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Five years after Typhoon Haiyan, a survivor calls climate polluters to account

Marielle Bacason’s life was turned upside down by the superstorm; now she gives evidence to a London tribunal that oil companies have ignored — “As we were leaving Tacloban it reminded me of the scene from the Hunger Games. I thought: I never want to come back to this living hell again.” Marielle Bacason, 27, …

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A Closer Look at the Sustainability of Our Groundwater Aquifers

Researchers use a new approach to assessing the world’s largest aquifers in hopes of improving groundwater management during drought periods — The largest aquifers in the world are a vital source of freshwater for agriculture and other human uses. During times of drought, these resources are crucial to food security; understanding groundwater storage and depletion …

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the north of england produced 48% of the uk’s renewable electricity

28,000 jobs at risk in north of England over low-carbon economy

Thinktank says transition to low-carbon economy could result in ‘local deprivation’ — As many as 28,000 jobs will be lost in the north of England in the next 12 years under the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said in its report that the …

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air pollution is devastating the lives of many millions across the country

UK is endangering people’s health by denying their right to clean air, says UN

World body urges Conservative government to ‘step up and show leadership’ on the air pollution crisis — The UK government is putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk by failing to tackle the country’s air pollution crisis, according the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. David Boyd said people’s …

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‘Despair’ as global carbon emissions to hit new record in 2018

International Energy Agency chief says chance of meeting targets of the Paris Agreement are getting ‘weaker and weaker’ — Global carbon emissions will rise to a new record level in 2018, making the chances of reaching a target to keep temperature increases to 1.5 or 2°C “weaker and weaker every year, every month”, the head …

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Bill Gates throws new weight and cash into climate fight

In back-to-back events this week, the billionaire launched projects to slow global warming and limit the damage it causes — The billionaire philanthropist known for his work on global health and development threw new weight and money behind efforts to limit global warming this week. In back-to-back events on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bill Gates launched …

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Could carbon-capture technology be a silver bullet to stop climate change

Few companies specialize in carbon removal and the tools they produce are currently still expensive — Peter Fiekowsky, a physicist and entrepreneur, hates silver bullets. But at a climate summit in California last month he found himself pitching one. In partnership with the company Blue Planet, he was demonstrating a low-tech-looking machine that can pull …

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The everglades in florida is home to mangrove forests and cypress swamps housing alligators, orchids, storks, ibises, and threatened species

Everglades: climate change threatens years of work to reverse man-made damage

Report warns that rising temperatures threaten the Everglades, including changing rainfall patterns and accelerating sea-level rise — Sea water encroaching on the Everglades will hamper decades of work by a government program to reverse man-made damage to the vast, fragile ecosystem at the tip of Florida, according to a new report published on Wednesday. The …

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Bahrain applies to Green Climate Fund to help clean up waste from fossil fuels

Oil-rich kingdom says money is needed to protect against water scarcity but request sparks strong criticism and fears over the fitness of the public fund — Bahrain – one of the world’s most oil-rich nations – has applied to the international Green Climate Fund for $9.8m for its National Oil and Gas Authority, raising questions …

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Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2018

Dr Ruth Mottram, Dr Peter Langen and Dr Martin Stendel are climate scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen, which is part of the Polar Portal — The end of August traditionally marks the end of the melt season for the Greenland ice sheet as it shifts from mostly melting to mostly gaining …

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