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Young Climate Activists Give World Hope

In the wake of Fridays demonstrations by schoolchildren across the world against climate change inaction, the UN Secretary-General has said he understands their fears, but is hopeful for the future

SOP newswire3Millions of Bangladeshi Children at Risk From Climate Crisis - More than 19 million children in Bangladesh are at risk from devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change, UNICEF warned on Friday in a new report.
SOP newswire3Young Climate Activists Give World Hope - In the wake of Fridays demonstrations by schoolchildren across the world against climate change inaction, the UN Secretary-General has said he understands their fears, but is hopeful for the future
SOP newswire3Air Pollution Claims 7 Million Lives a Year - Shifting to renewable energy could save up to 150 million lives by the end of the century amid concerns that six billion people regularly inhale air "so polluted that it puts their life, health and well-being at risk," a UN-appointed independent rights expert said on Monday.
SOP newswire3Record Global Warming - In the wake of data released by the United Nations World Meteorological Organization showing the past four years were officially the four warmest on record, UN Secretary-General Guterres called for urgent climate action and increased ambition, ahead of his climate summit in September.
SOP newswire3UN: World in Grip of High Impact Weather - "High impact weather" has gripped much of the world so far this year, the UN weather agency, WMO, reported on Friday, with "dangerous and extreme cold in North America, record high heat and wildfires in Australia, heavy rains in parts of South America, and heavy snow on the Alps and Himalayas.
SOP newswire3Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay - A gigantic cavity - two-thirds the area of Manhattan and almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall - growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is one of several disturbing discoveries reported in a new NASA-led study of the disintegrating glacier.
SOP newswire3Warming Seas May Increase Frequency of Extreme Storms - A new NASA study shows that warming of the tropical oceans due to climate change could lead to a substantial increase in the frequency of extreme rain storms by the end of the century.
SOP newswire3Appalachian Cellist Ditches the Van, to Pedal Against Climate Change - Growing up close to the famous Appalachian Mountains, in the United States, made musician Ben Sollee appreciate natural beauty, and also spurred him into action when he saw the destruction caused locally by mountaintop coal mining.
SOP newswire3CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Profiting From Urban Waste in Vietnam - 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).
SOP newswire3Bringing Paris Climate Deal to Life - 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.
SOP newswire3NASA Finds Asian Glaciers Slowed by Ice Loss - A NASA-led, international study finds Asias high mountain glaciers are flowing more slowly in response to widespread ice loss, affecting freshwater availability downstream in India, Pakistan and China
SOP newswire3UN: Failure to Take Climate Action Suicidal - With roadblocks continuing at the COP24 climate change conference over how to implement the historic 2015 Paris Agreement, United Nations chief Guterres returned to Poland on Wednesday, to challenge the more than 100 Government leaders gathered in Katowice to find consensus and "finish the job."
SOP newswire3UN: Going Green is Good Business - 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.
SOP newswire3UN: A Million Lives Could be Saved by 2050 Through Climate Action - 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.
SOP newswire3UN: We Must Purge Plastics and Purify Oceans - 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.
SOP newswire3UN Climate Conference - During the UN COP24 Climate Change Conference grand opening on Monday, Secretary-General António Guterres told over 150 world leaders gathered for climate action that "we are in deep trouble" and asked decision-makers to focus on four key things: stepping up climate action, according to a solid plan, with more funding, as a smart investment in the future of the planet.
SOP newswire3UN Climate Control Conference - To bring the voice of the people to the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Poland (known by the shorthand COP 24, from 2 to 14 December), the United Nations has launched the Peoples Seat initiative, calling millions of change advocates worldwide to submit messages for an address that will be delivered to leaders attending the conference, by renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
SOP newswire3Coral Reefs Can't Wait for World to Take Action - Sounding the alarm about the urgent need to protect coral reefs from extinction within decades, a new coalition of organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), was launched on Wednesday in Egypt during the UN Biodiversity Conference, to galvanize global leadership before it is too late.
SOP newswire3CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Cows, Coffee and Sustainable Farming - Small-scale farms in Panama are helping to heal land degraded by extensive cattle ranching and extreme rainfall or drought associated with climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).
SOP newswire3UN: World Needs to be Better Prepared for Tsunamis - United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called for greater preparedness to offset the disastrous impact of tsunamis, which are causing increasing human, economic and development losses, illustrated most recently by the destruction across the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
SOP newswire3Healing of Ozone Layer Gives Hope for Climate Action - The findings of a new UN-backed report, released on Monday, showing the ongoing healing of the ozone layer, are being hailed as a demonstration of what global agreements can achieve, and an inspiration for more ambitious climate action to halt a catastrophic rise in world temperatures.
SOP newswire3More Than Nine in Ten Children Exposed to Deadly Air Pollution - Air pollution is stunting childrens brains and affecting their health in more ways than was previously suspected, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.
SOP newswire3UN: Global Warming Report a Wake-Up Call - A special report on limiting global warming released on Monday by a UN scientific panel, should be heard around the world as an "ear-splitting wake-up call" said UN chief António Guterres. He said the long-awaited findings show that "climate change is running faster than we are - and we are running out of time."
SOP newswire3UN: Pacific Islands on the Front Line of Climate Change - The concerns of the Pacific Islands, on the front line of climate change, are at the heart of the United Nations work, said Secretary-General Guterres on Friday, at a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, an intergovernmental organization, which holds UN Observer status.
SOP newswire3UNs Guterres Speaks on Climate Change - As governments prepare to meet later this year for the next round of climate talks, Secretary-General António Guterres today underscored the need to speed up action on an issue that is "the absolute priority" for the United Nations.
SOP newswire3Tonga Warns of Dire Security Threats Posed by Climate Change - As head of more than 170 South Pacific islands, sustainable development and surmounting the devastating impacts of climate change in his country were the focus of King Tupou VI of Tonga in his address at the United Nations General Assembly.
SOP newswire3UN: Now is the Time for Climate Action - With record-breaking heat once again enveloping the earth this year, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres said it was also "a pivotal time for climate action," marking the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Sunday.
SOP newswire3Uneven Progress on Climate Action at Bangkok Conference - Climate change talks wrapped up in Bangkok today, leaving several issues still to be resolved.
SOP newswire3UN: Runaway Climate Chage a Real Possibility - Greater ambition, urgency and action are needed if we are to prevent ever greater climate-related crises, said UN Chief Guterres on Wednesday, at the launch of the 2018 New Climate Economy report, at UN Headquarters in New York
SOP newswire3Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires Drifts East - California is being plagued by massive wildfires, and the effects on air quality from those fires can extend far beyond the states borders.
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