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There is a 75-80 percent chance of an El Niño developing by February, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced. The last time we had an El Niño was in 2015-2016, which caused extreme weather-related events around the world and pushed atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to 400 parts per million for the first time.
Despite national pledges to curb planet-warming emissions, the current pace of government action is "insufficient" to limit global warming to well below 2 C this century, much less the more ambitious 1.5 C target, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) determined in its 2018 Emissions Gap Report. "Increased emissions and lagging action
Beekeepers in and around Cape Town, South Africa are facing significant losses of their pollinators in recent weeks. The mass deaths have been linked to an insecticide called fipronil that was likely incorrectly used by the area's wine farmers. About 100 hives were affected and between 1 million and 1.5 million bees died.
The world is far from being on track to meet its climate targets unless emission-reduction commitments are dramatically expanded, according to the latest UN Environment Programme (UNEP) emissions gap report.