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Climate change: Whisper it cautiously… there’s been progress in run up to COP26

Climate change: Whisper it cautiously… there’s been progress in run up to COP26

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ReutersWith just five weeks left until world leaders gather in Glasgow for a critical climate summit, the BBC's Matt McGrath and Roger Harrabin consider progress made at this week's UN gathering and the outstanding issues that remain.Climate change was the dominant theme at this year's UN General Assembly (UNGA) as countries recognised the seriousness of the global situation. All across the planet, the hallmarks of rising temperatures are being keenly felt with intense wildfires, storms and floods taking place on scales rarely seen.World on course to heat up to dangerous levelsWorld now sees twice as many days over 50CWildlife and plant species decline 'a crisis'Against this backdrop, Boris Johnson told the UN it was "time to grow up" on the climate issue. The prime minister fought to brin...
U.N.: Fixing climate, biodiversity and land degradation will cost $8.1 trillion

U.N.: Fixing climate, biodiversity and land degradation will cost $8.1 trillion

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May 27 (UPI) -- Planet Earth is in desperate need of funding, according to the United Nations. According to a new report -- published Thursday by the U.N. Environment Program and the World Economic Forum -- an $ 8.1 trillion investment in nature is required to solve the planet's compounding climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises. Advertisement To curb climate change, reduce biodiversity losses and heal the planet's degraded habitat, scientists suggest annual funding for nature-based solutions will need to reach $ 536 billion by 2050, a four-fold increase over current expenditures. The authors of the new report suggest one of the most effective ways to invest in nature is to redirect capital flows away from fossil fuels -- by ending oil and gas subsidies, for example -- and towa...
Brazil cuts environment budget despite climate summit pledge

Brazil cuts environment budget despite climate summit pledge

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has approved a cut to the environment ministry budget a day after he vowed to boost spending to tackle deforestation.At a US-led climate summit, he promised to double the money reserved for environmental enforcement and to end illegal deforestation by 2030.But the budget signed off on Friday did not include his spending pledge, or additional proposals made by Congress.His government has weakened protections and wants to develop protected areas.Critics say the president's promises on Thursday were linked to a controversial deal Brazil is negotiating with the US to receive financial aid in return for protecting the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest, and other areas.Illegal Amazon rainforest plots sold on FacebookAmazon under threat: Fires, loggers and v...
Climate change: Electric trucks ‘can compete with diesel ones’

Climate change: Electric trucks ‘can compete with diesel ones’

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VolvoThe view that battery-powered heavy goods lorries can't compete with diesel is being challenged by new research.It had been felt that the extra batteries needed for freight would make electric vehicles too expensive. But a new study says that if fast charging networks are built for trucks, then they can beat diesel in terms of cost.With fast charging, the bigger the vehicle, the greater the advantage for electric, say researchers. VW rebrand turns out to be April Fool's jokeChina's biggest car brand to launch rival to TeslaVolvo Cars to go fully electric by 2030In the UK, and around the world, there's a strong shift among consumers towards electric-powered cars. Figures for March in the UK saw sales of battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars reach 14% of the market.When it comes to p...
Climate change: China absent from key UK meeting

Climate change: China absent from key UK meeting

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WPA PoolA critical meeting on climate change, organised by the UK, appears to be the latest victim of an ongoing row with China. Ministers from around 35 countries are due to participate in today's summit on climate and development.But while the US, EU, India and others are taking part, China is notable by its absence. The UK says that China was invited to the event but is not participating. Relations between the UK and China have deteriorated in recent weeks after angry exchanges about human rights. Why are people not doing more about climate change?The people under threat from Uganda's melting glacierConsumers pose 'growing threat' to tropical forestsJust a few days ago China imposed sanctions on nine UK citizens - including five MPs- for spreading what it called "lies and disinformation...