At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty
2017-02-03 10:10:47

At Davos forum, UN chief Guterres calls businesses ‘best allies’ to curb climate change, poverty

Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for a new generation of partnerships with the business community to limit the impact of climate change and to reduce poverty


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Renewable energy costs dropping across the globe
2017-02-02 11:30:48

Renewable energy costs dropping across the globe

Renewable energy is growing cheaper to produce, with bid prices for solar and wind power projects in Europe and the Middle East dropping to levels comparable with coal-fired thermal power

UN agriculture chief calls for stronger water management, improved access for small farmers
2017-02-01 10:05:14

UN agriculture chief calls for stronger water management, improved access for small farmers

The head of the United Nations agricultural agency today urged the international community to promote more efficient use of water and to take steps to secure water access, especially for poor family farmers

Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production
2017-01-27 10:25:05

Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production

Growing evidence demonstrates that climatic conditions can have a profound impact on the functioning of modern human societies, but effects on economic activity appear inconsistent. Fundamental productive elements of modern economies, such as workers and crops

How risk insurance spells resilience for disaster-prone people
2017-01-26 10:25:39

How risk insurance spells resilience for disaster-prone people

Last year, the lives of 102 million people were devastated by droughts, storms, earthquakes or floods, but the vast majority of those people had no risk insurance to help them cope. The result was lost homes and livelihoods, displacement and hunger, and deepening impoverishment and debt

Chinese cities could take up to 12 years to meet air pollution limits
2017-01-25 10:15:43

Chinese cities could take up to 12 years to meet air pollution limits

Cities in China will take up to 12 years to bring toxic air pollution levels within legal limits, if the government’s air quality plan continues at its current rate – according to an analysis of government data by Greenpeace East Asia

Climate change to alter global pattern of mild weather
2017-01-24 10:10:41

Climate change to alter global pattern of mild weather

Scientists from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have produced the first global analysis of how climate change may affect the frequency and location of mild-weather days — and it may be soon