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Melting Antarctic ice could slow global temperature rise, study says

Cold meltwater running off Antarctica’s ice sheets and into the ocean could dampen the pace of global temperature rise, a new study suggests — The research, published in Nature, finds that the rate of ice-sheet melt in a high-emissions scenario could see the oceans cooled by the influx of frigid water. This could knock as …

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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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rescuers search for survivors on 2 april 2017 after floodwaters carrying mud and debris inundated parts of mocoa, colombia

How Landslides Become Disasters

A new modeling platform, tested on two recent natural disasters, simulates conditions that dump landslide debris into rain-swollen rivers, often causing more damage than the landslides themselves — In the spring and summer of 2017, torrential rainfall triggered a series of landslides culminating in two catastrophic disasters: one in Mocoa, an inland city in southwestern …

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Summer rainfall declines ‘primary driver’ of surge in US wildfires

Sharp declines in summer rainfall could be a “primary driver” of the record-breaking wildfires ripping across the western US, research shows — Using satellite data, the study finds that there have been “previously unnoted” declines in summer rainfall across close to a third of forests in the western US over the past four decades. These …

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Reflecting sun’s rays would cause crops to fail, scientists warn

Research shows geoengineering method intended to combat climate change would have adverse effect on agriculture — Proposals to combat climate change by reflecting the sun’s rays back into space would cause widespread crop failure, cancelling out any benefits to farming from the reduction in warming, according to new research. By examining the effects of volcanic …

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Earth risks tipping into ‘hothouse’ state – study

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point — (TAMPA, United States) The planet urgently needs to transition to a green economy because fossil fuel pollution risks pushing the Earth into a …

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Climate change not the only threat to giant pandas, study says

Climate change could play a smaller role in determining future giant panda populations than previously thought, a new study suggests — This is because other important factors affecting panda distribution, such as farming, tourism and the local distribution of bamboo plants, may have previously been underestimated, the research shows. The researchers find that, when climate …

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State of the climate: 2018 set to be fourth warmest year despite cooler start

Temperatures on the Earth’s surface in the first half of 2018 were lower than over the same period for the three previous years. This was due, in part, to a moderate La Niña event during late 2017 and the first half of 2018 — However, the world is quickly switching to El Niño conditions, which …

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Heatwave sees record high temperatures around world this week

From Europe to Africa, extreme and widespread heat raises climate concerns in hottest La Niña year to date on record — Record high temperatures have been set across much of the world this week as an unusually prolonged and broad heatwave intensifies concerns about climate change. The past month has seen power shortages in California …

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