The Guardian

The Guardian 8 Apr 2020

Antarctica, climate change and a tale of two penguins


Jonathan Watts visits Antarctica with a team of scientists to look at how human activity and rising temperatures are creating winners and losers among penguins - and why this should be a warning to us all

Thomas Ritzer, Political Affairs Officer within the Policy and Mediation Division of the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), talks about the possible links between climate change and conflict and how the UN is addressing the issue.
António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) at the Petersberg Virtual Dialogue (Berlin, Germany)

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to global shocks, such as disease or climate disruption.
As we recover, we must build back better for people and the planet.
We have the guides and tools we need -- the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Governments have pledged to present, within a year, new nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
This commitment must be maintained.
And the main economies, the G20 countries, must lead by example.
I have proposed six climate-positive actions for building back:
Invest in green jobs.
Do not bail out polluting industries.
End fossil-fuel subsidies.
Take climate risks into account in all financial and policy decisions.
Work together.
And, most important, leave no one behind.
Together, we can improve health, reduce inequalities and re-energize struggling economies.
Like the coronavirus, greenhouse gases respect no boundaries.
Isolation is not a solution.
No country can succeed alone.
Is climate change increasing the risk of certain diseases for Europeans? We ask a leading expert in our report from Sweden. Plus we bring you the very latest data on how the planet is changing, with the most recent record-breaking figures for April 2020 from the Copernicus Climate Change Service.
The COVID-19 pandemic took the spotlight away from Earth Day's 50-year celebration on April 22nd.

Though environmentalists and climate activists see this as a demonstration that when there is enough political will, strong and rapid actions can be taken to mitigate a problem. 

The northern triangle of Central America is one of the poorest regions in the world and one that is most at risk of suffering the devastating consequences of both, COVID-19 and climate change. 

Comprised of parts of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, this region has been suffering severe drought conditions since 2012, exposing over two million people to food insecurity. People in the region have seen their way of life destroyed by devastating weather patterns, forcing them to abandon their homes.    

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Correspondent Harris Whitbeck went to El Salvador to talk with several families suffering the devastating effects of years of drought that have left them on the brink of losing their livelihoods.

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