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As climate change bites in America’s midwest, farmers are desperate to ring the alarm

‘The changes have become more radical’: farmers are spending more time and money trying to grow crops in new climates — Richard Oswald did not need the latest US government report on the creeping toll of climate change to tell him that farming in the midwest is facing a grim future, and very likely changing …

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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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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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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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Why water will be the next battleground in the fight against climate change

In the third part of our series looking at the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we look at its alarming projections for our water supplies — The Trump administration published a major report on climate change the day after Thanksgiving. We will explore the key findings each day this week. Donald Trump …

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In-depth Q&A: The UK Climate Projections 2018

At the Science Museum on Monday, environment secretary Michael Gove launched the latest set of climate change projections for the UK — Produced by the Met Office Hadley Centre, the UK Climate Projections 2018 – or “UKCP18” – is the “most comprehensive picture yet of how the climate could change” in the UK. It includes …

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Flood threat may result in people being moved to new areas

Major Met Office report predicts warming up up to 5°C, plus more heatwaves and more rain — People may have to be moved away from high-risk areas as climate change makes flooding more likely and more severe in the UK, the government has said. The warning came as a Met Office report found Britain would …

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Climate change ‘will inflict substantial damages on US lives’

US National Climate Assessment details climate change impact and current response to crisis is insufficient, authors say — Climate change is already harming Americans’ lives with “substantial damages” set to occur as global temperatures threaten to surge beyond internationally agreed limits, a major US government report has warned. The influence of climate change is being …

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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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Making Sense of Landslide Danger After Kerala’s Floods

Scientists traveled to Kerala, a state in India recently devastated by severe monsoon rains. They found a vulnerable population that will soon face fresh landslide risks as a new monsoon approaches — Every summer, monsoon rains come to southwestern India. This summer, however, the deluge brought the worst flooding in a century. The resulting destruction …

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