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Global heating will inflict more droughts on Africa as well as floods

New UK research predicts extremes of weather will hit food production WT24 Desk Global heating could bring many more bouts of severe drought as well as increased flooding to Africa than previously forecast, scientists have warned, The Guardian reports. New research says the continent will experience many extreme outbreaks of intense rainfall over the next 80 years. These could trigger devastating ...

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Greenpeace steps up BP oil rig drilling protest

Two more activists join protest on North Sea rig in Cromarty Firth as others appear in court WT24 Desk Greenpeace has escalated its protests against BP by putting two more activists on a North Sea rig in the Cromarty Firth, hours after the police removed other activists, The Guardian reports. The environmental campaign group said two activists boarded the Transocean rig ...

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Indian villages lie empty as drought forces thousands to flee

Sick and elderly left to fend for themselves with no end in sight to water crisis WT24 Desk Hundreds of Indian villages have been evacuated as a historic drought forces families to abandon their homes in search of water, The Guardian reports. The country has seen extremely high temperatures in recent weeks. On Monday the capital, Delhi, saw its highest ever ...

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Forest twice size of UK destroyed in decade for big consumer brands – report

Greenpeace estimates 50m hectares cleared by 2020, warning companies must evolve to prevent ‘climate breakdown’ WT24 Desk An area twice the size of the UK has been destroyed for products such as palm oil and soy over the last decade, according to analysis by GreenpeaceInternational, The Guardian reports. In 2010, members of the Consumer Goods Forum, including some of the world’s ...

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Government ‘funding fossil fuel-burning plants abroad’

Environment committee says UK is sabotaging its green credentials with overseas aid WT24 Desk The government has been taken to task by its own MPs for sending billions of pounds overseas to help build power plants that burn fossil fuels while claiming a climate victory on home soil, The Guardian reports. The environmental audit committee said the UK is sabotaging ...

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New rules give households right to sell solar power back to energy firms

Government also wants to encourage people with rooftop panels to install batteries WT24 Desk Britain’s biggest energy companies will have to buy renewable energy from their own customers under new laws to be introduced this week, The Guardian reports. Homeowners who install new rooftop solar panels from 1 January 2020 will be able to lower their bills by selling the ...

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Two million people at risk of starvation as drought returns to Somalia

Agencies sound the alarm over ‘climate crisis’ after devastation of crops and livestock WT24 Desk More than 2 million people could face starvation by the end of the summer, unless there are urgent efforts to respond to the drought in Somalia, The Guardian reports Mark Lowcock, the UN’s humanitarian chief, said the country is facing one of the driest rainy seasons ...

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Climate crisis seriously damaging human health, report finds

National academies say effects include spread of diseases and worse mental health WT24 Desk A report by experts from 27 national science academies has set out the widespread damage global heating is already causing to people’s health and the increasingly serious impacts expected in future, The Guardian reports. Scorching heatwaves and floods will claim more victims as extreme weather increases but ...

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