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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Food availability in Africa depends on climate dependability

Jaspreet Kindra for IRIN – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/IRIN) Zvishavane, ZIMBABWE, EASTERN AFRICA: With the lean season reaching its peak, many villages in Zimbabwe have already exhausted their staple grain reserves. The most recent Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) report projects that at least two million people, out of a population of 13 million, will be […]

Bamboo bicycles from Ghana, Africa among UN’s list for emission reducing inventions

Bamboo bicycles from Ghana, Africa among UN’s list for emission reducing inventions

Laurie Goering for TRF – WNN EarthWATCH (WNN/TRF – Thomson Reuters Foundation) London, UK, WESTERN EUROPE: When remote mining camps in Mongolia’s south Gobi desert need energy, they rent diesel generators. But rented solar arrays can provide energy 30 percent cheaper, while producing no carbon emissions, an entrepreneur says. The solar rental model, with no […]

United States water estuaries show sensitivity to climate change, says NOAA

United States water estuaries show sensitivity to climate change, says NOAA

WNN Earth Watch (WNN/NOAA) Boulder, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS:  The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors according to a new NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research report from the National Ocean Service. The national study, Climate Sensitivity of the National Estuarine Research […]