UN creates a new global climate change coalition

June 1, 2018 by  
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Earth has a “30-year window of opportunity” to tackle climate change, according to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) secretary-general Petteri Taalas. He called for greater urgency in carrying out the Paris Agreement as the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) together with WMO launched a brand-new climate change coalition. Every year 12.6 million people perish due to environmental risks — air pollution in particular — and the group aims to lower that number. Average temperatures in 2017 were 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to the UN, while global average concentrations of carbon dioxide were greater than 400 parts per million (ppm). Taalas said climate change is impacting developing countries — the cost of natural disasters reached a new record in 2017. The three UN organizations already work together, but under the new coalition will strengthen action on guarding health from climate change- and environment -related risks. Taalas, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and UNEP executive director Erik Solheim came together to form the coalition and spoke to delegates at the World Health Assembly about opportunities and challenges to come. Related: 95% of the world’s population breathes unsafe air Air pollution is one such challenge. Around seven million people die prematurely each year from diseases related to air pollution, such as respiratory illness, cancer, heart disease, or strokes. According to the UN, in many of the world’s major cities, air pollution is higher than WHO air quality standards. Pollutants which threaten human health also contribute to climate change and damage the environment — examples are waste incineration or black carbon from diesel engines. The UN said lowering what they called short-lived climate pollutant emissions coming from agriculture, traffic, industry, or cookstoves, for example, “could help trim the rate of global warming by about 0.5 degrees Celsius by 2050.” Solheim said, “If we speed up on renewable energy solutions, fewer people will die from air pollution. Let’s create a pollution-free environment.” One of the coalition’s first outcomes will be a Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health , which will take place at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from October 30 to November 1. + United Nations Climate Change Images via Depositphotos

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Greenland ice sheet is melting faster and earlier in the year than ever

April 13, 2016 by  
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Climate scientists are beside themselves this month as record-breaking ice melt in Greenland devastates the nation’s ice sheet. New measurements from the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) estimate there is melting over 12 percent of Greenland ’s ice sheet. That amount is considerably higher than previous records, and the melt is occurring much earlier this year than normal, leaving scientists with lots of concerns about the future. Read the rest of Greenland ice sheet is melting faster and earlier in the year than ever

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Incredible Lift-bit sofa digitally transforms into any shape you want

April 13, 2016 by  
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2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

January 7, 2015 by  
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If the massive droughts and wildfires this past summer weren’t indications enough, new data out of Japan indicates 2014 was the hottest year on record for planet Earth. According to Discovery News , the ranking was issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which is one of four major global keepers of temperature records for the planet–and the first to release its data for the year just gone by. The average temperature in 2014 was 1.1 degrees F above JMA’s average for the 20th Century, and 0.1 degrees above 1998; the former record holder for the hottest year ever. Read the rest of 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 , 2014 hottest year , australia , California , climate , Climate Change , data , El Niño , Europe , global warming , hot , hottest , hottest year , hottest year in history , hottest year on record , jma , meteorological , nasa , NOAA , record , weather

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Oil spill dumps 33,000 barrels of oil into Straits of Singapore

January 7, 2015 by  
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A Libyan oil tanker and a Singapore bulk oil carrier collided off Singapore late last week, spilling about 33,000 barrels of oil  into the Pacific. According to Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), the oil tanker,  Alyarmouk, and the Singapore-registered Sinar Kapuas collided about 11 nautical miles northeast of Pedra Branca—just east of Singapore. Reuters reports that damage to the cargo tanks on the Alyarmouk from the collision resulted in the oil spill, and V. Ships U.K. which manages the Alyarmouk, estimates that a total of 33,000 barrels of crude oil was spilled. No injuries were reported in the crash and no traffic was reported in the port at the time of the collision. Read the rest of Oil spill dumps 33,000 barrels of oil into Straits of Singapore Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: libyan oil tanker , libyan ship collision , major oil spills , oil carrier collision , oil spill clean up , oil tanker collision , ship collision , singapore oil carrier , singapore oil spill , singapore oil tanker , singapore ship collision , straits of singapore collision

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