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Historical housing disparities linked with dangerous climate impacts

Science Daily, January 14, 2020 Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather and will likely become even deadlier due to climate change. However, extreme heat does not affect all people equally. Surface temperatures in different neighborhoods within a single city can vary by a whopping 20 […]

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Can the catastrophic fires bring some sanity to Australian climate politics?

by Michelle Crowther, Vox The world is watching our country burn. More than 17.9 million acres have gone up in flames since September, an area 15 times the Amazon fires. At least 27 people have died. A billion animals and 2,000 homes may have been lost. And we are only about halfway through the fire […]

Indonesia’s city Jakarta flooded

It’s not just Australia — Indonesia is facing its own climate disaster

by Rachel Ramirez, Grist It’s not just Australia that’s having a rough start to the new year. Indonesia’s sinking capital of Jakarta and the surrounding areas have been inundated with rain, triggering landslides and floods that have killed dozens of people. As of Tuesday, the torrential downpours have left at least 67 people dead as […]

Australia Fire Puts Billions of Animals at Threat

Entire species are being wiped out: Ecologists say half a billion animals may have been killed by Australia wildfires

by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams Ecologists at the University of Sydney are estimating that nearly half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s unprecedented and catastrophic wildfires, which have sparked a continent-wide crisis and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in desperation. News Corp Australia reported Wednesday that “there are […]

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Four companies agree on partnership to develop fully-electric cargo ships

by Mitsubishi Corporation Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd., Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., and Mitsubishi Corporation today announced their agreement to create a strategic partnership to provide new infrastructure services in the marine shipping industry that focus on electrically powered vessels. Their newly established company, e5 Lab. Inc. (e5 Lab) will work to develop […]

How climate change threatens the criminal justice system

by Molly Taft, EcoWatch It was long predicted that Houston was unprepared for a hurricane like Harvey, yet the storm caught the city off-guard when it landed a year and a half ago. Harvey dawdled over the region for a week after making landfall, dumping up to five feet of rain on some areas. One […]

Greenland is melting away before our eyes

by Eric Holthaus, Rolling Stone Amid an ongoing heat wave, new data show the Greenland ice sheet is in the middle of its biggest melt season in recorded history. It’s the latest worrying signal climate change is accelerating far beyond the worst fears of even climate scientists. The record-setting heat wave that sweltered northern Europe […]

California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up

by Sammy Roth, LA Times Jon Reiter banked the four-seat Cessna aircraft hard to the right, angling to get a better look at the solar panels glinting in the afternoon sun far below. The silvery panels looked like an interloper amid a patchwork landscape of lush almond groves, barren brown dirt and saltbush scrub, framed […]

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EU’s lending arm plans to phase out fossil-fuel funding

By Jonathan Stearns and Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg The European Investment Bank plans to stop funding fossil fuels starting in 2021 as Europe steps up the fight against climate change. The Luxembourg-based EIB, the European Union’s lending arm, aims to increase support for clean-energy projects as the EU crafts stronger policies to counter the more frequent […]

Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months

by Matt McGrath, BBC Now it seems, there’s a growing consensus that the next 18 months will be critical in dealing with the global heating crisis, among other environmental challenges. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that to keep the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C this century, emissions of carbon […]