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Clean Air, Stable Climate: ‘The Battle of Our Lives’

A student cycles to school wearing a mask to protect him from the smoke from burning peat that blankets the city of Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. October 16, 2015 (Photo by Aulia Erlangga / CIFOR) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Worsening levels of air pollution throughout the world are closely linked with the global climate crisis, warned UN Secretary-General António Guterres Wednesday in a video message to mark the 45th annual World Environment Day, with its theme Beat Air Pollution.

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Energy Efficiency Is the ‘First Fuel’

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“Energy efficiency is the single most effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions,” the Washington, DC-based nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy told a congressional hearing on climate change earlier this year. The group urged lawmakers to prioritize energy efficiency to stabilize the warming climate.

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Families Displaced by Multiple Indian Ocean Storms

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This cyclone season in the Indian Ocean Basin has been exceptionally fierce, with 15 storms, including nine intense cyclones, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). At least a million people had to be evacuated from stricken coastal areas in India, while over a thousand died in eastern African countries.

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Earth Day 2019 Touches a Billion People

Earth Day is no longer just one day, April 22. Its spilling over into a week of actions worldwide pressing for respect of the Earth; it has even begun to fill the entire month of April. This year is the 49th anniversary of Earth Day, and the whole Earth Day network is working up to a crescendo of activity for the 50th anniversary in 2020.

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Cyclone Idai: A Terrible Climate Warning

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At the close of Africa Climate Week, five days hosted by the Government of Ghana, Manuel de Araújo, mayor of the seaport city of Quelimane, Mozambique, told delegates how his region is suffering the catastrophic impacts of climate change right now.

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Leaders Vow ‘Radical Shift’ to Save Degraded Planet

Things are changing quickly at the UN’s environmental agency. As evidence mounts of the devastating effects of human activity on the health of the planet, a global clamor for even swifter action arose at an important meeting of the world’s environmental leaders earlier this month.

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Logging Violations Mar International Day of Forests

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Ten European Union traders in six EU Member States are importing timber from a logging company in Democratic Republic of Congo that has been penalized for ignoring forest and labor laws, a new report from Global Witness reveals, as the world celebrates the International Day of Forests.

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Your business could be paying 40% more for its energy than it needs too.

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Each dollar you save on your energy bill is another dollar on your bottom line. Except this dollar is a rather special dollar. First of all, it’s a dollar that did not require additional labour to produce or a new manufacturing plant to make. Statistically speaking 50% of your energy saving potential required little or […]

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Water For All by 2030

As spring approaches across the Northern Hemisphere, people are planning for planting and for the impact of hotter weather on water supplies. This is the time for World Water Day, designated by the United Nations as a day to focus on freshwater – the most essential element of life.

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World Economic Forum Envisions a New World Order

Swedish student climate activist Greta Thunberg told the World Economic Forum, "I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is." January 22, 2019, Davos, Switzerland (Photo courtesy World Economic Forum) Posted for media use.

Even before the World Economic Forum started at Davos on January 22, the scene was set for environmental issues to suck up most of the energy at the conference. The annual Global Risks Report 2019 declared that humanity was “sleepwalking its way to catastrophe”…

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COP24 Approves Paris Climate Accord Guidelines

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Glaciers are still melting, sea levels are still rising, extreme weather is still causing floods and droughts, but the planet may be better able to withstand these consequences of climate change now that delegates at the UN’s COP24 climate change summit in Poland have adopted implementing guidelines for the 2015 Paris Accord.

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Wallets Open for Climate at Poland’s COP24

Heads of state and government, diplomats and climate scientists, economists and bankers have gathered in Katowice for the UN’s annual climate conference, and this one is anything but routine. Known as COP24, it has a daunting task.

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Trump Dismisses U.S. Government’s Climate Warnings

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“Earth’s climate is changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities,” warns a bombshell report from the U.S. government, released Friday. Produced by 300 scientists from 13 federal agencies, it finds that global warming is creating new risks and aggravating current vulnerabilities across the United States.

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