Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

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UN’s Top Climate Official Visits Liter of Light Project in Manila

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and the UN's top climate change official, visited the secretariat’s award-winning project Liter of Light in the Philippines today. During her visit, Ms. Figueres met volunteers of the open source network in Manila to raise awareness for climate action in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in December (COP 21).

2015 pivotal for finalizing universal climate change agreement, Ban tells Member States

This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in New York, emphasising that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.

As Kyoto Protocol turns 10, UN says ‘first critical step’ must trigger new 2015 emissions-curbing deal

As momentum builds towards negotiations in Paris next year on a universal climate agreement, the United Nations announced today that early analysis shows that countries with targets under the landmark Kyoto Protocol – the world’s […]

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announces meeting in Nairobi, Kenya

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be holding the 41st Session of the Panel in Nairobi, Kenya, on 24-27 February 2015.

Among other questions, the Panel will consider the recommendations of the Task Group on […]

Earth Hour to harness power of millions to combat climate change

Earth Hour is WWF's global environmental movement. As one of the first open-sourced climate change campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in one city to the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment. In 2014, Earth Hour engaged individuals, business and organisations in over 7,000 cites and 162 countries and territories during the hour and beyond. In 2015, Earth Hour aims to harness the power of its millions of supporters worldwide to change climate change.

21st century ‘hottest’ on record as global warming continues – UN

Devastating weather patterns and increasing temperatures will last into the foreseeable future as global warming is expected to continue, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed today as it explained that 2014’s ranking as […]

UN agency stresses need for genetic diversity in agriculture to combat climate change

Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Ban appoints climate change official ahead of December UN climate conference

16 January 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, the Organization’s Spokesperson’s office announced today.

According to a press release, Mr. […]

UN General Assembly President to convene high-level climate change event on 29 June

The President of the General Assembly will convene a high-level event next summer at UN Headquarters with the goal of helping countries reach a climate change agreement at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) […]

With accomplishments in Peru, ‘the stars are aligned’ for action on climate change

New York – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the outcome of the climate meeting that ended last Sunday in Lima, Peru, as one that advanced the effort to stem global warming on several fronts.

“Governments built […]

Coal remains king, but growth in demand predicted to slow in coming five years

The growth in demand for coal has been slowing in recent years, and that trend will continue over the next five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said this week.

Coal demand globally will grow at […]

Peru: UN experts warn indigenous peoples’ rights at risk if polluted land re-licensed

Two United Nations human rights experts warned today against the proposed re-licensing of heavily polluted land in the Department of Loreto region of Peru, saying the move would perpetuate and exacerbate serious violations of human […]