Australia announces new emissions targets

  • New target calls for the cutting of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels. 

If the rest of world followed Australia’s lead, the Great Barrier Reef would disappear. So would my country.
— Tony de Brum, Marshall Island's Foreign Affairs Minister

Greenpeace says air quality in Chinese cities has improved

  • The east Asian branch of the environmentalist group Greenpeace says that PM 2.5 levels in 189 Chinese cities fell by an average of 16 per cent in the first 6 months of 2015 compared to the same period last year. 

  • PM 2.5 levels fell 15.5 per cent in Beijing and sulphur dioxide levels fell 42.6 per cent, according to Greenpeace. 

Report: 19.3 million people displaced by disasters in 2014

  • The Norwegian Refugee Council claimed in a report released on Tuesday that 17.5 million people were displaced in 2014 due to weather related disasters, with a further 1.7 million people displaced by 'geophysical' hazards.  

  • Secretary General of the NRC, Jan Egeland, said that lives being devastated by natural disasters were 'more often a consequence of bad man-made structures and policies, than the forces of mother nature'. 

Today, the likelihood of being displaced by a disaster is 60% higher than it was four decades ago, and an analysis of 34 cases reveals that disaster displacement can last for up to 26 years.
— NRC report
  • In absolute terms, China, India and the Philippines experienced the highest levels of displacement in 2014. 

June 2015 was the warmest June since records began in 1880

  • That is the finding of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which says in its global analysis for June that temperatures were 0.88°C above the 20th century average of 15.5°C. 

  • The July 2014-June 2015 period was found to be the warmest 12 month period on record.