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‘Lots of dead’, ‘water full of snakes’: Africa cyclone survivors recount

“It was very scary, we were running in all direction, the water was full of snakes,” recalls 39-year-old Otelea Jose after arriving from one of the areas worst hit by southern Africa’s deadly cyclone. WT24 Desk “It was very scary, we were running in all direction, the water was full of snakes,” recalls 39-year-old Otelea Jose after arriving from one ...

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Diarrhoea kills more children in war zones than war itself – Unicef

Report looks at 16 conflict areas and calls for military to stop targeting water resources WT24 Desk Diarrhoea and other diseases related to poor sanitation are bigger killers of children in areas of conflict than violence and war itself, a report has found, highlighting the need for improved infrastructure as a way of helping civilian populations afflicted by warfare, The Guardian reports. ...

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UK will miss almost all its 2020 nature targets, says official report

Failure to protect wildlife, cut pollution and increase funding have left nature in ‘deep crisis’ WT24 Desk The UK will miss almost all the 2020 nature targets it signed up to a decade ago, according to a report by the government’s official advisers, The Guardian reports The nation is failing to protect threatened species, end the degradation of land, reduce agricultural ...

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Dirty lies: how the car industry hid the truth about diesel emissions

The ‘Dieselgate’ scandal was suppressed for years – while we should have been driving electric cars.  Beth Gardiner John German had not been looking to make a splash when he commissioned an examination of pollution from diesel cars back in 2013. The exam compared what came out of their exhaust pipes, during the lab tests that were required by law, ...

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Climate change could make insurance too expensive for most people – report

Munich Re, world’s largest reinsurance firm, warns premium rises could become social issue WT24 Desk Insurers have warned that climate change could make cover for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn (£18bn) of losses in the Californian wildfires, The Guardian reports. Ernst Rauch, Munich Re’s chief climatologist, told the Guardian that the costs ...

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Jane Goodall: ‘We all have a role to play’ in saving world from climate change

WT24 Desk Noted wildlife researcher and conservationist Jane Goodallbelieves every individual can make an impact to prevent climate change and other environmental issues, UPI reports. Speaking at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., Tuesday night, the 84-year-old Goodall — who’s spent nearly 60 years researching chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe State Park and advocating for wildlife conservation — told a sold-out ...

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England could run short of water within 25 years

Environment Agency chief calls for use to be cut by a third WT24 Desk England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned, The Guardian reports. The country is facing the ‘‘jaws of death”, Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country’s rising population ...

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Flood warnings issued for England after heavy rain

Environment Agency says flooding expected early this week for rivers Dee and Severn WT24 Desk Flood warnings remain in place across parts of England after torrential rain over the weekend, The Guardian reports. There were 20 flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected, and 28 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, in force on Monday morning, mostly in Yorkshire and the ...

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Flash floods, slides in eastern Indonesia kill at least 58

The disaster in Papua province’s Jayapura district submerged hundreds of houses in neck-high water and mud, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman . The floods and slides also destroyed roads and bridges, hampering rescue efforts. WT24 Desk Flash floods and mudslides triggered by days of torrential downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province, killing at least 58 people ...

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