Ranking as the second warmest year on record, 2016 was the 20th consecutive year average U.S. temperature exceed the norm. The 15 weather/climate related disasters that each resulted in losses of more than $1 billion contributed to making 2016 the second-worst year on record, according to NOAA’s latest annual report.
Launched this month by Germany’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, 60 NEW 4.0 project partners aim to build an open, distributed platform that will demonstrate the feasibility and substantive benefits of relying entirely on renewable energy resources.
With field projects under way in South and Southeast Asia, the MFF-FAO program aims to develop a low-cost mechanism for mangrove conservation and sustainable development to supplement the sale of carbon credits.
The rise in global human emissions of CO2 came to a halt in 2015, dropping 0.1 percent following three consecutive years of slow growth, according to PBL, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Declines in emissions from coal-fired power plants and cement production (down 2 percent combined) were big factors, while tepid economic growth and heightened levels of uncertainty also contributed….
Mexico established four new biological reserves and five other protected areas as representatives from more than 190 UN member nations adopted the Cancun Declaration, stepping up their efforts to conserve biological diversity. Will it be enough to curtail a Sixth Great Extinction?
Taking the steps required to help assure global mean temperature increases are limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius or less would boost the global economy and job creation while at the same time protecting essential natural resources and ecosystems in developed and developing countries, according to the UNDP 2016 ¨Low Carbon Monitor.¨