Nearly 30 megacities announce massive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in defiance of Trump at California summit

Nearly 30 megacities announce massive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in defiance of Trump at California summit

The conference, which is hosting thousands of leaders, climate activists and business representatives, has already seen several other major commitments to cut carbon emissions. Mr Trump announced last year that he would be walking away from the Paris agreement, which commits nations to set ambitious plans to cut emissions.

Investment firms controlling £23tn launch campaign to combat climate change

Investment firms controlling £23tn launch campaign to combat climate change

The list of organisations who are part of the newly launched “Investor Agenda” includes 279 investors controlling $31tn who had already signed up to the aims of the Climate Action 100+ in agreement with this statement: “We, the institutional investors that are signatories to this statement, are aware of the risks climate change presents to our portfolios and asset values in the short, medium and long term.

US activists launch climate change initiatives in absence of federal leadership

US activists launch climate change initiatives in absence of federal leadership

The America’s Pledge on Climate initiative was set up the same year by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Jerry Brown to map “bottom up” US climate action.

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action

A growing number of Australians are concerned about the impact of climate change, and more than half of a survey of 1,756 voters believe the Morrison government needs to stay in the Paris agreement, despite Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US.

Fossil fuel dependence poses 'direct existential threat', warns UN chief

Fossil fuel dependence poses 'direct existential threat', warns UN chief

United Nations secretary general António Guterres has warned that the world is facing “a direct existential threat” and must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent “runaway climate change”.

U.N. Chief Tells World Leaders to ‘Break the Paralysis’ on Climate Change

U.N. Chief Tells World Leaders to ‘Break the Paralysis’ on Climate Change

Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, warning that countries are retreating from a promise made nearly three years ago to save the planet from the most catastrophic effects of climate change, on Monday scolded world leaders and called on them to “break the paralysis” on reining in greenhouse gas emissions.“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment,” he said at United Nations headquarters in New York.

'Limited' progress at Bangkok climate talks

'Limited' progress at Bangkok climate talks

Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said on Sunday at the closing press briefing for the Bangkok meeting that progress was made on most issues but nothing was finalised.

US ‘roadblocking’ climate change negotiations amid warnings the world is failing to hit emissions targets

US ‘roadblocking’ climate change negotiations amid warnings the world is failing to hit emissions targets

ActionAid International, which is monitoring the Bangkok talks said: “With a little over 48 hours remaining, developed countries, led by the US have road blocked negotiations on financing.”

Paris climate deal doesn't stop us building new coal plants, Canavan says

Paris climate deal doesn't stop us building new coal plants, Canavan says

Australia does not need to quit the Paris climate agreement because our commitments are non-binding, and new coal plants can continue to be constructed, according to the resources minister, Matt Canavan.

Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum: leader

Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum: leader

The communique made it clear that it was only “leaders of forum island countries” – a term that a forum spokesperson confirmed denoted all forum member countries other than Australia and New Zealand – who called on the US to return to the Paris agreement on climate change.

Australia signs declaration saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific

Australia signs declaration saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific

The first assertion of the strongly worded Boe Declaration says all Pacific nations, including Australia, “reaffirm that climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific, and our commitment to progress the implementation of the Paris agreement.

For Pacific Island nations, rising sea levels are a bigger security concern than rising Chinese influence

For Pacific Island nations, rising sea levels are a bigger security concern than rising Chinese influence

The key question heading into the forum is: can the agreement find a balance between the security priorities of Australia and New Zealand and the needs of the Pacific Island nations?

Governments 'not on track' to meet greenhouse gas targets, says top UN official ahead of major climate talks

Governments 'not on track' to meet greenhouse gas targets, says top UN official ahead of major climate talks

Countries must decide the rules that will govern the Paris climate agreement, and without this “negotiating text” the UN climate change conference held in Poland at the end of the year will have no basis.

Climate change: local efforts won't be enough to undo Trump's inaction, study says

Climate change: local efforts won't be enough to undo Trump's inaction, study says

“When we look at the individual pledges [by cities, regions and businesses] the impact isn’t that large so we absolutely need national governments to pull through and do a lot of the heavy lifting,” said Dr Angel Hsu, the director of Data-Driven Yale, which led the study.

News Article: Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems

10 July 2018, Rome - New analysis and modelling released today by FAO and more than 100 collaborating scientists projects that by 2050 climate change will have altered the productivity of many of the planet's marine and freshwater fisheries, affecting the livelihoods of millions of the worlds' poorest people.