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Rewiliding is the solution to rebalancing the climate

How is climate change affecting the array of species on the planet and natural spaces? Scientists are using biodiversity indicators to provide a measure for reporting on international goals and targets. These suggest the need for rewilding.

California hit with power shutoffs as winds and fire risks rise

Thousands of Californians are in the dark Monday because of PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoffs. It's likely to stay that way until late Tuesday when the wind event, dubbed the "strongest winds of the season" is over.

Japan PM Suga sets 2050 deadline for carbon neutrality

Apo - Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday set a 2050 deadline for the world's third-largest economy to become carbon neutral, significantly firming up the country's climate change commitments.

Workers eradicate first nest of 'murder hornets' found in US

Los Angeles - Agricultural department workers wearing protective suits have eradicated the first nest of giant "murder hornets" discovered in the United States, vacuuming them out of a tree in Washington state.

Colorado wildfires grow as California prepares for extreme winds

The so-called East Troublesome Fire burning in Grand County, Colorado, has exploded from 19,000 acres to more than 125,000 on Thursday, becoming the second-largest fire in the state's history, and forcing thousands of families to evacuate.

Death of sea life off Russia peninsula 'caused by algae'

Moscow - Blooming algae was behind a recent mass death of sea animals that saw octopuses and seals wash up on the shore off a Russian peninsula, scientists said on Friday in the final conclusion to their probe.

India's capital chokes on 'severe' smog as farm fires soar

New Delhi - New Delhi was blanketed in noxious haze Friday as air pollution levels in parts of the city soared to "severe" levels, hours after US President Donald Trump described the air in the vast nation as "filthy".

Hong Kong needs tougher laws to tackle wildlife crime say researchers

Fpo - Hong Kong is thriving as a transnational wildlife smuggling hub because its laws are not strong enough to tackle organised crime running the lucrative trade, researchers said Friday.

Half-measures won't save nature, scientists warn

Paris - Bending the curve of nature's rapid decline will require attacking the problem aggressively along several fronts at once, leading scientists warned Thursday.

Captive-bred salmon in wild may do more harm than good

Paris - Releasing captive-bred Atlantic salmon into the ocean, a long-standing practice to boost stocks for commercial fishing, reduces the rate at which wild populations reproduce and may ultimately do more harm than good, researchers cautioned Wednesday.

Floods kill 111 in central Vietnam, Storm Saudel on the way

Hanoi - More than 100 people have died and 20 others are missing in central Vietnam following weeks of severe flooding and landslides, authorities said Wednesday, as the country braced for yet another storm this weekend.

Air pollution costs Europe cities $190bn a year: analysis

Paris - Air pollution costs inhabitants of European cities more than 160 billion euros ($190 billion) each year due to long- and short-term health impacts, a group of environmental and social watchdogs said in research published Wednesday.

'Like the speed of the wind': Kenya's lakes rise to destructive highs

Kabarnet - Peering into the lake, the village elder struggled to pinpoint where beneath the hyacinth and mesquite weeds lay the farm he lived in his entire life until the water rose like never before and swallowed everything.

In new German save-the-forest fight, migrant captain centre stage

Deutschland - Eighteen months ago, German ship captain Carola Rackete was hailed a hero by refugee campaigners after she defied the authorities by steering a migrant rescue vessel into the port of Lampedusa.

Colorado's Cameron Peak Fire is now biggest in state's history

Colorado's Cameron Peak Fire, which started in mid-August, is now the biggest in the state's recorded history, having burned more than 203,000 acres of land in the north-central part of the state as of Monday morning. The fire is 62 percent contained.

Over 5,000 dead Cape fur seal fetuses washed up on Namibia beach

Over 5,000 dead seal pups have washed ashore along the coast of Pelican Point peninsula in Namibia, raising grave concerns from conservationist groups.

High stakes for Earth's climate future in US vote

Paris - The United States presidential election will be "make or break" for the planet after four years during which Donald Trump frustrated global efforts to slash emissions, climate experts warn, fearing his re-election may imperil the world's chances of avo...

NOAA — La Nina will give U.S. mild winter but intensify drought

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center released its winter outlook for 2020-2021 Thursday, forecasting that much of the South and Southwest of the U.S. will remain dry this winter, while the northern tier of states will have a wetter than average winter.

Carbon dioxide levels drop significantly during COVID-19

Carbon dioxide levels have fallen in line with a decrease in economic output during the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time there are signs that more people are understanding the impact of climate change on the planet.
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