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Humans are driving 1 million species toward extinction, a UN report warns

The new report presents evidence of mass extinctions ahead, said the scientist who chairs the panel behind it. “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever.”

Climate News Network May 10, 2019

Half a degree rise may make heat impact far worse, study shows

While an increase in warming of 0.5 degree Celsius doesn’t sound like much, there is fresh evidence that it could make a huge difference to rainfall and drought.

Climate News Network May 7, 2019

Human efforts are producing a greener Earth, but the news is not all good

Measurements from space show some regions, notably China and India, are a lot greener than they used to be – potentially good for the climate. Growing vegetation takes up a lot of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Climate News Network March 29, 2019

Global commission: More vegetables, less meat for all our sakes

The healthy diet for people and planet is more vegetables and less meat, produced sustainably, an international panel says. Farmers can feed 10 billion, help contain climate change and prevent 11 million premature deaths per year.

Climate News Network January 20, 2019

Brazil’s Bolsonaro has made grim threats to the Amazon and its people

The president-elect has said he would abolish Brazil's environment ministry, exposing the world's largest rainforest and its indigenous owners to criminal gangs of loggers and miners.

Climate Home News October 30, 2018

Climate summit in San Francisco aimed for a new carbon-emissions goal: zero

“There’s something great about…the power of zero in focusing minds,” said an executive of a London company providing carbon-consulting and carbon-offsetting services. “It’s a concept everybody gets.”

Thomson Reuters Foundation September 17, 2018

Rising sea, falling prices: Climate change hits Key Biscayne home values

On an exclusive South Florida barrier island, home buyers are looking for elevation – and low-lying houses are going for less. "Rain is bad for us," one resident said. "Rain triggers thoughts of flooding."

Thomson Reuters Foundation July 30, 2018

Overlooked Texas-Mexico border shantytowns face threat of gathering storms

"Poor people just get the short end of the stick continuously, and climate change is just another thing they are going to have to deal with," says the head of the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville.

Thomson Reuters Foundation July 1, 2018

‘The water’s not going anywhere’ – Louisiana confronts climate threats

Story and video: In storm-battered New Orleans, preparing for disasters "has become the norm, not the exception." Evacuation centers have been built, homes raised, rooftop solar panels installed and "rain gardens" created.

Thomson Reuters Foundation May 7, 2018

Puerto Rico hurricane migrants may be wild card in US elections

Can an influx of Democratic-learning climate migrants in Florida tip the state’s delicate political balance? As climate change and worsening disasters push more people from their homes, the human wave is creating unexpected ripples in many places.

Thomson Reuters Foundation April 8, 2018

US government needs to do more to climate-proof communities, say experts

Hurricanes, wildfires and other weather disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017. And extreme weather driven by climate change is expected to become more common in upcoming decades.

Thomson Reuters Foundation March 12, 2018

Ozone layer recovery falters unexpectedly, puzzled scientists say

The recovery of the damaged ozone layer which protects life on Earth from harmful solar radiation is no longer happening worldwide, an international team of researchers has reported.

Climate News Network February 18, 2018

Researchers examine how urban forests add to cities’ health and wealth

Planting more urban forests is a simple way not only to improve the health of a city’s people, but to make them wealthier too, scientists in New York state and Italy reported in a new study.

Climate News Network January 29, 2018

Hurricane Harvey makes Houston reassess growth-friendly policies

A buyout program is just one way Houston hopes to better protect itself against floods. But even as officials prepare to demolish thousands of homes in low-lying areas, developers are putting up hundreds more.

Thomson Reuters Foundation December 21, 2017

What’s behind monarch butterflies’ late southward migration this fall?

Summer chills and early fall warmth are being cited as factors that led to to monarch butterflies' latest mass migration southward since the early 1990s.

Yale Climate Connections November 22, 2017

Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath could see pioneering climate lawsuits

In light of new scientific studies measuring how much of the intensity of catastrophic storms resulted from climate change, inquiries might examine questions such as whether public officials correctly managed land use and development.

Thomson Reuters Foundation September 13, 2017

Scientists calculate staggering mass of plastics’ essentially indestructible legacy

Timber rots, cement crumbles, metal corrodes. Plastics don’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense. In 2010, researchers estimated, 8 million tons of plastic debris entered the world’s oceans. By 2050, there could be 12 billion tons of the stuff in landfills.

Climate News Network August 21, 2017

‘Biological annihilation’: Extinction gathers pace, scientists report

Earth is undergoing a “great extinction,” researchers say, with species’ disappearance and decline bearing negative cascading consequences for ecosystem functioning and services vital to sustaining civilization.

Climate News Network July 13, 2017

American coastal cities face growing – and differing – flood risks

As seas rise, U.S. cities with little severe flooding in the past will have more of the worst floods, researchers said. Other cities, which have faced catastrophic hurricane risks historically, can expect moderate floods to be more numerous.

Climate News Network June 15, 2017

Researchers: Deadly heatwaves surge in India, with worse ahead across Asia

"We're looking at a small temperature increase and still seeing a big increase in heatwave deaths. It seems pretty shocking," says one study author. And a much bigger temperature rise is projected for Asia.

Thomson Reuters Foundation June 14, 2017

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