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As voices for the planet grow louder, UN Environment must respond

People from all corners of the world are demanding a fundamental redesign of how we – as individuals and as a society – interact with the planet. There is a clear understanding that we must live within the limits of our natural world. In response, we are seeing humanity’s astonishing capacity for innovation and imagination turn towards finding solutions.

extraction of a sample from the peat bog of the congo basin

Guest article: A plan to solve the mysteries of Congo’s vast peat bogs

Peat is a type of wetland soil made from partially decomposed plant material and is rich in carbon. We estimate that a reserve of about 30 billion tonnes of carbon is contained in the peatlands that we have discovered, the equivalent of three years of global emissions related to fossil fuels.

solar geoengineering could really substantially reduce climate risks for the most vulnerable

Radical proposal to artificially cool Earth’s climate could be safe, new study claims

Experts worry that injecting sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere could put some regions at risk — A new study contradicts fears that using solar geoengineering to fight climate change could dangerously alter rainfall and storm patterns in some parts of the world. Published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change, the analysis finds that cooling …

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some geoengineering proposals are modelled on erupting volcanoes, which can lead to cooling as ash is pumped into the atmosphere

Switzerland puts geoengineering governance on UN environment agenda

It could worsen the climate, be weaponized and exacerbate geopolitical imbalances, said Silvia Ribeiro, Latin America director at ETC Group, an organisation that looks at socioeconomic and ecological issues around new technologies. “Investments in geoengineering are already providing justifications for high greenhouse gas emitters to continue emitting and postpone real reductions.”

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EU foreign ministers back UN call to raise climate ambition

In a statement on Monday, the European Council said UN chief Antonio Guterres’ summit in September is “an essential opportunity” to ramp up national commitments — A special UN summit scheduled in New York this September will provide “an essential opportunity to mobilise political will to raise global ambition” on climate change, according to an …

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UNEP: Limiting warming to 1.5°C requires ‘fivefold’ increase in climate commitments

The world is far from being on track to meet its climate targets unless emission-reduction commitments are dramatically expanded, according to the latest UN Environment Programme (UNEP) emissions gap report — The report suggests that existing nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement are not sufficient. It adds that emission reductions from climate pledges …

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the drought-stricken la sorrueda reservoir in gran canaria, spain

World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change, says UN

Rapid emissions turnaround needed to keep global warming at less than 2°C, report suggests — Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments introduce additional measures …

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‘Norway cannot stop deforestation alone’, says environment minister

Scandinavian country leads funding to save the world’s tropical forests, but cannot do it alone, say past and present environment ministers — Norway cannot be expected to halt the loss of the world’s forest on its own, past and present environment ministers have told Climate Home News. Through Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (Nicfi), …

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