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harrison ford speaks at the world government summit in dubai

Harrison Ford: leaders who deny climate change are ‘on the wrong side of history’

Actor attacked Trump and other leaders at World Government Summit for denying science to justify not facing the ‘moral crisis’ — Harrison Ford has launched a scorching attack on Donald Trump and other world leaders, for denying science in order to justify doing nothing to face the “moral crisis” of climate change. The actor best …

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hurricane florence in north carolina in 2018

Climate and economic risks ‘threaten 2008-style systemic collapse’

Environmental and social problems could interact in global breakdown, report says — The gathering storm of human-caused threats to climate, nature and economy pose a danger of systemic collapse comparable to the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report that calls for urgent and radical reform to protect political and social systems. The study …

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fish swim in the blue waters off indonesia

House Hearing Stresses Climate Change’s Links to Ocean Health

Backed by new Democratic congressional leadership determined to focus on science, experts call for swift action to avoid or limit irreparable environmental harm — “You can’t have a serious conversation about the health of our oceans and coastal communities without acknowledging the growing impacts of climate change,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) said at the outset …

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forest stripped for palm oil, duta palma, west kalimantan, borneo

European Commission classifies most palm oil fuels as unsustainable

Deforestation-linked stocks cannot be counted towards renewable targets, commission rules, but green group angered by small farm loophole — The European Commission has classified palm oil biofuels as unsustainable, amid efforts to take aim at deforestation-linked products. The draft legislation, which has two months to be approved by the European parliament and member states and …

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a vale-owned tailing dam collapsed above the village of bento rodrigues

Another dam fails in Brazil – Bolsonaro must not respond by gutting protections

Environmental regulations are not arbitrary hurdles for enterprise, if this government erodes them how many more people will be buried beneath the mud? — There’s an old saying in Brazil that lightning doesn’t strike twice. On Friday, January 25th, we were all shocked to discover that it does. In the state of Minas Gerais, a …

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the rejection of the rocky hill coalmine in the upper hunter valley has given hope to campaigners

Hunter Valley coalmine ruling buoys other anti-mine campaigners

Bylong Valley residents hope Rocky Hill decision will sway state commission to reject proposed open-cut mine — Activists and residents fighting against a proposed coalmine in central New South Wales are hoping last week’s historic judgment in the Rocky Hill case will sway the state’s Independent Planning Commission to reject the project. The NSW land …

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residents wade through floodwaters in the suburb of hermit park in townsville this week

Floods, fire and drought: Australia, a country in the grip of extreme weather bingo

Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual — The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city’s 180,000 residents have been hit by a monsoon strengthened by a low-pressure front that dragged …

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holly gillibrand has spent the past five fridays on strike outside her school in fort william

‘I feel very angry’: the 13-year-old on school strike for climate action

Holly Gillibrand is skipping class to join pupils around the world in pushing for urgent measures — Until recently, Holly Gillibrand was like any other schoolchild, keen on the outdoors, football and rock climbing, inspired by the stunning surroundings of her secondary school at the foot of Ben Nevis. But for the past five Fridays, …

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dove lake, in tasmania’s popular cradle mountain tourist spot

Tasmania’s lakes among most contaminated in the world

Historic mining has polluted lakes with lead, copper and arsenic, including in World Heritage Area — Metal contamination levels in some of Tasmania’s lakes are among the highest in the world, a new study has found, while those within the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area have also been badly polluted by mining. The Australian National …

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a fracking rig at cuadrilla's preston new road site in northwest england

UK tells fracking industry it won’t relax rules on earth tremors

The Conservative government has long backed shale gas exploration, but denied industry calls to loosen ‘unworkable’ limits on seismic activity — The UK government has rejected calls from shale gas companies to loosen limits on earth tremors, in a potentially fatal blow to British fracking. Ineos and Cuadrilla said the rules, which require drilling to …

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