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Heavy Rain Douses Australia’s East Coast Bushfires

Heavy Rain Douses Australia’s East Coast Bushfires

Australian authorities issued evacuation orders as heavy rain lashed Sydney and the east coast of the state of New South Wales (NSW) on Monday, bringing chaos to the country’s largest city while dousing bushfires that have raged since November. Between 200 and 400 millimetres (7.9 to 15.8 inches) of rain drenched the Sydney area out […]

Malala Joins Thousands Of Activists Urging Leaders To ‘Act Faster’ On Global Goals

Malala Joins Thousands Of Activists Urging Leaders To ‘Act Faster’ On Global Goals

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai and environmentalist Jane Goodall are among more than 2,000 activists who declared a state of “emergency” for people and the planet on Thursday, in a letter demanding urgent action from world leaders. “We need you to act faster”, read the open letter, addressed to world leaders who in 2015 signed […]

London Launches Green Energy Firm To Fight Climate Change, Poverty

London Launches Green Energy Firm To Fight Climate Change, Poverty

London’s mayor launched a green energy company that will provide “fair-priced” electricity from renewable sources on Monday, seeking to reduce carbon emissions and make fuel more affordable. One in 10 Londoners cannot afford to pay their energy bills, according to figures from the mayor’s office, which said the new, company London Power, would offer a […]

Women Step Forward In Push To Nurture African Climate Scientists

Women Step Forward In Push To Nurture African Climate Scientists

As a child, Kenyan meteorologist Saumu Shaka helped out on her parents’ small farm growing maize and pigeon pea – and learned how the weather can hold food producers hostage. “Looking back, the yield has declined over the years,” said Shaka, 28, who works with the Kenya Meteorological Department. A decade ago, her parents would […]

Australia’s Fire Crisis Raises Cause For ‘State Of Emergency’

Australia’s Fire Crisis Raises Cause For ‘State Of Emergency’

The Australian federal government department responsible for managing emergencies shut its Canberra office due to poor air quality on Monday as the nation’s capital choked on smoke from deadly bushfires. On Monday, Canberra had a rating over 340 on the Air Quality Index — higher than Beijing’s 170. Australia has been ravaged by some of the worst wildfires seen […]

Indonesia’s Deadly Floods Sparks Climate ‘Wake Up Call’

Indonesia’s Deadly Floods Sparks Climate ‘Wake Up Call’

Floods that killed 60 people in Indonesia’s capital after the biggest rainfall since records began should be a wake-up call to climate change in one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters, environmental groups said. But, despite the catastrophe in Southeast Asia’s biggest city, authorities see no greater impetus for more cuts to planned carbon dioxide […]

Push For Climate-Damage Fund Set To Fall Flat At UN Talks

Push For Climate-Damage Fund Set To Fall Flat At UN Talks

From dying coral reefs to damaged wells and crops, island nations are experiencing severe harm from extreme weather and rising seas – but U.N. climate talks in Madrid are unlikely to deliver on demands for a new fund to help them. Hussain Rasheed Hassan, environment minister of the low-lying Maldives, said that if the corals […]

US Announces $30 Million To Bolster Coasts From Flooding, Rising Seas

US Announces $30 Million To Bolster Coasts From Flooding, Rising Seas

The U.S. government’s oceans and waterways agency will provide $30 million to improve coastal resilience, officials said, aiming to reduce the impacts of worsening storms, flooding and rising seas in nearly half of U.S. states. Grants through the program are designed to restore or expand coastal wetlands, dunes, reefs, mangroves and barrier islands that are […]

Venice Hit By Another Exceptional High Tide; Worst Week In 150 years

Venice Hit By Another Exceptional High Tide; Worst Week In 150 years

Reeling from devastating floods this week, Venice suffered another exceptional high tide on Sunday, with the water peaking at 150 cm (4.9 feet), marking the worst week for the city since official tide statistics were produced in 1872.   The city’s centre for tide forecasts had warned the tide could reach 160 cm on Sunday […]

Climate Change Could Put Development Goals Beyond Reach – UN

Climate Change Could Put Development Goals Beyond Reach – UN

As global warming brings wilder weather, more harvest failures and the risk of growing migration and poverty, “sustainable development as we think of it today may be out of reach”, a top U.N. specialist in climate change losses warned on Wednesday. Nations around the world in 2015 agreed to pursue a set of “sustainable development […]

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