People take part in a protest about climate change around New York City Hall at lower Manhattan, New York, November 29, 2015, a day before the start of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21). (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
Two degrees Celsius: That's the global temperature increment scientists say the world must stay beneath to avoid the worst effects of climate change. But according to a study published this week in th...
One is the loneliest number.
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The commitment would reduce air pollution and related health issues in those cities, while also helping cities meet climate goals, a statement said.
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Nov. 13 marked the one-year anniversary of the Paris attacks, where 130 individuals lost their lives as several Islamic State (ISIS) militants brought an onslaught of violence and chaos. The bloodshed and terror was a symbolic and ruthless attack against the western world, as Paris is the epitome of occidental culture, and has represented western ideals since the French Revolution in the 18th century.
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Cities are more important than ever in efforts to address climate change. By 2050 global city populations are expected to almost double in size, but urban areas already account for nearly 75 per cent of total carbon emissions. Cities all around the planet have the opportunity to transition "from grey to green."
A police officer and his partner were killed.
We are witnesses to history as we watch countries come together this Earth Day to formally sign on to the Paris climate agreement. In December, we cheered as 195 countries agreed to keep global warming beneath a 2C threshold, and aim for just 1.5C from pre-industrial levels. While that agreement was hard fought and much celebrated, it wasn't the end of our work. It was just the start for governments, businesses and organizations. And now we've come to the next step: signing the agreement.
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The Algerian gunman joined the Islamic State group in 2014 and told the extremists he wanted to die as a suicide bomber.
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Gone are the days of uncomfortable metal cots and tattered rented towels. No more slipping gingerly into sketchy sheets - hostels are stepping up their game, appealing to the more sophisticated jet-setter. The posh hostel (or '¬poshtel') is here to stay. With the rise in demand for fancier digs, many hostels now provide high-end toiletries, afternoon wine tastings and sheets with an actual thread-count. Think non-conventional, boutique amenities at hostel prices.
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When our children's children look back to what we did to keep our planet livable, they may see this year's United Nations climate conference in Paris as a turning point. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) may have been our last chance for a meaningful agreement to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy before ongoing damage to the world's climate becomes irreversible and devastating. Government ministers, negotiators and world leaders spent the first two weeks of December creating a guide for the next stage of humanity's action on climate change.
I've always believed that if you shut people in a room for long enough, they'll find something to agree on. A fiery debate maybe more fun, particularly over a drink with friends, but if it never reaches resolution it never actually achieves anything. Agreements can come naturally, but more often they don't -- in which case they require capitulation or compromise. Given that no one likes capitulation (unless it's by the other person) compromise has to be the norm. So it was at the COP21 in Paris.
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As the dust settles on COP21 we know that while historic steps have been taken, the demands of justice are still unfulfilled. Together we are challenging the fossil fuel system, we are ushering in the era of solutions, and we are moving the political yardsticks of what it possible. While our political leaders walk, our movements run.
The world will have to stop emitting greenhouse gases altogether in the next 50 years.
They added their voices to those around the world demanding swift and concrete climate-change action from world leaders gathered in Paris.