Mayors announce new commitments for climate action ahead of 2015 Paris Climate Conference

Thirty-five Mayors pledge their commitment to action through the Compact of Mayors Seoul Mayor announces plan to mobilize more cities ICLEI launches new Transformative Actions Program
Seoul, Republic of  Korea – Major climate announcements that will bring new levels of ambition to local climate action were […]

9 April 2015|

UNEP: Renewables Re-energized—-Green Energy Investments Worldwide Surge 17% to $270 Billion in 2014

Driven by solar and wind, world investments reverse 2-year dip, brush aside challenge from sharply lower oil price; 103GW capacity added in 2014 is roughly that of all US nuclear plants
Global investments in renewable energy rebounded strongly last year, registering a solid 17 per […]

1 April 2015|

UNFCCC: First Set of Climate Action Plans Gets World on Track to Paris Agreement

With the submission by the United States of its climate action plan alongside those of Switzerland, the members of the European Union, Norway and Mexico, well over 30 countries have now made their contribution to the new, universal Paris climate change agreement of 2015.

Christiana Figueres, […]

31 March 2015|

Paris should be watershed moment on climate finance: UN Official

Paris needs to be a watershed moment on climate finance, Janos Pasztor, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change, told a meeting of the International Development Finance Club today, adding that the world needs bold leadership from the finance and business communities in moving toward a […]

31 March 2015|

Lights out for Earth Hour, Game on for Climate Action

The lights went out at UN Headquarters complex in New York tonight to observe Earth Hour and to join millions of people around the world in a show of support for taking action on climate change.

The act of turning out the lights was symbolic, yet […]

28 March 2015|

UN Communicates Negotiating Text for Climate Agreement to Capitals Move Completes Requirements for Nations to Adopt Legal Instrument in Paris –

The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) today communicated the negotiating text for a new climate change agreement to governments in all six official UN languages.

This communication means that the formal legal and procedural requirements to allow countries to adopt […]

19 March 2015|

IPCC launches complete Synthesis Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today launched the complete version of the Synthesis Report, the concluding installment of the Fifth Assessment Report.

Written by over 800 scientists from 80 countries, and assessing over 30,000 scientific papers, the Fifth Assessment Report tells policymakers what the scientific […]

18 March 2015|

UN Secretary-General receives winning “climate” artwork by student from Trinidad and Tobago

A vibrant vision of a future powered by the sun painted by 17-year-old Coryse Wright was the winning artwork recently presented to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by H.E. Eden Charles, Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the UN Mission of Trinidad and Tobago.

11 March 2015|

What will the weather be like in 2050?

If humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, the average temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere could rise more than 4 °C (7.2 °F) by the end of the 21st century. But what does a global average temperature rise really mean? How would we experience […]

9 March 2015|

Ahead of global risk reduction conference, UN review finds vast majority of disasters climate-related

The United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction today appealed to world leaders ahead of a major gathering in northern Japan next week to provide clear, action-oriented guidance to tackle the underlying drivers of risk, such as climate change, which now accounts for 87 per cent of the disasters that have killed some 700,000 people over the past decade.


6 March 2015|