A number of reports on climate change and its growing impact were released in November, while some positive steps and pledges for the reduction of carbon emissions were also witnessed.
The following is a list of environmental developments, reports, events, and stories compiled by Anadolu Agency.
– World leaders make remarkable pledges on real action at the COP26 summit to limit rising temperatures and support small island developing states (SIDS) and Africa to adapt to the changing climate.
– Climate change has pushed the “doomsday clock” to one minute to midnight, the brink of disaster, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns world leaders.
– More than 100 world leaders signed a declaration committing to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030.
– The Caucasus region, with its rich nature, has lost 40% of its glaciers due to climate change, said Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.
– Israel is systematically destroying the environment in Palestine, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said at COP26.
– Turkey could be coal-free by 2030 if fossil fuel companies are made financially responsible for their externalities in line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle and if the government ends coal subsidies, according to a new report published by various environmental organizations.
– The Africa Green Finance Coalition announces at the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland that it will help create a pathway for the trillions of dollars in green investment needed to transform Africa’s economy.
– Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina calls on world leaders to share the responsibility of climate migrants.
– A group of experts and leaders of various non-governmental organizations from Turkey launches a new environmentalist initiative at COP26.
– An estimated 50% of the world’s population that lives in coastal areas will be exposed to flooding, storms and tsunamis by 2030, according to the UN.
– Turkey will resolutely carry out its fight against climate change and accelerate efforts towards a green revolution, said the country’s minister for environment, urbanization and climate change.
– Global carbon emissions this year are set to rebound close to pre-COVID levels with a 4.9% increase to 36.4 billion tons, according to a new report from the Global Carbon Project.
– Around 80% of the Maldives could become uninhabitable by 2050 if current rates of global warming continue, according to scientists and the island nation’s president.
– Twenty-three countries make national climate education pledges at the COP26 conference, including net-zero schools and placing climate at the heart of national curriculums.
– Good intentions on climate action need to be backed by results in negotiations and short-term actions, says the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
– The UK presidency of COP26 publishes the first draft agreement of decisions that the summit parties will negotiate.
– Turkey aims to increase its forests to cover one-third of the country’s surface area by 2023, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says as part of National Afforestation Day.
– The pressing climate crisis brings together global rivals China and the US in rare unity, with both pledging to use multilateral processes to avoid catastrophic impacts of the changing climate.
– COP26 concludes as all attending countries reach a new climate deal that will try and keep global warming at 1.5 C.
– British prime minister defends the COP26 agreement at a news conference, insisting that it “sounds the death knell for coal power” despite a backlash after language regarding coal was diluted.
– The European Commission presents a new package to meet the bloc’s climate protection goals, including its latest commitment at the UN Climate Change Summit in Glasgow to prevent global deforestation.
– Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble declares a state of emergency over a deadly drought in the Horn of Africa nation.
– UNESCO unanimously adopts a resolution initiated by Kyrgyzstan regarding the preservation of mountain glaciers.
– MotoGP sets the goals for a massive reduction in fossil fuel consumption in motorbikes.
– Representatives from 42 Mediterranean countries gather in Barcelona to discuss how to boost peace, prosperity and sustainability in the diverse region.