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COP27: Climate costs deal struck but no fossil fuel progress

COP27: Climate costs deal struck but no fossil fuel progress

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This video can not be playedTo play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.By Georgina RannardClimate reporter in Sharm el-SheikhA historic deal has been struck at the UN's COP27 summit that will see rich nations pay poorer countries for the damage and economic losses caused by climate change.It ends almost 30 years of waiting by nations facing huge climate impacts.But developed nations left dissatisfied over progress on cutting fossil fuels."A clear commitment to phase-out all fossil fuels? Not in this text," said the UK's Alok Sharma, who was president of the previous COP summit in Glasgow.This year's talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, came close to collapse, and overran by two days.Luke-warm applause met the historic moment the "loss and damage fund" was agreed in the ea...
COP27: Climate anxiety is rising – it might be a good thing

COP27: Climate anxiety is rising – it might be a good thing

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Getty ImagesBy Georgina RannardBBC News Climate & ScienceGlobal leaders are about to meet for another UN climate summit - COP27 starting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Sunday - and the reality of climate change for many people can be overwhelming.Record-breaking heatwaves, devastating floods in Pakistan, and drought in East Africa - and that is just this year.It is no surprise that climate anxiety is rising, particularly among young people, who have mostly only known a world affected by climate change.But experts and activists have told BBC News that these fears can actually be good news for the planet."People are who really aware of climate change may be more motivated to take action," University of Bath environmental psychologist Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh says.Her research has found a link betw...
Climate change: Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s last glaciers to go by 2050, says UN

Climate change: Kilimanjaro’s and Africa’s last glaciers to go by 2050, says UN

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Getty ImagesBy Patrick HughesBBC News Climate and Science Glaciers across the globe - including the last ones in Africa - will be unavoidably lost by 2050 due to climate change, the UN says in a report.Glaciers in a third of UN World Heritage sites will melt within three decades, a UNESCO report found.Mount Kilimanjaro's last glaciers will vanish as will glaciers in the Alps and Yosemite National Park in the US.They will melt regardless of the world's actions to combat climate change, the authors say.Vanishing glaciers threaten Europe's water supplyIce and sled-dogs disappear as Greenland warms upWorld's glaciers melting at a faster paceThe report, which makes projections based on satellite data, comes as world leaders prepare to meet in Egypt for next week's COP27 climate change conferenc...
King Charles should attend climate summit says US envoy

King Charles should attend climate summit says US envoy

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PA MediaBy Justin RowlattClimate editorKing Charles should reconsider his decision not to go to the UN climate conference in Egypt, President Biden's climate envoy has told the BBC. John Kerry said in an interview it would be "terrific" if the King were able to be there, adding that he has been "a terrific leader on this issue".As Prince of Wales he had planned to go to November's COP27 conference.But after ascending the throne he decided not to attend on the advice of Prime Minister Liz Truss.King will not attend climate summit on Truss adviceCharles will not cool on climate action, say friendsDon’t backtrack on climate, Egypt tells Truss Liz Truss has announced she will resign, which means there will now be another leadership election to decide who becomes the next Conservative leader a...
Climate change: Drought highlights dangers for electricity supplies

Climate change: Drought highlights dangers for electricity supplies

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Getty ImagesThe ongoing drought in the UK and Europe is putting electricity generation under pressure, say experts.Electricity from hydropower - which uses water to generate power - has dropped by 20% overall.And nuclear facilities, which are cooled using river water, have been restricted.There are fears that the shortfalls are a taste of what will happen in the coming winter.In the UK, high temperatures are hitting energy output from fossil, nuclear and solar sources.That is because the technology in power plants and solar panels work much less well in high temperatures.The prolonged dry spell is putting further pressure on energy supplies as Europe scrambles for alternative sources after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Millions hit by hosepipe bans as drought declaredUS Senate passes sw...