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Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

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Dust from a storm covers the horizon on the outskirts of New Delhi, 9 June 2018. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

Dust storms come months before the start of city’s traditional ‘pollution season’

June 15, 2018 — Smog more toxic than can be measured by monitoring devices has blanketed the Indian capital this week, months before the start of Delhi’s traditional “pollution season”. Continue reading Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart

Germany to pressure rich countries to pledge new climate cash

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The 2017 Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin (Photo: Axel Schmidt/OECD)

The Petersberg Climate Dialogue will start a replenishment drive for the Green Climate Fund and focus on protecting jobs in the shift to clean energy

June 15, 2018 — Germany is expected to start a drive to replenish the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at a meeting of ministers and climate negotiators in Berlin next week. Continue reading Germany to pressure rich countries to pledge new climate cash

Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall

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Air bubbles floating up through blue sea water, Galapagos Islands, 2015. Credit: Watchtheworld/Alamy Stock Photo.

Prof Andreas Oschlies is head of the marine biogeochemical modelling group and speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 754 at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) and Kiel University, Prof Peter Brandt is professor of physical oceanography at GEOMAR and Kiel University, and Dr Lothar Stramma and Dr Sunke Schmidtko are senior scientists in the physical oceanography group at GEOMAR

June 15, 2018 — Direct measurements show the amount of oxygen in the global oceans has decreased by around 2% over the past 50 years. Continue reading Guest post: How global warming is causing ocean oxygen levels to fall

Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

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Poor People’s Campaign holds a protest on Capitol Hill to demand healthcare and a healthy environment. 04 June 2018. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The Poor People’s Campaign, which revived King’s anti-poverty efforts, is taking a modern focus on the environment after the Flint crisis

June 11, 2018 — The Poor People’s Campaign’s attempt to stage a “moral revival” across dozens of US states echoes much of its 1968 antecedent – a guttural cry to shake America from a miasma of racism, poverty and militarism. But the modern version has also opened up a new battleground – the environment. Continue reading Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

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A baobab tree in South Africa. Photograph: Alamy

Demise of nine out of 13 of the ancient landmarks linked to climate change by researchers

June 11, 2018 — Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. Continue reading Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

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ClientEarth said the commission’s inaction meant more exposure to harmful chemicals. Photograph: OJO Images/Rex/Shutterstock

European commission’s inaction is putting people’s health at risk, law firm says

June 11, 2018 — People’s health is being put at risk by Brussels’ slow response to the use of dangerous chemicals, according to a report.

A study by ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, found that in nine out of 10 cases the European commission’s decision to ban a toxic chemical after it had been identified was “excessively delayed”, sometimes for up to four years. Continue reading Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

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Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on 1 June 2017. Photograph: Joyce N. Boghosian/White House Press Office

Cities, states and companies are taking their own steps on behalf of the planet. But their power to minimize Trump’s damage is limited

June 1, 2018 — Donald Trump barely had time to leave a sun-drenched Rose Garden after announcing the US exit from the historic Paris climate change agreement before the backlash began. Continue reading Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

Margaret Atwood: women will bear brunt of dystopian climate future

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Margaret Atwood is speaking at the British Library as part of Under Her Eye, a women and climate festival. Photograph: Liam Sharp

Booker prize-winning author predicts climate reality will not be far from scenarios imagined in her post-apocalyptic fiction

May 31, 2018 — Climate change will bring a dystopian future reminiscent of one of her “speculative fictions”, with women bearing the brunt of brutal repression, hunger and war, the Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood is to warn. Continue reading Margaret Atwood: women will bear brunt of dystopian climate future

Bohol’s no-coal ordinance ‘an important victory’ – advocate

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At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

BOHOL, Philippines (May 27, 2018) — The local government of Bohol passed an ordinance against the establishment of coal power plants in the province, as a response to the people’s demand for a coal-free Bohol. Continue reading Bohol’s no-coal ordinance ‘an important victory’ – advocate

In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’

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LESSEN PLASTIC. Environmental advocates, government officials and NGOs proudly shows their reusable CleanSeas tumblers as they urge the ban of single-use plastics. Photo by Bong Santisteban/Rappler

A study shows that the Philippines generates 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage every year

MANILA, Phillippines (May 27, 2018) — Government and non-governmental organizations on Saturday, May 26 launched the CleanSeas Pilipinas campaign, in hopes of addressing the country’s emerging problem of plastics in Philippine seas. Continue reading In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’