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Pacific summit to urge action on climate change

- Pacific island leaders will renew calls for meaningful action on climate change at a regional summit opening in Palau on Tuesday, amid fears rising seas will swamp their low-lying nations.

World marks hottest June since 1880: U.S. scientists

Washington - Last month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880, according to a monthly report by U.S. government climate scientists.The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a "record high for the month at 61.

UN warns El Nino likely by end of year

Geneva - The "El Nino" phenomenon, which sparks climate extremes around the globe, is likely to take hold in the Pacific Ocean by the end of the year and could even do so within weeks, the UN said on Thursday.

Obama mocks foes who brand climate change a 'liberal plot'

Washington - US President Barack Obama mocked Republicans who reject global warming as a "liberal plot," as he pumped up a crowd of environmental activists in Washington.

Rising sea levels unearth 'WWII Japan soldiers' in Pacific

Tokyo - The skeletal remains of what are believed to be Japanese soldiers have been exposed on a remote Pacific island where rising sea levels have eroded the seashore, Japanese and local officials said Monday.

Climate change endangers historic U.S. landmarks

Washington - Climate change and sea level rise are threatening historic U.S. landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to NASA's coastal rocket launch sites, and the nation needs to prepare, scientists said.

Florida is 'Ground Zero' for sea level rise

Miami Beach - Warm sunshine and sandy beaches make south Florida and its crown city, Miami, a haven for tourists, but the area is increasingly endangered by sea level rise, experts said Tuesday.

Fish losing survival instinct in acidic oceans, study says

Sydney - Fish are losing their survival instinct -- even becoming attracted to the smell of their predators -- as the world's oceans become more acidic because of climate change, new research said on Monday.

UN climate goal feasible but energy reform vital

Berlin - The world has a likely chance of meeting the UN's warming limit of two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) if it cuts annual greenhouse gas emissions 40-70 percent by 2050, especially from energy, a top expert panel said Sunday.

U.S. plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years

Washington - The top U.S. environmental official will visit Taiwan in the first trip by a cabinet-level leader from Washington to the Chinese-claimed island in 14 years, officials aid Saturday.

IMF, World Bank push for price on carbon

Washington - The IMF and World Bank on Friday urged finance ministers to impose a price on carbon, warning that time was running out for the planet to avoid worst-case climate change.

Climate change boosts conflict risk, hunger: UN panel

Yokohama - Soaring carbon emissions will amplify the risk of conflict, hunger, flood and migration this century, the UN's expert panel said Monday in a landmark report on the impact of climate change.

UN document warning of grave climate future completed

Yokohama - Leading scientists and officials completed a fresh climate report Sunday expected to lay bare the grim impact of climate change, with warnings that global food shortages could spark violence in vulnerable areas.

UN document warning of grave climate future completed

Yokohama - Leading scientists and officials completed a fresh climate report Sunday expected to lay bare the grim impact of climate change, with warnings that global food shortages could spark violence in vulnerable areas.

Sydney switches off for Earth Hour

Sydney - Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge plunged into darkness Saturday for the Earth Hour environmental campaign, among the first landmarks around the world to dim their lights for the event.

Weather extremes 'consistent' with man-made climate change: UN

Geneva - The Philippines' devastating Typhoon Haiyan and drought in Australia were among recent weather extremes consistent with man-made climate change, the UN's weather agency said Monday."Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would ...

UN scientists see grim future if no action

Yokohama - UN scientists are set to deliver their darkest report yet on the impacts of climate change, pointing to a future stalked by floods, drought, conflict and economic damage if carbon emissions go untamed.

EU edges towards renewable energy targets

Brussels - The European Union is making steady progress towards its 2020 renewable energy target, a key effort in curbing the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, official data showed Monday.Renewables -- predominantly wind but including tidal and ...

Australia endures sweltering 'angry summer'

Sydney - Australia has endured another "angry summer" with more than 150 temperature records smashed, a new report said Monday, with a warning that heatwaves and sweltering conditions will only get worse.Among the records broken, Perth had its hottest night eve...

Middle East drought a threat to global food prices

The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say.

Global warming amplifying malaria risk

Paris - Global warming will expose millions more people to malaria as parasite-bearing mosquitoes move to higher altitudes, according to new research into the health perils from climate change.

Scorcher summers predicted for Europe

Paris - Europe is headed for scorching summers with temperatures well over 40 degrees Celsius (104 deg Fahrenheit) and droughts in the south within the next 40 years, climate scientists said Friday.Europe is expected to witness some of the most dramatic climat...

Malaria on the move as temps warm

Washington - Malaria is on the march to higher elevations as temperatures warm due to climate change, a trend that could increase the number of people sickened by the disease, researchers said Thursday.The study in the US journal Science was based on records from h...

Fragrant forest pines regulate their own micro-climate

Seattle - The invigorating scent of pine assaulting the nostrils is one of the pleasures of any walk through pine forests but an international team of scientists has established there’s a lot more to pine-scented vapors than olfactory indulgence.

Volcanoes a contributory factor in global warming 'pause'

Livermore - In the climate-change debate, skeptics have made much play of the so-called “pause” in the rise in global surface temperatures over the last 15 years or so.

Time running out for Great Barrier Reef: scientists

Sydney - Time is running out for Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, with climate change set to wreck irreversible damage by 2030 unless immediate action is taken, marine scientists said Thursday.

Global warming may imperil Statue of Liberty, Tower of London

Paris - The sightseer of 4014 may have to pay a virtual visit to the Tower of London or Statue of Liberty, said a climate study Wednesday that warned of dramatic ocean encroachment on heritage sites.

Wind farms can tame hurricanes: scientists

Paris - Huge offshore wind farms can protect vulnerable coastal cities against devastating cyclones like Katrina and Sandy by tempering winds and ocean surges before they reach land, a study said Wednesday.Had such installations existed at the time, Hurricane ...

Geo-engineering no Holy Grail - study

Paris - Far from offering a simple fix, sci-fi solutions to global warming may in fact make the problem worse, a probe of "geo-engineering" options said on Tuesday.Once mocked as unscientific, geo-engineering proposals are gaining traction as carbon emissions ...

Google-backed database steps up fight on deforestation

Washington - Google, environmentalists and governments on Thursday unveiled a state-of-the-art database to track deforestation, hoping to ramp up enforcement of a major culprit behind climate change.The website, www.globalforestwatch.org, will show tree loss around...
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