‘Death sentence’: Low-lying nations implore faster action on climate at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS – Faced with what they see as an existential threat, leaders from low-lying and island nations implored rich countries at the United Nations General Assembly this week to act more forcefully against a warming planet. The failure by developed economies to effectively curb their greenhouse gas emissions contributes…

Alok Sharma: COP26 is for ordinary people, not just climate warriors

By Adam Vaughan COP26 president Alok Sharma during a meeting in New Delhi, India, on 18 August PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images The man charged with leading a successful climate change summit in five weeks’ time insists he is no environmentalist – but is now convinced of the urgency of…

In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday’s general election. For the first time in Germany,…

Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion toward preserving 30% of Earth’s land and sea

Jeff Bezos on Monday pledged to give $1 billion to global conservation efforts, as part of a $10 billion effort to battle climate change. In a statement, the Bezos Earth Fund said the $1 billion will play a key role in carrying out the “30×30” commitment — protecting 30% of…

US, China and India snub Boris Johnson’s climate meeting

The leaders of big polluters China, India and the U.S. will all swerve a climate meeting hosted by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on Monday. Johnson will “press countries to deliver on their commitments” to cut emissions and deliver on finance for…

US fire crews wrap giant trees in blankets to save them from blaze

Issued on: 17/09/2021 – 05:00 The world’s biggest trees were being wrapped in fire-proof blankets Thursday in an effort to protect them from huge blazes tearing through the drought-stricken western United States. A grove of ancient sequoias, including the 275-foot (83-meter) General Sherman Tree — the largest in the world —…