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An Inconvenient Sequel review – Trump looms over Al Gore’s urgent climate-change doc

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Northern exposure … Al Gore goes to Greenland in An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power. Photograph: Participant Media/Paramount Pictures

New challenges – and a science-dismissing US President – make Gore’s sequel to his 2006 film feel both cinematic and compelling

August 16, 2017 — Eleven record-breaking summers on from An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore doubles down. Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s galvanizing documentary accompanies the former US vice- Continue reading An Inconvenient Sequel review – Trump looms over Al Gore’s urgent climate-change doc

Securing our food now and into the future

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WEALTH OF THE SEA. An undated handout picture made available by Australia’s James Cook University (JCU) on 31 January 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File/James Cook University

‘It’s about time to protect the oceans’

April 11, 2017 — Oceans mean the whole world.

They provide us food. They offer shelter to many species that enable life to exist on earth. They protect us from the impacts of climate change. Continue reading Securing our food now and into the future

Bike-sharing revolution aims to put China back on two wheels

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People wearing masks cycle through smog in Tiananmen Square during a red alert for heavy air pollution in Beijing. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

From Shanghai to Sichuan, schemes are being rolled out to slash congestion, cut air pollution – and spin a profit

December 30, 2016 — Even through Beijing’s nicotine-tinged smog you can make out the multi-coloured frames, gliding through the pea soup towards a greener future. Continue reading Bike-sharing revolution aims to put China back on two wheels

This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

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Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where global leaders are meeting for the 22nd UN climate summit (Cop22). Photograph: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP

The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity

November 8, 2016 — Almost as staggering as the current enormous influx into cities across the globe is the dramatic slowdown in urbanisation that will follow it. The world is literally going to town on urbanisation – but it is a project that is both immense and historically fleeting.  Continue reading This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

Changing climate demands new approach to flood risk, say MPs

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A new report by MPs says the government could be doing a lot better at managing flooding, as well as telling people how much risk they are exposed to as the climate changes

November 1, 2016 — The report comes from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) select committee, a cross-party parliamentary group that scrutinises the work of the Department Continue reading Changing climate demands new approach to flood risk, say MPs

Facebook users ‘check in’ to support North Dakota pipeline protests

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A log adorned with colorful decorations remains at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest encampment as construction work continues on the pipeline near the town of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Josh Morgan

More than 4,600 people used Facebook’s location tagging feature to “check in” on Monday afternoon at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation

October 31, 2016 — Thousands of supporters of a Native American tribe and environmental activists fighting construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota turned to social media on Monday in a bid to confuse police who they believe are using it to track the protesters.  Continue reading Facebook users ‘check in’ to support North Dakota pipeline protests

20 mining firms recommended for suspension – DENR

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Secretary Regina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during press conference at the DENR office on Thursday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Environment officials bare the results of their audit on mining operations in the country

MANILA, Philippines (Sept. 29, 2016) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced on Tuesday, September 27, that it has recommended the suspension of 20 mining firms following the completion of its audit of mining operations in the country.  Continue reading 20 mining firms recommended for suspension – DENR

World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

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IVORY. Elephant tusks seized by French customs in Ivry-sur-Seine, outside Paris on June 8, 2016. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

World leaders of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) voted to call on countries to close ivory trade

MIAMI, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — In a bid to stop the killing of elephants for their tusks, world governments voted Saturday, September 10, at a major conservation conference to urge the closure of all domestic ivory markets.  Continue reading World governments urge end to domestic ivory markets

Reclaimed city in southern Malaysia triggers ecology fears

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MEGA-DEVELOPMENT. This picture taken on April 19, 2016 shows the scale model of development at Forest-City on one of the man-made islands on the Malaysian side of the Straits of Johor. Roslan Rahman/AFP

A planned multi-billion-dollar new city near Singapore is attracting interest from investors with promises of luxury living but there are questions over its future

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia (July 31, 2016) — A planned multi-billion-dollar new city near Singapore is attracting interest from investors with promises of luxury living but there are questions over its future owing to China’s economic woes and warnings of environmental catastrophe.  Continue reading Reclaimed city in southern Malaysia triggers ecology fears