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  • Brazil’s Worst Month Ever for Forest Fires Blamed on Human Activity
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    By Sam Cowie, The Guardian Brazil has seen more forest fires in September than in any single month since records began, and authorities have warned that 2017 could surpass the worst year on record if action is not taken soon. Experts say that the blazes are almost exclusively due to human activity, and... Read more »
  • The Sixth Mass Extinction of Wildlife Also Threatens Global Food Supplies
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    By Damian Carrington, The Guardian The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in Ethiopia. Credit: Biodiversity International “Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just... Read more »
  • Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Its Eighth-Lowest Minimum Ever Recorded
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    By Damian Carrington, The Guardian The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer. Sunset in the Arctic Ocean over melting sea ice. Credit: NASA/flickr Climate change is pushing temperatures up most rapidly in the polar regions and left the extent of Arctic sea ice at 1.79 million square miles... Read more »
  • Here Are Three Ways Nanomaterials Could Help Combat Climate Change
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    By Bhavya Khullar, Ensia The list of environmental problems that the world faces may be huge, but some strategies for solving them are remarkably small. First explored for applications in microscopy and computing, nanomaterials — materials made up of units that are each thousands of times smaller than the thickness of... Read more »
  • Here’s How Climate Change Could Turn U.S. Real Estate Prices Upside Down
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    By Richard Luscombe, The Guardian If Florida gleaned anything from Hurricane Andrew, the intensely powerful storm that tore a deadly trail of destruction across Miami-Dade County almost exactly 25 years to the day that Hurricane Harvey barreled into the Texas coastline, it was that living in areas exposed to the wrath of... Read more »
  • Here’s How Climate Change is a ‘Death Sentence’ in Afghanistan’s Highlands
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    By Sune Engel Rasmussen, The Guardian The central highlands of Afghanistan are a world away from the congested chaos of the country’s cities. Hills roll across colossal, uninhabited spaces fringed by snow-flecked mountains, set against blistering blue skies. In this spectacular, harsh landscape, one can pinpoint more or less where human settlement becomes impossible:... Read more »
  • Can Business Save the World from Climate Change?
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    By Bianca Nogrady, Ensia “We are still in.” On June 5, 2017, with these four words a group of U.S. businesses and investors with a combined annual revenue of $1.4 trillion sent a powerful message to the world: U.S. president Donald Trump may have withdrawn from the Paris agreement on climate... Read more »
  • Alaska Towns At Risk from Rising Seas Sound Alarm
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    By Oliver Milman, The Guardian The U.S. government’s withdrawal from dealing with, or even acknowledging, climate change may have provoked widespread opprobrium, but for Alaskan communities at risk of toppling into the sea, the risks are rather more personal. The Trump administration has moved to dismantle climate adaptation programs including the Denali Commission,... Read more »
  • New Findings Show How Climate Change Is Influencing India’s Farmer Suicides
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    A suicide epidemic among India’s farmers has shaken the country and contributed to a doubling of the nation’s suicide rate since 1980. It’s a widespread and intensely personal issue, one that has been difficult to tease out the root source. Debt, mental health, lack of social services, weather vagaries and... Read more »
  • These Are the Crazy Climate Records from 2016 You Haven’t Heard Much About
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    By now, we’ve all heard that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and that heat-trapping greenhouse gases hit their highest concentration ever, surpassing 400 parts per million for the first time in nearly 1 million years. Global surface temperature in 2016 compared to the 1981-2010 average. Click image to... Read more »