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Portrait of a planet on the verge of climate catastrophe

As the UN sits down for its annual climate conference this week, many experts believe we have passed the point of no return — On Sunday morning hundreds of politicians, government officials and scientists will gather in the grandeur of the International Congress Centre in Katowice, Poland. It will be a familiar experience for many. …

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Trump officials argue climate change warnings based on ‘worst-case scenario’

Official minimize warnings and say government report considers only the highest possible levels of greenhouse gas emissions — The Trump administration has a new strategy for deflecting concerns about the warming planet. Trump officials are minimizing warnings from scientists by arguing they are exaggerated and based on the worst-case scenario. They say the National Climate …

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Communities of Color Are More Vulnerable to Wildfires

Affluent white people are more likely to live in fire-prone areas, but race and socioeconomic vulnerability can put minority communities at greater risk, a new study finds — Minority and disadvantaged communities tend to be hit much harder than affluent neighborhoods by natural disasters—this fact is well documented. For example, New Orleans’s economically disadvantaged 9th …

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France and China declare joint climate commitment at G20

China and France expressed their “highest political commitment” to implementing the Paris Agreement, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina on Friday — The major economies promised to work together to set robust rules for the Paris Agreement sending a political boost ahead of crucial UN talks next week. In a statement together …

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Why no US region is safe from climate change

In the final part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we examine how regions will experience climate change — The Trump administration published a major report on climate change the day after Thanksgiving. We explore the key findings each day this week. Donald Trump doesn’t believe his …

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Schools climate strike: the best protest banners and posters

Children may have skipped school to campaign on climate change – but taught a lesson or two on how to write a protest banner — Some were witty, some were rude and some – for older people at least – were incomprehensible. The thousands of children who left class on Friday to protest against inaction …

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Climate change strike: thousands of school students protest across Australia

‘Strike 4 Climate Action’ brings thousands of students together in defiance of prime minister’s warning — Thousands of schoolchildren across Australia walked out of class on Friday to demand action by the federal government on climate change.   The “Strike 4 Climate Action”, inspired by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg, brought together children in capital …

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China urged to lead way in efforts to save life on Earth

Delegates at UN biodiversity conference turn to Beijing to avoid point of no return — China must play a leading role if the world is to draw up a new and more effective strategy to halt the collapse of life on Earth, according to senior delegates at the close of this week’s UN biodiversity conference. …

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Past four years hottest on record, data shows

World running out of time to combat climate change, warns meteorological organisation — Global temperatures have continued to rise in the past 10 months, with 2018 expected to be the fourth warmest year on record. Average temperatures around the world so far this year were nearly 1°C (1.8°F) above pre-industrial levels. Extreme weather has affected …

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Climate change already a health emergency, say experts

Deadly heatwaves and spread of diseases affect people’s health today – report — People’s health is being damaged today by climate change through effects ranging from deadly heatwaves in Europe to rising dengue fever in the tropics, according to a report. Billions of hours of farmwork has been lost during high temperatures and global warming …

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