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Sea Level Rise Will Flood Hundreds of Cities in the Near Future

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Laura Parker
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Many shore communities in the U.S. face inundation in the coming decades.

Sea level rise caused by global warming is usually cast as a doomsday scenario that will play out so far into the future, it’s easy to ignore. Just ask anyone in South Florida, where new construction proceeds apace.

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These Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads

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John McKenna
More than half of the roads in the southern state of Tamil Nadu are plastic
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Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, where it can maim and kill fish, birds and other marine wildlife. ... Read more about These Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads

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Pollution Sources in China Increased More Than 50 Percent in Eight Years

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Olivia Rosane
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The number of pollution sources in China has gone up by more than 50 percent since 2010, Reuters reported Thursday, indicating that the country still has a lot of work to do in its efforts to clean up its environment. ... Read more about Pollution Sources in China Increased More Than 50 Percent in Eight Years

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

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Sophie Hares
Boys collect recyclable items from polluted waters in front of fishing boats at Fish Harbor in Karachi, Pakistan, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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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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Kate Ryan
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THE GOOD NEWS:

 

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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The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem

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The drive to replace polluting petrol and diesel cars with a new breed of electric vehicles has gathered momentum in recent weeks. But there is an unanswered environmental question at the heart of the electric car movement: what on earth to do with their half-tonne lithium-ion batteries when they wear out? ... Read more about The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem

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World's Biggest Drone Drug Deliveries Take Off in Tanzania

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NAIROBI, KENYA — 

Tanzania is set to launch the world's largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save lives.

California's Zipline will make 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities across the east African country, including blood, vaccines and malaria and AIDS drugs, following the success of a smaller project in nearby Rwanda.

"It's the right move," Lilian Mvule, 51, said by phone, recalling how her granddaughter died from malaria two years ago. ... Read more about World's Biggest Drone Drug Deliveries Take Off in Tanzania

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