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Environmental developments worldwide in June 2022

Number of reports shed light on climate change, its effects

Burak Bir   | 06.07.2022
Environmental developments worldwide in June 2022

ANKARA

Several reports on climate change and its growing effects were released in June along with encouraging initiatives and pledges for environmental protection.

Below is a list of environmental developments, reports and events compiled by Anadolu Agency.

June 1:

- Millions of people across Africa are at risk of extreme hunger due to worsening droughts caused by delayed rains and other climatic conditions, warns the International Rescue Committee.

June 2:

- Addressing the global food crisis stemming from the coronavirus pandemic and Russia's war on Ukraine, officials from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization say there will be no famine but definitely a food shortage for quite some time, especially for countries with low production capacity.

June 3:

- Global plastic waste is set to almost triple by 2060, with around half ending up in landfills and less than a fifth recycled, according to a new report released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

June 5:

- Millions of people around the world celebrate the annual World Environment Day, with the theme of "Only One Earth.”

- Sweden announces a ban on issuing new licenses for the extraction of coal, oil and natural gas from July 1.

June 6:

- A fourth straight failed rainy season has exacerbated a biting drought in Somalia and left the country facing food insecurity, malnutrition and famine, multiple UN agencies warn.

June 8:

- The UN hosts the first-ever hybrid celebration of World Oceans Day this year, an annual event to mark oceans, which cover over 70% of the planet.

June 10:

- Legal action by environment groups against several gas projects in Europe jeopardizes the continent’s push to reduce energy dependence on Russia, according to an energy analyst from the ClientEarth group.

June 13:

- Highlighting the horrors and risks of the war in Ukraine, Michele Bachelet, the UN human rights chief, warns of global food, fuel and financial crises that risk plunging millions into food insecurity and poverty.

June 14:

- Low carbon energy sources are much more stable and are systematically lower in cost and their price trajectory will fall over time, Harry Boyd-Carpenter, managing director, Green Economy and Climate Action at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, tells Anadolu Agency.

- The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies mobilizes branches and partners in more than 50 cities around the world to raise awareness about ways to reduce the severe effects of extreme heat.

- France announces a fund of 500 million euros for the development of “islands of freshness” to beat the oncoming heatwave and fight climate change.

- As millions gear up for holidays on the Spanish coast this year, the NGO Ecologists in Action hands out its ‘black flag’ awards to 48 beaches suffering from pollution or ecological mismanagement.

June 17:

- US President Joe Biden convenes leaders of major economies to discuss the ongoing challenges of energy security and climate change amid ongoing disruptions to energy markets caused by Russia's war on Ukraine.

- Türkiye prevents an annual 100 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions with the improvements it has made in the field of energy, says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

June 18:

- There is a need for big changes in habits on a global scale from production to water use against the effects of global warming as the risks of desertification increase due to climate change-related drought, a Turkish expert tells Anadolu Agency.

June 20:

- Plastic straws and grocery bags will be history by year's end in Canada, the government announces.

June 21:

UN organizations launch a new mobile phone app that provides localized information on ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels, seen as a timely entry amid sizzling temperatures worldwide.

June 22:

- Energy efficiency practices and renewable energy systems and related technologies will be the driving force in the energy sector worldwide by 2050, says the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

June 24:

- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns of an "unprecedented global hunger crisis," saying next year could be worse.

June 27:

- The UK and the World Health Organization launch a new health and climate change platform to help countries realize pledges made at last year's UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

June 28:

- The G7 members agree to set up a "Climate Club" by the end of this year to tackle global warming.

- NATO aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050, says Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg as he announces the first emission targets for the military alliance.

- Ending new investments in fossil fuels and shifting to renewable energy could create 300,000 new jobs in Türkiye by 2030, according to a UN report.

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