Environmental Impact

Global extraction of primary materials to triple by 2050 - UNEP

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http://in.reuters.com - Nina Chestney
Atlas Iron Limited managing director David Flanagan holds a piece of ore found on the ground at one of his company's prospective iron ore mines near Port Hedland about 1,600 km (960 miles) north of Perth May 26, 2008. REUTERS/TIM WIMBORNE/FILES
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The amount of primary materials extracted from the earth will almost triple by the middle of this century if action is not taken, as emerging economies develop and consume more, a U.N.-backed report said on Wednesday.  The use of fossil fuels, metal ores and non-metallic minerals has accelerated rapidly since 2000 as emerging economies such as China transform their industries and cities, requiring unprecedented amounts of iron, steel, cement, energy and construction materials.
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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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Value of eco crimes soars by 26% with devastating impacts on natural world

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http://www.theguardian.com - Arthur Neslen
Indians take pictures of contaminated water at the Vijyaipura landfill near Bangalore. According to reports tonnes of solid and electronic e-waste are dumped there every day. Photograph: Jagadeesg Nv/EPA
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Environmental crime is now the world’s fourth biggest crime and is a growing threat to security and natural resources, say UN and Interpol.

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Chaotic urbanization puts cities in harm's way: UN

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http://www.reuters.com - Megan Rowling
Buildings under construction are seen during a hazy day in Rizhao, Shandong Province, China, March 15, 2016. REUTERS
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ISTANBUL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The risk of man-made and natural disasters hitting fast-growing cities is rising, and national governments must do more to help municipal authorities protect residents through better planning, the head of the U.N. agency for human settlements said.
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Climate change means more fear, less fun for global middle class - UBS

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http://news.trust.org/ - Megan Rowling
A family wades through a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river, due to typhoon Etau, in Joso, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, Sept. 10, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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BARCELONA, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The erosion of wealth among the world's middle class due to climate change is a threat to economic and social stability which could spur its 1 billion members to push for action on global warming, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said. ... Read more about Climate change means more fear, less fun for global middle class - UBS

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Large Wildfires Are Now More Common and Destructive

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climatecentral.org - by Brian Kahn
A 2013 photo of the Alder Fire in Yellowstone National Park. Credit: National Park Service Climate Change Research/flickr
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The West continues to be a fiery inferno as August fades into September. Wildfires have exploded across the region this month.
 
There have been 117 large wildfires to date including 70 large fires that are still burning.

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Is Brazil nearly out of fresh water?

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Cathaleen Chen
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Once considered “the Saudi Arabia of Water,” Brazil is now nearly deplete of it.

As drought continues to scorch Southeastern Brazil to unprecedented degrees, San Paolo’s primary water reservoir, the Cantareira, has been reduced to its last drops. As of August, it is 17 percent below capacity. ... Read more about Is Brazil nearly out of fresh water?

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Geodesign Session 5 Road Map

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As the demand for freshwater and energy increases in San Diego County and Northern Baja, the fresh water supply continues to shrink while energy generation remains heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Due to these opposing trends in supply and demand, it becomes increasingly imperative to identify solutions that move these communities to their preferred state in which they are largely reliant on renewable energy and use water sustainably. Large-scale energy solutions include wind power, one of the must abundant sources of energy in these regions. ... Read more about Geodesign Session 5 Road Map

Acidification: the latest unknown for stressed Arctic ecosystem

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Alister Doyle
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The Arctic ecosystem, already under pressure from record ice melts, faces another potential threat in the form of rapid acidification of the ocean, according to an international study published on Monday.

Acidification, blamed on the transformation of rising levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the air into carbonic acid in the sea, makes it harder for shellfish and crabs to grow their shells, and might also impair fish reproduction, it said. ... Read more about Acidification: the latest unknown for stressed Arctic ecosystem

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