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30 07 2021 | 13:39

Bangladesh Flooding Hits Thousands of Rohingya Refugees

Heavy rains in southern Bangladesh this week have flooded and destroyed dwellings at camps hosting more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees. “The UN High Commissioner for Refugees said more than 12,000…

24 07 2021 | 11:27

One million football fields and the entire Grand Canyon: This is how big US and Canada wildfires are

Around 1.2 million acres of land burning by end of last week. Wildfires have been raging across large swathes of the US as the western part of the country continues to grapple with crippling …

17 07 2021 | 12:38

Devastating floods in western Europe exceed even worst climate change predictions

The new climate normal is frightening. Climate scientists have warned for decades that emitting copious amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere would make extreme weather, such as floods and…

17 07 2021 | 10:49

Flooded NYC Subways Exemplify Why Climate Is Key to Infrastructure Fight, Progressives Say

Footage of New Yorkers struggling to wade through filthy, waist-deep water at a Manhattan subway station as heavy rainfall engulfed the city's aging and long-neglected infrastructure on Thursday…

05 07 2021 | 11:21

Trees are dying of thirst in the Western drought – here’s what’s going on inside their veins

Like humans, trees need water to survive on hot, dry days, and they can survive for only short times under extreme heat and dry conditions. During prolonged droughts and extreme heat waves like the…

05 07 2021 | 10:15

Four people found dead as Cyprus battles largest wildfire in its history

“It passed through like a whirlwind, it destroyed everything,” says community leader Four people were found dead as Cyprus battled to contain the worst forest fire in its history after homes burnt…

05 07 2021 | 09:33

California fires 2021: What to know about this year's wildfires

Wildfire season came early this year in the Bay Area after a meager rainy season left the landscape tinder-dry, offering an abundance of fuel for wildland blazes. In just the past few years,…

01 07 2021 | 16:46

Over 100 fire scientists urge the US West: Skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July

The heat wave hitting the northwestern U.S. and Canada has been shattering records, with temperatures 30 degrees Fahrenheit or more above normal.

30 06 2021 | 10:52

Up to 410 million people at risk from sea level rises – study.

Majority of land at risk from a 1-metre sea level rise is in the tropics, research finds Up to 410 million people will be living in areas less than 2 metres above sea level, and at risk from sea…

30 06 2021 | 09:56

UK’s plan to tackle climate crisis is ‘woeful’, government advisers warn.

The UK has made “woeful” progress on tackling the climate crisis, the government’s own advisers have warned. Ministers have made too little progress on tackling greenhouse gas emissions in key areas…

29 06 2021 | 09:13

We’re Out of Time to Save Ourselves From Extinction.

The climate crisis is already killing us. Close your eyes. Imagine it’s the middle of summer. Normally, you’d be relaxing by the pool or going for a stroll on the beach. Not anymore. Instead, your…

25 06 2021 | 09:37

Bangladesh Offers a Model for Climate Migration

New research points to ways migrant-friendly cities with low-cost housing and job opportunities are helping those fleeing the effects of climate change. Bangladesh faces a worsening climate…

22 06 2021 | 09:44

The media is still mostly failing to convey the urgency of the climate crisis.

We asked the world’s press to commit to treating climate change as the emergency that scientists say it is. Their response was dispiriting.

02 06 2021 | 18:18

Climate crisis inflicting huge ‘hidden costs’ on mental health.

Vicious circle of climate impacts, trauma and depression must be broken, say scientists. The climate crisis is damaging the mental health of hundreds of millions of people around the world but the…

30 05 2021 | 17:04

Climate change added $8 billion to Hurricane Sandy’s damages, study says

A new study says climate change added $8 billion to the massive costs of 2012's Superstorm Sandy Climate change-triggered sea level rise added $8 billion in damage during 2012’s Superstorm Sandy,…

30 05 2021 | 16:02

Another dangerous fire season is looming in the Western U.S., and the drought-stricken region is headed for a water crisis

Just about every indicator of drought is flashing red across the western U.S. after a dry winter and warm early spring. The snowpack is at less than half of normal in much of the region. Reservoirs…

25 05 2021 | 13:56

Extreme Weather Displaces Record Numbers of People as Temperatures Rise

Storms, floods, wildfires and droughts drove more than 30 million people from their homes last year, as rising temperatures wrought extra chaos on the climate, according to a report published…

25 05 2021 | 13:24

Land-Use Change Has Affected ‘Almost a Third’ of World’s Terrain Since 1960

Current estimates of land-use change may be capturing only one-quarter of its true extent across the world, new research shows.

18 05 2021 | 06:57

Brazilian Amazon released more carbon than it absorbed over past 10 years.

International team of researchers also found that deforestation rose nearly four-fold in 2019. The Brazilian Amazon released nearly 20% more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere over the past decade…

14 05 2021 | 09:52

Fireplaces and stoves are bigger polluters than traffic.

Increases in wood burning have offset gains in other areas, including cleaning up exhaust fumes.