Climate scientists warned that the current Middle Eastern drought may be permanent and that the Fertile Crescent may disappear in this century, according to New Scientist. The Mesopotamian “cradle of civilisation” appears to be returning to desert.
Earth is experiencing its “sixth great extinction event”, with disease and human activity devastating vulnerable species, The Guardian reported, citing a major review by conservationists. Australia, New Zealand and Pacific islands may become extinction hot spots.
Emphasing a commitment to addressing climate change in Asia, the United States held an unprecedented meeting with countries of the lower Mekong River basin, said Agence France-Presse.
Aymara Indians living high in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia fear for their future in a warming world as they see glaciers melt and the snow line rise, the BBC reported.
A coal-fired power station in Poland was identified by the Sandbag Climate Campaign as the single largest producer of carbon emissions in the European Union, said The Guardian.
Monaco has put forward a draft proposal to add Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna to the United Nations list of the world’s most endangered species, according to Agence France-Presse.
Scientists say more than two million people living on the banks of Lake Kivu in central Africa risk asphyxiation by gases trapped beneath the lake’s surface, The Guardian reported.
The French government is set to consider taxing carbon emissions, Agence France-Presse said, after an expert panel recommended the tax.
Villagers in Cameroon are taking antelope meat away from lions, the BBC quoted scientists as saying. Conservationists fear the practice could further threaten the number of lions in the country.
New research by international scientists backs the United Nations climate panel in saying that global warming will raise sea levels by centimetres rather than metres in this century, Agence France-Presse reported.
The European Commission set new eco-design rules for industrial motors, television sets, refrigerators and other domestic appliances, Reuters said.