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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world’s poor at risk

Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges — Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse …

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Tropical Depression Ester out, but monsoon rain to persist

Even if Ester is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon — Tropical Depression Ester left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening, June 15, after accelerating further. In a bulletin issued 11 pm on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Ester is already 595 kilometers …

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Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

IPCC says ‘rapid and far-reaching’ measures required to combat climate change — The world is on track to exceed 1.5°C of warming unless countries rapidly implement “far-reaching” actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters. The final draft report from the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was …

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Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

Dust storms come months before the start of city’s traditional ‘pollution season’ — Smog more toxic than can be measured by monitoring devices has blanketed the Indian capital this week, months before the start of Delhi’s traditional “pollution season”. A thick haze was visible across the city from Tuesday and some government pollution monitors have …

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Germany to pressure rich countries to pledge new climate cash

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue will start a replenishment drive for the Green Climate Fund and focus on protecting jobs in the shift to clean energy — Germany is expected to start a drive to replenish the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting of ministers and climate negotiators in Berlin next week. The fund is …

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Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall

Prof Andreas Oschlies is head of the marine biogeochemical modelling group and speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 754 at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) and Kiel University, Prof Peter Brandt is professor of physical oceanography at GEOMAR and Kiel University, and Dr Lothar Stramma and Dr Sunke Schmidtko are senior …

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WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in DR Congo ‘not over’

‘On the basis of statistics, we can say that the situation has stabilized but the war is not over, we must reinforce vigilance and surveillance,’ says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom — (KINSHASA, DR Congo) WHO chief Tedros Adhanom on Tuesday, June 12, called for tighter monitoring as he wrapped up a visit to Ebola-hit DR …

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How can climate policy stay on top of a growing mountain of data

Tracking all the relevant publications on climate change has become impossible. Climate science and policy need a new approach for an age of big literature — When the lines between scientific facts, legitimate disagreements and uncertainties about climate change are being deliberately blurred – not least by world leaders like Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip …

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Universal basic income and rewilding can meet Anthropocene demands

Are we doomed to societal collapse? Not if we break the mould of ever-greater production and consumption — Enough concrete has been produced to cover the entire surface of the Earth in a layer two millimetres thick. Enough plastic has been manufactured to clingfilm it as well. We produce 4.8bn tonnes of our top five …

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Germany to miss 2020 climate target, government concedes in official report

A draft document seen by Climate Home News and due to be released on Wednesday shows Germany missing its 2020 emissions goal by 8 percentage points — Germany will miss its 2020 climate target, the government is to acknowledge in a report due for release on Wednesday. A draft of the 2017 Climate Protection Report …

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