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Young Colombians file landmark climate lawsuit

The group of plaintiffs aged 7 to 26 who filed a climate change lawsuit against the Colombian government on Jan. 29, 2018. Photo taken in Bogota, Nov. 25, 2017. Photo courtesy Dejusticia.

A group of young Colombians, one as young as seven, filed a lawsuit against the Colombian government (on Monday 29th Jan 2018) demanding it protect their right to a healthy environment in what campaigners said was the first such action in Latin America.

The lawsuit, filed at a Bogota court, alleges the government's failure to stem rising deforestation in Colombia puts their future in jeopardy and violates their constitutional rights to a healthy environment, life, food and water. Read more »

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

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The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18m inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten years around 1.7m people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers and canals while only 700,000 have arrived. Read more »

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks

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Cooling off in extreme heat in New York City. Guian Bolisay via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

As hurricanes and floods grab headlines, heatwaves associated with climate change are claiming lives around the world

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African small-scale farmers carve a giant message for world leaders in the very soil they farm

 

Africa has 25% of the world’s arable land but only produces 10% of its agricultural output. The continent spends US$35 billion on food imports a year, but if this money was invested in developing smallholder farming and rural infrastructure, Africa could feed itself.

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Amazonian locals key to saving 'lungs of the planet' says study

An aerial view shows the Amazon rainforest at the Bom Futuro National Forest near Rio Pardo in Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil, September 3, 2015. Nacho Doce
Peru has pledged to reach zero net new deforestation by 2021, but environmentalists say a push by illegal gold miners and palm oil producers could make that goal impossible

by Chris Arsenault | @chrisarsenaul | Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Drought Recovery Taking Longer

As global temperatures continue to rise, the prevailing wisdom in the climate science community is that droughts will grow more frequent and more extreme in the 21st century. Though temperatures were already rising in the 20th century, the global trend in drought length and severity was ambiguous, with no clear pattern. However, the impacts of droughts was less ambiguous, particularly in recent decades. Read more »

How much plastic have humans made?

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Humans have created more than 8 billion metric tons of plastic since the large-scale production of synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, a new study suggests.

The study provides the first global analysis of the production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made, including synthetic fibers. Read more »

How the search for mythical monsters can help conservation in the real world

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After fears the Loch Ness Monster had “disappeared” last winter, a new sighting in May 2017 was celebrated by its enthusiasts. The search for monsters and mythical creatures (or “cryptids”) such as Nessie, the Yeti or Bigfoot is known as “cryptozoology”.

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UK’s first electric vehicle experience centre opens in Milton Keynes

Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Milton Keynes

The UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom – the Electric Vehicle (EV) Experience Centre, operated by Chargemaster – has opened recently in the Centre:MK shopping centre. It's be run by a team of professionally-trained EV gurus, providing information and advice, and visitors will be able to test drive the latest electric cars. Read more »

Hyundai Ioniq named 'Best Green Technology' in fleet awards

A panel of fleet industry experts has named the Hyundai IONIQ as the ‘Best Green Technology’ for businesses. Judges of the 2017 BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards said the choice of three electrified powertrains for fleets was the most significant factor in giving it the top prize.

The Hyundai IONIQ is unique in offering separate hybrid, full electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains within one body type. It enables business car decision-makers to specify the IONIQ that best meets the needs of their drivers, depending on driving style, travel frequency, and the distances typically covered. Read more »

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