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21 Jul 2021 Washington DC, United States
As the west of the US swelters and burns under sustained drought conditions, there are wider implications for national security and global food prices. Water levels in the Colorado River system are dangerously low and states are bickering over access to irrigation waters.
17 Dec 2020 GENEVA, Switzerland
The World Meterological Organization (WMO) assesses that 2020 is on track to be the second warmest year in the most recent decade, with the warmest six years being since 2015.Preliminary information, based on data collected from January to October 2020, shows how high-impact events such as floods, extreme heat and wildfires affected millions of people...
17 Dec 2020 Glasgow, Scotland
United States President-elect Joe Biden has announced that the US will host a climate summit of the world’s major economies before the end of March 2021. Biden has already committed the US re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement on the day of his inauguration in January.The announcement follows a virtual "Climate Ambition Summit" co-hosted by the UN, the United Kingdom, Britain, France, Italy, and Chile on 12-13 Decmber which was organised to mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris accord and was held in lieu of the originally-scheduled COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, which will now happen in November 2021...
15 Sep 2020 GENEVA, Switzerland
Record heat, ice loss, wildfires, floods and droughts continue to worsen, affecting communities, nations and economies around the world, the United in Science 2020 report finds.“Human-induced climate change is affecting life-sustaining systems, from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans, leading to accelerating sea-level rise, with cascading effects for ecosystems and human security,” the multi-organization high-level compilation of latest climate science information states...
14 Sep 2020 WASHINGTON DC, United States
The majority of Americans are supportive of government efforts to protect people from future wildfire and flood damage through prevention and adaptation policies, new research shows.More Americans than ever are likely to consider climate change while voting according to "Climate Insights 2020", produced by Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC...
6 Oct 2019 NEW YORK NY, United States
UNEP "Safe Climate" Report: At Least 100 Million Will Face Water Insecurity, Wealthy States Must Contribute
UNEP (the United Nations Environment Program) has released a report “Safe Climate” which concludes that climate change and its impacts threaten a broad range of human rights and, as a result, states and private actors have extensive human rights obligations and responsibilities.The report (released 4 October) was written in cooperation with a UN Special Rapporteur David Boyd on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment...
4 Aug 2019 GENEVA, Switzerland
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Copernicus Climate Change Programme data indicates that July 2019 equalled, if not surpassed, the hottest month on record. June was also the hottest June on record. This is particularly significant insofar as there was an absence of an El Niño effect this year, that normally raises global temperatures...
19 Apr 2019 PARADISE CA
Weeks after the Camp Fire roared through Butte County last November, devouring entire towns, officials made an alarming find: The Paradise drinking water is now laced with benzene, a volatile compound linked to cancer. Water officials say they believe the extreme heat of the firestorm created a “toxic cocktail” of gases in burning homes that got sucked into the water pipes when the system depressurized from use by residents and firefighters.
9 Apr 2019 WASHINGTON DC, United States
UNHRC Resolution On Clean, Affordable Water As A Human Civil Right Puts International Pressure On US Government
The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) adopted language in its International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant) review, April 2, that acknowledges the human right to clean, affordable water and the “right to life” in the face of climate impacts.The United States is scheduled for the UNHRC review of its compliance with the Covenant and this review will require compliance with this new language...
15 Mar 2019 WASHINGTON DC, United States
Environmentalists have sharply criticized US President Trump’s propsed 2020 budget that seeks deep cuts in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the government department responsible for saguarding the nation's water resources.The March 11 White House proposal would cut the USEPA budget by 31 percent from $8...
6 Mar 2019 WARRENTON VA
Climate change is already triggering devastating weather events across the planet, including prolonged droughts, flash floods and wildfires. Parts of Africa and the Middle East are experiencing erratic harvests, heavy storms and the worst drought in the past 900 years. Experts say that people here who are struggling to provide for their families are vulnerable to the influence of extremist recruits who offer them work and food.
15 Feb 2019 WARRENTON, VA
New research reinforces the case that climate change will result in an increase in natural disasters, unstable availability to water and changing agricultural practices."Climate Change and Psychology: Effects of Rapid Global Warming on Violence and Aggression", produced by the US's Iowa State University, examines three connectors between climate change and conflict: (a) how hot temperatures directly influence aggression and violence; (b) how rapid climate change indirectly increases adulthood violence proneness through its effects on physiological and psychological development; (c) and how ecomigration influences group-level aggression...