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Climate crisis causes deadly virus to spread among marine mammals

A lethal virus that killed tens of thousands of harbor seals in the northern Atlantic in 2002 suddenly spread to sea lions, seals and otters in the northern Pacific Ocean two years later, confounding scientists - until now.

With bipartisan support, New Zealand passes zero-emissions bill

New Zealand has reached an agreement on climate change policy, passing the Zero Carbon Bill in Parliament, with opposition forces joining across the aisle to set a course for the country to radically reduce emissions by the year 2050.

Over 11,000 scientists sign letter declaring climate emergency

A global team of scientists has warned that "untold human suffering" is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

Are we prepared for impact of climate on mountain sourced water?

The world faces increased flooding, droughts and possible conflicts due to the effects of climate change on fresh water supplies drawn from mountains but is “woefully unprepared” to tackle these risks, experts said.

America's bridge infrastructure needs some serious work

America has over 600,000 bridges. Steel girder bridges, among the most common, could face serious infrastructure problems thanks to man-made climate change.

Rising emissions turning Arctic permafrost into carbon source

Arctic regions have captured and stored carbon for tens of thousands of years, but a new study shows winter carbon emissions from the Arctic may now be putting more carbon into the atmosphere than is taken up by plants each year.

Conservation group seeks protection for western Joshua trees

Joshua Tree - A conservation organization has petitioned for protection of the western Joshua tree under the California Endangered Species Act due to the effects of climate change and habitat destruction.

The frequency, duration and intensity of heatwaves to get worse

Scientists in the U.S. have added a new dimension to the growing hazard of extreme heat. As global average temperatures rise, so too will the frequency, duration and intensity of heatwaves.

Peruvian Andes is losing its glaciers due to climate crisis

It is common knowledge that glaciers are melting in many regions across the globe. However, the speed at which tropical glaciers in the Peruvian Andes are retreating is particularly alarming.

September 4th month in a row to break or tie global heat records

Last month was officially the hottest September on record, just slightly hotter (.04 degrees Fahrenheit) than the previous record-holder, September 2016, according to data released Friday by the Copernicus Climate Change Service.

First Nation people feed starving grizzlies in British Columbia

The impacts of the climate crisis on the food chain are already evident in British Columbia, Canada. With winter fast approaching, one family of starving grizzly bears are being fed farm-raised salmon by First Nation people.

Nearly half of UK companies targeting 'carbon neutrality' by 2030

The climate crisis may seem overwhelming - given the size of the challenge we are facing. However, carbon neutrality is proving to be the right business response for nearly half of UK businesses in a recent survey.

Australian towns prepare for the day when the water is gone

Guyra - The little town of Guyra - population 2,000 - in eastern Australia lies next to a freshwater lagoon just half a day’s drive from Sydney, but its drinking water is due to run dry in 400 days’ time.

WMO warns that urgent action needed as temperatures rise

The global average temperature is set to rise to at least 1.2 to 1.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) official said on Monday.

Fossil fuel's demise rests on a world awakened to climate crisis

While youth activists stormed the streets around the globe demanding action on the climate crisis - Republican lawmakers, including leadership, huddled with the fossil fuel industry, a major source of fundraising for U.S. policymakers.

'Nature is angry,' and the UN climate summit calls for action now

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is banking on new pledges from governments and businesses to abandon fossil fuels during a special climate summit in New York on Monday.

Climate activist Thunberg speaks with Senators and meets Obama

Washington - Climate Activist Greta Thunberg came to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, meeting with the Senate's climate crisis task force. The 16-year-old Swedish climate warrior also met former President Barack Obama.

Canada will not pay for people to rebuild homes in flood zones

Gatineau - With the increase in severe flooding occurring more frequently in Canada, the cost of rebuilding a home or business in the same area is escalating. Canada is testing a very different idea of disaster recovery: Forcing people to move.

Extreme weather has displaced seven million in first half of 2019

A record seven million people have been displaced globally due to natural disasters including storms and floods between January and June 2019 and the number is estimated to more than triple by the end of the year.

Alaskans experiencing fires, little rain and drought conditions

Anchorage - In one Alaska village, officials are barging in jugs of water and shutting off the public water supply 12 hours each day. In another, automatic flush toilets have been switched to manual flushing, and restaurants are serving meals on paper plates.

Danish pension fund sells its stake in 10 top oil companies

Copenhagen - Danish pension fund MP Pension said on Tuesday it would sell its stakes in 10 of the world’s biggest oil firms as it seeks to divest major sources of carbon emissions from its portfolio.

Alaska's wildfires threaten severe damage to life and property

Juneau - Take the impacts from the climate crisis, throw in an incredibly warm and dry summer - and you one of the most destructive fire seasons Alaskan's have experienced in a number of years.

Great Barrier Reef's outlook officially downgraded to 'very poor'

Australia has downgraded the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef to "very poor" for the first time, highlighting a fierce battle between environmental campaigners and the government over the country's approach to the climate crisis.

Will 'climate services' be allowed to profit from climate crisis?

As the climate crisis deepens, more and more companies offering "climate services" are springing up. This raises an important question - How do we avoid a future where the best data for saving lives is only available to those who can afford it?

The sea ice near Alaska's shores has all melted due to heatwave

July 2019 now stands as Alaska’s hottest month on record, the latest benchmark in a long-term warming trend with ominous repercussions ranging from rapidly vanishing summer sea ice and melting glaciers to raging wildfires.

Climate crisis fuels increased risks to global food security

More than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, the UN warned on Thursday, before urging all countries to commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late.

July 2019 has rewritten climate history across the globe

The latest data from the World Meteorological Organization shows the month of July "at least equaled if not surpassed the hottest month in recorded history" — and it followed the hottest June ever, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday.

Greenland's record-breaking ice melt is now everyone's problem

Greenland's ice sheet is in the midst of one of its most extreme melts ever recorded, with 160 billion tons of ice lost in July alone. What is happening in Greenland now affects all of us on the planet.

Russia declares a state of emergency over Siberian wildfires

Russia has declared a state of emergency in five Siberian regions after wildfires engulfed an area of forest almost the size of Belgium amid record high temperatures as a result of the climate crisis.

Ethiopia tackles climate crisis — plants 350m trees in a day

Addis Ababa - More than 353 million tree seedlings were planted across Ethiopia in just 12 hours on Monday as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Green Legacy reforestation campaign.
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