Some 150 heads of state and government, including U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, urged each other to find common cause in two weeks of bargaining to steer the global economy away from its dependence on fossil fuels.
Natural disasters that struck developing countries over the past decade have caused at least 80 billion dollars’ worth of damage to agriculture, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Thursday.
iplomats from nearly 200 nations will gather in Paris next week to discuss climate change and hammer out a global plan for curbing emissions. But halfway around the world, Banegas and millions of Guatemalan families are experiencing firsthand the threats of a warming planet. Guatemala is among the world’s 10 most vulnerable nations when it comes to climate change, owing to its unique geography and extreme social inequality, according to the Climate Risk Index. Sandwiched between two oceans and straddling three tectonic plates, the country faces threats from hurricanes, torrential floods, enduring droughts, brutal cold snaps and earthquakes.
Over the past decade, China has pumped billions of dollars into countries across Latin America, diversifying its own investment portfolio while dipping into the region’s pool of raw materials like oil, iron ore and soybeans.
Some 2.3 million people across Central America face severe hunger due to drought compounded by a particularly punishing El Nino weather phenomenon if they do not get help, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.
Cleanup work continued Friday morning after a truck delivering thousands of gallons of fuel overturned on the only road connecting Puerto Jimenez to the Osa Peninsula Wednesday evening, closing the passage for 17 hours and spilling 4,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel into the environment.
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake marked the start of the day for many Guanacaste residents Wednesday morning.
The World Meteorological Organization warns of a relentless rise in the greenhouse gases fueling climate change. WMO reports greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere last year hit a new high and 2015 looks as though it will be another record-breaking year for gases that cause global warming.