Our Global Food System is the Primary Driver of Biodiversity Loss

Food System Impacts on Biodiversity Loss, the new Chatham House report, supported by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Compassion in World Farming, describes three actions needed for food system transformation in support of biodiversity, and sets out recommendations to embed food system reform in high level political events over …

Alarming Rise in Global Temperatures

The past six years have been the warmest on record since 1880, with 2016, 2019 and 2020 being the top three, according to a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) press release on 15 January. The year 2020 was 1.2°C above pre-industrial era (1880) temperatures. WMO predicts a 20 percent probability that temperatures …

These Are the ‘Positive’ Tipping Points That Could Slow Global Warming

There may be light at the end of the tunnel in the battle to reduce carbon emissions. Governments and institutions could help halt carbon emissions with just a few carefully selected policy measures, according to a new paper, which looked at the experience of the energy industry and changing trends …

ABB Sensor Onboard SpaceX Rocket to Detect Greenhouse Gas Emissions

An optical sensor manufactured by ABB was deployed with the successful launch of satellite Hugo from GHGSat, the emerging leader in greenhouse gas sensing services in space. The ABB supplied optical sensor can map methane emissions from space at a resolution that is 100 times higher than any other sensors. …

Secretary-General Welcomes Us Return to Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Following the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General said he looks forward to an era of new leadership towards accelerating climate action, with the US back inside the landmark Paris Agreement. President Biden signed an executive order at the White House just hours after …

Transforming Agri-Food Systems to Feed the World and Tackle Climate Change

Feeding the world’s growing population while limiting the impacts of climate change will require urgent and radical transformation of our agri-food systems, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said at a High-Level event commemorating the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. “We need to interact differently with our environment,” …

Use of Climate-Warming Fluorinated Gases Continues to Drop Across EU

The EEA report ‘Fluorinated greenhouse gases 2020’ confirms the trend of continued reduction in the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by European industry under both the EU-wide regulated phase-down of HFCs and the global HFC phase-down, which began in 2019 under the so-called Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. F-gases are …