Global push urged for COVID-19 vaccine could help climate too

WNM | May 17, 2020 at 9:53 AM

As trillions of dollars in stimulus spending begin pouring into national economies flattened by the coronavirus crisis – and as people rethink old habits – the world faces a rare opportunity to swiftly ramp up climate action.

Nearly half of global coal plants will be unprofitable this year

WNM | Apr 8, 2020 at 9:14 AM

China and other countries could be planning to build more coal plants to stimulate their economies in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic but nearly half of global coal plants will run at a loss this year, research showed.

Climate disasters seen increasing conflict risk in large countries

WNM | Apr 7, 2020 at 12:10 AM

Countries with large populations and low levels of development are most likely to see a rise in the risk of armed conflict after extreme weather events, according to a new study that researchers said underscored the need to boost their resilience.

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Climate stress and coronavirus gang up on world’s vulnerable

WNM | Apr 4, 2020 at 12:20 AM

From Italy to India, Vietnam to Kenya, countries around the world are reeling from a double whammy of erratic weather – in many cases linked to climate change – and a deadly pandemic, both of which threaten lives and jobs.

EU presses on with tighter 2030 climate target despite pandemic

WNM | Apr 3, 2020 at 12:10 AM

April 2 (WNM/Reuters/Kate Abnett) – The EU executive kick-started its plan to set a tougher 2030 emissions target, a move that could help maintain the bloc’s focus on climate change despite pressure to soften its green ambitions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The European Commission began a public consultation to gather views until June […]

Climate change set to make extreme heat more common – and costly

WNM | Mar 29, 2020 at 12:20 AM

The number of people worldwide struggling with extreme heat and humidity by the end of the century could be more than four times as many as today if planet-warming emissions continue to rise, hiking economic losses and health costs, scientists have warned.

Poland says virus fallout makes it tough to hit EU climate goal

WNM | Mar 27, 2020 at 12:05 AM

Poland, which relies heavily on coal-fired power stations, will find it even more difficult to achieve the European Union’s climate goals because of the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the economy and companies, the government said.

Water is an under-used weapon in climate change fight

WNM | Mar 24, 2020 at 12:10 AM

Using water more efficiently in everything from daily life to agriculture and industry would help reduce planet-warming emissions and curb climate change – a potential benefit that has yet to be widely recognised, the United Nations said.