Environment
Talks fail to clinch global ocean treaty

Diplomats suspended talks after they could not agree on a proposed treaty to protect marine species and minerals in high seas covering 43% of Earth.

Nations approve first guidelines for valuing nature

The IPBES guidelines could prod decision-making beyond just politics and economics to deal with our massive loss of species and rising temperatures.

Treaties link pollution to broader harm

A group of nations is looking at how they can use regulations for hazardous chemicals and wastes to tackle pollution, global warming and species losses.

New talks set for U.N. high seas treaty proposal

Proponents of a U.N. global high seas treaty for protecting biodiversity are set to resume talks in August with the goal of approving it as soon as possible.

IPCC finds climate options dwindling

Nations have just a few years left to achieve the 2015 Paris Agreement’s goals of limiting global warming to a rise of 1.5 or 2 degrees C., climate experts say.

Unbreaking the US$100 billion climate vow

A U.N. Security Council debate drew attention to the peace dividends of preparing for a warmer world and rich nations’ broken climate promise.

Nations to draft plastic waste treaty

Delegates from 175 nations to the U.N. Environment Assembly voted unanimously to devise a treaty that tries to cleanse the world of plastic pollution.

Climate report reveals ‘atlas of human suffering’

The world’s top climate experts sounded the alarm over the consequences of inaction in an exhaustive new report that details the hell of a warming world.

UNEP urges rethink on wildfire policy

The incidence of extreme fires around the world is expected to increase by as much as 50% by the end of the century, environmental experts warned.

IPCC wrapping up next major climate report

A panel of the world’s top climate scientists began putting the final touches on their latest comprehensive look at how global warming affects the planet.

Global climate deal reached in overtime

Negotiators from 197 countries clinched a “watered down” consensus agreement on a climate deal after two weeks of United Nations-brokered climate talks.

Climate leaders push to ‘seize this moment’

The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland opened on Sunday for almost two weeks of critical negotiations on how to slow global warming.

Report urges more water crisis planning

Nations must prepare better for more water-related disasters along with a growing lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation, WMO reported.

Pandemic brings ‘short-lived’ air quality gains

Lockdowns and travel restrictions resulted in a “dramatic short-lived fall in emissions of key air pollutants” last year, the U.N. weather agency reported.

IPCC warns some warming is locked in

The U.N. chief called a major new report on human-caused global warming ‘a code red for humanity’ though a brief window exists to avoid the worst.

WMO’s climate-linked ‘summer of extremes’

Amid devastating floods in Western Europe, the U.N. weather agency stressed the rising frequency of extreme weather due to the climate crisis.

Experts urge policy nexus to nature, climate crises

The planet’s massive losses of species and rising temperatures are driven by human activities that must be tackled together, two organizations reported.

New compact boosts marine protected areas

Five nations announced a new alliance to promote more conservation of marine ecosystems in the fight against climate change.

IAEA supports plan to release Fukushima water

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency offered support for Japan’s decision to release treated radioactive wastewater from Fukushima into the ocean in 2023.

Primary forest loss up 12% despite pandemic

Old-growth tropical forest losses rose 12% in 2020 accelerated by commerce and climate-related factors, according to Global Forest Watch.

NATO ministers agree to climate strategy shift

Foreign ministers to NATO agreed to elevate the importance of global warming and other major environmental threats in military planning and strategy.