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Climate Change and Human Activity Erode Egypt’s Treasured Antiquities

By Vivian Yee Photo: Jonathan Rashad for The New York Times

When Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s glittering tomb in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings 100 years ago, he was living in a mud-brick house surrounded by desert so dry it had preserved the tombs, mummies and towering temples for more than 3,000 years.

11/12/22
                                                               

How Nepal Grew Back Its Forests

An effort decades in the making is showing results in Nepal, a rare success story in a world of cascading climate disasters and despair….

11/11/22
                                                               

Carbon dioxide emissions increased in 2022 as crises roiled energy markets

By Brad Plumer Photo: Ritesh Shukla/Getty Images

Global emissions from fossil fuels are likely to reach record highs this year, new data shows, putting nations further off track from stopping global warming.

11/10/22
                                                               
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The US-China climate deal was a rare bright spot in an otherwise thorny relationship. Should it be mended?

By Ella Nilsen Photo: Alberto Pezzali, AP

One of the biggest surprises at last year’s United Nations climate summit came in the form of a handshake.
US climate envoy John Kerry and his China counterpart Xie Zhenhua did so at COP26 in Glasgow as they announced a commitment to cooperate on the climate crisis. The countries vowed to work together to reduce their fossil fuel emissions, and China pledged to release a plan to slash its emissions of methane – a powerful planet-warming gas – which it delivered on this week.

11/10/22
                                                               

A climate change report card for the world

By Sarah Kaplan Illustration: Washington Post

Last year’s United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, had the same optimistic energy as the first day of a new school year. The United States — a truant since the nation withdrew from the Paris agreement under President Donald Trump — was back at the table. The cool kids (Leonardo DiCaprio, Prince William, Greta Thunberg) brushed shoulders with the nerds (everyone else). A parade of presidents and prime ministers pledged renewed climate efforts with all the fervor of students promising their parents that this semester would be different.

11/07/22
                                                               

New milestone in battle against illegal, unregulated fishing

Photo: Veejay Villafranca, Fao

The Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) is the first internationally binding instrument specifically designed to prevent, deter, and eliminate IUU fishing by denying port access to foreign vessels that engage in or support such practices.
“Rising consumer demand and transforming agrifood systems in fisheries and aquaculture have driven global fish production to its highest levels and there is broad recognition of the need to step up the fight against IUU fishing”, said QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General.

11/07/22
                                                               

Copernicus: Europe experiences warmest October on record

The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), implemented by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts on behalf of the European Commission with funding from the EU, routinely publishes monthly climate bulletins reporting on the changes observed in global surface air temperature, sea ice cover, and hydrological values. All the reported findings are based on computer-generated analyses using billions of measurements from satellites, ships, aircraft and weather stations around the world.

11/07/22
                                                               

Countries Made Bold Climate Promises Last Year. How Are They Doing?

By Brad Plumer Photo: Shutterstock

A year ago, at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, heads of state and business leaders made a long list of splashy promises to help fight global warming.

11/07/22
                                                               

How Putin and Friends Stalled Climate Progress

By Somini Sengupta, Steven Lee Myers and others Photo: Sergei Chirikov/AFP/Getty Images

Vladimir V. Putin has long used Russia’s oil and gas as instruments of power at home and abroad. With the invasion of Ukraine in February, he has made them a weapon of war.

11/05/22
                                                               

20 climate photographs that changed the world

By Gabrielle Schwarz Photo: Magnus Kristensen/Ritzau Scanpix

They are the images that made us sit up and take notice. As world leaders gather for Cop27, these pictures prove that global heating isn’t a distant possibility – it’s already here.

11/05/22