The planetary crisis is "impacting a broad range of rights, including the rights to adequate food, water, education, housing, health, development, and even life itself," said the U.N.'s top rights expert.
New figures released by Global Witness show that 227 people were killed in 2020 while trying to protect forests, rivers and other ecosystems that their livelihoods depended on.
The death toll from Hurricane Ida in the United States has risen to 68, with some victims still missing in the floodwater.
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Southern Louisiana on Aug 29 as one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. It has knocked out power to the hundreds of thousands of residents of New Orleans and over 1 million in Louisiana and has caused at least one death so far.
The mayor of New York City has declared a state of emergency, calling on residents to stay indoors as the remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled into the city with record-breaking rain.
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, forcing those who did not flee to brace themselves for the toughest test yet of the billions of dollars spent on levee upgrades following Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago.
At least 20 people have died in the western Venezuelan state of Merida following intense rains that caused mudslides and rivers to overflow.
Germany is forecast to record its biggest rise in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 this year as the economy rebounds from the pandemic-related downturn, according to a report by an environmental think tank.
Devastating wildfires in the Bolivian department of Santa Cruz consumed nearly 600,000 hectares this year so far of which 64% are located in protected areas.
Hurricane Grace pummeled Mexico with torrential rain on Saturday, causing severe flooding and mudslides that killed at least eight people after becoming one of the most powerful storms in years to hit the country's Gulf coast.