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UN Official: Catastrophe Looming From Oil Tanker Off Yemen

CAIRO — The U.N. environment chief said Wednesday that “time is running out” to avert an environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe from a deteriorating oil tanker loaded with 1.1 million barrels of crude oil that is moored off the coast …

Environmental Groups Propose Tailings Dam Safety Standards

Mining companies should be required to buy private insurance for tailings dams and their board of directors should be held legally responsible for any disasters, a coalition of 140 environmental groups said in a report published on Tuesday. The recommendations, …

Insurers Join ‘Net Zero’ Climate Pledge at United Nations

Insurers and pension funds managing $2.3 trillion pledged on Monday to shift their portfolios away from carbon-heavy industries in the hope of triggering snowballing climate commitments from other big investors. German insurer Allianz, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), …

Stay or Go? As Weather Gets Wilder, States Urged to Prepare for Displacement

GENEVA — Warned that Typhoon Haiyan would slam into the coastal part of the Philippine town of Dulag in November 2013, Leah C. Caminong’s family rented a room 300 meters back from the shoreline where they planned to ride out …

Microsoft Turned Down Facial-Recognition Sales on Human Rights Concerns

PALO ALTO, California — Microsoft Corp recently rejected a California law enforcement agency’s request to install facial recognition technology in officers’ cars and body cameras due to human rights concerns, company President Brad Smith said on Tuesday. Microsoft concluded it …

UN Report Says Earth’s Ozone Layer is Healing

Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said. The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientist raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased …

UN Weather Agency Scratches ‘Isis’ From Storm Name List

The United Nations’ weather agency has removed “Isis” from a list of future Pacific hurricane names, deeming it inappropriate given that the extremist Islamic State group has used ISIS as an acronym. World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis in Geneva …

UN: $2.5 Trillion in Disaster Losses Since 2000

Economic losses from disasters since 2000 are in the range of $2.5 trillion, a figure at least 50 percent higher than previous international estimates, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction warned in …

United Nation Report: 270,000 Pedestrians Killed by Cars Annually

The U.N.’s heath agency says that more than 270,000 pedestrians are killed on roads each year and called for better traffic safety. The World Health Organization says pedestrian casualties account for 22 percent of the total 1.24 million annual road …

New United Nations “Atlas” Links Climate Change to Disease Outbreaks

The two U.N. agencies for health and weather services have created a new “atlas” of scientific data that they say offers fresh evidence of the links between climate change to outbreaks of meningitis, malaria and other diseases. The World Health …