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The era of 'biological annihilation'

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John D. Sutter, CNN
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(CNN)Many scientists say it's abundantly clear that Earth is entering its sixth mass-extinction event, meaning three-quarters of all species could disappear in the coming centuries.

That's terrifying, especially since humans are contributing to this shift. ... Read more about The era of 'biological annihilation'

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Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

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Tess Riley
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A relatively small number of fossil fuel producers and their investors could hold the key to tackling climate change

 

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world'€s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. ... Read more about Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

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Progress on World Hunger Has Reversed | Inter Press Service

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Tharanga Yakupitiyage
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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 3 2017 (IPS) - World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said a UN specialised agency.

During its biennial conference held in Rome, Italy from 3-8 July, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) noted that the world is facing it’s worst food crisis since World War II.

World hunger has increased, reversing years of progress, said FAO: the world is facing its worst food crisis since World War II ... Read more about Progress on World Hunger Has Reversed | Inter Press Service

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SDG Data Portal Launched for Asia-Pacific | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

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29 March 2017: The Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership has launched the SDG Data Portal, showing the current status and progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the 58 member states of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). ... Read more about SDG Data Portal Launched for Asia-Pacific | IISD's SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

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This graphic shows how vulnerable every type of job is to automation

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Julia La Roche
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There are lots of concerns that technological innovation like robots and artificial intelligence will destroy jobs. ... Read more about This graphic shows how vulnerable every type of job is to automation

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Here's what happened to sea levels the last time Earth was this warm

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Thomas Sumner, Science News
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HISTORIC HEAT Sea levels were 6 to 9 meters higher than present-day levels the last time Earth’s climate was this warm, new research suggests. Similar sea level rise today would submerge many coastal areas (red). JOHN C. KOSTELNICK (DATA), GSFC/NASA (VISUALIZATION)

The last time Earth's thermostat was cranked as high as it is today, sea levels were high enough to completely drown New Orleans (had it existed at the time), new research suggests. ... Read more about Here's what happened to sea levels the last time Earth was this warm

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Understand COP21 in these 7 graphics

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Elyse Myrans
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Today marks the third day of COP21, a key milestone in the global effort to combat climate change. For the next two weeks, representatives from more than 190 countries will work towards creating a legally binding and universal agreement that spells out how countries will cooperate on climate change for decades to come. A strong Paris agreement can send the signal to the world that the global transformation to a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy is underway. ... Read more about Understand COP21 in these 7 graphics

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Why Paris will be a Peace Conference - before the wars begin

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Michael T. Klare
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A failure to cap greenhouse gas emissions will not just bring on climate shocks, but also worldwide instability, insurrection, and resource wars, writes Michael T. Klare  In this sense, COP21 in Paris should be considered not just a climate summit but a peace conference as well '€“ one taking place before the wars begin. ... Read more about Why Paris will be a Peace Conference - before the wars begin

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Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News

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Image copyright WATERISLIFE/Kristine Bender Image caption The next stage is to test the books in larger trials where they are used by local residents

A book with pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water has proved effective in its first field trials.

The "drinkable book" combines treated paper with printed information on how and why water should be filtered.

Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through. ... Read more about Bug-killing book pages clean murky drinking water - BBC News

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