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India Plants 50 Million Trees in One Day, Smashing World Record

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Volunteers plant trees in Allahabad, India, on July 11, as part of an effort to restore 50 million trees in a day. PHOTOGRAPH BY RAJESH KUMAR SINGH, ASSOCIATED PRESS

More than 800,000 volunteers pitched in to help the country fight climate change.

July 20, 2016 — Although the feat has yet to be certified by Guinness World Records, Indian officials have reported that volunteers planted a whopping 49.3 million tree saplings on July 11, blowing past the previous record for most trees planted in a single day.  Continue reading India Plants 50 Million Trees in One Day, Smashing World Record

Flash floods kill 43 in northern Pakistan

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Image by Rappler.com

The worst-hit village is Ursoon, located in the district of Chitral, where nearly all of the fatalities came from

URSOON, Pakistan (July 3, 2016) — Overnight flash floods killed at least 43 people in northern Pakistan, the majority in a remote village that did not receive an evacuation warning before the waters hit washing away most of the settlement, officials said Sunday, July 3. Continue reading Flash floods kill 43 in northern Pakistan

Colombia’s illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

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MINING AND MALARIA. Critics point to stagnant water buildups near mining sites to the malaria outbreak in Colombia

Critics point to stagnant water buildups at the clandestine sites and poor sanitary conditions at the workers’ camps for an increase in mosquitos spreading the disease

BOGOTA, Colombia (Apr. 31, 2016) — Colombia’s widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions – and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak. Continue reading Colombia’s illegal mining linked to malaria outbreak

More than 1,000 species have been moved due to human impact

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The swift fox was once Canada’s most endangered carnivore but after being reintroduced in1983 its status has now been downgraded to threatened. Photograph: Roberta Olenick/All Canada Photos/Alamy

Animals and plants are increasingly being ‘translocated’ from their native areas to survive effects of climate change, poaching and habitat loss, says top conservationist

April 21, 2016 — More than 1,000 species have had to be relocated because of climate change, poaching and humans taking their habitat, according to a top conservationist.\

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Recovering tropical forests a sponge for CO2

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A re-emerging forest. Photo from Kalikasan PNE
The research challenges long-standing assumptions that virgin tropical forests untouched by logging or industry do a better job of sopping up carbon dioxide

PARIS, France (Feb. 4, 2016) — Tropical forests reclaiming land cleared for agriculture or livestock not only grow quickly, but absorb far more CO2 from the atmosphere than old-growth trees, according to a study released Wednesday, February 3.

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Unpaid forest guards stop work in critical watershed

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FIGHING ILLEGAL LOGGING. Ipo Watershed bantay gubat or forest guards find illegally-cut lumber floating in a river. Photo from Fredd Ochavo/UP Mountaineers
The Ipo Watershed – part of a watershed system which provides 97% of Metro Manila’s water needs – is now vulnerable again to illegal logging and burning – no thanks to MWSS’ ‘oversight’

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 1, 2016) — A mountain forest that is one of Metro Manila’s main sources of water is now at the mercy of illegal logging and burning after around 20 of its forest guards left their posts in January.

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The climate papers most featured in the media in 2015

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How much coal oil and gas do we have to leave in the ground? Preview of graphic by Rosamund Pearce/Carbon Brief

January 18, 2016 — Last summer, Carbon Brief delved into the canon of published climate papers to discover which were the most influential, most cited and most covered by the media.

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Rampaging elephants force Myanmar villagers to tree-top refuge

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ELEPHANT SCARE. A man working in the field in Taik Kyi village on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. The elephants are searching for foods in the places where his people live. Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP
Villagers from a farming community say they had to build taller houses to keep them safe from the wild elephants

TAIK KYI, Myanmar (Jan. 16, 2016) — Pushed from their forest home by encroaching farm land, wild elephants are driving fearful villagers in a Myanmar township to seek refuge in tree houses while the animals storm their rice paddies looking for food.

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