White house works to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in U.S.

White house works to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in U.S.

Kieran Cooke for Climate News Network – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/Climate News Network) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: Groups for and against US government plans for new regulations aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions have been slugging it out at a series of heated debates across America. Achieving progress in cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions and preventing […]

Hottest Places on Earth

Hottest Places on Earth

IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTHERN AFRICA: Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth – Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a […]

Antarctic iceberg melts increase as local fauna dies

Antarctic iceberg melts increase as local fauna dies

Tim Radford for Climate News Network – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/Climate News Network) London, U.K., WESTERN EUROPE: A once-rich habitat in the Antarctic has become an impoverished zone as icebergs, increasingly breaking free from the surrounding sea ice because of global warming, scour the shallow-water rocks and boulders on which a diversity of creatures cling to […]

Philippine 84-year-old family matriarch talks about survival

Philippine 84-year-old family matriarch talks about survival

IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Mohol, PHILIPPINES, SOUTHEASTERN ASIA: Two months ago, when it was nearly 7a.m., 21 members of a family were gathered in the home of the 84-year-old family matriarch on Leyte island in the central Philippines, to protect themselves from a “storm surge” arriving up the coast. None of them knew what […]

New CO2 emission cuts puts U.S. air quality on alert

New CO2 emission cuts puts U.S. air quality on alert

Kieran Cooke for Climate Change News – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/Climate Change News) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: The US administration led by Barack Obama has promised much and delivered little so far in the battle against climate change. But that’s all about to change with this week’s announcement by the heavy hitters at the U.S. […]

Rising ozone puts global cities on danger list

Rising ozone puts global cities on danger list

Tim Radford – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN) London, UNITED KINGDOM, WESTERN EUROPE: Poor air quality and health problems will become the summertime norm throughout the US as scientists predict a 70 percent rise in ground-level ozone − unless action is taken to cut emissions. Stand by for long, hot North American summers of smarting eyes, tickling throats, asthma, […]

Nepal rural field workers uncertain under climate change

Nepal rural field workers uncertain under climate change

Laurie Goering for TRF – Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF) Kathmandu, NEPAL SOUTHERN ASIA: Life is a daily challenge for the families of this village of terraced maize fields and tin-roofed homes tucked in the steep green foothills of Nepal’s Himalayas. Monkeys living in the forests around Majhthana carry away many of the […]

Driest season in decades hits Jordan's Dead Sea

Driest season in decades hits Jordan's Dead Sea

WNN partner IRIN for – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Amman, JORDAN, WESTERN ASIA: Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps. […]

Burma / Myanmar dry zone shows clear climate change impacts

Burma / Myanmar dry zone shows clear climate change impacts

IRIN – UN news and analysis for – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Bagan, BURMA/MYANMAR, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Myanmar’s central “dry zone”, home to a quarter of its 58 million people, is falling short on food production, pushing local people into hunger, malnutrition and debt. “Getting food is a headache for us every day,” said 30-year-old Kyi Htay […]

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