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Global crises must not delay action on climate, UN talks told
by Kelly Macnamara - June 7, 2022 - 8:28am
A barrage of global crises must not deflect attention from urgent climate action, the UN's climate chief warned Monday, as negotiators from nearly 200 nations began talks in Germany against the backdrop of Russia's...
Pollution behind 1 in 6 global deaths in 2019 — study
by Kelly Macnamara - May 18, 2022 - 10:11am
Pollution is an "existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardizes the sustainability of modern societies," The Lancet Commission on pollution and health said.
'Now or never' to avoid climate catastrophe, warns UN
by Kelly Macnamara - April 5, 2022 - 1:03pm
The 2,800-page report—by far the most comprehensive assessment of how to halt global heating ever produced—documents "a litany of broken climate promises", said UN chief Antonio Guterres in...
UN to release handbook of climate change solutions
by Kelly Macnamara - April 4, 2022 - 1:22pm
Two weeks of gruelling negotiations have seen nearly 200 nations struggling to thrash out line-by-line a high-level "summary for policymakers" that distils the hundreds of pages of underlying assessment.
Landmark UN report a harrowing catalogue of climate misery
by Kelly Macnamara - February 28, 2022 - 7:24pm
Species extinction, ecosystem collapse, insect-borne disease, deadly heatwaves and megastorms, water shortages, reduced crop yields—all are measurably worse due to rising temperatures, the Intergovernmental...
Climate change worsening toll of humid heat on outdoor workers — study
by Kelly Macnamara - January 14, 2022 - 8:47am
Researchers in the United States, who estimated the current cost at $2.1 trillion every year, said that the negative effects of stifling temperatures on people doing heavy work in agriculture and construction had...
COP26 told climate pledges 'hollow' without fossil fuel phase out
by Kelly Macnamara - November 12, 2021 - 8:21am
Climate promises from nations ring "hollow" while they continue to invest in oil, gas and coal, UN chief Antonio Guterres said on Thursday, as the COP26 summit struggled to make headway on its goal to halt devastating...
China, US unveil surprise climate pact at COP26 summit
by Kelly Macnamara - November 11, 2021 - 8:21am
The joint declaration came as the crunch COP26 summit in Glasgow entered its pivotal final days, with negotiators wrestling over ways to limit global warming to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius compared to preindustrial l...
Climate justice - and cash - shadow UN talks
by Kelly Macnamara - November 9, 2021 - 7:43am
Countries remain starkly divided on key issues at the UN meeting, including how rapidly the world curbs carbon emissions and how to ramp up support for countries already battered by storms, floods and drought intensified...
Protesters demand climate action in global rally
by Kelly Macnamara - November 8, 2021 - 7:25am
Tens of thousands of protesters braved rain and wind in Glasgow Saturday as part of worldwide demonstrations against what campaigners say is a failure of crunch UN climate talks to act fast enough to tame global...
COP26 climate summit 'last, best hope' to meet 1.5C target — Sharma
by Kelly Macnamara - October 31, 2021 - 10:24pm
The Glasgow gathering, which runs to November 12, comes as an accelerating onslaught of extreme weather events across the world underscores the devastating impacts of climate change from 150 years of burning fossil...
World on 'catastrophic' path to 2.7C warming — UN chief
by Kelly Macnamara - September 18, 2021 - 10:25am
Under the landmark 2015 Paris deal, nations committed to slash emissions, as well as to provide assistance to the most climate-vulnerable countries. But the window for action is narrowing as nations slow-walk...
No need for a vaccine third jab booster — study
by Kelly Macnamara - September 14, 2021 - 9:29am
The new report by scientists, including from the WHO, concluded that even with the threat of Delta, "booster doses for the general population are not appropriate at this stage in the pandemic."
World's largest iceberg breaks off Antarctica — European Space Agency
by Kelly Macnamara - May 20, 2021 - 5:07pm
Called A-76 and roughly the shape of Manhattan but more than 70 times bigger, it was picked up on satellite images and is "currently the largest berg in the world", the ESA said Wednesday. 
Sharp increase in destruction of virgin forest in 2020
by Kelly Macnamara - March 31, 2021 - 6:34pm
Across the tropics, the study registered the destruction in 2020 of 4.2 million hectares (10.4 million acres) of primary forest—12% higher than the year before.
At least a fifth of world's population may not get COVID-19 vaccine until 2022 — study
by Kelly Macnamara - December 16, 2020 - 5:52pm
At least a fifth of the world's population may not have access to a COVID-19 vaccine until 2022, according to a study published Wednesday, with wealthier nations reserving more than half of next year's potential...
Warming oceans more 'stable' and that's bad, scientists warn
by Kelly Macnamara - September 29, 2020 - 9:20am
In the oceans, higher temperatures have a different effect, slowing the mixing between the warming surface and the cooler, oxygen-rich waters below, researchers said. 
Women and Asian medics vulnerable to badly fitting masks: report
by Kelly Macnamara - September 16, 2020 - 7:46am
The report published in the journal Anaesthesia looked at studies into different methods used to assess filtration masks like the N95 and FFP2 models, used by medical workers in high risk situations.
Cooperate on climate or 'we will be doomed' — UN chief
by Kelly Macnamara - September 8, 2020 - 9:06pm
"They need to act together in relation to the climate threat that is a much bigger threat than the threat of the pandemic in itself — it's an existential threat for our planet and for our lives." 
Russia COVID-19 vaccine 'passes early trial test'
by Kelly Macnamara - September 5, 2020 - 11:20am
Early tests of a Russian coronavirus vaccine showed encouraging results when details were published Friday, but experts said the trials were too small to prove safety and effectiveness.
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