Climate-killing food waste addressed at UN talks
20 November 2022 | 1:32 pm
A third of the food we produce is wasted, emitting as much as 10% of global greenhouse gases. Failed targets to reduce food waste — especially in rich nations — need to be urgently updated at COP27, says UN.
Suppression of civil society, "disappointing" climate targets, drought, floods — these are the issues making waves for the Egyptian hosts of this year's international climate conference.
The shocking murder of radio show host Percival Mabasa in the Philippines was ordered by the country's top prison officials, according to the police.
The COP27 UN climate summit began on Monday in the Red Sea town of Sharm el-Sheikh, in the hope of averting the worst impacts of climate change. World leaders, policymakers and delegates from nearly 200 countries have gathered to discuss the future of the planet.
They're throwing soup and sticking themselves to art and buildings. Across Europe, climate protesters are resorting to increasingly extreme methods to grab attention. In Germany, one climate group's daily protests are divisive.
According to the report, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is warming almost twice as quickly as the global average and is especially susceptible to the effects and impacts of climate change, including extreme water scarcity.
Scientists have said climate change helped increase the monsoon rains this summer. The storms brought three-and-a-half times the normal amount of rain, leaving a third of the country underwater. At least 1,300 people were killed. Another 33 million across Pakistan have been affected by the flooding.
Climate change is a global threat, but countries in Asia are particularly vulnerable. We speak to Melati Wijsden, a climate youth leader and the founder of YOUTHTOPIA, about her mission to eliminate plastic waste and inspire other young people to become actors for change.
Armen Georgian's panel of MEPs debates whether the EU's climate goals at Sharm el-Sheikh are ambitious enough, and whether the EU is stepping up when it comes to climate finance and loss and damage for poorer countries. The panelists also ponder how the EU might make its own energy policy more efficient and cohesive.
In France, where 8 million people are food insecure, 10 million tonnes of food are thrown away every year. But initiatives are under way to limit food waste. In the heart of Paris's La Défense business district, the eco-conscious restaurant La Salle à Manger makes cheap meals out of leftovers from local caterers and unsold food from supermarkets.
South Africa approves a funding plan for phasing down coal power. But the hundreds of millions in loans have some citizens worried about supersizing the nation's debt. African leaders at the COP27 summit look to hold wealthier nations accountable for their emissions.
In Egypt, German chancellor Olaf Scholz pushed for his idea of a forum open to all countries interested in stronger climate protection. DW’s Thomas Sparrow has more.
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