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Francisco Tutella April 22, 2019
The world’s climate will become less tolerable, even as the world is expected to add more than 2 billion people before the end of the century. A range of factors including temperature, costs and consequences must be considered, urges an international team of researchers. “The team defined 'tolerable' as a world where global mean warming at the end of the century is limited to 2 degrees...
March 19, 2019
Mozambique ranks among the world’s poorest nations and recovery from Cyclone Idai will be a challenge. Also hit hard: Zimbabwe and Mali. The storm made landfall in Beira on March 14 and aid teams arrived to find the fourth largest city, population 500,000, mostly destroyed with no power or telecommunications. People escaped by climbing to roofs and trees, and severely damaged roads and...
Jordeene B. Lagare March 16, 2019
Sections of metropolitan Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, suffer from a severe water shortage with service disruptions anticipated until rain arrives. The rainy season does not begin for another three months, and authorities are rationing water. “The water agency said all of its customers would have no water from six to 20 hours every day,” reports the Manila Times. “Although the...
Aleksi Teivainen March 13, 2019
More than 1,200 Finnish scientists and hundreds of British researchers have released statements in support of a series of global school strikes by children calling attention to the threat of climate change. The next strike is set for March 15. The researchers point out that the evidence about a warming climate, caused by people’s reliance on fossil fuels, is undeniable, and immediate action is...
Elle Hunt March 12, 2019
Raising children is a long-term endeavor, and parents resist raising children in a disaster-prone setting. As researchers warn about the risks of climate change and journalists document extreme storms, wildfires and floods, people are increasingly wary about bringing children into this world and critical of politicians who take no action. Young adults once hesitated to speak out about such...
Oliver Milman February 22, 2019
China stopped accepting 12 forms of imported recyclables for processing and set stringent conditions on contamination as of January 2018. Developed nations do not have adequate domestic markets for handling the waste and did not prepare citizens, packaging firms or cities for the change. So recyclables pile up, with most landfilled and incinerated rather than processed for reuse. “The dilemma...
Matt McGrath February 13, 2019
Intensive agriculture, pesticides, pollution, deforestation, habitat loss, invasive species and a changing climate are decimating populations of bees, ants and beetles, reports research published in Biological Conservation. Meanwhile the populations of houseflies and cockroaches, insects that reproduce quickly and live among humans, could rise. “Insects make up the majority of creatures that live...