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WMO: Preliminary data shows hottest week on record

The world just had the hottest week on record, according to preliminary data. It follows the hottest June on record, with unprecedented sea surface temperatures and record low Antarctic sea ice extent. The record-breaking temperatures on land and in the ocean have potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems and the environment. They highlight the far-reaching changes […]

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Campaign Shocked by US Decision to Transfer Banned Cluster Munitions to Ukraine

Geneva, July 7, 2023) – The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) is appalled by the United States’ plans to transfer banned cluster munitions to Ukraine, as reported today in the New York Times. The transfer of the weapon, prohibited under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, follows repeated requests by Ukrainian officials for cluster munitions to counter the […]

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New IIASA online tool to visualize global migration patterns

IIASA researchers have developed a new tool – the Global Migration Data Explorer – to help address the lack of data on global migration flows and provide a visual method for exploring migration patterns worldwide. The Global Migration Data Explorer builds upon the success of its predecessor by incorporating estimates of more recent periods, based on advanced estimation methods, […]

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Israeli air strikes and ground operations in Jenin may constitute war crime: UN experts

GENEVA (5 July 2023) – Israeli air strikes and ground operations in the occupied West Bank targeting the Jenin Refugee camp and killing at least 12 Palestinians may prima facie constitute a war crime, UN experts said today. “Israeli forces’ operations in the occupied West Bank, killing and seriously injuring the occupied population, destroying their […]

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EU and Greece must take accountability for their policies and decisions that contributed to deadly shipwreck

June 29, 2023 – The international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls on the European Union and Greek authorities to take accountability for the decisions and policies that contributed to the June 14 shipwreck that left at least 500 people dead or missing off the coast of Greece. The EU must implement dedicated, […]

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Emissions from Canadian wildfires the highest on record – smoke plume reaches Europe

Since the beginning of May, different regions in Canada have been affected by severe wildfires, extending between British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwestern Territories in western Canada; and to Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia in eastern Canada. The emissions from these wildfires to 26 June are now the largest annual estimated emissions for Canada […]

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Marine Protected Areas Improve Health, Wealth of Nearby Communities

Protecting the ocean and providing livelihoods and food security do not have to be mutually exclusive. A new study, led by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), shows that limiting human activity in parts of the ocean can enhance the health of marine environments and the well-being of nearby coastal communities, highlighting the potential value of […]

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World Refugee Day: UN calls for solidarity and inclusion amid record displacement

Refugees deserve support and solidarity, not closed borders and pushbacks. That’s a reminder from UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday’s World Refugee Day, regarding the international community’s duty to assist and protect refugees. With forced displacement at a record high of 110 million people around the world, Mr. Guterres called for more solutions to resettle refugees and help […]

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Broken Record: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Jump Again

June 5, 2023 – Carbon dioxide levels measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory peaked at 424 parts per million (ppm) in May, continuing a steady climb further into territory not seen for millions of years, scientists from NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego announced today. Measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) obtained […]

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This year’s Earth Overshoot Day lands on August 2: The trend is flattening but still far from reversing

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, June 5, 2023 — August 2nd marks this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, according to the latest National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts. They now track countries’ performance up to 2022, reducing reporting lag by three years. However, Earth Overshoot Day’s apparent delay by five days compared to last year’s isn’t all good news, as genuine advancements amount to […]

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It’s time to classify plastics as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic pollutants

May 29, 2023 – A team of researchers from around the world is urging the international community to recognize the full environmental and health threat of plastics and categorize them as persistent, bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT) pollutants. In a new Viewpoint published in Environmental Science and Technology the researchers argue categorizing plastics, including micro- and […]

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WMO: Economic costs of weather-related disasters soars but early warnings save lives

Geneva, 22 May 2023 (WMO) – Extreme weather, climate and water-related events caused 11 778 reported disasters between 1970 and 2021, with just over 2 million deaths and US$ 4.3 trillion in economic losses, according to a new figure from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Economic losses have soared. But improved early warnings and coordinated disaster management has slashed […]

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CSOs condemn G7 leaders for dangerous backsliding on gas, breaching commitments to end fossil fuel finance

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN, May 22, 2023 — G7 Leaders in Hiroshima concluded that there is “an important role” for “increased deliveries of LNG” and that “publicly supported gas investments can be appropriate”, jeopardizing the 1.5ºC warming limit and directly contradicting last year’s G7 commitment to end international public finance for fossil fuels by the end of 2022.  The […]

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Countries must forge ‘Global Blue Deal’ to protect the ocean

The ocean can provide vast opportunities for developing countries to build more innovative and resilient economies, but climate change, pollution and overfishing threaten the livelihoods of some three billion people who rely on it for food and income. That’s according to the UN Trade and Development body UNCTAD’s Trade and Environment Review 2023, published on Monday, which […]

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