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‘Glaciers shrinking much faster than experts had gauged’

The world’s glaciers are shrinking five times faster now than they were in the 1960s. Their melt is accelerating due to global warming, and adding more water to already rising seas, the study found. WT24 Desk Earth’s glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tonnes of snow and ice each ...

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Climate finance misses its mark in Ugandan landslide zones

On the slopes of Mount Elgon, residents live in fear of the next deadly landslide, as tree-planting solutions fail to take root WT24 Desk The slopes of Mount Elgon saw one of Uganda’s deadliest natural disasters in 2010, when 365 people died in landslides triggered by torrential rain, according to CLIMATE HOME NEWS. Government and aid agencies flagged the area ...

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Skyscrapers are killing up to 1bn birds a year in US, scientists estimate

New report ranks deadliest cities for feathered travelers, who often collide with glass-covered or illuminated buildings WT24 Desk Scientists estimate that at least 100 million and maybe as many as a billion birds die each year in the US when they collide with buildings, especially glass-covered or illuminated skyscrapers. And, in a new report, conservationists now have a better idea which American cities ...

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Heavy rains, flooding in western Afghanistan kill 7 people

WT24 Desk Afghanistan — An Afghan official says at least seven people have been killed as heavy rains and flooding swept through the country’s western Herat province, AP reports. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas, raising fears of severe floods in the spring. So far this year, 63 people have died as heavy rains and ...

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Carbon dioxide at its highest level in 3 million years: Study

The study found that Ice Age onset, and the start of the glacial cycles from cold to warm and back, was mainly triggered by a decrease of Carbon dioxide levels. WT24 Desk The levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere are higher today than ever before in the past three million years, according to a study, ...

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Toxic air will shorten children’s lives by 20 months, study reveals

Global air pollution crisis is taking its greatest toll on children in south Asia WT24 Desk The life expectancy of children born today will be shortened by 20 months on average by breathing the toxic air that is widespread across the globe, with the greatest toll in south Asia, according to a major study, The Guardian reports. Air pollution contributed to nearly one ...

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Insects have ‘no place to hide’ from climate change, study warns

Analysis of 50 years of UK data shows woodlands are not havens, while changing emergence times damage nature and farming WT24 Desk Insects have “no place to hide” from climate change, scientists have said after analysing 50 years’ worth of UK data, The Guardian reports. The study found that woodlands, whose shade was expected to protect species from warming temperatures, ...

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Australia sees record temperatures for fourth month in a row

WT24 Desk SYDNEY– Australia continued a string of “hottest ever” months in March, the government said Monday, as global warming emerges as the hot button issue in national elections just weeks away, AFP reports. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the country had experienced thewarmest March on record, with mean maximum and minimum temperatures above average for nearly all of ...

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Nor’wester sweeps city

Kills three WT24 Desk At least three people were killed as a nor’wester coupled with hailstorm and rain swept the capital on Sunday evening, Agencies report. The victims were identified as Md Hanif, 50, a tea vendor of Paltan crossing, Mili de-Costa, 62, a resident of Monipuripara, and Md Dulal Mia, 40, a driver by profession. The women died after ...

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