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Solar, Wind Power Create Hotter, Greener Deserts

SaharaMorocco

Wind and solar farms are known to have local effects on heat and humidity … A new climate-modeling study finds that a massive wind and solar installation in the Sahara Desert and neighboring Sahel would increase local temperature, precipitation and vegetation.

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Water Shortages Linked to Violence, Poverty

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More nature-based solutions are urgently needed to avoid a violent global water crisis, warn the hosts of World Water Week 2018, which opened Sunday in Stockholm, attracting government leaders, water experts, development professionals and business representatives from throughout the world.

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World’s Forests Going Up in Smoke

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Chile has replaced many of its native forests with plantation forests to supply pulp and timber mills that produce paper and wood products. As a result, highly flammable non-native pine and eucalypt forests now cover the region.

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Tax Havens Enable Illegal Logging, Fishing

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Tax havens such as Singapore, Panama and the Cayman Islands provide financial secrecy for industries that are associated with environmentally destructive activities on a global scale, new research demonstrates.

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EU & China Shape ‘Sustainable Blue Economy’

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Two of the world’s largest ocean economies – the European Union and China – have agreed to work together “to improve the international governance of the oceans in all its aspects, including by combating illegal fishing and promoting a sustainable blue economy.

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Never Turn Your Back on the Ocean

WaveIreland

Famous Hawaiian swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku always warned, “Never turn your back on the ocean.” He wanted people to guard against the physical danger of being hit by a wave from behind, and he wanted humans to show respect for the ocean – a warning that today is more urgent than ever.

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Tidal Wave of Foreign Trash Hits Thailand

ThailandTrash

Government officials in Thailand are struggling to limit a waste scandal after discovering a massive amount of plastic and electronic waste was imported to the Southeast Asian country this year, often illegally, by factories involved in recycling.

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Energy Intense Digital Currencies Can Disrupt Climate

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Bitcoin, just one of the many digital currencies, currently consumes enough electricity to power Denmark. Failure to lower the use of energy by Bitcoin and similar Blockchain designs may prevent nations from reaching their climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement…

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Gold Rush Beneath the Deepest Sea

SpottedCrab

Cold, dark, and under extreme pressure, the deep sea holds a wealth of unique and unusual species, habitats and ecosystems. And it contains rich mineral resources, some of them in unique or highly enriched concentrations.

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