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Corporate climate polluters must pay for damage

LONDON, February 27, 2021 − The world’s big oil and mining companies emit vast amounts of climate-changing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. By extension, the actions of these corporate giants stand accused of contributing to floods and droughts and other climate-related disasters around the globe, extremely costly in both human and financial terms. Our suggestion, which […]

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How to save economy and climate together

LONDON, May 7, 2020 − The warnings are stark. With the Covid-19 crisis wreaking global havoc and the overheating atmosphere threatening far worse in the long term, especially if governments rely on the same old carbon-intensive ways, both economy and climate will sink or swim together. “There are reasons to fear that we will leap from […]

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Starvation may force nations to war

DELHI, 26 September, 2019 − A stark warning that the exposure of more and more people to water scarcity, hunger and outright starvation may lead to the “failure of fragile states and regional conflicts” has been given by the United Nations as it attempts to galvanise governments into halting the spread of deserts before more […]

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Climate denial is reported more than science

LONDON, August 26, 2019 − Rich and poor countries see the challenge of the growing crisis quite differently: for the wealthy it revolves around climate denial, while for those in poverty it’s a matter of life and death. In the developing world, climate news is presented by the media as an international problem. In the […]

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Cheap renewables will price out oil on roads

LONDON, August 19, 2019 − The days of oil as a fuel for cars, whether petrol or diesel, are numbered − because the economies offered by wind and solar energy and other cheap renewables, combined with electric vehicles, are irresistible, a French bank says. BNP Paribas Asset Management calculates that oil majors like Exxon, BP […]

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Changing rainfall poses dilemma on dams

LONDON, May 23, 2019 – For the builders of hydro-electric schemes – usually multi-billion dollar projects involving vast amounts of complex engineering work – changing rainfall is a serious problem. With climate change either on the horizon or already happening in many regions of the world, rainfall patterns, on which hydro schemes ultimately depend, are […]

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Irish schools fail to teach climate change

DUBLIN, May 10, 2019 – There’s a yawning gap in Irish schools, say the country’s legislators: they’re just not telling the new generation what it needs to know about climate change, although young people in many countries are on the march, protesting against governments’ inaction on the mounting problems associated with the issue. Inspired in […]

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‘Eternal’ Swiss snow is melting faster

LONDON, Sept. 21, 2018 – Parts of Europe’s alpine mountain chain are undergoing accelerating melting, as the “eternal” Swiss snow thaws ever faster, threatening both the skiing industry and the nation’s water supply. Over a period of only 22 years, thousands of satellite images have provided irrefutable evidence that an extra 5,200 square kilometres of […]

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Confusion reigns over China’s energy policy

BELGRADE, SERBIA, 7 May, 2018 – It’s quite easy these days to find yourself muddled over China’s energy policy: it does seem often to amount to tackling domestic pollution and climate change, but chasing lucrative contracts abroad, despite the environmental impact. With the US under Donald Trump indicating it wants to withdraw from the Paris […]

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Rising temperatures cut economic output

LONDON, Sept. 4, 2017 – We are hot, we are tired, and we work less. Rising temperatures caused by climate change not only threaten to destroy many of the world’s ecosystems on which animal and human life depend, but heat increases in the workplace will also lead to a significant drop in economic productivity. Ongoing […]

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Legislators attempt to mine Amazon’s riches

SAO PAULO, March 2, 2017 – Environment campaigners in Brazil say attempts by legislators to reduce the extent of protected land in Amazonia are driven by a determination to exploit the region’s mineral wealth. They fear that a bill about to be introduced in the national congress that proposes cutting conservation areas in the south […]

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