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UN Human Rights Committee Ruling: Climate Refugees Cannot Be Returned Home

3 Mins Read A landmark ruling by the United Nations human rights committee (OHCHR) has found that it is unlawful for governments to return people back to the countries where their lives were threatened by the climate crisis. The judgement comes as scientists have repeatedly warned that our planet is at a tipping point, and experts are hoping […]

Survey Shows Most People In Hong Kong Do Not Think Climate Crisis Is Urgent

3 Mins Read A new public opinion survey by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (PORI) reveals that the majority of people in Hong Kong do not believe that climate change poses an immediate threat, placing its importance behind other issues such as economic downturn. Given the severity of our ecological disaster and the heightened global awareness […]

Climate Scientist Michael Mann: “Australia, Your Country Is Burning – Dangerous Climate Change Is Here With You Now”

4 Mins Read I am a climate scientist on holiday in the Blue Mountains, watching climate change in action. By: Michael Mann After years studying the climate, my work has brought me to Sydney where I’m studying the linkages between climate change and extreme weather events. Prior to beginning my sabbatical stay in Sydney, I took the opportunity this holiday […]

EXCLUSIVE: UN Secretary-General António Guterres Pens Op-Ed “Climate Change: An Unstoppable Movement Takes Hold”

4 Mins Read In an exclusive op-ed passed onto Covering Climate Now partners, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urges the world to mobilise action for climate change. By: António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations On the eve of the September UN Climate Action Summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the millions and told […]

2 Billion People Will Face Extreme Ocean Events Every Year By 2050

4 Mins Read In a special report just released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), our world is facing unprecedented dangers posed by global warming, which will affect the oceans and cryosphere that humanity crucially depends on for life on earth. The findings are a chilling call for urgent climate action, especially in the […]

Climate Inaction: Greta To World Leaders “You Have Stolen My Dreams, My Childhood With Your Empty Words”

2 Mins Read Greta Thunberg tells world leaders: “How dare you!” A group of young people, led by teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg, have lodged a legal complaint with the United Nations against five countries that are off-track with their emission reduction goals at Monday’s UN Climate Action Summit in New York. During her appearance at the UN […]

New UN Reports Shows 5-Year Period Ending 2019 Hottest Ever On Record

3 Mins Read A just-released landmark report by the United Nations World Meteorological Organisation reveals the record-breaking state of global warming. A new United Nations report published on Sunday reveals that global warming is at an all time high, with the five-year period ending 2019 set to be the hottest ever on record. This news comes after the […]

IN PHOTOS: Student Climate Strikes Sweep Across Asia – As It Happened

4 Mins Read Youth in Asia and the Pacific went on strike for the planet this past Friday September 20 2019, part of 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg ‘Fridays For Future’ campaign, to demand climate justice. Millions took to the streets as students from all over the world joined in the third internationally coordinated Global Climate Strike […]

Student Climate Strikes Across Asia: “There Is No Planet B”

4 Mins Read For months, millions of young climate activists around the world have been taking to the streets on Fridays to demand governmental action on our planet’s most urgent issue: climate change. Ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit, today’s 20th September protest marks the third general strike for the climate, as a part of the […]

OPINION: Why Hong Kong Needs A Meat Tax

4 Mins Read While Trump’s decision to withdraw one of the biggest carbon polluters in the world from the Paris Agreement in 2017 was met with tough criticism amongst many Hong Kong residents, the small city is not exactly a role model for climate action either. Developed cities like Hong Kong are accountable for huge amounts of carbon […]

Asia Will Not Achieve 2030 Goals According to Latest UN SDG Report

4 Mins Read The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the United Nations’ regional hub to promote greater cooperation among countries in the region in order to achieve inclusive, sustainable development. In May, ESCAP published their 2019 report assessing the region’s progress on the globally agreed agenda of 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals […]

Covering Climate Now – Voice Your Decarbonisation Plans For Hong Kong Before Sep 20

3 Mins Read Hong Kong’s Council for Sustainable Development is currently running a public engagement programme as a part of the government’s Long-Term Decarbonisation Strategy. The interactive project aims to encourage public awareness about carbon emissions and climate change, and springboard conversations in the community about governmental strategies for carbon reduction. With the deadline coming up this Friday […]

Covering Climate Now – Climate Change To Hit Asia The Hardest

3 Mins Read While the effects of climate change will undoubtedly be felt all around the world, it will have the most devastating impact on Asia and the Pacific, home to roughly 60% of the global population. Extreme weather events, such as prolonged dry spells and flooding, as well as rising sea levels from global warming, are already […]

Covering Climate Now – Indonesian Fires: At Least 30 Million People Breathing Toxic Haze

3 Mins Read In August, while social media channels were ablaze (!) with anger over the Amazonian rainforest wildfires, we reported on the fires engulfing forests right at our doorstep in Southeast Asia. These fires, predominantly located within the Indonesian rainforest, have continued to rage on and are currently plunging Singapore, Malaysia and the broader Southeast Asian region […]