Climate groups cheer U.S. return to Paris Agreement, but push Biden for more – National

Climate-change leaders and campaigners worldwide welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s move to rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement but said Washington must also cut emissions and use its influence to encourage other countries to do the same. In one of his first acts as president, Biden issued an executive order on Wednesday to bring the […]

2020 ties with 2016 as hottest year on record – National

Last year tied with 2016 as the world’s warmest on record, rounding off the hottest decade globally as the impacts of climate change intensified, the European Union‘s Copernicus Climate Change Service said on Friday. After an exceptionally warm autumn and winter in Europe, the continent experienced its hottest year on record in 2020, while […]

U.S. election: Biden set to introduce environmental team – National

President-elect Joe Biden hopes the environmental team he is set to introduce on Saturday will steer America toward greater action to curb climate change and protect the nation’s air and water. Donald Trump’s presidency has been marked by efforts to boost oil and gas production while rolling back government efforts intended to safeguard the environment. The […]

Recovery from coronavirus pandemic must include ‘ambitious’ climate change plan: Trudeau – National

Countries rebuilding from the devastation left by the novel coronavirus pandemic must do so in a way that includes an “ambitious plan to take strong action against climate change,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday. “We will raise our emission reduction ambitions,” he said in a pre-recorded video. “And in partnership with provinces and territories, we as […]

World leaders mark 5 years of Paris climate agreement with virtual gathering – National

World leaders are staging a virtual gathering Saturday to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Paris climate accord, which set a goal for keeping global temperatures from rising above levels that could have devastating consequences for mankind. The event, hosted by France, Britain, Italy, Chile and the United Nations, will see heads of state […]

EU leaders agree to further cut greenhouse emissions after all-night climate talks – National

European Union leaders reached a hard-fought deal Friday to cut the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by the end of the decade compared with 1990 levels, avoiding a hugely embarrassing deadlock ahead of a U.N. climate meeting this weekend. Following night-long discussions at their two-day summit in Brussels, the 27 member […]

Carbon dioxide emissions dropped a record 7% in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic – National

A locked-down pandemic-struck world cut its carbon dioxide emissions this year by seven per cent, the biggest drop ever, new preliminary figures show. The Global Carbon Project, an authoritative group of dozens of international scientists who track emissions, calculated that the world will have put 37 billion U.S. tons (34 billion metric tons) of […]

Greenhouse gas emissions in EU reach lowest level since 1990: report – National

Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24 per cent compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by mid-century. The EU’s executive arm […]

Levels of carbon dioxide at record highs despite coronavirus lockdowns: UN – National

Greenhouse gas concentrations climbed to a new record in 2019 and rose again this year despite an expected drop in emissions due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday, warning against complacency. Many scientists expect the biggest annual fall in carbon emissions in generations this year as measures to contain coronavirus […]

Japan declares climate emergency, citing ‘unprecedented damage’ from weather events – National

Japanese lawmakers on Thursday declared a climate emergency in a symbolic vote aimed at increasing pressure for action to combat global warming after the government last month committed to a firm timetable for net-zero emissions. With the vote by parliament’s powerful lower chamber, Japan — the world’s fifth-biggest carbon emitter — joins fellow Group […]