Madrid – Exceptional global heat waves, retreating ice sheets and record sea levels – all driven by rising concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases – are the hallmark of the past decade as 2019 draws to a close, said the World Metereological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday. The global average temperature in 2019 (January to October) was […] Continue reading ->
Madrid – UN Secretary General António Guterres said he is more hopeful about obtaining commitments on climate action from the world’s largest carbon emitters, following the European Commission’s announcement of plans for a European “green pact” – committing Europe to dramatic reductions in its carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. Guterres spoke […] Continue reading ->
The European Parliament on Thursday declared a “climate and environmental emergency” in Europe and globally – calling on EU Member States to meet a target of a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, as well as phasing out fossil fuel subsidies in 2020. The Parliament called on new European Commission President Ursula von […] Continue reading ->
Global greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations have reached record-breaking levels again this year, according to the latest annual report on GHG trends by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  Publication of the new data in the WMO’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, comes just a week ahead of the start of the 25th UNFCCC Climate Conference in Madrid, […] Continue reading ->
Italy’s former Undersecretary of State for Health, Armando Bartolazzi, discusses the implications of recent moves to replace the head of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA), based on political considerations of the a new Health Minister.   “Health is a Political Choice” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros in his keynote session at the World Health Summit, […] Continue reading ->
Nairobi, Kenya – The US has thrown considerable weight behind opponents of the Nairobi Summit on Population and Development (ICPD25), saying it will only support family planning programmes that offer alternatives to abortions.  The statement by Valerie Huber, the US special representative for global women’s health, on the Summit’s closing day, added fuel to the […] Continue reading ->