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Wetlands key for accurate greenhouse gas measure in Arctic

The Arctic is rapidly warming, with stronger effects than observed elsewhere in the world. The Arctic regions are particularly important with respect to climate change, as permafrost soils store huge amounts of the Earth’s soil carbon (C). Warming of Arctic soils and thawing of permafrost can have substantial consequences for the global climate, as the large C stored in soils ... Read More »

Harvey’s deluge killed dozens and caused billions in damage

Houston, Aug 23 (AP/UNB) — Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas last August as a powerful Category 4 storm, killing dozens of people and causing billions of dollars in damage. Though its fiercest winds quickly dissipated, the storm hovered for days as it trudged inland, dumping several feet of rain on many Gulf Coast communities and the Houston area. Read More »

Cultivating resilience to climate change

Danielle Nierenberg For every degree Celsius that the temperature rises, farmers can see crop yields drop as much as 7 percent. But organizations like Crop Trust are joining global institutions, farmers, and eaters to guarantee a better future for food. Read More »

As heat waves rise, cooling is human right, not luxury: UN

The rising heat waves in the world’s middle income and poorer nations are threatening the health and prosperity of about 1.1 billion people, including 470 million in rural areas without access to safe food and medicines, and 630 million in hotter, poor urban slums, with little or no cooling to protect them, according to the latest figures released by the ... Read More »

Rohingyas awaiting future return to Myanmar need safer camps

Bangkok – The Bangladeshi government should relocate Rohingya refugees living in a severely overcrowded mega camp to safer ground in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued today. The refugees, who fled the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing that began in August 2017, should not have to face flooding and landslides and should have sturdier ... Read More »

Fossil-fuel doublespeak

by Lili Fuhr, Hannah McKinnon Berlin – Since the Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015, too many policymakers have fallen for the oil and gas industry’s rhetoric about how it can help to reduce greenhouse-gas em issions. Tall tales about “clean coal,” “oil pipelines to fund clean energy,” and “gas as a bridge fuel” have coaxed governments into rubber-stamping ... Read More »

Toothpaste, handwash causing antibiotic resistance

A common ingredient in toothpaste and handwash could be contributing to antibiotic resistance, according to research from the University of Queensland. The team of scientists has found that triclosan a compound used in more than 2000 personal care products induces multidrug resistant in E-coli. Read More »

‘Local temperature rise linked to antibiotic resistance’

A multi-disciplinary team of epidemiologists from Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital and the University of Toronto have found that increasing local temperatures and population densities are associated with increasing antibiotic resistance in common bacterial strains. The researchers found that an increase in temperature of 10 degrees Celsius was associated with an increase in antibiotic resistance of 4.2 percent, 2.2 ... Read More »

World Day to Combat Desertification – Invest in land

This video is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17 Rome, Jun 13 (IPS) – We are witnessing the degradation of about 24% of the planet’s land, with water scarcity affecting almost 2 billion people on the planet. Read More »

Billions of urban citizens at risk of heatwaves, floods by 2050

New research reveals the number of cities and citizens threatened by direct and indirect climate hazards if global greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked. Bold climate action by cities key to prevent 1.6 billion people being exposed to extreme heat; 800 million to coastal flooding and 650 million to droughts. Cape Town, (South Africa) 19 June — Billions of people in ... Read More »