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Hurricane Sandy, One Year On: ‘It’s Like a New Chance in Life’

A year after Sandy struck the north-east US, a view from Staten Island, the hardest-hit New York borough

I remember the water coming from the ocean," says Anna Maglione-Buono. "And the thing I remember most is that I was very guilty that the kids were in the house with us. I was not scared for me and my husband. I…
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by: The Guardian – October 30, 2013

Is the IPCC Right on Climate Change? Just Ask the World’s Farmers

Observations by farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America confirm reports of rising temperatures and extreme weather

European development groups have reported that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest scientific assessment of the phenomenon matches the observations and experiences of farming and other groups they partner in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Photo by Neil Palmer/CIATA livestock carcass…
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by: The Guardian – September 27, 2013

Fukushima: Japan Promises Swift Action on Nuclear Cleanup

Radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has promised to act quickly to address the buildup of huge quantities of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photo Wikimedia CommonsJapan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, promised prompt, comprehensive steps to clean up the…
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by: The Guardian – September 2, 2013

Environmentalists Blast Plans to Frack in South African Beauty Spot

Activists promise to fight government's plans to drill for shale gas in the Karoo

A South African government plan to allow fracking in the vast Karoo semi-desert has been condemned as "completely irresponsible" by environmental campaigners, who have vowed to fight it in court. Photo by Wildlife Wanderer/FlickrThe name Karoo derives from a San phrase meaning…
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by: The Guardian – August 23, 2013

Fukushima Warning: Danger Level at Nuclear Plant Jumps to ‘Serious’

Japan's nuclear agency dramatically raises status after saying a day earlier that radioactive water leak was only an 'anomaly'

Japan has issued its gravest warning about the state of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant since the facility suffered a triple meltdown almost two and a half years ago. Photo courtesy Nuclear Regulatory CommissionA file photo of Nuclear Regulatory Commission…
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by: The Guardian – August 22, 2013

Ecuador Approves Oil Drilling in Yasuni National Park in the Amazon Rainforest

Environmentalists devastated as president blames lack of foreign support for collapse of pioneering conservation plan

Ecuador has abandoned a pioneering conservation plan in the Amazon that attempted to raise funds from the international community instead of drilling for oil in a pristine corner of the Yasuni national park. Photo by Geoff GalliceThe decision is likely to upset…
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by: The Guardian – August 16, 2013

A Texan Tragedy: Ample Oil, No Water

Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty

Beverly McGuire saw the warning signs before the town well went dry: sand in the toilet bowl, the sputter of air in the tap, a pump working overtime to no effect. But it still did not prepare her for the night last…
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by: The Guardian – August 13, 2013

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