Signs have been detected that a periodic warming of the tropical Pacific known as El Nino is imminent, presaging changes to global weather patterns in the months ahead, the World Meteorological Organization said.
U.S. and European Union envoys said they expect progress on forming a $100 billion fund to fight global warming and on protecting forests at climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, though no treaty will be agreed.
Concentrations in the atmosphere of the three main global warming gases rose in 2012 to the highest on record, increasing impacts of climate change including ice melt and rising sea levels, the United Nations said.
The Mekong River sparkles in the early morning sun as Somwang Prommin, a stocky fisherman wearing a worn-out black T-shirt and shorts, starts the motor of his boat. As the tiny craft glides on the river’s calm surface in the northeastern Thai district of Chiang Khong, Somwang points to a nearby riverbank. Three days ago, he says, the water levels there were 3 meters (10 feet) higher.
Prices for coal shipped from South Africa’s Richards Bay, the continent’s biggest export facility for the fuel, may extend gains from a two-year high as cold weather in Europe boosts demand for the fuel.