Levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have hit record highs, according to the World Meteorological Organization, UPI reported. Even higher levels are on the horizon as greenhouse gas emissions continue to accelerate.
Arctic sea ice is melting faster, and on a larger scale, than it has since at least the year 561, The New York Times reported, citing a recent study published in the journal Nature.
Climate change, pandemics and organized crime are the biggest threats to future global security, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, according to Xinhua.
China may look to Africa for food production in the coming decade, according to a study by Standard Bank, AFP reported.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency will begin to compile information on the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a method used to extract underground deposits of natural gas, in response to a petition from Earthjustice, Bloomberg News reported.
Scientists are defending their work on climate change after a second set of private “Climategate” e-mails was released earlier this week, according to the Guardian. Like the incident in 2009, the leaked e-mails are seen as an attempt to disrupt global climate talks, which will take place in Durban, South Africa next week.