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the guardian will publish the mauna loa carbon count every day

Why the Guardian is putting global CO2 levels in the weather forecast

As CO2 levels climb, the carbon count is a daily reminder we must tackle climate change now. The simplest measure of how the mass burning of fossil fuels is disrupting the stable climate in which human civilisation developed is the number of carbon dioxide molecules in the atmosphere.

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Attenborough to front climate-change film as BBC moves from teach to preach

Natural history programming is one of the oldest and most sustainable forms of TV life. It is 50 years since David Attenborough made his first major TV documentary series, The Miracle of Bali, its title capturing the eyes-wide wonder of the genre at the time.

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Chedeng makes landfall in Davao Occidental, becomes LPA

PAGASA warned that even if there are no more areas under Signal No. 1, the LPA will still trigger moderate to heavy rain in Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, the Davao Region, and Soccsksargen, as well as portions of Northern Mindanao, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.

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Unused Fiber-Optic Cables Repurposed as Seismic Sensors

During the 1990s, telecommunications companies installed thousands of kilometers of fiber-optic cables underground in anticipation of the dot-com boom. What can we do now with all of that unused dark fiber? Turn it into an extensive seismic activity sensor, according to a recent study.

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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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Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards? — (MANILA, Philippines) The catastrophic damage left behind by the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Palu, Indonesia still leaves people shaken to their very core. According …

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Are Filipino communities prepared for a tsunami

In the event of a disaster, communities should ‘act as one,’ says Ishmael Narag of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology — MANILA, Philippines – The deadly tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, which took more than 2,000 lives, can be attributed to several factors, including the country’s topography, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning …

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Millions More Americans Face Flood Risks Than Previously Thought

A different modeling approach fills large gaps in the U.S. government’s flood risk estimates, revealing previously overlooked at-risk areas often surrounding small flood-prone streams — Over the past week, the United States saw floodwaters rise near the coast of North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Swollen rivers have effectively cut off Wilmington, a …

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