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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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WMO: Prepare for El Niño

Geneva, 3 May 2023 (WMO) – The likelihood of El Niño developing later this year is increasing, according to a new update from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This would have the opposite impacts on weather and climate patterns in many regions of the to world to the long-running La Niña and would likely fuel higher […]

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Guterres says Afghan women worker ban ‘unacceptable and puts lives in jeopardy’

The UN chief has pledged that the Organization “will never be silent” when women and girls’ rights are under attack, as they are today in Afghanistan, and declared that the Taliban ban on Afghan women doing lifesaving humanitarian work is putting millions of lives in jeopardy there. Secretary-General António Guterres was speaking to reporters in Doha, Qatar, […]

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MSF: J&J must stop blocking generic versions of lifesaving TB drug

NEW YORK/GENEVA, APRIL 26, 2023—Johnson & Johnson (J&J) must stop trying to extend its monopoly on the tuberculosis (TB) drug bedaquiline in all countries with a high burden of TB, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ahead of J&J’s annual shareholders meeting this week. It’s critical that the US pharmaceutical corporation stop […]

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WMO annual report highlights continuous advance of climate change

From mountain peaks to ocean depths, climate change continued its advance in 2022, according to the annual report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Droughts, floods and heatwaves affected communities on every continent and cost many billions of dollars. Antarctic sea ice fell to its lowest extent on record and the melting of some European […]

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World military expenditure reaches new record high as European spending surges

Stockholm, 24 April 2023 – Total global military expenditure increased by 3.7 per cent in real terms in 2022, to reach a new high of $2240 billion. Military expenditure in Europe saw its steepest year-on-year increase in at least 30 years. The three largest spenders in 2022—the United States, China and Russia—accounted for 56 per […]

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Türk issues call to build economies that advance human rights for all

NEW YORK (20 April 2023) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk today launched a call for a “human rights economy”, warning that currently, economic systems are largely failing to address the basic needs of millions of people and failing to act sustainably. “Too many people around the world cannot afford basic goods. […]

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Afghanistan: UN predicts restrictions on women’s rights will worsen economic catastrophe

The draconian restrictions on women’s ability to study and work have contributed to the calamitous socio-economic situation in Afghanistan, with devastating consequences for the population, according to a UN report released on Tuesday. The Afghanistan Socio-Economic Outlook 2023, released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), provides an overview of the fallout resulting from the takeover of […]

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WHO calls for protection of health workers and patients, unrestricted access to health care in Sudan

 As fighting continues in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan, the World Health Organization urges all parties to the conflict to respect the neutrality of health care and ensure unrestricted access to health facilities for those injured by the hostilities. WHO reminds all parties of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to protect the wounded […]

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Benchmark for world food commodity prices fall in March for the twelfth month in a row

Rome –The benchmark index of international food commodity prices declined for the 12th consecutive month in March, driven by declines in world quotations for cereals and vegetable oils, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported today. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded […]

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Tribal and First Nations rebuke Canada’s support of Line 5 pipeline to U.N. Human Rights Council

OTTAWA | TRADITIONAL, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUIN ANISHNAABEG PEOPLE, April 6, 2023 – Representatives of fifty-one Tribal and First Nations located in what is now the United States and Canada submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council calling on the Government of Canada to stop violating the human rights of Indigenous […]

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