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Paris climate deal: frustrated world leaders prepare to move on without US

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Donald Trump with Angela Merkel and Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi at the G7 summit. Merkel said: ‘The whole discussion about climate has been difficult, or rather very unsatisfactory.’ Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/AP

Trump is reportedly poised to pull out of Paris – prompting murmurings that the world would be better off without American involvement

June 1, 2017 — Donald Trump’s Twitter pledge to make a decision on whether to remain in the Paris climate agreement this week promises resolution to months of fevered lobbying over US involvement in the global accord. Continue reading Paris climate deal: frustrated world leaders prepare to move on without US

UN climate chief unable to secure meeting with US state department

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Patricia Espinosa has been unable to obtain a meeting with the US state department. Photograph: Pablo Porciuncula/AFP/Getty Images

Global governance expert decries ‘snub’ of Patricia Espinosa as Trump administration considers whether to pull out of Paris climate deal

March 3, 2017 — The UN’s climate chief has been unable to secure a meeting with the US state department as Donald Trump’s administration mulls whether to withdraw the US from the international climate effort. Continue reading UN climate chief unable to secure meeting with US state department

South African national park to kill animals in response to severe drought

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There are about 47,000 buffaloes in Kruger national park. Photograph: Dolf van Zuydam/AP

About 350 hippos and buffaloes under threat in Kruger national park to be killed in attempt to prevent animals suffering

September 14, 2016 — Rangers in South Africa’s biggest wildlife park are to kill about 350 hippos and buffaloes threatened by the impact of a severe drought.  Continue reading South African national park to kill animals in response to severe drought

UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts

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A Cumbria road destroyed in floods during storm Desmond, which scientists found had been made more likely by climate change. Photograph: Ashley Cooper / Barcroft Media

A 2,000 page report by Committee on Climate Change predicts global warming will hit UK with deadly heatwaves, more flooding and water shortages

July 12, 2016 — The UK is poorly prepared for the inevitable impacts of global warming in coming decades, including deadly annual heatwaves, water shortages and difficulties in producing food, according the government’s official advisers.  Continue reading UK poorly prepared for climate change impacts

Phasing out coal, oil and gas extraction in US would drastically cut emissions

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A quarter of US fossil fuel extraction occurs on 650m acres of federal land. Photograph: Matthew Brown/AP

The reduction would slash greenhouse gas emissions by 100m tonnes a year by 2030 and even more after that, comparing well to other proposed measures

May 3, 2016 — Phasing out coal, oil and gas extraction on US federal land would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 100m tonnes a year by 2030 and even more after then, providing a useful brake to climate change, according to a new study. Continue reading Phasing out coal, oil and gas extraction in US would drastically cut emissions

EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

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DROUGHT. A young girl carries water from a well to her house in a village called Pernier, a 30-minute drive from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 17, 2016. According to the World Food Program, 3.6 million Haitians face food insecurity after 3 consecutive years of drought. File photo by Bahare Khodabande/EPA

The funding includes 12.2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400,000 Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The European Union said Friday, April 29, it was giving an additional 38 million euros in cash aid to Haiti, which is combatting drought and a migration crisis with neighboring Dominican Republic. Continue reading EU announces additional 38 million euros in aid for Haiti

Millions of Ethiopians facing worst drought for decades

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ESCAPING WAR. A woman and her children displaced by fighting in South Sudan sit outside her tent at the Kule camp for Internally Displaced People at the Pagak border crossing in Gambella, Ethiopia, on July 10, 2014. Zacharias Abubeker/AFP
Forecasts indicate that the number of people needing food aid in Ethiopia could double within months

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Jan. 31, 2016) — Ethiopia is struggling from its worst drought for 30 years with millions in dire need of life saving aid, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday, January 31.

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Climate Change Disaster Top Threat to Economy in 2016

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Climate activists march in Berlin, November 2015. Credit: mw238/flickr
A catastrophe caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, according to a survey of 750 experts conducted by the World Economic Forum.

January 18, 2016 — The annual assessment of risks conducted by the WEF before its annual meeting in Davos on January 20-23 showed that global warming had catapulted its way to the top of the list of concerns.

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5 things you need to know about water and climate

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Children wash their hands in a partially dried-out natural pond at Badarganj village, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

January 15, 2016 — In the Global Risks Report 2016, which draws attention to ways that global risks could evolve and interact in the next decade, water crises features highly. Here are five reasons why.

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In Age of Extreme Weather, Industrial Farming Threatens Us All

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A sign on the side of a truck in Buttonwillow, California reads, “Food grows where water flows.” (Photo: Getty)
New study reveals even developed nations are on the front lines of food insecurity

January 13, 2016 — Extreme weather is damaging to crop production and threatens food safety worldwide, according to a new study published in Nature on Wednesday.

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