Stories: Environment

  • Climate conference comes to a close amid mumbles by poor countries

    The United Nations Climate conference came to a close on Friday, with leaders from more than 190 countries presenting a united front to back the Paris agreement, which seeks to tackle climate change blamed for prolonged droughts, rising sea levels and diseases. The meeting agreed to complete the rulebook for the implementation of the 2015 Paris accord by December 2018. While 48 developing countries...

  • Smallscale Farmers Need the Spotlight Now

    At vast global gatherings like the COP22 UN climate conference, which has just concluded in Marrakech, the seductive grandeur of the occasion frequently strips attention from the people, in faraway places, who climate change threatens the most. But on Wednesday at the COP, during a panel discussion on how agriculture can support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal for zero hunger, Kanayo...

  • With Trump heading to the White House, global climate activists look for hope in US cities and state

    The US delegation was heading into the UN climate summit two weeks ago as rock stars to many of the attendees gathering in Marrakech, Morocco. After all, it was the US that paired up with China to push through last year’s historic Paris Agreement after decades of failure to act decisively. Instead, though, the delegation was left at...

  • Glimpses of Morocco, COP22, and the Atlas Mountains

    Follow all of Tomas Ayuso's work on Instagram @tomas_ayuso and on Twitter @tayuso Views from Marrakech regarding last night's calamity: "how come they voted for him?" "He is going to rape the country!" "The king was friends with Clinton, you know?" "There will be war now, it is inevitable" "I don't care as long as...

  • U.S. cities and states poised to take on new role in climate diplomacy

    A gathering of about 200 nations working to combat climate change wrapped up on Friday in Morocco with a call to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to join the fight against global warming. Trump’s election shocked delegates and activists assembled in Marrakech for two weeks of talks. Trump has said he would pull the U.S. out of the...

  • As Marrakech Climate Talks End, Worries Remain About U.S. Pullout

    This month's Marrakech Climate Change Conference, the first major meeting to follow a landmark climate agreement last year in Paris, had been billed as a gathering of "action." But a day after the conference began, the surprise election of Donald Trump as U.S. president threw the action into doubt, as representatives from about 200 nations struggled to regroup and...

  • Kerry assures of US commitment to tackle global warming

    United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, appealed to world leaders meeting in Morocco for this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) to support a global deal that seeks to tackle climate change. Kerry warned that global warming is an urgent threat, adding that failure to act will result in irreversible consequences. He pointed to rising sea...

  • Climate diplomats aim at Trump, but weapons are carrots not sticks

    MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—Climate change will not start the next international trade war. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s suggestion to tax United States imports for carbon emissions if it walks out on a global climate deal reached last year in Paris is a non-starter, diplomats and policy experts here said. “Addressing climate change should not be an...

  • United State’s involvement in Paris Agreement is top concern at the COP22 climate change conference

    Concerns about the United States’ involvement in combatting climate change are echoing worldwide as the United Nations conference on climate change continues through Friday. Some 200 nations are represented at the COP22 Climate Conference in Marrakesh, and that’s where we find State Impact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips. She joined Newsworks Tonight’s Dave Heller to discuss...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry says market forces will drive U.S. to meet Paris goals

    Speaking at the United Nations climate change conference in Morocco on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry struck a defiantly optimistic tone about the continued U.S. role in reducing global emissions. He addressed a crowd that had come to Marrakech elated by the success of last year’s Paris Agreement, but who are now worried that president-elect Donald...