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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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The Global Impacts of Rapidly Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice

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PETER WADHAMS
Arctic Ocean sea ice melt as seen from the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Cutter Healy. NASA/KATHRYN HANSEN
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The news last week that summer ice covering the Arctic Ocean was tied for the second-lowest extent on record is a sobering reminder that the planet is swiftly heading toward a largely ice-free Arctic in the warmer months, possibly as early as 2020... Read more about The Global Impacts of Rapidly Disappearing Arctic Sea Ice

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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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.5B people worldwide lack access to toilets — WHO

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Analou de Vera
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The World Health Organization (WHO) said and estimate of four and a half billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet that is connected to a "sewer or pit or sptic tank that treats human waste." The WHO in a statement said that billions of people still do not have an access to “safely managed sanitation services,” causing people to be exposed to various diseases. ... Read more about .5B people worldwide lack access to toilets — WHO

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Globally, losing the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases

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Susan Scutti
Globally, losing the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases
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(CNN)More than half of all UN countries will fail to honor their commitment to reduce premature deaths from cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease ... Read more about Globally, losing the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases

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Scaling plastic waste solutions, even imperfect ones

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Doug Woodring and Tom Domen
Scaling plastic waste solutions, even imperfect ones
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Plastic pollution in waterways and coastlines is an overall system failure of how we design, use and dispose of materials. The myriad of lightweight, durable plastics makes it incredibly hard to recover and sort these resources into usable quantities of similar polymer types. This reduces its embedded value and incentive for collection. ... Read more about Scaling plastic waste solutions, even imperfect ones

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