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Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

Global warming and fossil fuel pollution already killing many, UN climate summit told — Tackling climate change would save at least a million lives a year, the World Health Organization has told the UN climate summit in Poland, making it a moral imperative. Cutting fossil fuel burning not only slows global warming but slashes air …

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scientists recommend that warming is limited to 1.5c

‘We are last generation that can stop climate change’ – UN summit

Big cuts in carbon emissions and a rise in protection from extreme weather urgently needed — The UN climate change summit begins on Monday with a warning that today’s generation is the last that can prevent catastrophic global warming, as well as the first to be suffering its impacts. Almost 200 nations were set to …

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Global food system is broken, say world’s science academies

Radical overhaul in farming and consumption, with less meat eating, needed to avoid hunger and climate catastrophe — The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world. Providing a healthy, affordable, …

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Climate-warming El Niño very likely in 2019, says UN agency

Natural cycle has major influence on global weather, bringing droughts and floods — There is a 75-80% chance of a climate-warming El Niño event by February, according to the latest analysis from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization. The last El Niño event ended in 2016 and helped make that year the hottest ever recorded by …

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Heavy rains and blocked drains: Nairobi’s recipe for floods

The authorities have bulldozed 2,000 buildings in a bid to prevent flooding, but garbage-choked rivers still overflow each rainy season, putting citizens at risk — Dirty flood waters, impassable roads and submerged slums have become the norm every time it rains in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. In August, the authorities took drastic action, bulldozing around …

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50,000 people remain in evacuation centers

At least 1.4 million affected by Typhoon Ompong

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says over 50,000 people remain in evacuation centers — (MANILA, Philippines) At least 1.4 million people have now been affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) as of Thursday morning, September 20, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). A total of 345,158 families or …

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Beach rebuilding efforts won’t stave off climate change impacts forever

Supplemental sand may have saved a North Carolina beach from Hurricane Florence, but some say the projects aren’t worth it — When the coastal town of Wrightsville Beach, which buffers nearby Wilmington from the open ocean, began to come back to life on Wednesday after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, many people returning home were …

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rice fields in la paz, tarlac, turn into a lake after the onslaught of typhoon ompong

Agricultural losses from Typhoon Ompong hit P14 billion

The initial cost of damage is nearly double what Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol estimated would be ‘worst-case scenario’ losses of about P7.9 billion — (MANILA, Philippines) Damage to agriculture from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) ballooned to an estimated P14.3 billion on Tuesday, September 18, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The …

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baggao municipality in cagayan province suffers devastation

‘Houses flew’ when Ompong came

Hundreds of houses and plenty of crops in the farming town of Baggao in Cagayan Valley are lost to Typhoon Ompong. What do locals do? They rebuild and plant again — (TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan) When super typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) came to Cagayan, it didn’t only ruin the people’s crops and trees, it uprooted their homes …

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Typhoon Ompong leaves at least P2.8 billion in agricultural damage

The government says around 171,932 farmers have been affected by Ompong (Mangkhut) — (MANILA, Philippines) Office of Civil Defense Spokesperson Edgar Posadas said the damage to agriculture from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) has reached an estimated P2.8 billion in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as of Monday, September 17. But the cost is likely to increase, …

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