Stories: Environment

  • Eye on Trump, Kerry promotes the business case for climate action

    MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope during a Wednesday speech that Donald Trump would remain committed to the international climate regime, despite the president-elect’s insistence that he would pull the United States out of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “I know [the US election] has left some here feeling...

  • UN warns countries of exposure to climate-induced disasters

    The United Nations (UN) is warning that failure by developed countries to meet a pledge of mobilising R1.4 trillion a year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions will expose poor nations to climate-induced disasters. UN secretary-general Ban ki-Moon is in Morocco to discuss details of the Paris Agreement. Ban says moves to save the world against climate...

  • African Ministers shelve draft declaration on Climate Change

    African Environment Ministers meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change conference on Monday declined to adopt a draft declaration on how to deal with the effects of climate change, after it emerged that not all stakeholders had been consulted. South Africa's Environment Minister Edna Molewa was the first to raise concerns over the...

  • Ban Ki-moon optimistic Trump will change his mind on climate

    United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says he’s optimistic that president-elect Donald Trump can be convinced of the urgency to act on climate change. Ban spoke at a gathering of almost 200 nations assembled in Morrocco to work on reducing global carbon emissions. Trump has said he would withdraw the U.S. from the agreements ironed out in Paris last...

  • Global progress on climate – and now a leadership vacuum

    MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—A new world of global climate action is coming into view here in Morocco – a world without US leadership on the issue. The test now is whether global cooperation can proceed and grow at a time when America – in recent years a leader in the push to reduce carbon emissions – has a president-elect who...

  • Trump’s election puts U.S. climate delegation in tough spot

    The election of Donald Trump has created uncertainty among delegates at the United Nations climate talks taking place right now in Marrakech, Morocco. President-elect Trump has called climate change a hoax, and threatened to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris Agreement ratified a few weeks ago. Just a couple of days before the start of the United...

  • 2016 stacking up to be hottest year on record

    It’s another record breaking year for global warming. 2016 is expected to surpass temperature records broken last year, according to the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization, which announced its report during the global climate talks in Marrakech on Monday. The organization says average temperatures for the first nine months of the year reached about 1.2° Celsius above...

  • ‘Trump effect’ will test global momentum on climate change

    Donald Trump’s presidential victory throws into doubt America’s policy stance on the major global issue of climate change – and does so at a pivotal moment, just as nations from around the world are trying to solidify and build on a landmark accord to slash carbon emissions nation by nation. Mr. Trump has called climate change...

  • COP22 Curtain Raiser

      MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—The United Nations climate conference that opens here this week is all about finding the right balance between slow and fast. At least that’s how many climate experts see it. They anticipate the conference will feature both a push for faster global action on emissions and an underlying practical reality: On some fronts, patience...

  • The Draining of Lesotho

    Juliette Letotokoto, a recently widowed farmer, stands on her small plot of land on the outskirts of Lesotho's capital and takes stock of her crops. It's late May, and by now she'd typically have a rainbow of plants to harvest: cabbage, peppers, chilies, beetroot. But today the predominant color is pale brown, a hue found in the...