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Even moderate warming could melt Antarctic ice sheet: study

Paris - Moderate global temperature rises of just two degrees Celsius could still be enough to melt parts of the largest ice sheet on Earth and raise sea levels by several metres, experts warned on Wednesday.

Melting permafrost threatens climate rescue plan: study

Paris - Global targets aimed at warding off runaway planetary warming could be breached sooner than expected, experts warned Monday, as gases released by melting permafrost threaten to undermine human efforts to avert climate disaster.

Ex-UN climate chief to face sexual assault trial

New Delhi - Former UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri will stand trial in a sexual assault and harassment case three years after an employee accused him of inappropriate conduct, a lawyer said Friday.

Aiming for zero: cities, companies ramp up climate goals

San Francisco - Zero fossil fuel energy, zero gas-guzzlers on the road, zero waste, zero CO2 emissions -- dozens of cities, regions and companies made "zero" pledges Thursday at a global climate summit in San Francisco.

Low-carbon economy 'growth story of the century': Stern

San Francisco - As thousands of mayors, governors, CEOs and experts gather in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit, economist Nicholas Stern called for big thinking and bold action to avoid the worst ravages of catastrophic global warming.

World faces uphill climate fight as US efforts fall short

San Francisco - The United States will fall short on its Paris commitment to cut greenhouse gases, making the uphill battle to avoid runaway global warming that much harder, according to a report released hours ahead of a major, solutions-oriented climate summit in Sa...

US to miss Paris climate pact target by a third

San Francisco - The United States will fall short by a third on its commitment under the Paris climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released Wednesday in San Francisco.

World must act by 2020 to avoid runaway climate change: UN chief

New York - With 2018 shaping up as the fourth hottest year on record, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the world must take action in the next two years to avert the disastrous consequences of runaway climate change.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045: governor

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates head climate body

Den Haag - Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates will head an international commission on climate change to launch next month, the Dutch government said Monday.

UN sees 70% chance of El Nino event this year

Geneva - An El Nino event that could disrupt global weather is likely by the end of what has already been a hot year, the UN said Monday.

Nations round on US, allies as UN climate talks wrap up

Bangkok - Developing countries rounded on the United States and its allies at emergency climate talks Sunday, accusing the world's richest nations of stalling on a deal aimed at preventing runaway global warming.

Australia to ditch climate targets bill after PM ousting

Sydney - Australia's new prime minister will not revive plans to embed carbon emissions targets in law, a thorny issue that triggered the ousting of his predecessor in a party coup.

Australia drought extends despite 'widespread, significant rain'

Sydney - A devastating drought that has left Australian farmers struggling to stay afloat is set to persist despite widespread and significant rain last month, authorities have said.

Global climate protests peak in US as UN talks falter

San Francisco - Tens of thousands of people across the globe took to the streets Saturday to demand that governments step up action on global warming, even as United Nations climate talks tasked with breathing life into the Paris Agreement faltered.

Global climate protests peak in San Francisco

San Francisco - A climate protest rolling across the world's time zones Saturday peaked in San Francisco, where thousands marched in a bid to shame political leader into stepping up action on global warming.

US accused of blocking UN climate talks amid protests

Bangkok - The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks over how to fund poorer nations as they battle against global warming, multiple sources told AFP Saturday.

US hampering key UN climate talks in Bangkok: sources

Bangkok - The United States, despite withdrawing from a landmark accord aimed at curbing climate change, is stonewalling vital UN talks in a row over how poorer nations' battle against global warming is funded, sources told AFP Saturday.

Global protests as key UN climate talks stumble

Bangkok - Thai fishermen and labourers whose livelihoods are threatened by rising sea levels kicked off an international day of protests in Bangkok Saturday, where key UN talks are attempting to breathe life into the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Climate negotiator warns world 'out of time' to save islands

Bangkok - Island nations like Fiji and the Maldives are almost at the "point of no return" because of rising sea levels, a leading climate negotiator warned Friday.

'Major transformation' ahead for Earth's ecosystems: study

Tampa - The Earth's forests, deserts, landscapes and vital ecosystems risk a "major transformation" in the next century due to climate change, international scientists warned on Thursday.

Paris, Tokyo, New York and others pledge to slash waste

New York - By slashing food waste and improving waste management and recycling, 23 global cities and regions representing 150 million people pledged Tuesday to significantly cut the pollution-causing garbage they generate by 2030.

Rain brings relief to drought-stricken Australia farmers

Sydney - Widespread rain fell across drought-affected parts of eastern Australia over the weekend, bringing relief to farmers struggling to cope with the driest conditions in more than half a century.

India's devastating rains match climate change forecasts

Paris - Once-a-century rains that have pounded the Indian state of Kerala and displaced 1.3 million people are in line with the predictions of climate scientists, who warn that worse is to come if global warming continues unabated.

Australia ramps up aid to farmers as drought bites

Sydney - Financial aid for drought-stricken Australian farmers will be increased to Aus$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) as they endure the driest conditions in half a century, the prime minister said Sunday.

Brace for extra-warm weather through 2022: study

Paris - Manmade global warming and a natural surge in Earth's surface temperature will join forces to make the next five years exceptionally hot, according to a study published Tuesday.

Record Arctic heat drives reindeer into cool tunnels

Oslo - Norwegian authorities have urged motorists to watch out for reindeer that are seeking refuge in tunnels to cool themselves amid extreme heat in the nation's far north.

Deadly heatwaves threaten China's northern breadbasket

Paris - The North China Plain, home to nearly 400 million people, could become a life-threatening inferno during future heat waves if climate change continues apace, researchers have warned.

Greenhouse gases surge to new highs worldwide in 2017: US report

Tampa - Planet-warming greenhouse gases surged to new highs as abnormally hot temperatures swept the globe and ice melted at record levels in the Arctic last year due to climate change, a major US report said Wednesday.
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