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An island in the Maldives slowly succumbs to a rising sea

U.S Doubles It’s Commitment to Climate Adaptation

It’s “crunch time” here in Paris as the deadline for an historic climate agreement is now just just hours away. With release of the latest draft text this afternoon the issues of loss and damage and adaptation remain among the core issues left for ministers to hammer out by Friday. In a speech on Wednesday afternoon Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States…

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Fractious final round of negotiations in Bonn end with some progress, some roadblocks on the road to Paris and COP21

Bonn Climate Talks End: Next Stop Paris and COP21

The final round of climate talks before the COP21 summit in Paris finished up in Bonn last week. As crunch time descends upon negotiators, the issue of finance remains a core unresolved issue. Developing countries have maintained that they have done the least to contribute to global warming but stand to suffer the greatest impacts and indeed already are. As a condition…

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New IPCC Leaders Could Improve Effectiveness of Climate Change Policy Making

The election of new leadership for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change opens the door to the possibility of instituting reform that would greatly benefit global efforts to address climate change, a group of researchers from prominent climate change think tanks say.

Climate refugees seek food, water and shelter

Climate Migrants Will Add to the Refugee Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of migrants are fleeing to Europe to escape conflicts fueled in part by climate change. While this is the worst refugee crisis the world has faced since World War ll, it is nothing compared to the number of climate refugees we can expect as the world continues to warm. In the absence of climate mitigation and adaptation…

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COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris

One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on climate change. The mood on the eve of the talks last week was upbeat as Christiana Figures, Executive Secretary of the UN…

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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

No rain in California. The warmest winter on record for the state as well as the rest of the globe

Warmest Winter on Record

December 2014-February 2015: Warmest winter on record – Despite the headline-grabbing record cold and snowfall in the eastern U.S., spring comes to the northern hemisphere on the heels of the warmest winter on record. According to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global land and sea surface temperature for the period of December…

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