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a family cooking amid floodwater in lalmonirhat, bangladesh, 2017

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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the drought-stricken la sorrueda reservoir in gran canaria, spain

World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change, says UN

Rapid emissions turnaround needed to keep global warming at less than 2°C, report suggests — Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments introduce additional measures …

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low water levels, a consequence of el nino

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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a woman comforts colleen love, who lost her home

California wildfires: rains hamper searchers as ash turns to paste

More than 800 volunteers search for human remains, with 560 people still unaccounted for in Camp fire — Volunteers searching for human remains in the wake of the wildfire that destroyed the California city of Paradise were delayed in their work on Friday, when a downpour turned ash from the fire into a thick paste, …

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county sheriff’s search and rescue teams continue search for missing camp fire victims

California fires: death toll rises to 79 as winds threaten efforts to control blaze

Strong winds expected to hamper progress for crews battling Camp fire, which is still only 55% contained 10 days after it started — Strong winds on Sunday were expected to hamper progress for crews battling California wildfires which have now claimed at least 79 lives. Gusts of up to 50mph were threatening efforts to control …

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a firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the camp fire

Trump blames California wildfires on forest mismanagement again

Day before a visit to the state, president says climate change may contribute ‘a little bit’ to devastation — Donald Trump has again blamed California’s wildfires on mismanagement of forests, reiterating the criticism on the eve of a visit to the most devastated area of the state. Fox News asked Trump if he thought climate …

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Flash floods have devastated parts of jordan

Jordan: flash floods kill 12 and force tourists to flee

Death toll rises a day after floods struck in several areas including the popular tourist spot of Petra — The death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan has risen to 12, according to local media, and forced authorities to evacuate more than 4,000 tourists from the ancient city of Petra. Saturday’s …

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rescuers and volunteers search for the victims of a landslide

Multiple fatalities in mudslide near Rio de Janeiro

Three-year-old boy among the 10 confirmed victims after city of Niterói hit by landslide — Ten people were killed and 11 injured in a mudslide near Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, Brazilian authorities have said. Roberto Robadey, the head of Rio’s civil defence department, told the Globo TV network that the mudslide in the city …

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los angeles and ventura counties have been evacuated due to two fires in the region

‘Raining hell down’: 11 dead as brutal California wildfires burn on

Fires in north and south described as some of the most extreme ever seen as number of fatalities feared to rise — Under a white plume of smoke and grey hazy skies, officials from Los Angeles and Ventura counties announced on Saturday that two people had died in the historically destructive Woolsey fire. That took …

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the swollen cheruthoni river in the idukki district of kerala, india

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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