The Colorado River — which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles, the US — has seen its flow dwindle by 20 percent compared to the last century, and scientists have found that climate change is mainly to blame.
What is more eco-friendly, British beef or avocados? How do we ensure that the costs of tackling climate change do not affect the poor disproportionately? Is the government listening to the science or just paying it lip service? These were some of the burning questions that members of the British public asked environmental experts, at the country’s first citizen’s assembly for climate change in the city of Birmingham.
In 2017, when the drought in Cape Town was at its worst in over a century, aid organization Gift of the Givers made an urgent call to South Africans to help farmers; suicide rates, amongst both small- and large-scale farmers, had surged in the few months prior. This and other evidence paints a bleak future picture in the context of climate change, and southern Africa is one of the areas that will suffer the most.
There is “no doubt” that climate change is increasing the risk of wild fires around the world, researchers said on Tuesday, as Australia’s government faces criticism for denying devastating bushfires are definitively linked to global warming.
The debate over climate change intensified over the decade, amid several of the hottest years on record, several extreme weather events and the publication of a wave of reports on warming. That — along with attention to the issue by policy makers in many countries and increasingly heated rhetoric — brought the issue to the doorstep of business, in the form of environmental disclosures, carbon pledges and green investment.
Saudi state oil firm Aramco told Japanese refiner JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy about a possible change in shipment, raising concern about the kingdom’s ability to supply crude oil after attacks on its refineries, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.