News from the Earth — climate change

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people

Groundwater, the invisible water beneath our feet, represents 99% of Earth's liquid freshwater, making it critical for supplying drinking water, ensuring food security, adapting to climate variability, supporting biodiversity, sustaining surface water bodies and meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

Groundwater is the drinking water source for more than 2 billion people, and provides more than 40% of the water for irrigated agriculture worldwide. Its use has impacted environmentally critical streamflow in more than 15% of streams globally, and could impact the majority of streams by 2050.

Around 1.7 billion people live above aquifers, geologic formations that provide groundwater, that are stressed by overuse. Poor groundwater quality disproportionately...

Banks and investors will be required to be more transparent about environmental risks.

Some activities and some goods will not maintain their value in a world with low emissions simply because they pollute too much and contribute to the climate crisis. Similarly, there are technologies and activities that will help to cut emissions and thus take on enormous value.

Earth Day 2021 calls for action to restore damaged ecosystems.

Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Nature is suffering. Oceans are filling with plastic and turning more acidic. Extreme heat, wildfires, floods, and hurricanes have affected millions of people. We continue to face a worldwide health pandemic linked to the health of our ecosystem. For International Mother Earth Day 22 April, let's be reminded that we need a shift to a more sustainable economy that works for both people and the planet. Let’s promote harmony with nature.

UN chief: "World on the verge of climate ‘abyss’, as temperature rise continues".

The Earth’s temperature continues to rise unabated, with 2020 being one of the three warmest years on record, as extreme weather events combine with the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting millions. 

According to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) flagship State of the Global Climate report, the global average temperature in 2020 was about 1.2-degree...

Our individual behaviours impact the earth, the ocean, and every person who lives on this planet

We all have a responsibility to change our behaviors, and we all can. Ultimately, our homes and families are essential starting points for protecting the earth and the ocean.