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Road to COP26

Businesses seek government support to meet EV target

NEW DELHI (CU)_We are just a few weeks away from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is seen as a crucial event to wring out more commitments from governments across the globe to minimise their greenhouse gas emissions. India is currently the world's third-biggest carbon emitter, behind China and the US, and therefore many global leaders, climate experts and environmental campaigners have continued to urge New Delhi to strengthen its efforts towards global climate efforts. This week, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), together with more than 25 leading companies in the South Asian nation, decided...

FAO concludes first-ever assessment on restoring lands in Africa

(CU)_The African continent is home to a vast area of degraded forest landscapes, which intensify the effects of the climate crisis and obstruct the development of economically resilient communities in the region. Many experts have called for stronger efforts to harness the full potential of the continent's landscapes, through sustainable production and the protection of biodiversity, among others. These views were reaffirmed by the findings of the first ever...

IEA issues warning on ‘looming risk of more turbulence’

PARIS (CU)_The global economy is currently encountering one of the most crippling energy crises in at least a decade. Both China and India are reporting power blackouts, while steel-makers and fertilizer producers in Europe have been forced to halt operations on account of record-high electricity and gas prices. Even then, global emissions in 2021 are on track to post one of their largest annual increases. Accordingly, the International Energy Agency...

UN agency declares a new international human right

(CU)_As the impact of humans on the natural world continues to intensify, we are made more and more aware of our dependence on the planet and its ecosystems. From the air we breathe to the water we drink, and crops and fish populations that nourish millions of people, the mere existence of human beings depend on a healthy environment. These connections bolstered a legal argument on the importance of...

Subsidies ‘adding fuel to the fire’

(CU)_Amid increase efforts to tackle the climate crisis across the globe, 50 countries have committed to reach net zero carbon emissions by mid-century while more than 60 carbon pricing schemes have been launched around the world. However, a recent analysis conducted by the International Monetary Fund has found that…  the international community is 'just scratching the surface' and still has a long way to go. According to the international financial institution,...

One of the largest cities in New Zealand to become uninhabitable

CHRISTCHURCH (CU)_Over the recent months, climate experts across the globe have been publishing report after report highlighting the urgency to tackle the climate crisis. These researchers have identified several groups of society who are most vulnerable to this crisis, such as children and indigenous peoples. They also include Small Island Developing States (SIDS), who are on the "front lines" of climate change, and the crisis continues to challenge public...

What is a key driver of infrastructure development?

CAPE TOWN (CU)_Over the recent months, the government of South Africa has launched several efforts to strengthen the country's infrastructure development, particularly in rural areas, with the aim of bridging the urban-rural divide through infrastructure. This is one of the key focus areas of the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (SIDSSA), which was hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday (7 October).  Delivering his keynote address yesterday, the South...