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Science, Solutions, Solidarity

For a livable future

Selwin Hart: Financing adaptation is an issue of justice and an economic imperative

As the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Action, Selwin Hart spearheads a global drive to raise climate ambition now. In this interview, he talks about the critical need for developed countries to finance climate adaptation to save lives and protect livelihoods in countries facing the worst consequences from climate.

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Taking green ships, planes to global goals

A global conference on sustainable transportation concluded with a call to accelerate climate-critical solutions that would slash emissions, improve lives of millions of people and lead to major savings. Without such a shift, climate goals and the SDGs will not be reached.

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COP26: It’s (almost) here

The latest round of global climate talks will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Thousands of government delegates and people from civil society, business and the media will gather to advance climate action. The world will be watching and demanding that national leaders rise to the moment, given the mounting climate crisis.

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Africa: Adaptation urgency grows

Climate change is causing more food insecurity, poverty and displacement in Africa. A new report details the region’s vulnerability and makes a case for investing now in climate adaptation.

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Doctors prescribe climate action

45 million doctors agree. Human health depends on climate action. A new report stresses that unsustainable choices killing our planet are also killing people.

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"Everyone must to do their job. Developed countries and emerging economies must contribute.”

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United Nations Chief sees Climate Impacts ahead of COP26

Secretary-General António Guterres saw first-hand the impacts of climate change in Barbados.

Sunita Narain: Industry and a livable planet

We need industry to make things. We also need a livable planet. Leading Indian environmentalist Sunita Narain explains how we can have both.

 

 

 

 

No Denying It 8: Dr. Karl introduces Yvonne Cuaresma

Climate Journal founder Yvonne Cuaresma talks with science communicator Dr. Karl about creating a space to alleviate fears about the environment.

 

 

Posters for Climate Action

 

 

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What is climate change?

Our climate 101 offers a quick take on the how and why of climate change.

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Climate action fast facts

Explore how climate intersects with issues from food to energy to jobs.

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Climate leaders

Interviews capture the latest thinking on climate talks, science and action.

Latest News

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UN chief promotes ‘enormous’ benefits of greener cities

For the UN Secretary-General, the benefits of making cities more environmentally friendly are “enormous”, and include reduced climate risk, more jobs, and better health and well-being. Read full story

7 climate action highlights to remember before COP26

A September to remember, a pivotal month for climate action commitments. From the United Nations General Assembly week to the final pre-COP meeting, last month was an important time to build momentum before the decisive UN Climate Conference COP26 in early November. Read more.

Brussels mural paints positive picture of ecosystem renewal

A Spanish artist is using a giant 40-metre-high artwork painted on the side of a building in the Belgian capital, Brussels, to pose questions about climate change and the effect it’s having on global ecosystems. Read more.

Events

Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15)

The fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will review progress and deliberate a post-2020 global biodiversity framework to build resilience and galvanize international cooperation amid growing environmental, health and development challenges. Find out more.

Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference

This global meet will take up transport-related solutions to achieve climate and sustainable development goals. Participants will come from governments, international organizations, businesses and civil society. Learn more 

COY16

Youth will convene before COP26 at the Conference of Youth, the world’s largest and longest running youth event. It’s a chance to exchange ideas and take part in creating a youth statement to feed into government talks. Learn more

Climate action starting now

Everyone has a role in climate action. At the United Nations, we are calling on people everywhere to work together to solve climate challenges and realize the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement. This website keeps up with actions taken by governments, businesses, civil society, youth and more in every part of the world.

It’s our planet, and while we know it is in crisis, we also know that solutions are in reach. Progress is already well underway, from more green energy to more secure food supplies. And the benefits are clear as well, such as green jobs, clean air and sounder economies. A more sustainable, prosperous world is in reach. Join us in taking action to claim it, starting now.

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