UNITED NATIONS -- World leaders will start trickling into New York on Tuesday for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, but the big names, including President Donald Trump, won't show up to U.N. Headquarters until next week. More than 140 leaders will make their case to the UNGA this year on what is arguably the biggest world stage, but the biggest questions revolve, for the second year running, around Mr. Trump. Trump chairs the Council The American president's presence at the UNGA carries extra weight this year as the U.S. currently holds the monthly-rotating chair of the Security Council. The most intriguing event may be President Trump's chairing of a Council meeting -- his first time wielding the U.N. gavel. "Like it or not, unless the Pope or Kim Jong Un show up, all eyes are on Trump," one Security Council diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS News. But his seat at the helm and all the global attention aside, the odds of Mr. Trump … [Read more...] about “All eyes” on Trump: U.N. to meet amid tension with U.S.
Modi on climate change
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India will soon launch a new policy to boost the production and use of electric and alternate fuels-driven vehicles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, as the world’s third biggest oil consumer tries to cut its import bill. FILE PHOTO: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on during the keynote address at the IISS Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo “Clean mobility powered by clean energy is our most powerful weapon in our fight against climate change,” Modi said at an industry event in New Delhi. “We should champion the idea of ‘clean kilometres’.” He said India wanted to drive investments in electric vehicle manufacturing, batteries and smart charging. Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Krishna N. Das … [Read more...] about India to launch policy to promote electric vehicles: Modi
new study says.Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology gathered carbon emissions data from 13,000 cities around the world and built an interactive map of the results. In the process, they found that New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago all had extremely high carbon emissions.Seoul came in at No. 1, with an output of 276.1 metric tons (plus or minus roughly 51.8 metric tons) of carbon dioxide a year. Guangzhou, China, came was ranked at No. 2, followed by New York City; Hong Kong; Los Angeles; Shanghai; Singapore; Chicago; Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.Overall, the top 100 cities made up roughly 18% of the entire planet’s overall carbon footprint, with affluent cities and suburbs generally being the biggest culprits. The good news is that “this means concerted action by a small number of local mayors and governments can significantly reduce national total carbon footprints,” said Daniel Moran, the study’s lead author, … [Read more...] about Scientists checked the carbon footprint for 13,000 cities worldwide. These were the worst.
Almost every single person worldwide breathes in toxic air on a regular basis, although the consequences for those living in developing regions are more deadly, according to a new World Health Organization study.The report, released Wednesday, surveyed 4,300 cities in 108 countries, making it the most comprehensive study to date on ambient air pollution. It concluded that about 7 million people die annually from exposure to polluted air, which causes diseases including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and respiratory infections like pneumonia. The trend is particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries across Africa and Asia, WHO said, as well as some eastern Mediterranean and South American nations. These regions account for more than 90 percent of all air pollution-related deaths. The primary issue in these areas, WHO added, is the lack of access to clean energy at home. More than half of these deaths were linked to cooking … [Read more...] about Study: 9 out of 10 air pollution deaths occur in developing countries
Kevin Loria, provided by Published 12:05 pm, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Alessandro Silvano Warm waters are pooling underneath Antarctic glaciers in a way that's causing glaciers to melt more rapidly and preventing the formation of cool water beneath Antarctica, according to a new study. This could slow ocean currents and potentially lead to a rapid sea-level rise event known as a pulse. Such an event could be devastating, causing sea levels to rise by more than 10 feet by the end of the century. coastal cities is known as a "pulse." Recommended Video: Now Playing: Glaciers in the antarctic are melting from below, according to a study published in the journal "Science Advances." Media: Veuer In that situation, abnormally warm water could cause the glaciers that hold back ice sheets on top of Antarctica and Greenland to collapse. That would cause massive quantities of ice to pour into the world's oceans, which could lead to extremely rapid sea-level rise … [Read more...] about One of the scariest effects of climate change might already be happening — and it’d mean our projections are way off