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Climate Change on the Menu

By Riccardo Valentini Vitero, Itali – When we think about winning the fight against climate change, most people concentrate on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from cars, trucks, and other machines powered by fossil fuels. But while these emissions sources are certainly worthy of our attention, another culprit receives far less than it deserves: our food. Read More »

Australian students skip school for climate change protest

Thousands of Australian school students have urged greater action on climate change in protests across the country. The students skipped school on Friday to highlight what they say are inadequate climate policies by the Australian government. On Monday, Australian PM Scott Morrison rebuked their plans for “activism” during school hours and insisted his government was tackling climate change. Read More »

Rethinking animal agriculture

By Paul Gilding TASMANIA – In mid-July, as a brutal drought decimated crops, some European dairy and meat farmers were forced to cull their herds early to reduce the number of animals they needed to feed. Such desperate decisions will become routine in a world where heat waves will be longer, hotter, drier, and more frequent. That is why now ... Read More »

Climate change report warns of growing impact on US life

Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns. “Future risks from climate change depend… on decisions made today,” the 4th National Climate Assessment says. The report says climate change is “presenting growing challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the ... Read More »

A radically realistic climate vision

By Barbara Unmüßig Berlin – According to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s main scientific authority on global warming, keeping global temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is a feasible goal. The IPCC’s stance represents a move in the direction of the kind of “radical realism” that many civil-society actors have ... Read More »

The Green Lobby’s misdirected anger

By Yossi Sheffi Boston – In August, when US President Donald Trump proposed to freeze fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, environmentalists and their supporters were outraged. Now, the temperature of the debate has risen again, following a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that highlights the urgent need to take drastic action to curb carbon ... Read More »

Is hothouse earth avoidable?

By Johan Rockström , Jørgen Randers, and Per Espen Stoknes Stockholm – Nearly 50 years ago, the Club of Rome’s report “Limits to Growth” warned that if economic growth continued apace without regard for the environment, the world could face ecological and economic collapse in the twenty-first century. Yet that is essentially what has happened. As new research for the ... Read More »

Climate caused sea levels to force 200000 in BD migrate

Dhaka, Oct 23 – Increased soil salinity, due to climate change-induced rises in sea-levels, is likely to force nearly 200,000 coastal residents to migrate to inland areas within Bangladesh to find alternative livelihoods, according to a landmark study by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and The Ohio State University. Read More »

Mitigating India’s climate-change misery

Gulrez Shah Azhar Santa Monica – The record-setting heat that blanketed the planet this summer was a sticky reminder that as global temperatures increase, people on the margins of society – the sick, the elderly, and the poor – will suffer disproportionately. And, nowhere will this suffering be more acute than in India. Read More »

Hurricane victims in US getting IRS tax filing relief

Panama City, Oct 13 (AP/UNB) — The Internal Revenue Service says victims of Hurricane Michael will get a grace period before having to file some tax returns and payments. The IRS said Friday it’s offering the relief in parts of Florida and other regions that may be added later to the disaster area as designated by the Federal Emergency Management ... Read More »

Desperate search for Indonesia quake, tsunami survivors

A picture of large scale destruction is emerging in the Indonesian city of Palu, after a quake and tsunami struck on Friday. At least 832 people are confirmed to have died but that figure is expected to rise sharply as more remote areas are reached. The authorities have said they will begin burying victims in mass graves, fearing disease could ... Read More »

Rescuers dig thru’ rubble for Indonesia tsunami survivors

Rescuers have been digging by hand in the frantic search for survivors in the Indonesian city of Palu, which is reeling from an earthquake and tsunami. At least 408 people have been killed but there are fears the death toll could rise significantly as workers reach areas closer to the epicentre. Search efforts are being hampered by blocked roads and ... Read More »

Freezing in UAE’s high rise buildings as heat soars outside

By Amna Khaishgi DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sep 20 2018 (IPS) – “Look at these tall, beautiful buildings. I have worked as a mason during the construction and was one of those who laid [the brickwork] brick by brick,” says Mohammed Akhtar* who has been working as a mason for over a decade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Read More »

Bangladesh under mild heat wave

A mild heat wave is sweeping over the regions of Dhaka, Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Chattogram, Rangamati,Cumilla,Chandpur, M. Court, Feni, Khulna, Satkhira, Jashore, Chuadanga, Bhola and Patuakhali and it is likely to abate by today. Read More »