Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave

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Residents sleep on the pavement in Karachi to escape the heat and frequent power outages. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Charity says at least 65 people have died in Pakistani city as temperatures exceed 40°C

May 22, 2018 — An intense heatwave across south Asia has killed dozens of people with sustained temperatures in excess of 40°C (104°F) coinciding with power cuts and Ramadan, when many Muslims avoid eating or drinking water. Continue reading Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave

Carbon markets back from the brink of collapse, says World Bank

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An activist pushes a giant ball with the words, ‘toxic tonnes’ during a protest over carbon pricing reforms outside the European Parliament in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Development of major new markets in China and reforms in Europe have provided a crucial boost as countries look at tools to cut carbon and meet their Paris climate targets

May 22, 2018 — Global carbon markets have been revived from the brink of collapse as, after years , recent developments have provided a much-needed boost, according to a new report from the World Bank. Continue reading Carbon markets back from the brink of collapse, says World Bank

Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia

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Young Asian elephant caught in a snare in Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. The snare was likely set to catch a wild pig, the elephant juvenile perished before vets could get to the scene. Photograph: Wildlife Conservation Society – Cambodia

Snares – either metal or rope – are indiscriminately killing wildlife across Southeast Asia, from elephants to mouse deer. The problem has become so bad that scientists are referring to protected areas in the region as “empty forests.”

May 22, 2018 — A simple brake cable for motorbikes can kill a tiger, a bear, even a young elephant in Southeast Asia. Local hunters use these ubiquitous wires to create snares – indiscriminate forest bombs – that are crippling and killing Southeast Asia’s most Continue reading Rangers find 109,217 snares in a single park in Cambodia