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a man shades his face from the summer heat

Limiting warming to 1.5C could prevent ‘thousands’ of heat deaths in US cities

The research projects heat-related deaths for 15 cities across the US under the different levels of future warming. The results suggest that major cities, such as New York City and Los Angeles, could see hundreds or thousands more deaths in extreme heat without greater ambition in global emissions cuts.

common kelp (pictured) has taken over from the giant kelp forests that used to dominate tasmania’s coastline

Australia’s marine heatwaves provide a glimpse of the new ecological order

For the second year in a row, a stubborn high-pressure system over the Tasman Sea was warming the surface of the ocean to above-average temperatures, forming a marine heatwave, wreaking destruction and providing a glimpse of the new ecological order in the marine Anthropocene. Globally marine heatwaves are becoming more frequent and prolonged and affecting biodiversity, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change this week.

scott morrison’s ‘climate solutions fund’ will partner with farmers, local governments and businesses to deliver ‘practical climate solutions’

Scott Morrison to reboot Tony Abbott’s emissions reduction fund with $2bn

The emissions reduction fund is a vestige of Abbott’s heavily criticised Direct Action policy. Funded by taxpayers initially at $2.5bn, the ERF pays farmers and businesses to cut carbon dioxide pollution to below what it would otherwise be. But an investigation by Guardian Australia last year found it was often difficult to determine if the fund was offering value for money.

indian villagers paddle a boat in the flood-affected morigoan district

2018 was world’s fourth hottest year on record, scientists confirm

World 1.5°F hotter than average set between 1951 and 1980 — current five-year stretch the warmest since records began — Global temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest on record, US government scientists have confirmed, adding to a stretch of five years that are now collectively the hottest period since modern measurements began. The world …

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australia’s hottest since records began

January was Australia’s hottest month since records began

Bureau of Meteorologist says global warming contributed to soaring temperatures — January was Australia’s hottest month on record, with the country’s mean temperature exceeding 30°C for the first time since records began in 1910. The Bureau of Meteorology released its climate summary for January on Friday and said the widespread heatwave conditions and daily extremes …

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morning after a snowfall in new york's central park

Q&A: How is Arctic warming linked to the ‘polar vortex’ and other extreme weather

The past week has seen some brutal weather hitting the US and Canada. With cold Arctic air plunging south down to the US midwest, six states have seen temperatures lower than the south pole and at least eight people have died due to the extreme cold — The UK, too, is braced for snow this …

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sheep stuck in the outfall channel at lake cawndilla near menindee

When the river runs dry: the Australian towns facing heatwave and drought

Usually rivers provide relief from the searing summer heat, but this year water mismanagement and drought combined to create an outback disaster — As all of Australia suffered through a brutal heatwave last week, locals in the outback New South Wales towns of Walgett and Lightning Ridge were better prepared than most. Almost every day …

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