Climate Change

2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records

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www.nasa.gov - Patrick Lynch
Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880. Meanwhile, five of the first six months set records for the smallest monthly Arctic sea ice extent since consistent satellite records began in 1979.
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Two key climate change indicators -- global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent -- have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data. ... Read more about 2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records

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There’s a secret UN climate summit taking place in Mexico

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http://www.climatechangenews.com - Ed King
Australia's Great Barrier Reef seen from space - is under severe stress from warming and acidifying waters linked to fossil fuel emissions (Pic; NASA)
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UN biodiversity chief tells Climate Home protecting and restoring ecosystems is the best way to protect the world from dangerous levels of global warming. ... Read more about There’s a secret UN climate summit taking place in Mexico

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Epic Middle East Heat Wave Is Being Compared to Weapon of Mass Destruction

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http://www.ecowatch.com - Climate Nexus
Temperatures simulated by the GFS model in the Middle East reached 129 F on Friday, July 22. WeatherBell.com
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Recent extreme heat events in the Middle East have climate scientists worried about future climate-related catastrophes. Temperatures have climbed above 115 F across the region this summer and Kuwait and Iraq recently recorded most likely the hottest temperatures ever in the Eastern Hemisphere.
 
Record-breaking extreme heat—estimated to have claimed more lives than wars—has worsened over the years and recent studies have suggested future climate change will make parts of the region uninhabitable.

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Disasters linked to climate can increase risk of armed conflict

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https://www.theguardian.com - Damian Carrington
 Soldiers guard Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram. In recent years northern Nigeria, Chad and Niger have suffered droughts that have fuelled political violence.  Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP
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Research found that 23% of violent clashes in ethnically divided places were connected to climate disasters.  Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries were preceded by extreme weather.
 
The role of severe heatwaves, floods and storms in increasing the risk of wars has been controversial, particularly in relation to the long drought in Syria.

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Global Warming to Cost $2 Trillion in Lost Productivity by 2030

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http://www.voanews.com - Reutgers
FILE - A man cools off from a public tap after filling bottles during intense hot weather in Karachi, Pakistan, June 23, 2015.
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JAKARTA—

Rising temperatures caused by climate change may cost the world economy over $2 trillion in lost productivity by 2030 as hot weather makes it unbearable to work in some parts of the world, according to U.N. research published Tuesday.

It showed that in Southeast Asia alone, up to 20 percent of annual work hours may already be lost in jobs with exposure to extreme heat — with the figures set to double by 2050, as the effects of climate change deepen. ... Read more about Global Warming to Cost $2 Trillion in Lost Productivity by 2030

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Record High Seafood Consumption Not Sustainable, Warns UN

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http://www.ipsnews.net - Aruna Dutt
A fish market in the Philippines. Credit: Kara Santos/IPS.
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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2016 (IPS) - The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year.  “Life below water, which the Sustainable Development Agenda commits us to conserve, is a major ally in our effort to meet a host of challenges, from food security to climate change,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
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Shattered records show climate change is an emergency today, scientists warn

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https://www.theguardian.com - Damian Carrington
Flooding in Straiton, Scotland, in December. Scientists say it will increase in future. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA
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Unprecedented temperature levels mean more heatwaves, flooding, wildfires and hurricanes as experts say global warming is here and affecting us now.

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Climate Change, Global Health Intimately Linked, UN Official Stresses

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http://www.voanews.com - Lisa Schlein
FILE - Smoke rises from a brick kiln on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Jan. 26, 2015. Global health hinges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a climate change expert said Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
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GENEVA—Global health hinges on drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a chief mover in the field of climate change told delegates Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, praised the groundbreaking Paris Climate Change Agreement signed by 177 countries and likely to come into force in the next year or two.  She says the deal is promising for both the climate and global health.
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