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Amazon fires: what is happening and is there anything we can do?

Why people should be worried about the blazes and increased deforestation in BrazilWT24 Desk What is happening in the Amazon? Thousands of fires are burning in Brazil, many of them in the world’s biggest rainforest, which is sending clouds of smoke across the region and pumping alarming quantities of carbon into the world’s atmosphere. Does this happen every year? Yes, but some ...

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UK should cut vehicle use to hit zero-carbon target, say MPs

Scathing report says Tory governments have held back progress on clean energy goals WT24 Desk The government should discourage personal vehicle use and reward energy-efficient homebuilding to meet its legally binding target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, MPs have said, The Guardian reports. In a scathing parliamentary report, the cross-party science and technology select committee said recent Conservative governments ...

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Sewn up: G7 deal with retailers aims to bury fast fashion

Growth in environmental concern pushes retailers to speed up attempts at sustainability WT24 Desk There have been few fashion statements over the years at G7 summits (dress code: world leader suit, sensible shoes), The Guardian reports. But this year, G7 leaders will be joined by more than 20 fashion retailers and brands, including the owner of Gucci, Kering, H&M and Zara’s parent ...

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Death, blackouts, melting asphalt: ways the climate crisis will change how we live

From power cuts to infrastructure failure, the impact of climate change on US cities will be huge – but many are already innovating to adapt WT24 Desk Between record heat and rain, this summer’s weather patterns have indicated, once again, that the climate is changing, according to The Guardian. US cities, where more than 80% of the nation’s population lives, ...

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August rainfall brings UK wheat harvest to ‘shuddering halt’

National Farmers’ Union says only farms in south-east England able to start harvest WT24 Desk August’s wet weather has brought this year’s wheat harvest to a “shuddering halt”, the deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union has said, according to PA Media. Guy Smith said farmers outside the south-east of England had been left unable start their harvest their crop ...

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Where did all the cod go? Fishing crisis in the North Sea

With an international council now on the brink of declaring the species unsustainable – and Brexit looming –what is the future for one of the nation’s favourite meals? Harriet Sherwood By 7.30am all the cod at Peterhead fish market had been sold, snapped up by competing buyers wearing thick fleeces, woolly hats and rubber boots against the chill of the vast ...

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A bold move to save Halda

Asian Paper Mills declared closed WT24 Desk The Department of Environment (DoE) here on Sunday ordered the closure of Asian Paper Mills for polluting the Halda River, the country’s largest fish spawning ground, Agencies report. DoE director (Chattogram) Azadur Rahman Mollick said a team from the divisional office of the department visited the mill on August 14 and issued the ...

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Khulna city goes under rainwater

WT24 Desk Heavy monsoon rain inundated most parts of the city on Saturday, inflicting immense sufferings on the city dwellers, UNB reports. Bangladesh Meteorological Department recorded 114 millimeters rain in six hours till 9 am. Most of the areas including Satrasta and Royal Hotel intersections, Iqubalnagar, Moulvipara, Nirala, Khalishpur and Dowlatpur get waterlogged after the heavy downpour that started at ...

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‘Bees, not refugees’: the environmentalist roots of anti-immigrant bigotry

Recent mass shootings have been linked to ‘eco-xenophobia’ – part of a tradition that dates to America’s first conservationistsWT24 Desk The environmentalist, white nationalist, and influential anti-immigration activist John Tanton died less than three weeks before the El Paso shooting. Tanton lived to see his movement shape much of modern US immigration policy, but not this latest violent turn, according to ...

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