A NOAA-sponsored report shows that the warming trend transforming the Arctic persisted in 2017, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects.
On 12 December 2017, two years after the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement was adopted, Heads of State, governments, civil society and the private sector gathered in Paris to drive forward climate action and financing of a Greener future.
The Mountain Partnership Initiative and the Food and the Agriculture Organization (FAO) are holding the “Mountains under pressure, climate, hunger, migration” conference in Rome on 11-13 December. The event seeks to recognize the critical role of mountains for society and the environment and how climate change is affecting mountain communities and ecosystems. The events marks International Mountain Day (11 December) and has attracted high-level representatives from mountainous countries in all continents, mountain goodwill ambassadors, and representatives of United Nations conventions, intergovernmental organizations, and the private sector and civil society, many of them Mountain Partnership members.
The United Nations has designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.
Bangladesh is one of the most flood-prone countries in the world due to its unique geographical location, topography and exposure to tropical cyclones. With 50% of the land less than 8 meters above sea level, and a coastline of some 600 km, coastal flooding is a common problem, as witnessed once again in 2017. However, loss of life in the densely populated South Asian nation has been greatly reduced by disaster risk reduction measures and early warning systems.