climate threshold.
Asian economies must ramp up wind and solar power to keep global warming under 1.5C, report says
A German thinktank has reported that to prevent global warming from surpassing the critical threshold of 1.5 Celsius, major Asian economies must ensure they can get half of their total electricity from renewables by 2030.