China sets moderate new energy goals for climate change

China sets moderate new energy goals for climate change

China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, announced generally moderate new energy and climate targets on Friday that give little sign that it will step up its pace in combatting climate change. On a smoggy day in Beijing, Premier Li Keqiang said the country will reduce carbon emissions per unit of economic output by […]

Wasting food just feeds climate change, new UN environment report warns

Wasting food just feeds climate change, new UN environment report warns

More than 930 million tonnes of food sold in 2019 landed in waste bins, according to new UN research, released on Thursday, in support of global efforts to halve food waste by 2030. Produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partner organization WRAP, the Food Waste Index Report 2021 reveals that between food wasted […]

Agri insurance: New hope for climate affected farmers

Agri insurance: New hope for climate affected farmers

Syed Shahriar Ahsan, managing director of Sadharan Bima Corporation, said, “The government has introduced agricultural insurance for farmers through us. At present Mithamin Haor in Rajshahi, Sirajganj, Noakhali and Kishoreganj has been launched on an experimental basis.”He said it was not just the job of Sadharan Bima Corporation, but that the coordination of the agriculture […]

Kerry urges oil industry to speed up transition to fight climate change

John Kerry, US President-elect Joe Biden

Speaking alongside oil executives making the case for the continued production of oil and gas at the virtually-held CERAWeek conference, Kerry called for the United States to accelerate the development of hydrogen, carbon capture and other technologies that can reduce emissions. “I think that the fossil fuel industry clearly could do a lot more to […]

Climate change in Bangladesh to ‘impact int’l security’: Muniruzzaman

Climate change in Bangladesh to ‘impact int’l security’: Muniruzzaman

President of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security (BIPSS) Maj Gen (retd) ANM Muniruzzaman on Sunday talked about the risks Bangladesh faces as a frontline state in the face of “climate change-induced insecurity”, noting that this will become a regional security issue impacting international security. “This won’t just be a concern of our national security […]

UN: Latest climate pledges very far from Paris goals

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File photo: The Collins Glacier is seen in the Fildes Bay, on King George island, Antarctica on February 2, 2019 Reuters Many leading polluters — including China, the US and Japan — either missed the NDC deadline or failed to build upon existing pledges, according to Climate Action Tracker Renewed promises to slash greenhouse gas […]

China calls for reset in Sino-US relations

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Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech at the Lanting Forum in Beijing, China February 22, 2021 Reuters Wang Yi urged Washington to respect China’s core interests Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Monday the United States and China could work together on issues like climate change and the coronavirus […]

World Bank, IMF to consider climate change in debt reduction talks

The International Monetary Fund logo is seen during the IMF/World Bank spring meetings in Washington, US, April 21, 2017. Reuters

Three countries – Ethiopia, Chad and Zambia – have already initiated negotiations with creditors under a new Common Framework supported by the Group of 20 major economies, a process that may lead to debt reductions in some cases. Malpass said he expected additional countries to request restructuring of their debts, but declined to give any […]

As US rejoins Paris pact, hopes rise for reopening of climate finance tap

John Kerry speaks at an event in Wilmington, Del, Nov 24, 2020, where he was introduced by then President-elect Joe Biden as his choice to be global envoy for climate change. Serious efforts to address global warming might mean big changes for America’s trade, foreign relations and even defense strategy. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

Under climate-change sceptic Donald Trump, the US government did provide finance for things like building solar power systems in Africa and protecting people from storms and floods in Asia, as part of its international development aid. But Trump pulled out of the 2015 Paris Agreement and refused to deliver two-thirds of a $3-billion pledge made […]

UN: Huge changes in society needed to keep nature, Earth OK

UN: Huge changes in society needed to keep nature, Earth OK

Humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life, a new United Nations report says. Unlike past U.N. reports that focused on one issue and avoided telling leaders actions to take, Thursday’s report combines three intertwined […]