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Disappearing Cerrado: 'Brazil's great untold environmental disaster' - audio slideshow

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Eric Hilaire
Disappearing Cerrado: 'Brazil's great untold environmental disaster' - audio sli
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Photographer Peter Caton talks about his visit to the Cerrado – the world's largest savannah. It contains 5% of the world's biodiversity, but is being destroyed at an incredible rate to make way for monocultures that may have devastating long-term effects.

During his trip, Caton worked with local Brazilian environmental group ISPN and WWF on their campaign calling for UK supermarkets to source sustainable soya

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Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record 10 Billion Tons, Threatening 2 Degree Target

Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record 10 Billion Tons, Threatening 2 Degree Targe
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Global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels have increased by 49 per cent in the last two decades, according to the latest figures by an international team, including researchers at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia.

Published Dec. 4 in the journal Nature Climate Change, the new analysis by the Global Carbon Project shows fossil fuel emissions increased by 5.9 per cent in 2010 and by 49 per cent since 1990 -- the reference year for the Kyoto protocol.
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State of the world: U.N. poverty-reduction goals on track

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Peter Grier
State of the world: U.N. poverty-reduction goals on track -- Peter Grier
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Eleven years ago, at the Millennium Summit at United Nations headquarters in New York, the leaders of the world agreed to a plan meant to spur efforts to help the globe's poorest.

This blueprint involved a series of benchmarks – Millennium Development Goals – to measure the progress of developing nations on poverty, hunger, primary education, and so forth. The point was to rally international efforts to try to bring a better life to those who most needed it by 2015.
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Shock as retreat of Arctic sea ice releases deadly greenhouse gas

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Steve Connor
Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more po
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Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region.

The scale and volume of the methane release has astonished the head of the Russian research team who has been surveying the seabed of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for nearly 20 years. ... Read more about Shock as retreat of Arctic sea ice releases deadly greenhouse gas

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UN: Global Access to Drinking Water Grows, But Poorest Falling Behind

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Adam Daley
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The proportion of the world’s population with access to improved drinking water sources grew by 10 percent over a period roughly covering the past two decades, according to a United Nations study released Tuesday.

The study was released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UN World Health Organization (WHO).

The study found that between 1990 and 2008, the proportion of the world’s population with access to improved drinking water sources increased from 77 per cent to 87 percent. ... Read more about UN: Global Access to Drinking Water Grows, But Poorest Falling Behind

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Gorillas, tigers at risk due to climate change-report

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Reuters
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* Animals most at risk on islands, mountains and coasts
* Global warming threatens 20-30 pct of plant, animal species Climate change hotspots in Africa

Several animal species including gorillas in Rwanda and tigers in Bangladesh could risk extinction if the impact of climate change and extreme weather on their habitats is not addressed, a UN report showed on Sunday. ... Read more about Gorillas, tigers at risk due to climate change-report

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From Cairo to the Cape, climate change begins to take hold of Africa

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John Vidal
Climate change hotspots in Africa
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We are right on the equator, and Speke, Moebius, Elena, Savoia and Moore, the five great glaciers of the the Rwenzori, the Mountains of the Moon, glint in the bright Ugandan sun. Usually lost in the mists that cloak these peaks up to 5,100 metres high, the glaciers are the only major ones left of the 43 that were mapped and named in 1906. Then, the ice covered 7.5 square kilometres, now it is thought to cover less than one. ... Read more about From Cairo to the Cape, climate change begins to take hold of Africa

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How to Police Geoengineering?

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CORNELIA DEAN
How to Police Geoengineering?
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U.S. sets record with a dozen billion-dollar weather disasters in one year

When people consider using engineering techniques to counter the effects of climate change, they usually think first about the technical difficulties involved. But a new report points out challenges that may be even more important: regulating the research on such technologies, and their potential deployment. ... Read more about How to Police Geoengineering?

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NOAA: Autumn and November both warmer than average in the United States

Billion dollar weather/climate disasters 1980 - November 2011
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U.S. sets record with a dozen billion-dollar weather disasters in one year

November and the September-November autumn season were warmer than average across the contiguous U.S., according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. Precipitation totals across the country were also above average during November, but near the long-term average for the autumn season. ... Read more about NOAA: Autumn and November both warmer than average in the United States

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UN: farmers must produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed population

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Associated Press
Farm workers in Yinchuan, China. Most of the world's available land is already b
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A quarter of farmland is highly degraded, according to the first report into the state of the world's land resources ... Read more about UN: farmers must produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed population

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