Tag: Asia Pacific

Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities

Indonesia’s capital Jakarta – plagued by pollution, flooding and heatwaves – tops risk assessment ranking Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and 80% are in India or China, according to a risk assessment. More than 400 large cities with a total population of 1.5 billion […]

Tea-growing areas to be badly hit if global heating intensifies

In Kenya, the area of optimal tea-growing conditions will be reduced by more than a quarter by 2050 Your morning cup of tea may never taste the same again if global heating increases and the climate crisis intensifies, according to research. Some of the world’s biggest tea-growing areas will be among the worst hit by […]

US and China commit to cooperating on climate crisis

World’s biggest polluters release joint commitment to climate action following John Kerry visit to Shanghai The US and China have “committed to cooperating” on the pressing issue of climate change, the two sides said in a joint statement on Saturday, following a visit to Shanghai by US climate envoy John Kerry. “The United States and […]

China sandstorms highlight threat of climate crisis

Experts say extreme weather including droughts will become more common as planet heats Recent sandstorms that shrouded Beijing in a post-apocalyptic orange haze and intensive droughts in other parts of the country are bringing into stark relief the challenges China faces from rising temperatures induced by the climate crisis. The widespread sandstorms that pelted the […]

China’s five-year plan could push emissions higher unless action is taken

Target is in line with previous trends and could mean greenhouse gas emissions continuing to rise China has set out an economic blueprint for the next five years that could lead to a strong rise in greenhouse gas emissions if further action is not taken to meet the country’s long-term goals. The 14th five-year plan, […]

Tropical Cyclone Ana: Fiji suffers second deadly storm in a month

Three-year-old boy among those missing in floodwaters in the country’s northern and western islands One person has died, and five, including a three-year-old boy, are still missing after Cyclone Ana pummelled Fiji on Sunday, just over a month after category 5 Cyclone Yasa tore through the country’s northern islands. Two more cyclones are already forming […]

New Zealand readers say ‘everything’ must be prioritised in battle against climate change

Reducing emissions from transport and agriculture topped the list but readers also believe there are no easy answers After prime minister Jacinda Ardern declared a climate emergency this month, we asked you what New Zealand should prioritise to meet its climate change goals. The responses varied widely, although there was broad consensus that more needed […]

Only one in 10 utility firms prioritise renewable electricity – global study

Vast majority of world’s electricity companies remain heavily invested in fossil fuels Only one in 10 of the world’s electric utility companies are prioritising investment in clean renewable energy over growing their capacity of fossil fuel power plants, according to research from the University of Oxford. The study of more than 3,000 utilities found most […]

Boss vows to tackle misconduct claims at UN Green Climate Fund

Yannick Glemarec responds to FT report of 40 complaints including racism and sexism The head of the UN’s climate finance body has pledged to tackle complaints of misconduct at the organisation “as a matter of urgency”, after such claims against unidentified staff members were published. Yannick Glemarec, the executive director of the Green Climate Fund, […]

‘There’s still a choice’: New Zealand’s melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate change

New research has found extreme melting of the country’s glaciers in 2018 was at least ten times more likely due to human-caused global heating Twice a year, glaciologist Lauren Vargo and her colleagues set up camp beside two small lakes close to New Zealand’s Brewster glacier. Each time the trek to carry the measuring stakes […]