What is ‘loss and damage?’ The most contentious topic at the COP27 climate summit

What is 'loss and damage?'  The most contentious topic at the COP27 climate summit

CNN — Aftab Khan felt helpless when torrential floodwaters submerged a third of Pakistan, his home country. Khan’s hometown was completely underwater. His rescued a woman who had friend walked barefoot, carrying her sick child, through stagnant floodwaters for 15 miles. And Khan’s own mother, who now lives with him in Islamabad, was unable to … Read more

Taxing frequent flyers to solve aviation’s carbon problem

3. Throwing towards equality. A key feature of the ICCT proposal is that the taxes generated would flow from those making the most flights—typically residents of highly developed nations—to those countries with the lowest per capita income—often the first to experience the worst effects of climate change. Each country could use its money to develop … Read more

Climate change already torments the poor. It will soon come for the rich.

Climate change already torments the poor.  It will soon come for the rich.

By the Editorial Board A new study might finally get the attention of industrial leaders and others who have shrugged off the threat of human-caused climate change. It finds that more than half a million privately owned parcels of coastal property — the kind of property generally held by the well-heeled — could be underwater … Read more

Biden’s Delaware vacation home faces ‘extreme’ flood risk as climate change leads to rising seas

Biden's Delaware vacation home faces 'extreme' flood risk as climate change leads to rising seas

CNN — As he’s traveled the country to visit victims of storms, wildfires, and floods, President Joe Biden has returned to a similar theme: Climate change is “everybody’s crisis,” as he declared last year after surveying flooded-out New York homes in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Biden doesn’t say it explicitly, but that “everybody” includes … Read more

How climate change is impacting the world’s wealthiest nations

How climate change is impacting the world's wealthiest nations

Climate change doesn’t care about a country’s GDP. Melting glaciers at expensive ski resorts, deadly flooding in some of the world’s richest cities and wildfires across heavily touristed regions of Europe this summer have made clear that while the developing world and the poorest people are the most vulnerable to climate impacts, the rich world … Read more

Can cities tackle climate change related heatwaves? Paris has a plan

Can cities tackle climate change related heatwaves?  Paris has a plan

So we have successfully crawled our way through to the ‘comfortable’ season of the year after what looked like one of the hottest years so far. The year 2022 gave us some cause for concern, and it happened globally. Heatwaves were literally the hottest talk of the year, and when you hear news of extreme … Read more

Drought Takes Toll on Tuscany’s Famed Olive Oil and Wine Production

SAN CASCIANO IN VAL DI PESA, Italy (Reuters) – Farmers in Tuscany, the heart of Italy’s prized wine and olive oil industry, are battling to salvage as much as they can of this year’s crop from the ravages of drought and heatwave. A lack of rainfall since spring has affected even plants that traditionally thrive … Read more

Loss of tourism fears as European heatwaves cause record melting of glaciers

Two people with backpacks on stand on rocks and look down at the snow on the ground and alps in the background.

Glaciers in the Swiss Alps are on track to record their highest loss of mass in at least 60 years, new data shows. This follows temperatures peaking at nearly 30 degrees Celsius in the mountain village of Zermatt during an early summer heatwave. Data from Glacier Monitoring Switzerland and the Universite libre de Bruxelles shows … Read more

Study Finds Climate Change Risks the Future of New England Ski Resorts

Study Finds Climate Change Risks the Future of New England Ski Resorts

“All the projections that I’ve seen and made myself show more precipitation falling out of the sky. The problem is, we’re getting it as more and more rain instead of snow. And then between those snow events, warmer temperatures will melt out the snowpack.”–Jonathan Winter, Dartmouth College Climate Scientist. Climate change played its part in … Read more

Policy Brief: Synergies Conference Bridges HLPF 2022 and UN Climate Change COP | SDG Knowledge Hub

Policy Brief: Synergies Conference Bridges HLPF 2022 and UN Climate Change COP |  SDG Knowledge Hub

“Ramping up action on synergies between climate action and the SDGs is needed now more than ever.” This is one of the key messages from the Third Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies Between the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which sought to expand the evidence base on synergies … Read more