Climate Impacts Stories

NGOs: EU must arrive in Paris with ‘more serious offer’ after 2030 package disappointment

After months of wrangling, European government leaders succeeded in the early hours of Friday morning to agree an EU climate and energy package up to 2030.

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NOAA: 2014 set to be the hottest year on record

2014 is on trend to be the hottest year since records began, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Sea level rise in last century ‘unprecedented,’ say researchers

The rise in sea levels seen in the last 150 years is unmatched by any period in the last 6,000 years, according to new research.

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Governments failing to halt biodiversity loss, warns UN report

Governments are falling drastically behind on their goals to protect animal and plant species laid out in a biodiversity plan for 2020, according to a new report released this week.

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Study finds oceans are warming faster than expected

Researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory found that oceans have been absorbing significantly more heat than previously estimated.

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How climate change fuelled extreme weather in 2013

From Australia’s off-the-charts heatwave, to Europe’s scorching summer, from New Zealand’s intense drought to Northern India’s heavy rain storms, many of 2013's most extreme weather events were caused, at least in part, by climate change.

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Momentum gathers around UN climate summit but more needed from world leaders

A weekend of unprecedented public calls for climate action and the UN Climate Summit has put climate change back to the top of the political agenda.

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Illegal deforestation is growing problem for climate

A report by the US non-governmental organisation, Forest Trends, says 49% of all recent tropical deforestation is the result of illegal clearing for commercial agriculture.

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Brazil’s drought: Sao Paulo – 100 days till rockbottom

The ongoing drought crisis in Sao Paulo has reached a critical level that continues towards rock bottom.

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Nearly 10 percent of the world’s intact forests have been lost since 2000

A new mapping project shows that some of the planet’s most important forest ecosystems are in danger of disappearing.

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