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Invest $131 trillion in clean energy by 2050 to hit climate goals, agency says

Mar 16 2021

LONDON Planned investment in clean energy must increase by 30% to a total of $131 trillion by 2050 to avert catastrophic climate change, with the need to massively scale up hydrogen production particularly acute, according to a study https://www.irena.org/publications/2021/March/World-Energy-Transitions-Outlook published on Tuesday.

Existing emissions pledges barely scratch climate targets, U.N. tally finds

Feb 26 2021

LONDON Pledges made so far under the 2015 Paris accord would deliver less than a 1% reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 -- a fraction of the 45% cut needed to avert catastrophic climate change, according to a U.N. report published on Friday.

Family of Captain Tom Moore urges supporters to back tree-planting campaigns

Feb 25 2021

LONDON The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore, the late World War Two veteran who raised millions of pounds for Britain's health service during the COVID-19 pandemic, has urged well-wishers to back tree-planting projects to help tackle climate change.

Show us the plan: Investors push companies to come clean on climate

Feb 24 2021

LONDON/BOSTON In the past, shareholder votes on the environment were rare and easily brushed aside. Things could look different in the annual meeting season starting next month, when companies are set to face the most investor resolutions tied to climate change in years.

U.N. chief backs new blueprint to end "suicidal" war on nature

Feb 18 2021

LONDON A new scientific blueprint http://bit.ly/UNEP-UNEA for tackling climate change, pollution and the accelerating loss of plant and animal species published on Thursday shows how to end the world's "suicidal" war on nature, U.N. chief Antonio Guterres said.

Global spending on green economic stimulus slowly tracking upwards: study

Feb 11 2021

LONDON Massive post-pandemic stimulus packages are mostly failing to support action to tackle climate change or halt the loss of biodiversity, but the amount of green spending is slowly tracking upwards, according to a study https://643e8587-b887-4b39-86d3-edefb98f6abf.usrfiles.com/ugd/643e85_ff2e6bc7fbd242e7bcb50d05b7219e8b.pdf published on Friday.

Fossil fuel pollution causes one in five premature deaths globally: study

Feb 09 2021

LONDON Pollution from fossil fuels causes one in five premature deaths globally, suggesting the health impacts of burning coal, oil and natural gas may be far higher than previously thought, according to a study published on Tuesday. | Video

Scientists warn over misuse of climate models in financial markets

Feb 08 2021

LONDON Misuse of climate models could pose a growing risk to financial markets by giving investors a false sense of certainty over how the physical impacts of climate change will play out, according to the authors of a paper published on Monday.

World News

G7 rivals China with grand infrastructure plan

The Group of Seven richest democracies sought on Saturday to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative.