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Top court gives France three months to show climate efforts

Paris - In a ruling hailed as "historic" by environmental activists, France's top administrative court on Thursday gave the government a three-month deadline to show it is taking action to meet its commitments on global warming.

Greenland's largest glaciers likely to melt faster than feared: study

Paris - The three largest glaciers in Greenland -- which hold enough frozen water to lift global sea levels some 1.3 metres -- could melt faster than even the worst-case warming predictions, research published Tuesday showed.

Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000: UN

Geneva - Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said on Monday.

La Nina likely, but temperatures set to remain high: UN

Geneva - Global temperatures boosted by climate change will still be higher than usual despite the cooling effect of a La Nina weather phenomenon expected to develop in the coming months, the UN said Thursday.

Methane emissions rise nine percent in decade

Paris - Emissions of methane -- a planet-warming gas several times more potent than carbon dioxide -- have risen by nine percent in a decade driven by mankind's insatiable hunger for energy and food, a major international study concluded Wednesday.

Warmest May on record, Siberia 10C hotter

Paris - Temperatures soared 10 degrees Celsius above average last month in Siberia, home to much of Earth's permafrost, as the world experienced its warmest May on record, the European Union's climate monitoring network said Friday.

Warmest May on record, Siberia 10C hotter: EU

Paris - Temperatures soared 10 degrees Celsius above average last month in Siberia, home to much of Earth's permafrost, as the world experienced its warmest May on record, the European Union's climate monitoring network said Friday.

2019 was Europe's hottest year ever: EU

Paris - Last year was the hottest in history across Europe as temperature records were shattered by a series of extreme heatwaves, the European Union's satellite monitoring surface said Wednesday.

Paris climate goals failure 'could cost world $600 tn'

Paris - Nations' failure to fulfil the promises they made in the Paris climate agreement to make drastic emissions cuts could cost the global economy as much as $600 trillion this century, new analysis showed Tuesday.

Global warming to cause 'catastrophic' species loss: study

Paris - Global warming will cause "catastrophic" biodiversity loss across the world if greenhouse gas emissions aren't curbed, with some ecosystems liable to collapse as soon as 2030, according to new research into where and when die-offs may occur.

It's T-shirt weather in Antarctica as temperatures break records

The temperature in Antarctica reached a record-breaking 18.3 degrees Celsius (65 Fahrenheit) at one site on Thursday, almost a full degree above the previous high set five years ago.

UN warns more extreme weather ahead after hottest decade on record

Geneva - The past decade has been the hottest on record, the UN said Wednesday, warning that the higher temperatures were expected to fuel numerous extreme weather events in 2020 and beyond.

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high in 2018: UN

Geneva - Greenhouse gases levels in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, hit a record high last year, the UN said Monday, calling for action to safeguard "the future welfare of mankind".

The Earth is warming faster than we first thought

Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth's surface more quickly than previously understood, according to new climate models set to replace those used in current UN projections, scientists said Tuesday.

July 2019 hottest month on record for planet: US agency

Washington - July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday, while satellite data showed polar ice shrank to its lowest levels.

July 2019 hottest month on record for planet: US agency

Washington - July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday, confirming earlier observations by the European Union.

July 2019 hottest month globally ever recorded: EU

Paris - July 2019 was the hottest month across the globe ever recorded, according to data released Monday by the European Union's satellite-based Earth observation network.

Climate change made French heatwave 'more likely' in hottest June ever

Paris - The record-breaking heatwave that gripped France last week was made at least five times more likely by climate change, scientists said Tuesday as other data showed that last month was the hottest June worldwide in history.

415.26 parts per million: CO2 levels hit historic high

Paris - Scientists in the United States have detected the highest levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere since records began, sounding new alarm over the relentless rise of man-made greenhouse gas emissions..

EU Parliament rejects bid to strip Exxon lobbyists of access

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday rejected a move to strip ExxonMobil lobbyists of their access badges after the US oil giant missed the assembly's first hearing into claims it knowingly misled the public on climate change.

Last 4 years hottest on record, UN confirms

Paris - The last four years were the hottest since global temperature records began, the UN confirmed Wednesday in an analysis that it said was a "clear sign of continuing long-term climate change.

Global study shows the extent of permafrost warming

Large areas of permafrost around the world warmed significantly over the past decade, intensifying concerns about accelerated releases of heat-trapping methane and carbon dioxide as microbes decompose the thawing organic soils.

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high: UN

Geneva - The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, have hit a new record high, the UN said Thursday, warning that the time to act was running out.

Humanity faces simultaneous climate disasters: study

Paris - By century's end, many parts of the world may have to cope with up to six climate catastrophes at once, ranging from heat waves and wildfires to diluvian rains and deadly storm surges, researchers warned Monday.

'Bad news': CO2 emissions to rise in 2018, says IEA chief

Paris - Energy sector carbon emissions will rise in 2018 after hitting record levels the year before, dimming prospects for meeting Paris climate treaty goals, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Wednesday.

Trump questions UN global warming report

Washington - US President Donald Trump said he has yet to read a UN report warning of global warming-caused chaos unless drastic action is taken and added that he is skeptical.

Dutch court tells government to slash greenhouse gas

Den Haag - The Dutch government on Tuesday lost a legal appeal against a landmark court ruling which ordered it to slash greenhouse gases by at least 25 percent by 2020.

UN warns paradigm shift needed to avert global climate chaos

Incheon - Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is "unprecedented in scale," the UN said Monday in a landmark report that warns time is running out to avert disaster.

S. Arabia backs down from blocking UN climate report: sources

Incheon - Oil giant Saudi Arabia backed down at the last minute Saturday from obstructing the adoption of a major report by the UN's climate science panel, sources told AFP.

Avoiding climate chaos means 'unprecedented' change: UN report

Incheon - The UN's 195-nation climate science body plunged deep into overtime Saturday to finalise a report outlining stark options -- all requiring a global makeover of unprecedented scale -- for avoiding climate chaos.
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