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Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.  ... Read more about Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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Will Climate Change Cause More Migrants than Wars?

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BUENOS AIRES, May 17 2018 (IPS) - Climate change is one of the main drivers of migration and will be increasingly so. It will even have a more significant role in the displacement of people than armed conflicts, which today cause major refugee crises. ... Read more about Will Climate Change Cause More Migrants than Wars?

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Which cities face most, least air pollution according to new WHO data

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(CNN)Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe air that contains high levels of pollutants and kills 7 million people each year, according to a new study from the World Health Organization.

The study is an analysis of what the WHO says is the world's most comprehensive database on ambient air pollution. The organization collected the data from more than 4,300 cities and 108 countries. ... Read more about Which cities face most, least air pollution according to new WHO data

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The world’s bleak climate situation, in 3 charts

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We’re currently heading for around 3 degrees of warming

Global average temperatures have risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times. At current rates, they could exceed 1.5 degrees by 2030. And global greenhouse gas emissions, after a brief lull from 2014 to 2016, are rising again. ... Read more about The world’s bleak climate situation, in 3 charts

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Global warming has changed the Great Barrier Reef ‘forever,’ scientists say

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Two years after a long-lasting undersea heat wave scalded large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have found that because so many corals died, much of the reef has probably been altered “forever.”

“What we just experienced is one hell of a natural selection event,” said Terry Hughes, director of the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland. ... Read more about Global warming has changed the Great Barrier Reef ‘forever,’ scientists say

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Water-smart agriculture could cut migration risk - FAO

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Two-thirds of the world's people suffer some water scarcity for part of each year

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LONDON, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water stress is increasingly driving migration around the world, but efforts to adapt to worsening shortages could help, a new U.N. study suggests.

Water stress - not just shortages, but water-quality issues - is expected to drive more people from their communities permanently and cause rapid growth of cities, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). ... Read more about Water-smart agriculture could cut migration risk - FAO

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Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns

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More than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a UN report on the state of the world’s water.

The comprehensive annual study warns of conflict and civilisational threats unless actions are taken to reduce the stress on rivers, lakes, aquifers, wetlands and reservoirs. ... Read more about Water shortages could affect 5bn people by 2050, UN report warns

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"Paris of the oceans" pact crucial to save seas, says WWF head

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People should pay attention to the origins of their seafood and push companies to play their part in ocean conservation - Pavan Sukhdev

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To save the world's oceans from rampant over-fishing, pollution and degradation, countries should hammer out a deal like the Paris Agreement on climate change that sets stringent targets for protection, said the head of global conservation group WWF. ... Read more about "Paris of the oceans" pact crucial to save seas, says WWF head

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Want To Find Global Warming? It's Time To Get Planting.

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1.5 million volunteers in India planted 66 million trees in 12 hours to set a world record and combat the effects of climate change. ... Read more about Want To Find Global Warming? It's Time To Get Planting.

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World Bank invests $4.5 bln to arm cities against climate change

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"Investment in urban resilience not only avoids losses but it generates value and it catalyses growth"

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TEPIC, Mexico, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cash-short cities with big ambitions to protect themselves from climate change will be able to tap into $4.5 billion in loans and technical support from the World Bank, working with a global alliance of cities and local governments. ... Read more about World Bank invests $4.5 bln to arm cities against climate change

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