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global warming must stay below 2C to save coral reefs, the un’s intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services says

UN environment warning: 10 key points and what Australia must do

A devastating new UN report shows the planet is in serious danger from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems. Here we look at 10 of the key points from the report – and their relevance for Australia.

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Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life

Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems, the world’s leading scientists have warned, as they announced the results of the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken.

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Courts must curb greenhouse gas emissions to protect our liberty

More than 150 years ago, the American poet, essayist, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild; and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the world.”

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UK will miss almost all its 2020 nature targets, says official report

The nation is failing to protect threatened species; end the degradation of land; reduce agricultural pollution; and increase funding for green schemes, the assessment concludes. It also says the UK is not ending unsustainable fishing; stopping the arrival of invasive alien species; nor raising public awareness of the importance of biodiversity.

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Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can’t humans see the writing on the wall

People tend to respond to immediate threats and financial consequences – and Florida’s coastal real estate may be on the cusp of delivering that harsh wake-up call — I stood behind a worn shopping center outside of Crystal Springs, Florida, looking for the refuge where a hundred manatees were gathered for winter. I found them …

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What polar bears in a Russian apartment block reveal about the climate crisis

Arctic bears are being driven off their normal migration routes and into human habitation. We should feel pity – and fear — Polar bears prowling around a children’s playground. Polar bears lumbering along the corridors of apartment blocks and offices. Polar bears descending on a sleepy Russian town in their dozens. To state the obvious: …

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Caribbean swamped by seaweed that smells like rotten eggs

From Belize to Barbados, tourist beaches have been swamped by huge tides of foul-smelling sargassum – and climate change could make the problem worse — “It was like something out of a science fiction movie,” says Barbara Hall from the office of the beachside hotel she runs in Placencia, southern Belize. “I woke up at …

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The Many Unknown Facets of Plastics in Ecosystems

Few studies have examined lakes or wide swaths of ocean areas, leaving critical data gaps in how plastic pollution affects wildlife and moves across food webs — Although it seems like volumes have been written recently about the ubiquitous plastic pollution in the world’s waterways, a new report finds major gaps in where we’ve looked …

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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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