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Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action

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Fighting Global Warming - Greenpeace USA. Fossil fuels—coal, oil and natural gas—are major contributors to climate change, accounting for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions. They’re also one of the main culprits polluting our air, water and soil. Coal-burning power plants, for example, produce millions of tons of toxic sludge every year, and we’re stilling reeling from the impacts of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill that rocked the Gulf of Mexico. As global temperatures increase, sea level rise and extreme weather become even bigger threats to communities at home and around the world. Already in the U.S. we’ve seen major hurricanes, floods, drought and wildfires all linked to climate change, and that’s just in the past few years.

We see a different future—one built on clean, renewable energy. We believe that a 100 percent renewable energy future is not only within reach, it’s our best chance for to preserve the planet. Join the Energy [R]evolution Still, we need more. But they’re still the exception. Get Involved. At Security Council, climate change citied among factors impacting stability in Sahel. 26 May 2016 – At a meeting today in the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Sahel region of sub-Saharan Africa, senior UN officials stressed that climate change plays a direct role in the region’s security, development and stability by increasing drought and fuelling conflict.

Speaking via videoconference from Niger, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said that he had just met President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger as part of a tour of Sahelian countries on the frontline of humanity’s struggle against climate change. The envoy also noted that Boko Haram had galvanized attention to the effects of climate change.

Another regional example of the effects of climate change included the situation of the Niger River, some sections of which had already begun to dry up, he said. Mr. Mr. French minister warns of mass climate change migration if world doesn't act | Environment. Global warming will create hundreds of millions of climate change migrants by the end of the century if governments do not act, France’s environment minister has warned. Ségolène Royal told ministers from 170 countries at the UN environment assembly in Nairobi that climate change was linked to conflicts, which in turned caused migration. “Climate change issues lead to conflict, and when we analyse wars and conflicts that have taken place over the last few years we see some are linked to an extent to climate change, drought is linked to food security crises,” she said.

“The difficulty of having access to food resources leads to massive migration, south-south migration [migration within developing countries]. The African continent is particularly hit by this south-south migration. “If nothing is done to combat the negative impact of climate change, we will have hundreds of millions of climate change migrants by the end of the century.”

Climate change threatens World Heritage sites, report says. Dozens of iconic tourist destinations including Venice, Stonehenge and Old Town Lunenburg, N.S., are threatened by risks linked to climate change, from rising sea levels to extreme weather, says the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Climate change-related threats to 31 World Heritage sites in 29 countries are highlighted in a new report released by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program and the Union of Concerned Scientists today. There are 1,031 World Heritage sites around the world, representing sites of "outstanding universal value" because of their importance in capturing human cultural traditions, creative genius, history or exceptional natural phenomena. 'Climate change could eventually even cause some World Heritage sites to lose their status.' - Adam Markham, lead author of the report "Some Easter Island statues are at risk of being lost to the sea because of coastal erosion.

Old Town Lunenburg, Canada Old Town Lunenburg, N.S. Urbanization and Climate Change in Small Island Developing States. James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change. Carbon Dioxide. ExxonMobil: Climate Change Is Real, But ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Our Crime Against the Planet, and Ourselves. Photo This is the fourth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists about violence. This conversation is with Adrian Parr, a professor of environmental politics and cultural criticism at the University of Cincinnati and the director of the Taft Research Center.

Her most recent book is “The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics.” Natasha Lennard: In your work, you raise the idea of framing climate degradation as a form of violence, and potentially as a crime against humanity. What does it mean to speak of the human destruction of the climate in terms of criminal justice? Adrian Parr: There are three components to the claim that environmental degradation is a crime against humanity.

What is the nature of this crime? However, humans are not all equally guilty of this crime. At the same time, the human species is an agent of justice, having crafted laws designed to hold criminals accountable. A.P.: Absolutely. Continue reading the main story. Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye. NASA: Climate Change and Global Warming. What is climate change? | Climate Change Education | Climate Change. Climate Change > What is climate change? Climate is usually defined as the "average weather" in a place. It includes patterns of temperature, precipitation (rain or snow), humidity, wind and seasons. Climate patterns play a fundamental role in shaping natural ecosystems, and the human economies and cultures that depend on them.

But the climate we’ve come to expect is not what it used to be, because the past is no longer a reliable predictor of the future. Our climate is rapidly changing with disruptive impacts, and that change is progressing faster than any seen in the last 2,000 years. According to the report, Preparing for a Changing Climate, rising levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere have warmed the Earth and are causing wide-ranging impacts, including rising sea levels; melting snow and ice; more extreme heat events, fires and drought; and more extreme storms, rainfall and floods. The effects of climate change in Washington King Tides in Washington. Goal 13. Progress of goal 13 in 2017 Planetary warming continued in 2016, setting a new record of about 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the preindustrial period, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2016.

Drought conditions predominated across much of the globe, aggravated by the El Niño phenomenon In the Statement, WMO also noted that the extent of global sea ice fell to a minimum of 4.14 million km2 in 2016, the second lowest extent on record. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels also reached a record high of 400 parts per million that year. Mitigating climate change and its impacts will require building on the momentum achieved by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which entered into force on 4 November 2016. Stronger efforts are needed to build resilience and limit climate-related hazards and natural disasters.