Spectacular rebirth of Belize’s coral reefs threatened by tourism and development

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Coral reefs in Laughing Bird Caye. Photograph: Fragments of Hope/Lisa Carne

Report reveals improvement but also details danger posed by tourist-generated pollution, oil extraction and climate change

August 22, 2017 — Just below the surface of the turquoise sea, coral flutters majestically amid schools of puffed up porcupine fish and fluorescent blue and yellow angelfish. Continue reading Spectacular rebirth of Belize’s coral reefs threatened by tourism and development

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

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MASSIVE FLOODING. Indian villagers attempt to cross floodwaters with the help of rope and empty canisters next to a washed away portion of a bridge at Palsa village in Purnia district in Bihar state on August 18, 2017. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

Over a million people are forced to flee their homes due to the massive flooding

NEW DELHI, India (Aug. 21, 2017) — The confirmed death toll passed 700 and more than a million were driven from their homes as large swathes of South Asia reeled under monsoon floods Sunday, August 20, officials said. Continue reading At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

On the front lines of humanitarian work for families fleeing conflict

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ON THE JOB. Cliff Alvarico (center) is UNHCR Philippines’ Program Officer and concurrently heads the organization’s response to the Marawi displacement crisis. All photos from UNHCR

UNHCR places the spotlight on 4 Filipino humanitarian workers on the front lines of protecting families on the run from conflict, violence, and persecution

August 21, 2017 — World Humanitarian Day brings the world together to rally support for people affected by humanitarian crises and pay tribute to aid workers who help them. Continue reading On the front lines of humanitarian work for families fleeing conflict

Stop treating science denial like a disease

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Scientists and campaigners in New York join a day of action in January 2017 to urge US senators to stand with science and against the climate policies of President Trump. Photograph: Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Turning the rejection of scientific expertise into a pathology mistakenly presents individual ignorance as the bottleneck in political disagreements

August 21, 2017 — The elevation of science to a central theme in American politics is an extraordinary development in the co-evolution of science and society. Three months after Donald Trump’s Continue reading Stop treating science denial like a disease

World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

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‘TERRORIST ATTACK.’ Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish and world leaders condemn the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Spanish and world leaders on Thursday, August 17, condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. Continue reading World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

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Leo Adley Dyson Sr: ‘Things don’t change much here.’ Photograph: Shannon Sims

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change

August 18, 2017 — In 50 years, the region near where I grew up, Cameron Parish in south-west Louisiana, will likely be no more. Or rather, it will exist, but it may be underwater, according to the newly Continue reading Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

Silver linings: the climate scientist who records cloud behavior

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‘This is the best planet … it’s part of Nasa’s mission to look at other worlds, but we also want to look down at our world as well,’ says Kate Marvel. Photograph: ISS/Nasa

Clouds cool the planet by reflecting solar energy back to space and also trap heat and radiate it back to Earth. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, physicist Kate Marvel discusses the double-edged effect clouds have on rising temperatures

August 18, 2017 — Clouds perform an important function in cooling the planet as they reflect solar energy back into space. Yet clouds also intensify warming by trapping the planet’s heat and radiating it Continue reading Silver linings: the climate scientist who records cloud behavior

We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet

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Illustration by Mark Long

Hope alone won’t halt climate change but Al Gore’s latest film highlights the role optimism can play

August 18, 2017 — “Hope is essential – despair is just another form of denial,” Al Gore said last week, in an interview to promote the sequel to his 2006 climate change documentary An Inconvenient Continue reading We saved the whale. The same vision can save the planet

Kuwait’s inferno: how will the world’s hottest city survive climate change

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Road to ruin? … labourers at work on the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah causeway in Kuwait City in February. Photograph: Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty

Malls and office complexes continue to spring up in Kuwait City, built by migrants often working illegally in soaring temperatures. But as oil and water reserves dwindle, the energy-guzzling citystate heads for an existential crisis

August 18, 2017 — It is 9am and the temperature in Kuwait City is 45°C and rising, but already people working outside. A row of litter-pickers are already hard at work along a coastal highway, their Continue reading Kuwait’s inferno: how will the world’s hottest city survive climate change

Spain seaside city attacks: What we know

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TERROR. The van who ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others is towed away from the Rambla in Barcelona on August 18, 2017 Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Here’s what we know so far about the two separate attacks that happened in Barcelona and Cambrils

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 others injured after drivers slammed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks on Barcelona’s most popular street and in another busy Spanish seaside city. Continue reading Spain seaside city attacks: What we know

Growing disaster resiliency in Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) and the rest of Mindanao