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Analysis finds climate pledges ‘fall far short’

A collapsed block of permafrost along Drew Point, Alaska (AN/Benjamin Jones)

The world’s promised cuts in greenhouse gases come nowhere close to fulfilling the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to a new U.N. analysis.

U.S. welcomed back to Paris climate treaty

San Francisco's City Hall goes green in December 2020 to honor five years of the 2015 Paris Agreement (AN/Dana Brown)

French President Emmanuel Macron led a chorus of world leaders and advocates in celebrating the United States’ official return to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

WWF says deep sea mining risks too high

A Mediterranean seabed near the Balearic Islands archipelago (AN/Andrey Arkhipov)

Allowing mining companies to tap deep sea deposits beneath international waters poses too many underwater risks, a global environmental group reported.

U.N. chief taps Bloomberg for key climate role

Michael Bloomberg at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit (AN/Nikki Ritcher)

Michael Bloomberg was reappointed to the role of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ special envoy on climate ambition and solutions.

Poll finds wide agreement on ‘climate emergency’

A British climate strike at Bristol in September 2019 (AN/Sam Saunders)

A U.N. survey found 64 percent of 1.2 million people polled in 50 nations — all of them video gamers — called climate change a global emergency.

Summit marks U.S. re-entry to climate fight

John Kerry, the new U.S. presidential envoy, addresses the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (AN/CAS 2021)

A global summit’s mood was perhaps best reflected in the U.N. chief beaming at the new U.S. climate envoy’s pledge to restore American climate leadership.

Study finds most large dams obsolete by 2050

The 116-year-old Craig Goch Dam in Wales supplies water to Birmingham (AN/Ben Salter)

Most of the world’s population by mid-century will face risks living downstream from tens of thousands of aging concrete dams, says a U.N. University report.

Leaders stoke ambitions to reverse nature crisis

Trunk Bay, part of Virgin Islands National Park on the Caribbean island of St. John (AN/John Heilprin)

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.N. and World Bank leaders hosted a virtual summit to improve the planet’s health and save biological resources.

ICJ steps into Guyana-Venezuela border dispute

Yuruaní-tepui, a mesa partly in the area disputed by Guyana and Venezuela (AN/Fernando Flores)

ICJ ruled it has jurisdiction to settle a border dispute going back to colonial-era claims over a resources-rich jungle region between Guyana and Venezuela.

WTO subsidy talks to curb overfishing drag on

A fishing boat returns from a long day off the coast of Marbella, Spain (AN/Hernán Piñera)

Diplomats failed to meet an end-of-year deadline for a deal on halting government subsidies that contribute to overfishing, WTO officials said.