UNITED NATIONS: India has called for adopting a cautionary approach on linking climate change to security and giving the UN Security Council the right to take action to address it, saying overly militarised solutions to problems which require non-military responses bring the "wrong actors" to the table. A "mere decision of the Council" to takeover enforcement of climate change action would disrupt the 2105 Paris Agreement and multilateral efforts to find solutions, India's permanent representative Syed Akbaruddin told the Security Council on Friday. He was speaking at the UN Security Council's open debate on 'Addressing the impacts of climate-related disasters on international peace and security' "Climate Change is an unprecedented challenge to global civilisation," he said. Akbaruddin said India believed that climate action should be a priority area for international cooperation. "Global institutions should be responsive to felt human needs, including disaster preparedness, as … [Read more...] about India calls for cautionary approach to link climate change
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NEW YORK: “The true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government,” reads the inscription at the entrance to the New York Supreme Court, in front of which a six-year-old girl is holding a hand-painted signboard reading: ‘Delayed justice is injustice. The climate is changing, when will we?’ She is not the only one who has stepped out of the four-walled classroom and is out on streets raising an outcry for something her forerunners didn’t. ‘We’ll go to school when the climate is cool’, reads a huge cardboard held by a group of middle school students from a local school. There was no waiting till noon for over 50,000 school students who congregated at Foley Square, all geared up to follow their new superhero Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old young activist from Sweden who has got the world talking on global warming and climate change. Starting from the square, the world’s biggest march against climate change soon … [Read more...] about New York hits the road for climate change
LONDON: A seven-point plan may help policy-makers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to fight the greatest global environmental threats, according to a report. A team of international researchers, including experts from the University of Exeter in the UK, examined how politicians and legislators can develop a new way to tackle the growing threat of climate change. The report, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, comes in response to advice from leading scientists, suggesting that the human impacts on the environment are already tipping the world into a new geologically significant era. Called the Anthropocene, this new era is defined by the effect human-kind has already caused on Earth, from mass extinctions of plant and animal species to polluted oceans and altered atmosphere. In the report, the scientists argue that while policies are available, there also needs to be a new way to tackle the geographical, boundary, spatial, ecological and … [Read more...] about Seven-point plan to help tackle growing threat of climate change: Report
Email The Signal By Ange Lavoipierre and Stephen Smiley for The Signal Updated February 06, 2019 13:44:32 Photo: Bushfires have burnt out more than 180,000 hectares in Tasmania so far this summer. (Supplied: Claude Road Fire Brigade) Related Story: Insurance premiums to rise as extreme weather conditions become more common Related Story: 'This massive fungus grew from the wall': renters are skipping contents insurance and it's ending badly Related Story: Good weather or your money back: how extreme weather could change holidays Map: Australia At the moment, Townsville is more or less underwater and large parts of Tasmania are on fire. Key points:There were anecdotal reports of premiums reaching $30,000 after the 2017 Lismore floodsThere is a serious risk some places could become too disaster-prone to insure, according to an expertTaxpayers could end up footing the bill Summer in Australia has always been extreme, but some corners of the country are experiencing … [Read more...] about Could climate change make it harder to get insurance in Australia?
BHOPAL: Gond art of Madhya Pradesh has been selected as one of 25 artworks to highlight the biggest threat of our times ‘climate change’. Gond artist Dilip Shyam’s art work is on display at pavilion of UN climate change conference or COP25, being held in Spain. Sheshnag is a mythical snake in Gond art. In tribal belief systems and popular folklore, it is a metaphor of mother earth, said Shyam. The painting depicts cutting of tree and its impact. “I drew the painting to highlight the sustained abuse of natural resources, cutting of trees and its adverse impact that is leading us into a climate crisis,” he added. Officials from Madhya Pradesh tourism and Tribal Museum in Bhopal guided Shyam through the process. His art work has been displayed globally. Shyam is the nephew of one of the best known Gond artists, Jangan Singh Shyam, who was awarded the Shikhar Samman, the highest state honour for artistic excellence, in the 1990s when he was only 30. Within … [Read more...] about Madhya Pradesh’s Gond art to be highlighted at UN’s ‘climate change’ meet in Spain