Regional leaders agree to cut emissions by 12%

State and regional governments have agreed to cut their carbon emissions by 12.4% by 2030. The Compact of States and Regions – a group which allows participants to submit climate targets which it tracks and reports on – made the announcement at a report launch during COP21. The goal is greater than China’s current annual output. The […]

Musicians, nations join to end ‘deadly’ pollution

Government officials from around the world joined top musicians such as will.i.am, Gwen Stefani and Usher to commit to ending air pollution. The ‘Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day’ in Washington DC attracted thousands of people and took place over the weekend, with officials from Egypt, Germany, Nigeria and Norway. The star-studded free concert was put […]

Carbon emissions rise in the US

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have increased for the second year in a row in the US. The growth rate however was much smaller (0.7%) in 2015 than 2014 (2.4%), according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). An estimated 5,404 million metric tons of CO2 were emitted from energy-related sources last year and are projected […]

UN calls on nations to adopt drought policies

The UN agencies are urging the nations around the world to adopt drought-management policies. The message from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) follows America’s experience of the worst droughts in decades and farmers from Africa to India struggling due to lack of rainfall. The WMO said the US drought and its ripple effects on global […]

LEDs could save 85% energy

Street lights using LED can save as much as 85% energy compared to conventional lighting, according to new research. The study also claims LEDs could save 670 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year. The report ‘Lighting the Clean Revolution: The Rise of LED Street Lighting and What it Means for Cities’ was launched […]

Ban Ki-moon hails EU sustainability initiative

A European initiative which aims to give access to electricity to some 500 million people around the world by 2030 has been praised by the United Nations Secretary General. The ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ initiative is a global partnership between governments, the private sector and civil society. By 2030 the initiative aims to ensure universal access to […]

X-Men star is water ambassador

X-Men star Famke Janssen is taking on a new role – not in a Hollywood film but as a Water Ambassador for an NGO, the Green Cross International. The Dutch-born actress, who has previously served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, will help promote awareness about water conservation around the world. Ms Janssen said: “Water […]

UN report puts pressure on Durban for results

Decision-makers at the upcoming COP17 meeting will have the weight of a damaging new report on their shoulders as they try and thrash out global policies, which could prevent dangerous climate change. According to a United Nations report out today, the fact that greenhouse gas emissions are so off track should give international delegates in […]

Electric cars will shuttle leaders at Durban

Delegates at the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP17) will be shipped around in a fleet of 100% electric vehicles. The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to use the platform to show the success of their respective fleets.Nissan has sold more than 20,000 LEAFs on three continents, making it one of the […]