Climate frontline: ‘sink or swim’ in Cape Town as inequalities persist
04 July 2021 | 7:49 am
Coastal cities are on the "frontline" of the climate crisis, with swelling oceans redrawing the map and putting hundreds of millions at risk. That's the warning of an unpublished draft report by the UN's climate science advisory panel, seen exclusively by AFP, the most extensive compendium to date of the urgent climate threats facing the planet. Among the cities featured in the report is Cape Town, where 100,000 households are exposed to flooding in a city riven by deep poverty and the legacy of apartheid.
The EU is pushing for 100 cities including Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam to reach net-zero emissions by the end of the decade — far earlier than their national governments plan to get there.
Somalia is suffering from the impact of a climate crisis it has done almost nothing to create, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, as a full-blown famine threatens to follow a drought that killed 43,000 people last year.
With Japan backing fossil fuels over renewables in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, its climate credentials will be tested as it chairs a G7 climate powwow in Sapporo.
Extreme weather events including heat waves, floods, cyclones and rising sea levels have resulted in a rise in climate-induced migration in India. Experts suggest the problem is set to get worse.
The world's super-rich contribute to climate change more than the rest of us, as their private jets leave huge carbon footprints. But could governments realistically ban these types of flights?
After grappling with the consequences of the driest summer in several hundred years, Europe has also had to deal with a winter drought this year. Various European governments are warning of critical water shortages, as low rainfall leaves rivers depleted. This April, the Italian government tabled a "drought" decree in response to the water crisis.
The UN's World Meteorological Organization said saving glaciers was now effectively a lost cause. The annual report also recorded sea levels rising at an annual average of 4.62 millimeters in the past decade.
Last Generation climate protesters have caused widespread traffic disruption in the German capital. "We will no longer accept that the government has no plan to stop the destruction of our livelihoods," the group said.
The changing climate could bring a hotter, sunnier future for Europe — along with extreme heat and drought. What does that mean for the continent's solar sector?
Biofuels, alternative flight routes and newer, more efficient aircraft can make flying better for the environment. How close are we to introducing these climate-friendly alternatives?
EU countries have given the final sign-off for a series of new climate change-related laws, which seek to create financial incentives for keeping emissions in check, and penalties for failing to do so.
Climate activists from the Last Generation group say a meeting with German Transport Minister Volker Wissing was productive. However, there appears to be no end in sight to protests that have blocked Berlin's roads.
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