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Cluster of extreme weather events leave no doubt climate change is real, Caribbean nations tell UN

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, echoing other senior government officials today and throughout the General Assembly’s annual general debate, questioned how, after the spate of recent catastrophic events in the Caribbean, South Asia and elsewhere, one could deny that “climate change is real, and it is upon us.”. »
24 Sep, 05:40 - UN -  - 

‘To deny climate change is to deny a truth we have just lived’ says Prime Minister of storm-hit Dominica

Pleading with all countries in the United Nations General Assembly – large and small, rich and poor – to come together to save our planet, the Prime Minister of Dominica, where the landscape, ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes “resembles a warzone,” said his and other islands in the Caribbean need help now to build their homelands back better. »
23 Sep, 23:30 - UN -  - 

'Everything is gone': Americans return to their flooded homes

Gideon Mendel photographs the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while Oliver Laughland meets those whose lives have been upturned. Dave Eggers: ‘As the hurricane bore down, Trump tweeted his excitement’. Terrence Mckeen, 30, mechanic, Black Creek, Florida, with his mother, Gloria Mckeen, 68 I’m most upset about losing my ceramic eagles. »
23 Sep, 12:50 - guardian -  - 

Cities and States Are Picking Up Trump's Slack on Climate

A group of states are on track to meet or exceed their share of the Paris accord target -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. »
22 Sep, 20:00 - scientificamerican -  - 

Hurricane Irma erased ‘footprints of an entire civilization’ on Barbuda, Prime Minister tells UN

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Alphonso Browne, told the United Nations General Assembly today that after the largest storm ever in the Atlantic Ocean, “the island of Barbuda is decimated; its entire population left homeless; and its buildings reduced to empty shells.”. »
22 Sep, 10:30 - UN -  - 

Cities Sue Big Oil for Damages from Rising Seas

Oakland and San Francisco want oil companies to pay for climate change adaptation programs -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. »
21 Sep, 19:20 - scientificamerican -  - 

Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

The extreme weather of the past months is a game-changer: surely now the world is ready to talk about climate change as a civilisation-collapsing catastrophe In 1988, when the scientist James Hansen told a senate committee that it was “time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here”, those who took him seriously assumed that if they... »
21 Sep, 16:30 - guardian -  - 

When media sceptics misrepresent our climate research we must speak out

Our climate paper underlined that strong action towards the 1.5C Paris goal is perhaps more valid than ever, but reading some of the media coverage you might think the opposite was true. »
21 Sep, 16:30 - guardian -  - 

Healthy oceans, safe climate imperative for small islands to survive, Pacific island leaders tell UN

As the high-level segment of the United Nations General Assembly continued today, Baron Divavesi Waqa, President of Nauru, expressed deep sorrow and condolences to those who have suffered from the recent successive hurricanes in the Caribbean and United States and earthquakes in Mexico, stressing that “your suffering and grief is shared by us all.”. »
21 Sep, 09:50 - UN -  - 

Devastating ‘season of natural disasters’ demands action to address extreme weather events – Dominican Republic

Amid a “devastating season of natural disasters” in the region – widespread catastrophe that extends to Mexico, hit by two destructive earthquakes, and to the southern United States, viciously punished by Hurricane Harvey – the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic today called on the United Nations to consider “new actions we must take, urgently, to counteract... »
21 Sep, 09:50 - UN -  - 

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