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Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

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Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

UN talks on loss and damage are failing to deliver for vulnerable communities. After a devastating hurricane season, the developed world must step up

October 16, 2017 — Harvey, Irma, Ophelia. This year’s devastating and record-breaking hurricane season reminds us that storms turbo-charged by human-caused climate change are not a distant future threat, but a reality faced by people around the world. Continue reading Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

Melbourne records its hottest March night since records began

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The all-time record until Tuesday night was 26.9C, recorded on 18 March in 2008. Photograph: David Crosling/AAP
Temperatures hovered around 30°C for most of Tuesday night, after reaching a daytime peak of 38.9°C

March 9, 2016 — Melbourne sweltered through its hottest March night on record on Tuesday, hovering around 30°C after reaching a peak of 38.6°C in the city at 5pm.

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Two survivors rescued from rubble of Taiwan quake

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A soldier stands guard as rescuers (unseen) continue their search for survivors on the third day from a collapsed building following the February 6 6.4 magnitude earthquake, in Tainan City, southern Taiwan, February 8, 2016. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA
There are still more than 100 residents buried in the rubble of the building which was toppled by a 6.4-magnitude quake Saturday, February 6

TAINAN, Taiwan (Feb. 8, 2016) — Two survivors were rescued Monday, February 8, from the rubble of an apartment complex in Taiwan felled by an earthquake, after being trapped for more than 50 hours.

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Rescuers race to save over 100 buried after Taiwan quake

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RESCUE OPERATION. The death toll is rising as emergency workers dig to find survivors of the 6.4-magnitude quake that toppled the 16-storey apartment complex in Tainan City on Saturday, February 6. Photo by Zachary Lee/UDN TV
Census records show around 260 people living in the block but authorities say it was now thought that more than 300 had been inside at the time of the quake

TAINAN, Taiwan (Feb. 7, 2016) — Rescuers raced against time Sunday, February 7, to free more than 100 people still buried beneath the rubble of apartment blocks felled by a powerful earthquake in southern Taiwan that left 18 dead.

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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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Is Climate Change Threatening the World’s Fisheries

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As if overfishing didn’t already exert enough extreme pressure on the supply of seafood, warming ocean temperatures are diminishing the ability for global fisheries to repopulate

January 12, 2016 —You know that whole climate change thing you’ve been herring so much about? Well, in addition to increased natural disasters, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels, the climate crisis is dolphin-itely threatening the world’s seafood supply. Continue reading Is Climate Change Threatening the World’s Fisheries

Firefighters contain deadly Australian bushfire

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A handout frame grab taken from a video footage made available by the Western Australia (WA)’s Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) on January 11, 2016 shows a general view of bushfires affecting the Shires of Harvey and Waroona in Western Australia, Australia, January 9, 2016. Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife/EPA
The fire, one of the worst to hit the region in recent years, destroyed 143 properties

PERTH, Australia (Jan. 11, 2016) — Cooler temperatures and easing winds Monday, January 11, helped firefighters contain a bushfire that killed two people and razed 143 properties, with clean-up efforts getting underway.

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Two dead as firefighters battle huge Australia bushfire

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BLAZE. Firefighters battle a fire near Yarloop in Western Australia in this photo taken on January 7, 2016. Agence France-Presse photo /Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Bushfires during Australia’s hot summer season have now claimed a total of 8 lives

PERTH, Australia (Jan. 10, 2016) — Two people have died and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed in a huge bushfire, Australian authorities said Sunday, January 10, as firefighters battled to tame the out-of-control blaze.

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