Category Archives: Environment

IPCC 1.5 C degree report points to high stakes of climate inaction

The UN’s scientific body on climate change says the world could still stay below 1.5 C degrees of warming. Although impacts at 2 C degrees are likely to be more serious than anticipated, political action remains elusive. Continue reading

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Hurricane Florence leaves toxic soup in its wake

Coal ash sites and hog farms are overflowing from Hurricane Florence, echoing the environmental chaos when chemical plants flooded during Hurricane Harvey. How can these such health risks be managed as hurricanes grow? Continue reading

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Good bees, bad wasps?

Wasps are aggressive and useless, people believe. But wasps are just as important as bees for pollinating our crops, say scientists. They’re calling for a public relations campaign to overhaul wasps’ bad image. Continue reading

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After Lehman, climate activists urge economy rethink

Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers, campaigners are demanding we finally learn the lessons of the global economic crisis — before climate change precipitates the next one. Continue reading

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Climate action made in America — despite Trump

In California, the Global Climate Action Summit is trying to convince the world that the US can still play a leading role in the fight against climate change. Local leaders say they won’t be deterred by Trump’s actions. Continue reading

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Climate change sets the world on fire

In 2017, parts of Europe, Canada and the US were ravaged by wildfires on an unprecedented scale. In 2018, new records are being set around the world as hot, dry temperatures and fires become the new normal. Continue reading

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Did Monsanto know its weed killer could be deadly to people?

After a gardener was awarded $289 million for cancer he said was a result of exposure to Roundup weed killer, Monsanto still denies the health risks of glyphosate — in everything from kids’ cereal to the air we breathe. Continue reading

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Tarantulas: Cambodia’s disappearing delicacy

Eating a fried tarantula has become a popular photo opportunity for tourists in Cambodia. However, this delicacy is in danger of disappearing, thanks to deforestation and over-harvesting of the spiders. Continue reading

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Great southern drought: Australian farmers crippled, climate action stalled

Amidst the worst drought in living memory, the world’s driest continent is also heating up due to climate change. Critics say too little is being done to prevent increasing temperatures and decreasing rainfall. Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s environmental fallacies on Twitter

The US president’s attempt to blame the largest wildfire in California history on a failure to cut down trees — like his claim that climate change is a Chinese hoax — is falling flat as a heat wave grips the planet. Continue reading

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