Evolution of the global environment in August

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Several reports concerning climate change and its growing effects were published in August, accompanied by encouraging initiatives and commitments for the protection of the environment.

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

August 2nd :

– Climate finance in Africa must be at the center of the implementation of mitigation and adaptation measures, experts say.

5 August :

– China suspends cooperation with the United States on climate change in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

August 7:

– The US Senate passes a sweeping $430 billion bill to tackle climate change, lower drug prices and raise some corporate taxes.

– Poor e-waste management in Bangladesh poses a threat to the environment, causing land degradation and water contamination with heavy and toxic base metals, experts say.

August 6:

– Following an invitation from the Commonwealth to become a member of its climate finance steering committee, Zambia said it would strive to expand access to funds over the next few years.

August 9:

– US President Joe Biden says the massive destruction caused by powerful floods in the state of Kentucky is another reminder of the devastating effects of climate change.

August 10:

– The number of drought-related displacements in Somalia exceeds one million for the first time since January 2021, according to the UN.

August 12:

– An official drought is declared in parts of the UK after prolonged heat waves and dry weather.

– An unprecedented monsoon season that is wreaking widespread havoc across Pakistan is also adding to already rising food inflation, as well as exacerbating fears of food insecurity, experts warn.

– Turkish scientists on an expedition to the Arctic Circle are completing studies on the effects of global warming on polar ice caps and glaciers, which are crucial to the planet’s thermal balance and are at risk of disappearing as temperatures reach unprecedented.

August 13:

– According to the Anadolu Agency, one of the most important water sources in the United Kingdom has almost completely dried up in various places along its 120 kilometer (75 mile) zone.

August 14:

– The UK is recording 500 more wildfires this year than all of 2021.

August 15th :

– Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki admits the country has been slow to respond to an environmental disaster unfolding in the Oder, firing two senior officials.

August 16:

– The official meteorological service of Météo France indicates that a “risk of violent phenomena” is forecast with heavy rain and thunderstorms after a recent heat wave.

– The Spanish island of Menorca is put on alert for a meteotsunami as a storm heads for the Balearic Islands.

– Firefighters continue to battle, particularly in Spain’s Alicante region and Portugal’s highest mountain range, as weather conditions complicate efforts to control two massive wildfires.

August 18:

– With Nepal recently announcing that it has nearly tripled its wild tiger population, experts point to several ‘challenges’ ahead to sustain the tiger population in the Himalayan country.

– France is in the grip of an intense drought despite two days of rain which brought respite from a scorching heat wave.

21st of August :

– Argentina orders the armed forces to help respond to forest fires that have been burning in the Parana Delta for more than two weeks.

– Portugal begins to impose a three-day ban on entering forests to prevent possible fires.

– Australian activist Mina Guli, who set out to run 200 marathons in drought-stricken regions to draw attention to global water shortages that are increasing with climate change, ran her 78th race in the Turkish metropolis from Istanbul.

August 22:

– France applies an advertising ban for fossil fuels, natural gas is exempt from the ban until June 2023.

– Chinese authorities continue to issue red alerts and urge residents to exercise extreme caution as the country experiences unusually high temperatures this summer and faces a “severe” drought crisis.

August 23:

– Canada and Germany sign a clean energy deal that will help the European country in its biggest transformation “since the beginning of the industrial revolution”.

August 24:

– Millions of Pakistanis are being hit by treacherous monsoon rains and floods as Islamabad has requested help from the international community to deal with the growing scale of the disaster.

– China launches a remote sensing satellite into space which “will be mainly used to provide remote sensing services in the fields of land resource management, agricultural resource survey, environmental monitoring and urban applications”.

August 26:

– Pakistan declares national emergency and orders military to assist civil administration in relief and rescue operations as death toll from rain-related incidents tops grim figure of 900.

– The harsh drought in the Horn of Africa is expected to worsen as the region prepares for a fifth consecutive failed rainy season, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

August 27:

– Shale gas production could be put back on the table to ease the European energy crisis similar to coal and nuclear, which has long been sidelined due to growing backlash from environmentalists.

August 28:

– Pope Francis calls for international cooperation to help Pakistan which is hit by heavy monsoon rains and massive floods.

August 29:

– Some 22,500 children will die from air pollution in Lagos State, the most populous state in southwestern Nigeria, in 2021, according to environmental authorities.

August 30:

– The UN and the Pakistani government are launching a flash appeal for $160 million to deal with the devastation caused by unprecedented rains and floods in the South Asian country.

– A drought is officially declared in the South West of England following prolonged dry weather not seen in 90 years.

August 31 :

– The French meteorological office qualifies this summer season as the second hottest of the last century.

– At least 22 million people in Pakistan, or 10% of the population, are potentially at risk from flooding, according to a map released by the UN Satellite Center.

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