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Science update on climate change: from bad to worse

PARIS: Scientists monitoring the Earth's climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks on how best to draw down the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. Here is a summary of recent findings: 1.1 degrees Earth's average surface temperature last year was a record 1.1 degrees Celsius (1.98 Fahrenheit) above the preindustrial era. The planet's rising fever is caused by the accumulation of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,…

Agriculture victim of and solution to climate change

PARIS: Diplomatic wrangling this week will make the headlines in the fight against climate change, but experts say a bigger but largely unseen battle is set to unfold on the world's farms. Agriculture holds the double distinction of being highly vulnerable to climate change but also offering a solution to the problem, they say. In a report ahead of the November 7-18 UN climate talks in Marrakesh, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) had a blunt warning about the risks to the food supply from drought, flood, soil…

Historical deal agreed on phase-out of super greenhouse gases

KIGALI, RWANDA: Representatives from almost 200 countries reached an agreement on Saturday on the phase-out of potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners, a major step in curbing global warming, a Rwandan minister hosting the talks announced. "The amendment and decisions are adopted," said Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta, who presided over the talks, held in the country's capital Kigali, on ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). "This is a huge win for the climate. We…

World urged to scrap super greenhouse gases at Rwanda summit

KIGALI, RWANDA: Hopes were high on Friday that world envoys meeting in Rwanda will agree to phase out potent gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners that are among the biggest contributors to global warming. US officials said the mood was positive, but there was still horse-trading to be done, with wildcard India pushing for the gases to be phased out from 2031, while others were arguing for 2021. US Secretary of State John Kerry met with delegations from India and China, both major producers of hydrofluorocarbons…