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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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Infographic: A World of Languages

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Infographic: A World of Languages

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Languages provide a window into culture and history. They’re also a unique way to map the world – not through landmasses or geopolitical borders, but through mother tongues. ... Read more about Infographic: A World of Languages

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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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Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says

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A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies.

The results, which are probably a combination of the effects of climate change, vast human withdrawals of groundwater and simple natural changes, could have profound consequences if they continue, pointing to a situation in which some highly populous regions could struggle to find enough water in the future. ... Read more about Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water around the world, NASA says

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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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World Is Not on Track to Meet UN’s 2030 Sustainable Energy Goals

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The world's poorest countries are making progress toward the United Nations' sustainable energy goals, but not as quickly as development agencies had hoped, according to a new report from the UN, the World Health Organization and three other international agencies.

Of the 1 billion people who lack access to electricity, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, only about a third will get it by 2030, they found, and more than 2 billion will still be cooking with unhealthy, polluting fuels. ... Read more about World Is Not on Track to Meet UN’s 2030 Sustainable Energy Goals

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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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World leaders sound alarm over global water crisis

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UNITED NATIONS -- The World Bank and the U.N. are sounding the alarm over a global water crisis. A joint report released Wednesday says that 40 percent of the world's population is affected by water scarcity. ... Read more about World leaders sound alarm over global water crisis

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