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Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese to head UN food agency FAO

Qu a biologist by training receives the most votes beating out candidates from France and Georgia.

Britain sets deadline for carbon neutrality by 2050

Britain's top advisory body on climate change this year says the target could be achieved within a budget of 1-2% of gross domestic product by 2050.

Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate

The work is punishing and the incomes unstable, subject to seesawing demand swayed by foreign imports, and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.

Researchers calculate decades of ‘scary’ Greenland ice melting

Measuring melting ice is a fairly precise business in 2019 – thanks to satellites, weather stations and sophisticated climate models.

2018 spike in energy demand spells climate trouble

Global coal consumption in 2018 rose only in Asia, especially China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.

Drought will persist until May, says Xavier

Water minister calls for controlled distribution of water to meet daily needs and for industrial and agricultural use.

Shell eyes limit to how clean oil output can be in...

Europe’s biggest oil company says it plans to reduce its net carbon footprint by half by 2050.

Thousands of UK kids skip school for climate protests

Children clambered onto statues in the shadow of Big Ben to call for action, and to raise awareness.

Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt, study warns

Even if the "most ambitious" Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is achieved, one-third of the glaciers would go.

UN Security Council divided on climate-security link

More than 80 people were expected to air their views about the impact of climate-related disasters on peace and security.

Fighting climate change in the shadow of Mount Everest

Scientists warn that as climate change causes Himalayan glaciers to melt at an alarming rate, lakes could swell further and eventually collapse.

UN climate talks run into overtime, but deal ‘in reach’

The schedule for the closing plenary has been repeatedly pushed back to later in the day - a sign a more diplomacy work needs to be done.

Saudi, US snub of climate report unsettles UN talks

CO2 emissions must drop a quarter within 12 years to stay under 2C, and by nearly half to cap warming at 1.5C, seen as a safer guardrail against catastrophic extreme weather.

Thousands march for climate in Paris despite ‘yellow vest’ unrest

Green activists urged people to find solutions for both environmental problems and the financial struggles of France's poorest.

Nations urged to tackle ‘urgent threats’ at UN climate talks

The UN climate summit comes at a crucial juncture in mankind's response to planetary warming.

Aftershocks rattle cleanup efforts after powerful Alaskan earthquake

As cleanup began, as many as 650 aftershocks continued to rock the area.

Grim tidings from science on climate change

Scientists monitoring the Earth's climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year.

Alarm sounded, nations urged to act at UN climate talks

Nations must agree to a rulebook palatable to all 183 states who have ratified the Paris deal.

Saudi Arabia backs down from blocking UN climate report

With the threat removed, the meeting of the 195-nation panel in South Korea swiftly approved the report on how to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius and what a 1.5C world might look like.

UN report confronts nations with tough choices on climate

A crescendo of deadly heatwaves, floods, wildfires and superstorms engorged by rising seas has convinced scientists that the danger cursor needed to be reset.

Florence death toll swells as rivers rise

Rivers swelled toward record levels, and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate.

Typhoon pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines

More than 2.4 million people have been relocated and nearly 50,000 fishing boats were called back to port.

Typhoon kills 12 in Philippines, heads to southern China

Mangkhut was still punching powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane when it hit the Philippines.

Deadly Florence trudges inland in Carolinas, causing massive flooding

Forecasters said the storm's slow progress across the North and South Carolina could leave much of the region under water in the coming days.