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Climate pledges of big firms 'critically insufficient': report

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From carmakers to fast fashion, dozens of major international companies are failing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions at the pace required to slow climate change, a report says. The nonprofit research groups NewClimate Institute and Carbon Market Watch looked at the climate pledges of 51 multinational firms and found… Read

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Courtrooms a growing arena in climate fight

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The battle against climate change is increasingly being fought in the courtroom, as national governments, specific laws and individual companies are targeted over their role in the crisis -- sometimes successfully. On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Switzerland was not doing enough to tackle climate change,… Read

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Biden administration sets first-ever limits on 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

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The Biden administration on Wednesday finalized strict limits on certain so-called “forever chemicals” in drinking water that will require utilities to reduce them to the lowest level they can be reliably measured. Officials say this will reduce exposure for 100 million people and help prevent thousands of illnesses, including cancers.… Read

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Dubai company’s staggering land deals in Africa raise fears about risks to Indigenous livelihoods

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Matthew Walley's eyes sweep over the large forest that has sustained his Indigenous community in Liberia for generations. Even as the morning sun casts a golden hue over the canopy, a sense of unease lingers. Their use of the land is being threatened, and they have organized to resist the… Read

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Austria likely to be largely ice-free within 45 years as glaciers recede quickly, experts say

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Austrian glaciers receded last year at a rapid pace and the Alpine country is likely to be largely ice-free in 40 to 45 years as the process continues, experts say. The Austrian Alpine Club said that, of the 93 glaciers its volunteers measured and observed, all but one receded in… Read

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Heat-trapping carbon dioxide and methane levels in the air last year spiked to record highs again

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The levels of the crucial heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere reached historic highs last year, growing at near-record fast paces, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Carbon dioxide, the most important and abundant of the greenhouse gases caused by humans, rose in 2023 by the third highest… Read

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Invaders from underground are coming in cicada-geddon

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Trillions of evolution’s bizarro wonders, red-eyed periodical cicadas that have pumps in their heads and jet-like muscles in their rears, are about to emerge in numbers not seen in decades and possibly centuries. Crawling out from underground every 13 or 17 years, with a collective song as loud as jet… Read

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In Indonesia, deforestation is intensifying disasters from severe weather and climate change

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Roads turned to murky brown rivers, homes were swept away by strong currents and bodies were pulled from mud during deadly flash floods and landslides after torrential rains hit West Sumatra in early March, marking one of the latest deadly natural disasters in Indonesia. Government officials blamed the floods on… Read

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Southeast Asian countries consider ways to boost 'green financing' as region chokes on smog

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Senior finance and central bank officials from Southeast Asia and major economies met Thursday in the scenic Laotian city of Luang Prabang to discuss ways to help the region build resilience against shocks like the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters brought on by climate change. The need for faster progress… Read

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New York 'trash revolution' targets overflowing waste, and the rats feasting on it

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New York City is iconic for its yellow taxis, pizza slices, bright lights on Broadway and its rats. Mountains of black garbage bags line cramped city sidewalks, a feast for the millions of rodents who call New York home. But such unsanitary eyesores could soon be a remnant of the… Read

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