Fears for Ebro delta in Spanish water rights fight
Environmentalists say one of Europe's most important wetland areas is under threat as Spain and Catalonia argue about the future of the Ebro river. Campaigners say Spanish government plans to restrict water flow could destroy the fragile landscape. They are worried that ultimately these waters could be transferred to other, drier regions of Spain. Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Amposta in Catalonia on Sunday to protest against the plans. Running for 930km (578 mile...Climate compensation schemes 'failing to reach poorest'
Remote communities are not receiving the compensation they are entitled to from schemes designed to conserve tropical forests, a study suggests. People who depend on being able to harvest forest resources should receive payment under the schemes. But researchers say there is a "reality gap" between safeguards designed to help affected communities and who actually receives the compensation. The findings have been published online in Global Environment Change. "About 11% of global emissio...Worries grow over humanitarian impacts of 'strongest El Nino'
The strongest El Nino on record is likely to increase the threat of hunger and disease for tens of millions of people in 2016 aid agencies say. The weather phenomenon is set to exacerbate droughts in some areas while increasing flooding in others. Some of the worst impacts are likely in Africa with food shortages expected to peak in February. Regions including the Caribbean, Central and South America will also be hit in the next six months. This periodic weather event, which tends to drive u...COP21: Paris climate deal is 'best chance to save planet'
Giza Gaspar Martins, the chairman of the group representing some of the world's poorest countries, said: "It is the best outcome we could have hoped for, not just for the Least Developed Countries, but for all citizens of the world," he said. But Nick Dearden, director of campaign group Global Justice Now, said: "It's outrageous that the deal that's on the table is being spun as a success when it undermines the rights of the world's most vulnerable communities and has almost nothing binding to ...COP21: Climate deal final draft 'agreed' in Paris
Organisers of the climate talks in Paris say a final draft text has been agreed after nearly two weeks of intensive negotiations. An official in the office of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the AFP news agency the draft would be presented to ministers at 10:30 GMT. No details of the proposed agreement have been released so far. The tentative deal was reached nearly 16 hours after the talks had been scheduled to close. "We have a text to present," the official said, adding that t...COP21: Climate summit inches towards deal
Negotiators at the Paris climate summit have been working through the night to try to reach a global agreement, with talks in their final day. There is a widespread expectation that the deal will be signed on Friday, though the timings are uncertain. Delegates worked through Thursday night on a draft version to iron out the key barriers to an agreement. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is chairing the summit, told negotiators: "I think we will make it." Participants at COP21 - as ...China pollution: First ever red alert in effect in Beijing
Schools in Beijing are closed and outdoor construction halted as the Chinese capital's first ever pollution "red alert" came into effect. The alert, the highest possible warning level, was issued late Monday and will last until midday on Thursday. Limits have been placed on car use and some factories have been ordered to stop operations. It comes as China, the world's worst polluter, takes part in talks on carbon emissions in Paris. It is the first time China has declared a red alert under t...Warming speeds 'world's slowest moving landslides'
Rising global temperatures are helping to speed up slow moving landslides across Alaska. Researchers told BBC News that the geological features, known as frozen debris lobes, are now threatening a major highway. The warming climate is said to have hastened some of the rocky fingers to a heady speed of five metres a year. Engineers believe that either moving the roadway or freezing the ground may be effective solutions. These teardrop shaped, slow moving bodies of material are made up of soil...COP21: Prince Charles to call for forest protection
Prince Charles is expected to call for better protection of the world's forests at the UN climate conference in Paris. He will condemn corporations which, he will argue, appear not to care if their business activities result in forest destruction. About a billion people depend directly on forests for their livelihoods. Negotiators from 195 nations in Paris seek to reach a deal within two weeks to reduce global carbon emissions. The agreement is also aimed at limiting global warming to 2C (3....COP21: Paris climate deal 'more likely' after terror attacks
Nearly 150 global leaders are gathering in Paris on Sunday for a critical UN climate meeting, amid tight security. The conference, known as COP21, will attempt to craft a long-term deal to limit carbon emissions. Observers say that the recent terror attacks on the French capital will increase the chances of a new agreement. Around 40,000 people are expected to participate in the event, which runs until 11 December. The gathering of 147 heads of state and government is set to be far bigg...COP21: Public support for tough climate deal 'declines'
Public support for a strong global deal on climate change has declined, according to a poll carried out in 20 countries. Only four now have majorities in favour of their governments setting ambitious targets at a global conference in Paris. In a similar poll before the Copenhagen meeting in 2009, eight countries had majorities favouring tough action. The poll has been provided to the BBC by research group GlobeScan. Just under half of all those surveyed viewed climate change as a "very ...Four UK bird species including puffins 'face extinction'
Puffins are among four UK bird species now at risk of extinction, according to the latest revision of a global conservation database. Atlantic puffins, European turtle doves, Slavonian grebes and pochards are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species for birds. This means the number of UK species on the critical list has doubled to eight. Another 14 UK species are considered to be "near threatened". Martin Harper, conservation director with t...Snow leopards face 'new climate change threat'
Warmer temperatures are threatening to shrink the habitat of the snow leopard and weaken their struggle against extinction, a report says. Conservation charity WWF says more than a third of the animal's mountain living areas could become uninhabitable because of climate change. It says plants and trees there are not able to survive in warmer temperatures. The report describes snow leopards as one of the most beautiful and enigmatic big cats. "But it is also one of the most elusive and e...Warring foxes take top wildlife photo prize
To the victor the spoils. An image of warring foxes has won the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Taken by amateur Don Gutoski, the picture captures the moment a red fox hauls away the carcass of its Arctic cousin following a deadly attack in Canada's Wapusk National Park. "It's the best picture I've ever taken in my life," Don told BBC News. "It's the symmetry of the heads, the bodies and the tails - even the expression on the faces." The two animals' ranges over...
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