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Climate Change Is the Story You Missed in 2017, and the Media Is to Blame

Some of Trump’s tweets have generated more national coverage than devastating disasters

Which story did you hear more about this year — how climate change makes disasters like hurricanes worse, or how Donald Trump threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans? photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef/US Coast Guard A Coast Guard member…
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by: The Guardian – December 8, 2017

Historic Sites on US East Coast Threatened by Sea Level Rise

By the end of the century the White House, early colonial settlements and other historic places could be inundated

Large tracts of America’s east coast heritage are at risk from being wiped out by sea level rise, with the rising oceans set to threaten more than 13,000 archaeological and historic sites, according to new research. Photo by Michael Ciarleglio Researchers found…
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by: The Guardian – November 30, 2017

Black Friday Indeed, Our Relentless Consumption is Trashing the Planet

Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying Earth

Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of…
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by: The Guardian – November 24, 2017

Bonn Climate Summit Makes Progress But Leaves Much To Do

UN negotiations lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, though difficult decisions lay ahead

The world’s nations were confident they were making important progress in turning continued political commitment into real world action, as the global climate change summit in Bonn was drawing to a close on Friday. The UN talks were tasked with the vital, if unglamorous,…
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by: The Guardian – November 17, 2017

Miniature Robots Could Cut Pesticide Use on Farms in the Future

Robots could also reduce food waste and help harvest crops, but they may not be commercially available for some years to come, say experts

Miniature robot farmers may be the answer to concerns over chemical use on farms and cutting down on food waste, as well as easing labour shortages, academic farming experts have said. Photo courtesy of Naio TechnologiesNaio Technologies, a French company, has a…
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by: The Guardian – November 14, 2017

US Switches Focus of its Bonn Event from Clean Energy to Fossil Fuels

One of US’s only public events, originally billed as promoting clean energy, now favors coal and nuclear power

The US has changed the focus of one of its few public events at the Bonn climate talks to emphasize coal and nuclear power, in a sign of the Trump administration’s goals at the talks. photo by UNClimateChange, FlickrThe United States has changed…
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by: The Guardian – November 10, 2017

When the Sheep Turn Black with Soot, War’s Toxic Legacy Can No Longer Be Ignored

The battle for Mosul has left the city shrouded in smog

The smoke that billowed from the burning oil fields was so thick it blocked out the sun. By the time I reached Qayyarah, where Islamic State fighters had set fire to 19 oil wells, a film of black soot had settled over the Iraqi…
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by: The Guardian – November 3, 2017

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