Climate Change

Cost of climate-linked disasters soars: United Nations

International News       Oct 10, 2018

The economic cost of climate-related disasters hit USD 2.25 billion over the last two decades, an increase of more than 250 percent compared to the previous 20 years, the UN said on Wednesday.   The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) noted that "climate...

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C requires “rapid & far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport & cities:IPCC

International News       Oct 08, 2018

  INCHEON, Republic of Korea: Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could...

CO2 emissions cost India $210 billion every year: Study

Indian News       Sep 26, 2018

  New Delhi: Carbon dioxide emissions are costing the Indian economy up to $210 billion every year, according to a global study which found that the country is likely to suffer highest economic damage from climate change after the US.   Previous research has focused on how...

Florence portends more massive hurricanes in age of global warming

International News       Sep 20, 2018

  Austin: Global warming has increased the likelihood of more massive, sluggish storms like Florence, capable of dropping record amounts of rain and causing the type of catastrophic flooding that crippled North and South Carolina this week, experts said.   Most meteorologists agree that climate change can...

Bangkok meet fails to finalise draft on climate change rules

International News       Sep 10, 2018

  Bangkok: An international meeting in Bangkok fell short of its aim of completing fruitful preparations to help an agreement be reached in December on guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris climate change agreement. The six-day meeting, which ended on Sunday, was scheduled to step up...

Citing Kerala floods, UN chief says 'climate change running faster than we are'

International News       Sep 07, 2018

  New York: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres cited the devastating floods in Kerala and the wildfires in California as he expressed concern that climate change is "running faster than we are” and called for urgency and action to prevent ever greater climate-related crises.   The UN...

Extreme Weather Risk Grows as Warming Earth Disrupts High-Altitude Winds: Study

International News       Aug 22, 2018

  Scorching summer heatwaves and downpours are set to become more extreme in the northern hemisphere as global warming makes weather patterns linger longer in the same place, scientists said.   They said there was a risk of “extreme extremes” in North America, Europe and parts of...

Catastrophes cause global economic losses of $36 bn in H1 2018

International News       Aug 16, 2018

  Zurich: According to Swiss Re Institute's preliminary sigma estimates, global economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in the first half of 2018 were USD 36 billion This figure is well below the ten-year average of USD 125 billion in economic losses and significantly...

Earth heading towards irreversible "hothouse" state: Study

International News       Aug 07, 2018

  London: Our planet is at the risk of entering an irreversible 'hothouse' condition - where the global temperatures will rise by four to five degrees and sea levels may surge by up to 60 metres higher than today - even if targets under the Paris...

Apple, and Swiss Re collaborate to accelerate Renewable Energy Development in US

International News       Aug 06, 2018

  NEW YORK: Apple, Akamai, Etsy and Swiss Re today announced an agreement to develop two new wind and solar energy farms in Illinois and Virginia. Spearheaded by Apple, the new projects will generate 290 megawatts to the PJM electric grid serving much of the Eastern...

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