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Monarch butterfly population wintering in Mexico increases 144%

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Monarch production will not be replicated next year, experts warn, as above average temperatures will cause problems

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Lack of Safe Water More Deadly to Children Than War, UNICEF Warns

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Delia Paul
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The report contains facts and figures about the impact that lack of WASH in conflict situations has on children, and presents stories about individual children’s lives in Bangladesh, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, and other conflict-affected countries. The report makes a three-point call for action to limit the impact of unsafe WASH on children in humanitarian emergencies.

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NASA's terrifying visualization of atmospheric aerosols

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Steve Dent
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Heatwaves, hurricanes and other extreme weather might be the "face of climate change," but it's not the only sign. A grim new visualization from NASA shows another problem caused indirectly by global warming: airborne particles and droplets. These "aerosols," shown on a single day on August 23rd, come from dust, volcanic ash and other sources. They're particularly brutal this year because of fires in California, British Columbia and the southern part of Africa.

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Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

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FRED PEARCE
Trees cleared in the western Amazon region of Brazil in September 2017. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
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The world is losing trees faster than ever. An area the size of Italy disappeared last year. Or did it? New research suggests three-quarters of those lost forests may already be regrowing. That hardly means we are out of the woods. Fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity still needs a global campaign to reforest the planet. But it does suggest that, given the chance, nature will do much of the work. ... Read more about Conflicting Data: How Fast Is the World Losing its Forests?

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WFP: Climate Change to Accelerate World Hunger

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Lisa Schlein
FILE - Malnourished and displaced Somali children sit in a tent in their camp on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, May 25, 2017.
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The World Food Program warns climate change will have a devastating impact on agriculture and the ability of people to feed themselves. The WFP forecasts a huge increase in worldwide hunger unless action is taken to slow global warming. 

The WFP warns progress in reducing global hunger is under threat by conflict and the increase in climate disasters. For the first time in several decades, the WFP reports the number of people suffering from chronic food shortages has risen. ... Read more about WFP: Climate Change to Accelerate World Hunger

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Antarctica has lost 2.71 trillion tons of ice. Here’s what that looks like

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Umair Irfan and Javier Zarracina
All the ice that melted at the South Pole in the past 25 years, visualized with swimming pools. By Umair Irfan and Javier Zarracina  Updated Sep 12, 2018, 8:43am EDT --Blocks of ice drift on the water off the coast of Collins glacier on King George Island, Antarctica on February 1, 2018. AFP/Getty Images
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The frigid expanse of land at the Earth’s Southern pole is covered by 90 percent of the planet’s ice. If all the ice in Antarctica’s ice sheets were to melt, it would raise sea levels by 190 feet.  ... Read more about Antarctica has lost 2.71 trillion tons of ice. Here’s what that looks like

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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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