Environmental Impact

Where Has All the Ice Gone?

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Emily E. Adams
Where has all the ice gone?
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As the earth warms, glaciers and ice sheets are melting and seas are rising. Over the last century, the global average sea level rose by 17 centimeters (7 inches). This century, as waters warm and ice continues to melt, seas are projected to rise nearly 2 meters (6 feet), inundating coastal cities worldwide, such as New York, London, and Cairo. Melting sea ice, ice sheets, and mountain glaciers are a clear sign of our changing climate. ... Read more about Where Has All the Ice Gone?

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Europe 'has failed to learn from environmental disasters'

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John Vidal
The remains of Chernobyl nuclear power plant reactor number four. Europe has failed to learn the lessons from many environmental and health disasters like Chernobyl, the report warns. Photograph: Igor Kostin/Corbis
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Europe has failed to learn the lessons from many environmental and health disasters like Chernobyl, leaded petrol and DDT insecticides, and is now ignoring warnings about bee deaths, GM food and nanotechnology, according to an 800-page report by the European Environment Agency. ... Read more about Europe 'has failed to learn from environmental disasters'

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Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Claire Provost
A Filipino boy washes his face in murky waters in Manila. Inaction on the environment will accelerate global poverty, warns the UN. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA
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The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday.

The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on climate change, deforestation, and air and water pollution could end gains in the world's poorest countries and communities. ... Read more about Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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How Can We End Our Fossil Fuel Addiction By 2050?

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https://arbtech.co.uk/can-we-end-our-fossil-fuel-addiction-2050/

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Since the Industrial Revolution, the world has been hooked on fossil fuels. This fatal addiction has us living on borrowed time, facing ecological and economic ruin by 2050. 

At present we remain dangerously over-reliant on fossil-fuel power. However, it’s not too late – if we take steps in the right direction we can beat our addiction. ... Read more about How Can We End Our Fossil Fuel Addiction By 2050?

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Global Impacts - Irreversible Changes

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http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/11/23/infographic-climate-change-latin-america-middle-east-central-asia

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Weather extremes are already affecting lives around the world, damaging crops and coastlines and putting water security at risk.

Climate change will have increasingly severe consequences as extreme heat becomes more frequent, water resources become less reliable, diseases move into new ranges, and sea levels rise.  ... Read more about Global Impacts - Irreversible Changes

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Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate

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Justin Gillis
Mario J. Molina, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for his work on understanding the depletion of the ozone layer, led a stark new report on climate change.
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Early in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win aNobel Prize. ... Read more about Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate

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Plastic waste causing $13bn in damage: UN

Nairobi - The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the United Nations warned on Monday at the launch of a global environment conference.
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Nairobi - The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the United Nations warned on Monday at the launch of a global environment conference.

"Plastics have come to play a crucial role in modern life, but the environmental impacts of the way we use them cannot be ignored", said UN Environment Programme (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner said. ... Read more about Plastic waste causing $13bn in damage: UN

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Scientists Can't Find A Lot Of The Plastic They Know Is In The World's Oceans

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Maria Gallucci
Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Scientists Can't Find A Lot Of The Plastic They Know Is In The World's Oceans
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Millions of tons of plastic products drift into the oceans every year, and yet nearly all of that garbage — 99 percent of it — can’t be found.

Researchers who spent months combing the waters for plastic particles say their nets came up surprisingly light, given that some 10 million to 20 million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year via rivers, floods, storm water runoff and from seafaring litterbugs. ... Read more about Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Scientists Can't Find A Lot Of The Plastic They Know Is In The World's Oceans

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