Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, delivers her 2020 State of the Union address to the European Parliament (AN/Etienne Ansotte)
September 16, 2020
(AN) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivered an inaugurual State of the European Union speech on Wednesday that emphasized her vision for health and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and for battling climate change.
An iceberg floats in Disko Bay near Ilulissat, Greenland (AN/Saskia Madlener)
September 9, 2020
(AN) — Global warming has made it 70 percent likely that one or more months of global average temperatures between 2020 and 2024 will exceed the preferred limit under the Paris Agreement on climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday.
Hot air ballooning in Turkey's Cappadocia region (AN/Feridun F. Alkaya)
August 25, 2020
(AN) — The coronavirus pandemic could eliminate 40 percent of global tourism’s 300 million jobs — one of every 10 worldwide — and trillions of dollars essential to developing economies, the U.N. chief said on Tuesday.
A young man prepares roasted maize atop a World Food Program carton in Yemen (AN/H. Veit)
July 13, 2020
(AN) — Despite the United Nations-led push to relieve global poverty and hunger, the number of people not getting enough nutrition rose by 60 million since 2014 — and the COVID-19 pandemic may add up to 132 million more to their ranks this year.
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska (AN/Hillebrand/USFWS)
July 9, 2020
(AN) — A key threshold of the 2015 Paris Agreement that has for years been considered something of a “safe” temperature guardrail against the worst effects of global warming could be reached within five years, the World Meteorological Organization warned on Thursday.
Greta Thunberg recording a podcast for Swedish public radio 9 (AN/Greta Thunberg)
June 20, 2020
(AN) — At one point in her podcast for Swedish public radio on Saturday, Greta Thunberg invokes a 183-year-old Danish morality tale that perfectly captures the new ways of thinking she says are needed to solve the climate crisis and her surreal journey to the heights of global climate activism.
Youth climate campaigners with the Fridays for Future movement at the 2019 U.N. climate summit in Madrid (AN/John Englart)
May 28, 2020
(AN) — The United Nations’ annual climate summit planned for November will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two co-hosts, Britain and Italy, and the world body announced on Thursday.
Oil, gas and wind turbines at the U.K.'s Great Yarmouth Outer Harbor port (AN/Fernando Butcher)
April 30, 2020
(AN) — Global carbon emissions are on track to decline by almost 8 percent this year from the COVID-19 pandemic causing the biggest downturn in energy use since World War II, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday.
A press conference at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin (AN/Christoph Wehrer)
April 28, 2020
(AN) — Some good can come out of the COVID-19 pandemic if world leaders use it to “rebuild our world for the better” by investing in clean energy to slow global warming, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday.
A planned $1 billion Crescent Dunes solar plant in Nevada failed in 2019 (AN/BLM Nevada)
April 20, 2020
(AN) — Governments could use energy transformations to create jobs, meet climate targets and produce cumulative global GDP gains of US$98 trillion above the usual scenarios by 2050, according to a new report on Monday.