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  1. Act now to slow climate change and protect the planet, urges UN chief

    - UN News

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    The ozone layer – a fragile shield of gas that protects the Earth from the harmful rays of the sun – is “on the road to recovery”, the UN chief said on Thursday in his message for the World Ozone Day.

  2. ‘Tipping point’ for climate action: Time’s running out to avoid catastrophic heating

    - UN News

    The temporary reduction in carbon emissions caused by global COVID-19 lockdowns did not slow the relentless advance of climate change. Greenhouse gas concentrations are at record levels, and the planet is on path towards dangerous overheating, a multi-agency climate report published on Thursday warns. 

  3. Even as IUCN Congress Closes, Conservation Debate Hots Up

    - Inter Press Service

    MARSEILLE, France, Sep 15 (IPS) - One of the most hotly debated issues at the recently concluded IUCN Congress in Marseilles was about designating 30 percent of the planet's land and water surface as protected areas by 2030.

  4. Eating wild meat significantly increases zoonotic disease risk: UN report

    - UN News

    The domestic consumption of meat from wild animals has significant impacts on most species protected under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), says a new report released on Wednesday, including increasing the risk of diseases spreading from animals to humans.  

  5. Southeast Asian Farmers Adapt, Insure against Growing Climate Risks

    - Inter Press Service

    KATHMANDU, Nepal, Sep 14 (IPS) - As incidents of drought and extreme rainfall increase, farmers in Southeast Asia are partnering with experts to develop targeted weather forecasts to work around the threats and, when adaptation becomes too costly, buy specially designed insurance to protect their livelihoods.

  6. Most agricultural funding distorts prices, harms environment: UN report

    - UN News

    Around 87% of the $540 billion in total annual government support given worldwide to agricultural producers includes measures that are price distorting and that can be harmful to nature and health.  

  7. CommonSensing Project Builds Climate Resilience for Small Island Nations

    - Inter Press Service

    Sydney, Australia, Sep 10 (IPS) - The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) CommonSensing is led by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) through its Operational Satellite Applications programme (UNOSAT), which is working with selected partners including the Commonwealth Secretariat, to improve resilience to the effects of climate change in Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

  8. Latin America's Central Banks Push Climate Crisis to the Back Burner

    - Inter Press Service

    MEXICO CITY, Sep 10 (IPS) - Despite the impact that their policies have with regard to the climate emergency, Latin America's central banks continue to avoid applying guidelines in measures that affect the operation of credit institutions, which distances them from compliance with the Paris Agreement on climate change.

  9. Caribbean Under Threat: Report Reveals Enormous Challenges for the Region

    - Inter Press Service

    Kingston, Sep 09 (IPS) - Less than halfway into the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Jamaica and its Caribbean neighbours were already tallying the costs of infrastructural damage and crop losses from the passage of three tropical storms - Elsa, Grace and Ida. And after a record-breaking 2020 season, the region is on tenterhooks as the season peaks.

  10. Climate action: Guterres hails Latin American and Caribbean leadership

    - UN News

    The UN chief on Wednesday commended the leadership of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on climate action. 

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