Stories: Environment

  • Medina bikes: Africa’s first cycle-share scheme launches in Marrakech

    Moroccans claim you can identify someone as a true Marrakech local if they own a bicycle. The streets of this north African city were once full of ardent cyclists, but in recent decades they’ve been overtaken by scooters and cars that swarm the city’s congested roads. Now, French bike company Smoove, is trying to revive Marrakech...

  • 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...

  • Climate Momentum Will Continue: US Envoy on Trump Vote

    The global drive to stave off disastrous global warming will continue regardless of who heads the US administration, Washington's top climate envoy said Monday on the election of climate change denier Donald Trump. "Heads of state can and will change, but I am confident that we can and we will sustain a durable international effort to counter climate change,"...

  • COP 22 talks set to outline Paris Agreement rule book

    Heads of state and ministers from several countries are expected in Morocco from Sunday for the high level segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference underway in the town of Marrakech. The climate talks are expected to come up with a rule book on how to implement the Paris Agreement, but negotiators feel talks will fall short of expectations. ...

  • Trump victory casts a shadow on global climate talks in Morocco

    It’s hard to find a corner of the globe where the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election aren’t reverberating. They’re certainly being felt this week in Marrakesh, Morocco, where negotiators from around the world are now gathered for the COP22 United Nations climate conference to hash...

  • ‘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...

  • Climate experts reflect on Trump victory

    African climate experts meeting in Morocco say they are confident the United States will honour obligations and pledges made under the Paris Climate deal, despite Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s win.  US Climate experts however, expressed their disappointment at Trump’s decisive victory. President –elect Trump, has expressed doubts about global warming, describing it as...

  • Climate geeks in Morocco are ‘with her’

    Marrakech’s old walled city seems a long way from the battleground states that will determine the next president of the United States. But on Election Day in the US, thousands of people gathered there at this year’s UN climate change conference are paying close attention to what happens across the Atlantic. That’s because when...