Satellites reveal major new gas industry methane leaks

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Last year, European Space Agency satellites detected huge plumes of the invisible planet-warming gas methane leaking from the Yamal pipeline that carries natural gas from Siberia to Europe. Energy consultancy Kayrros estimated one leak was spewing out 93 tonnes of methane every hour, meaning the daily emissions from the leakage were equivalent to the amount […]

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No El Nino, but world still expected to be hotter due to climate change, says WMO

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Above average temperatures are expected in many parts of the globe in the next few months, even without the presence of a warming El Niño event, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). El Nino causes a surge in global temperatures but researchers have now found human-induced climate change is as powerful as the natural […]

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Global trade in agri-products to become important as climate change impacts production

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International trade in agricultural products will have an increasingly important contribution to feeding the planet, as climate change alters the ability of many regions to produce food, a new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said. International trade rules established under the auspices of the WTO and newer mechanisms created under the […]

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After hottest half decade, Earth to experience higher temperatures

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Earth experienced its hottest half-decade on record between 2011 and 2015, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, adding that the floods, droughts and storms triggered by rising temperatures are likely only a prelude to new weather extremes. The record temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels and declines in Arctic sea-ice extent, continental glaciers and […]

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The world finally has a new climate deal

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Nearly 200 nations signed a landmark deal on climate in Paris, agreeing to change the course away from fossil fuel-driven economies and set up a framework to arrest global warming and leave a more habitable world for future generations. “The Paris Agreement is a monumental triumph for people and our planet,” said U.N. Secretary General […]

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Climate change likely to impede progress on global food security, USDA report warns

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Climate change is likely to impede progress on reducing undernourishment around the world in the decades ahead, according to a major scientific assessment released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on global food security and its implications for the United States. The report, entitled Climate Change, Global Food Security and the U.S. Food System, […]

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Climate change breaches symbolic thresholds, bad news for the planet, says WMO

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The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. The years 2011-2015 have […]

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