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7-magnitude earthquake hits off southern

Manila, Dec 29 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale hit  Davao Oriental province in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday, met officials said.

No more plastic in the ocean?

Tel Aviv, Dec 26 (IBNS): According to the United Nations, plastic accounts for up to 90 percent of all the pollutants in our oceans, yet there are few comparable, environmentally friendly alternatives to the material.

Indonesia: Sunda Strait tsunami death to

Jakarta, Dec 25 (IBNS): The death toll in the tsunami-hitting incident in Banten and Lampung provinces of Indonesia touched 429, media reports said on Tuesday.

5.8 earthquake hits Tibet, no casualty

Tibet, Dec 24 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale hit Xaitongmoin County in Xigaze City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region,  on Monday, media reports said.


Indonesia: Tsunami hits Sunda Strait, 16

Jakarta, Dec 23 (IBNS): At least 168 people died as a tsunami hit Indonesia's Sunda Strait on Saturday, media reports said.

Profiting from urban waste in Vietnam

New York, Dec 22 (IBNS): Women in Hoi An city in Viet Nam are profiting from rubbish and other waste while helping to create a more sustainable urban environment, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).


November 2018 was fifth hottest on recor

New York, Dec 19 (IBNS): Though not quite as warm as October, November 2018 ranked as the fifth hottest November on record, with the year to date coming in as fourth hottest for planet Earth, according to scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

Cyclone Phethai to hit Andhra Pradesh on

Visakhapatnam, Dec 16 (IBNS): Cyclonic storm Phethai is "very likely" to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm and make landfall in Andhra Pradesh on Monday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department has said.

6.1 earthquake hits Indonesia, no casual

Jakarta, Dec 16 (IBNS): An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter Scale hit eastern Indonesia on Sunday, as per the U.S. Geological Survey.

At COP24, countries agree concrete way f

New York, Dec 16 (IBNS): After two weeks of crunch negotiations – with overtime – the almost 200 parties gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations COP24 two-week climate change conference, adopted on Saturday a “robust” set of implementing guidelines for the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, aimed at keeping global warming well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels.

Pre-cyclone watch issued for Andhra Prad

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IBNS) : The deep depression over southeast Bay of Bengal moved north-northwestwards with a speed of 13 kmph  and lay centred over southeast Bay of Bengal, about 700 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 960 km east-southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 1130 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh) on Friday.

Pre-cyclone watch issued for Andhra Prad

New Delhi, Dec 13 (IBNS) :A tropical low in the Bay of Bengal is being seen as a cyclonic threat to Southeastern India. 

Failing to agree climate action would â€

New York, Dec 13 (IBNS): With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the  historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief António Guterres returned to Poland on Wednesday, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and “finish the job.”

COP24: World sports join team UN in race

New York, Dec 13 (IBNS): Major organizations from the world of sport are joining an increasing number of private sector businesses in the race to beat global warming. At the United Nations’ COP24 conference in Poland on Wednesday, 17 major players representing sporting bodies, athletes and fans, added their names to the collective scoreboard, with the launch of the Sports Climate Action Framework.

Research shows that seabirds are at risk

London, Dec 12 (IBNS): A new study from the University of Aberdeen has identified that seabirds are the most at risk bird species, due to the competition they face from the fishing industry for food.

COP24 negotiations: Why reaching agreeme

New York, Dec 12 (IBNS): From Tuesday on, close to 100 Government ministers are due be involved in negotiating a final deal on moving forward with climate action here at the United Nations COP24 conference in Poland. So, what is the goal? To agree a concrete plan to implement the historic 2015 Paris climate deal by mid-century. The stakes are high with numerous different pressure points.

Several recent weather extremes linked t

Washington, Dec 11 (IBNS): The U.S. Northern Plains and East Africa droughts of 2017, floods in South America, China and Bangladesh, and heatwaves in China and the Mediterranean were all made more likely by human-caused climate change, according to new research published today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS). 

‘Going green’ is good business says

New York, Dec 11 (IBNS): Businesses across the world should no longer be viewed solely as greenhouse gas emissions culprits, but more as indispensable partners for climate action, who stand to increase profits from “going green”. That was the key message as the United Nations COP24 climate change conference went into its second week in Katowice, Poland.

COP24: Huge untapped potential in green

New York, Dec 8 (IBNS): Noting some progress in greening the global construction industry, the United Nations environment agency (UNEP) co-released a report on Friday at the COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland, sounding the alarm on the need for “dramatic action” to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Taking fast road to ‘e-mobility’ cen

New York, Dec 7 (IBNS): As the transportation sector continues to be a major culprit in the global rise in temperatures, the urgent need for clean solutions – in particular, powered by electricity or “e-mobility” – is being highlighted at the two-week United Nations climate change conference ‘COP24’ in Katowice, Poland.

Greenland ice sheet melt 'off the charts

Washington, Dec 7 (IBNS): Surface melting across Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018, in the journal Nature.  

Tunisia coastline in need of climate cas

New York, Dec 6 (IBNS): Efforts to mobilize the cash needed to ensure that climate change does not lead to the irreversible damage of Tunisia’s coastline are being undertaken by the North African country’s government, with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Air pollution bigger killer than smoking

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IBNS): Air pollution in India makes more people ill than smoking, The India Express, citing The Lancet Planetary Health estimate on deaths, disease burden, and life expectancy reduction associated with air pollution, said.

Soil pollution ‘jeopardizing’ life o

New York, Dec 6 (IBNS): Soil is a “treasure beneath our feet,” essential to human lives and well-being, a senior United Nations official has highlighted, warning, however, that this invaluable resource is under constant threat from the little-understood phenomenon of soil pollution.

COP24: A million lives could be saved by

New York, Dec 6 (IBNS): Taking bold climate action now, could help save a million lives and a lot of money by the middle of the century, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, launching a special report as part of the ongoing COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.

Assembly President launches new initiati

New York, Dec 5 (IBNS): The President of the UN General Assembly launched a new global call to action on Tuesday, to help end the scourge of plastic pollution in the ocean.

Ambition, transformation, active citizen

New York, Dec 5 (IBNS): With thousands gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the ‘COP24’ meeting to chart the way forward for climate action, United Nations chief António Guterres presented his longer-term vision on Tuesday for the 2019 Climate Change Summit.

Climate risk Index shows increased impac

New York, Dec 4 (IBNS): Tropical cyclones have heavy impacts on an increasing number of countries. In 2017, the hurricane season in the Caribbean Sea was particularly strong and left several islands destroyed.

UN launches Facebook Messenger-powered b

New York, Dec 4 (IBNS): As world leaders and decision-makers get to work on mitigating climate change at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland, renowned broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough launched a new UN campaign to give individuals their say on the key global issue, via social media.

COP24: green, gender focus, as UN's cruc

New York, Dec 3 (IBNS): COP24,  the two-week 24th conference of the parties of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), started on Sunday in Katowice, Poland, with a special focus on carbon neutrality and gender equality.

G20 told crucial COP24 climate change co

New York, Dec 1 (IBNS): During press briefings at the beginning of the G20 meeting of industrialized nations in Buenos Aires, UN Secretary António Guterres described the event as an essential forum, citing a lack of confidence and high level of confrontation within the international community.

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